Newcastle United vs Tottenham Hotspur Preview

August 12, 2017
By: Deke Hardman

Sunday’s Premier League action kicks off at St James’ Park where newly promoted Newcastle United face last season’s runners-up Tottenham Hotspur.

Rafael Benitez’s side pipped Brighton and Hove Albion to the Championship title last season to secure an immediate return to the top flight and their first match back in the big time comes against the side they faced on the final day of the 2015/16 campaign.

They won that match by five goals to one having already been relegated, and will be keen to take advantage of the fact that their opponents have failed to make any additions here as they look to avoid such struggles this year.

Defenders Javier Manquillo and Floran Lejeune and midfielder Jacob Murphy could all make their debuts here and Dwight Gayle should recover from a hamstring injury in time to feature though DeAnre Yedlin misses out with a similar issue.

Gayle is widely available at 9/0 (8/1) to open the scoring with Aleksander Mitrovic a 10.0 (9/1) shot with a number of firms.

The home win is as highly priced as the 5.5 (9/2) on offer from Betfair, with the visitors priced at 1.7 (7/10) with several bookmakers. The draw is 4.1 (31/10) with Unibet.

Mauricio Pochettino’s m en finished comfortably in second place last season, but they were seven points shy of champions Chelsea.

They have a number of players on the sidelines with Kieran Trippier and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou joining long term absentees Danny Rose and Erik Lamela in the treatment room.

Back-to-back Golden Boot winner Harry Kane is favourite to get the first goal of the game with a number of firms offering a price of 4.0 (3/1) while Dele Alli can be backed at 6.5 (11/2).

Newcastle won both of the meetings between the sides in the 2015/16 campaign, and ten of the past eleven clashes have seen a minimum of three goals scored with four of the last five boasting at least four.

You can back over 4.5 this time around at 6.4 (27/5) with Paddy Power while there is a highest price of 1.75 for both teams to score.

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