Newcastle vs Tottenham
13 August, 14:30 (CET)
St James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne
One of the most intriguing games on the opening day of the 2017/18 Premier League season is the meeting between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur.
Having been relegated from the Premier League in 2015/16, Newcastle faced a struggle to return to the top flight of English football. To obtain the services of Rafa Benitez during their relegation season was a huge bonus but would the Spaniard stay on to manage a club in the Championship?
1. Newcastle Are Back in the Premier League
The former Valencia, Liverpool and Real Madrid manager stayed at St James’ Park, much to the delight of the Newcastle faithful and steered the club to promotion at the first time of asking. It was a great achievement but nothing like the challenges which lay ahead as Newcastle welcome Tottenham to St James’ Park on Sunday 13th August.
Tottenham enjoyed another excellent season last time out under Mauricio Pochettino and will be looking to continue their development this season. However, the only way things can get any better for Tottenham in the Premier League is to win the title and this seems a little out of reach considering the strength of the other teams involved.
2. Bookies Favourites - 1X2 Odds
Despite being the away team and having to make the long trip north from London, Tottenham start the match as favourites, priced at 1.70 with William Hill.
Considering their great 2016/17 campaign, Tottenham are always going to start as favourites against a team promoted from the Championship. Due to work at their own stadium, Tottenham will be playing their home matches at Wembley, meaning it will almost feel like an away match every week. It’s vital they make a good start in this match, before welcoming Chelsea to the home of English football.
Newcastle United fans will be looking forward to this match immensely following their return to the Premier League. Although they are the outsiders for this game at 5.50, the atmosphere will be fantastic and they will believe they can take something from this game.
Perhaps the 3 points will be out of reach for Newcastle but they would be more than happy to start the 2017/18 season with a point and you can get 4.00 for the match to end in a draw.
3. Newcastle vs Tottenham Betting Tips
Having started the 2016/17 Championship season at home with a defeat against Huddersfield, Newcastle went on to lose just four home matches in the league all season. There were only three games at St James’ Park where Newcastle failed to score a goal, therefore, if they are to lose this game it is likely to be with both teams scoring. Tottenham to win and both teams to score is 3.50.
Tottenham were inconsistent at home last season and won nine of their nineteen games on the road. Dropped points in the way of a draw against West Bromwich Albion, Bournemouth and Sunderland shows they can be stopped when playing away. Two of these draws were 0-0 and you can get 12.00 with Bet365 for this match to end with the same score.
The excitement will be building ahead of the new Premier League season, so keep an eye out for the team news closer to kick-off. Don’t forget to sign up with JohnnyBet and become part of the betting community and Tipster League. Can you predict the winner of the Newcastle vs Tottenham match?