Newcastle vs Spurs | Premier League – Matchday 1 of 38 Betting Preview
Newcastle vs Spurs – Sat 11th August. Kick Off: 13:30. St. James’ Park, Newcastle.
The two teams actually met at St James’ Park in last seasons opening weekend, with Spurs winning 2-0. Newcastle will be keen to avoid the same result but not much has changed between the two teams that met last August.
In fact, nothing has changed at Spurs with them not signing a single player in the summer transfer window so far. They did add Lucus Moura in the January transfer window, but that’s about it.
Spurs have not signed any new players but they have done a fair bit of contract renewal. With, Lamela, Kane, Son, Vorm, Pochettino, Winks and Sanchez all signing new long-term contracts.
Newcastle has only managed six transfers so far with Yoshinori Muto, Sung-Yueng Ki, Fabian Schar, Martin Dubravka, Kenedy and most recently Salomon Rondon on a season-long loan. But, their total spending is only up to £10.5m, compared to the £43.5m in sales including the £22m sale of Mitrovic to Fulham.
Rafa Benitez is still keen to strengthen his squad before the end of the transfer window, but there are some difficulties beyond his control. He has publicly complained at the lack of funds made available to him, from the pantomime villain of Mike Ashley.
But more importantly, Spurs have won their last two Premier League matches versus Newcastle and did not concede(1-0 and 2-0) in either match. Newcastle has also had a terrible pre-season and they haven’t won in their last four games. With a quite frankly embarrassing 4-0 loss to Braga just two games ago in which Benitez said the club’s fans “need to be concerned”.
Spurs have had a very decent pre-season, considering they are missing a handful of their stars as they enjoy an extended holiday after the World Cup. Yet, they managed to draw 2-2 with Barcelona, beat AC Milan and hammer Roma 4-1. Their last pre-season match was a 4-1 defeat to Girona but they had stepped off the plane from America just 48 hours prior.
Spurs look to miss out on several key players as they usually require a minimum of 20 days rest post-season. Then to get back to match fitness after only returning to training this week could prove too much. However, even without their star players, you can expect a solid performance if their pre-season is anything to go by.
If you worry about the lack of key players for Spurs, or the early kick-off curse. Newcastle or draw double chance is 7/10 at William Hill.
Steven has been following football and darts since he was very young. He has a passion for enhancing sporting events through betting for long-term, sustainable profit.