James CookeTottenham Hotspur vs Newcastle, Sunday August 25th, 16:30, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Tottenham Hotspur keep churning out results - there’s arguably not a team with the same levels of mental strength in the Premier League. As for Newcastle, it’s one crisis to another.
City had 30 shots – enough to win three games, you’d think – but only got two goals. Spurs’ two goals came from only three attempts. They defended manfully, Hugo Lloris made saves when required, and they were lethal in attack – it was a lesson in grinding out a result.
Newcastle were taught a lesson in their weekend fixture and, most worryingly, it came from a side new to the top flight for this season.
Norwich simply thrashed Newcastle and the 3-1 scoreline didn’t adequately reflect the gap between the teams.
The Canaries had the benefit of a squad that largely won promotion last season and, as such, knows each other and what the manager expects from them. Newcastle, by contrast, went into the summer with confusion reigning, eventually losing Rafa Benitez and appointing Steve Bruce. The thought process as to how and why the board picked Bruce is unclear, but what’s for sure is that the Magpies are going to struggle.
A trip to Spurs isn’t what Bruce would want, then. But he might be able to whip a defensive shape together and hold out for large parts of the game. It probably wouldn’t be a shock if Spurs were still toiling with the game goalless in the final 30 minutes.
Their extra quality should eventually show, though – and an early breakthrough might open the floodgates. A 3-0 win for Spurs is in the offing.
Sissoko missed an absolute sitter against Villa, and is not a prolific midfielder. But football has a law of the ex – the former hero will often come back to bite his old club. Indeed, the France midfielder is 6/1 to score anytime at 888Sport.
There’s at least three goals between Spurs and Newcastle when it comes to quality – the question is will it be shown on the pitch? The top betting sites think it might be. Spurs to win by three goals is 15/4 at 10Bet.
Head to Head
Spurs won both games last season – 1-0 at home and 2-1 away.
Newcastle last beat Spurs in May 2016 and they made the most of it – a 5-1 trouncing, even after going down to 10 men when Aleksandr Mitrovic was sent off with the scores at 2-1.
Joelinton has yet to score for Newcastle since his summer move from Hoffenheim.
Only Manchester City have had more shots than Spurs – 44 to Spurs’ 34, and 30 of them came against Tottenham.
Newcastle by contrast have registered only 21 attempts on goal.
No player has played more passes this season than Toby
Alderweireld’s 164, prior to the Wolves-United fixture.
Aspiring football journalist who realised he could put his vast knowledge towards gambling and making some money. With years spent on Football Manager, his boyhood obsession has carried over into his adult life and he's proven his mum that all that time spent playing a game wasn't to be wasted. A European football expert, James writes about anything on the continent and has began expanding his knowledge to other leagues in South America, Asia and the USA.