Tottenham Hotspur are in a mini crisis and are about to spoil all the good work so far in the season in the final weeks. They need a win, when they face a relegated Newcastle United on Sunday evening.
The potential Premier League runners-up Spurs haven’t won in any of their last three matches as they travel to St. James on Sunday. Their slip in form has helped Arsenal to edge close to them and are now staying at a two point gap. A defeat here will certainly tell the sad story of a disappoint campaign, which was once bright.
Newcastle on the other hand has already sealed their fate and will play in the Championship next season. The five match unbeaten run under Rafa Benitez did them no favours as the damage was done in the early parts of the season. They will be coming here to play for price as they prepare for life in the lower division.
Tottenham: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Lloris – Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies – Dier, Eriksen – Lamela, Son, Chadli – Kane.
Newcastle United: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Darlow – Dummet, Mbemba, Lascelles, Anita – Colback, Tiote – Wijnaldum, Sissoko, Townsend – Cisse.
Newcastle vs Tottenham: Head-to-Head
- The teams share 3 wins each from the last 6 meetings in all competitions.
- Newcastle’s recent home form against Tottenham is poor as they tasted defeats in the last two meetings.
- The Magpies have won just once in the last home matches against Spurs; 2 draws and 2 defeats.
- Nine of the last 10 matches between the two sides have seen over 2.5 goals.
Newcastle vs Tottenham: Prediction
Looking at the recent results of the two teams, Tottenham are a far better side, despite failing to win in their last three matches. Tottenham’s away form in the league is pretty strong as they have lost just two of the 37 matches so far.
Newcastle United are unbeaten in their last 5 and the draws against Manchester City and Liverpool indicated that they have the knack of stealing points against stronger sides. If this is the case, Spurs can drop behind Arsenal at the end of the matchday.
I expect Newcastle to frustrate Spurs on Sunday and hold them to a 1-1 draw. Harry Kane scored in each of the last 4 away matches for Spurs and I expect him to find the back of the net here and he is very likely to be first to get on the score sheet on Sunday.
Best Bet: Double Chance – Tottenham Win or Draw.
Big Money Bet: Harry Kane to score first goal.