Newcastle United vs Tottenham Hotspur Preview, Betting Tips and Odds

Newcastle United vs Tottenham Hotspur Preview, Betting Tips and Odds

Newcastle United vs Tottenham Hotspur predictions

After successive defeats on the road to Manchester City and Watford, Newcastle will be relieved to be back in more familiar surroundings this week when they welcome Tottenham Hotspur to St. James’ Park.

The Magpies have proved a tough nut to crack in the north east this season, leaning on the robust defensive foundations laid by Steve Bruce to gather 60% of their total points for the campaign on Tyneside.

Remarkably, only Liverpool, Man City and Man Utd have lost fewer home games in the Premier League than Newcastle this term, and the hosts, who were beaten just three times in 17 assignments on their own patch since August, will be confident that they can avoid defeat again this week.

 Tottenham’s derby day delight
With murmurs of discontent growing among their fanbase and criticism about their style of play on the rise, Tottenham and Jose Mourinho enjoyed a timely positive lift on Sunday when Spurs came from behind to beat bitter North London rivals Arsenal 2-1 in the capital.

Toby Alderweireld’s late winning header allowed Spurs to leapfrog their local antagonists and into 8th spot in the table, and with just three points now separating them from Wolves in 6th, Tottenham will have designs on finishing the campaign in as high a position as possible.

However, with just one win from their last 10 away fixtures in all competitions since late December, Spurs’ away form is threatening to derail their progress – and we think Newcastle can take advantage of their lingering travel sickness on Wednesday.

Newcastle double chance worth backing
With Jose Mourinho’s negative tactical approach a major factor, Tottenham have been struggling badly away from North London since before Christmas.

In the Premier League, Spurs only victory in eight attempts as the visiting team came in their last-minute win in a five-goal thriller at relegation candidates Aston Villa in February, and that dismal form that suggests they could find life tough in the north east this week.

With their forwards out of sync and their attacking play continuing to look sluggish, Spurs hit one or fewer goals in six of their last seven away assignments – a record that Newcastle, who are shipping just 0.88 goals per 90 minutes at home in the Premier League this term, can exploit.

Having already shown an ability to go toe-to-toe with many of the league’s better teams in wins over Man Utd, Chelsea and Sheffield United and draws against Wolves and Man City earlier this season, and Spurs’ underwhelming away form also considered, we think Newcastle look superb value in the double chance market this week, while our correct score prediction forecasts a narrow 1-0 home win.

Newcastle kept clean sheets in four of their last six Premier League tests at St. James’ Park, and having kept Spurs off the scoresheet in the reverse meeting between the clubs in August, we think the Magpies can enjoy similar success.

Key Battle: Jamaal Lascelles vs Harry Kane
Newcastle centre-half Jamaal Lascelles has endured a ropy few weeks in terms of individual performance, though the 26-year-old enjoyed what was arguably his best display of the campaign when the Magpies beat Spurs away in London last year.

Lascalles marshalled the United’s backline brilliantly in Newcastle’s 1-0 victory over Tottenham on August 25 in 2019, keeping prolific centre-forward Harry Kane in particular, unusually quiet in the capital.

Almost a year later, Kane is struggling to find his groove for Spurs and the England international has looked a little of colour since the restart.

The 26-year-old, who is without a goal in three games, still has the quality to be a match-winner however, and Lascalles will need to be at his best to keep him on the periphery of the action at St. James’ Park.

Newcastle United vs Tottenham Hotspur team news
Steve Bruce will be without the services of Ciaran Clark, Sean Longstaff, Isaac Hayden and Andy Carroll for Wednesday’s game, though defender Florian Lejeune is closing in on a return.

Former Spurs employee Nabil Bentaleb will hope to feature against his old club, while Emil Krafth looks set to hold on to his place at right back.

Newcastle United predicted line-up: Dubravka – Krafth, Lascelles, Fernandez, Rose – Shelvey, Bentaleb – Saint-Maximin, Almiron, Joelinton – Gayle

Eric Dier is still suspended for Spurs and will sit Wednesday’s game out, while Sergue Aurier is also likely to be absent due to compassionate leave.

Argentine schemer Erik Lamela could be in line to start after his impressive showing off the bench in the North London derby, while Dele Alli should also finally be available to play a part.

Tottenham Hotspur predicted line-up: Lloris – Sanchez, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies – Sissoko, Winks – Lamela, Alli, Son – Kane
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