Verdict: Tottenham win
Best Odds: 7/10
Hoping to close the gap on the European spots when they return to action this weekend, Tottenham will make the trip to a struggling Newcastle on Sunday afternoon.
Starting with the hosts, putting in what was a woeful display when heading into March’s international break, Newcastle find themselves in the midst of a real Premier League nightmare. Hit with yet another 3-0 drumming at the hands of fellow scrappers Brighton, many around the North East have called for Steve Bruce to be removed from his position in the St. James’ dugout. Marking their return to action this weekend holding just a two-point buffer over falling into the drop zone, the one-time Sunderland boss has seen his side fail to win any of their last six top-flight contests. With many tipping them as the leading pick to lose their Premier League status this year, Newcastle have gained a reputation for their extended issues in the final third. Along with only managing to bag themselves over 1.5 goals in just a pair of their last 19 matchups across all formats, it should also be noted that The Magpies have recorded just a single home win since December 12th.
Newcastle could have Allan Saint-Maximin back for the visit of Tottenham but expect to still be without top goalscorer Callum Wilson.
Steve Bruce also confirmed that Isaac Hayden is out for the season with a knee injury sustained against Brighton.
As for the visitors, after crashing out of the Europa League in the most shocking of fashion away at Dinamo Zagreb last month, Tottenham would have been glad to make a much-needed return to winning ways last time out. Despite coming under real scrutiny after also watching bitter rivals Arsenal claim local bragging rights on March 14th, Jose Mourinho’s men did land a 2-0 win against Aston Villa when heading into the international break. Marking their return to action in the North East this weekend sat just three points adrift of breaking into the Champions League spots, the former Manchester United boss has seen his side pick up 12 points from their last five Premier League matchups. Smelling a golden chance at St. James’ Park on Sunday afternoon, Mourinho will be calling on leading marksman Harry Kane to spearhead their charge on the road. Continuing on a free-scoring run while away with England on international duties, the 27-year-old has recorded 10 goals in his last 13 matchups across all formats.
Tottenham are boosted by the news that both Son Heung-min and Sergio Reguilon are available for selection.
However, they will be without full-backs Matt Doherty and Ben Davies for the trip to St James’ Park.
Key Factors to Consider
- Tottenham have collected 12 points from their last five Premier League matchups, including a 2-0 win against Aston Villa last time out.
- Spurs striker Harry Kane has recorded 10 goals in his last 13 contests for club and country.
- Including a 3-0 defeat against Brighton when heading into the international break, Newcastle have failed to win any of their last six Premier League matchups.
- The Magpies have also recorded just a single victory at St. James’ Park since December 12th.
- Tottenham have only lost one of their last seven meetings against Newcastle.
Entering the international break with a 2-0 win away at Aston Villa, Tottenham should be smelling a real chance when they return to action this weekend. With attacking talisman Harry Kane continuing on his free-scoring run while away on international duties with England over the past fortnight, Spurs have collected 12 points from their last five Premier League matchups. Losing just one of their last seven meetings against Newcastle, Sunday’s hosts face another stern test on paper. Hit with a 3-0 drumming against Brighton last time out and in the midst of what has become a real relegation battle, we’re backing what should be a long afternoon for Steve Bruce’s strugglers at St. James’ Park.
Verdict: Tottenham win
Best Odds: 7/10
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