Newcastle United vs Tottenham Hotspur Preview

August 10, 2018
By: Deke Hardman

Premier League

Saturday’s Premier League action kicks off at St. James’ Park where Newcastle United take on Tottenham Hotspur.

Despite being strongly tipped for relegation, the hosts secured a top ten finish last season though they are tipped to struggle again despite bringing in a whole host of new faces during the summer.

To that end, in the top flight only Leicester City manager Claude Puel is more likely to leave his post before Rafael Benitez in the eyes of the bookmakers and the Spaniard begins the campaign without Florian Lejeune, who has been ruled out long-term following surgery on his knee.

Of the new signings, forward duo Salomon Rondon and Yoshinori Muto are pushing for starts while defensive duo Fabian Schar and Federico Fernandez could feature, as could midfielder Sung-yong Ki.

Rondon is widely available at 7.5 (13/2) to open the scoring ahead of Muto who can be backed at 10.0 (9/1) with Betfred.

The home win is 4.0 (3/1) with Betfred with the visitors favourites at 2.1 (11/10) with Betfair. The draw can be backed at 3.5 (5/2) with several firms.

Spurs became the first side to not sign someone in the summer transfer since it came into effect in 2003, and with nine of their first team squad having been involved in the last four of the World Cup you could be forgiven for assuming they may struggle early on.

Juan Foyth, Erik Lamela and Harry Winks have all been ruled out for this game through injury.

Harry Kane will be hoping to banish his August voodoo as he looks to wrestle the Golden Boot back from Mo Salah and he is unsurprisingly favourite to get the first goal of the game here at 4.33 (10/3) with Paddy Power, with Heung-Min Son a 5.5 (9/2) chance with Unibet.

Both of last season’s meetings between these two sides ended in victory for Spurs, and they kept a clean sheet in each of those games.

You can back a Tottenham win to nil this time around at 3.45 (27/11) with Unibet while Sky Bet offer 1.8 (4/5) for there to be a goal scored in both halves.

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