Newcastle vs Tottenham / Premier League – This first Saturday’s duel in the first round of the English Premier League, brings us two old rivals Newcastle and Tottenham, with the proviso that the popular “Magpies” ended last season at the 10th place on the table and had 33 points less than the third-ranked Spurs. In addition, the team from London has last year made both victories over Newcastle without any goals received.
Newcastle vs Tottenham begins 11.08.2018. at 13:30 CET.
However, this will only be an additional motive for hosts, to revenge to the Spurs at least at the start of the new season, even though a draw would certainly be a good result for them. Namely, their opponent there will be a team that has played regularly in the Champions League in the last few years, while this is the second comeback season for the “Magpies” among the elite. That is why this 10th place from last season is a great success for coach Benitez and his team, especially since they were almost invincible on their field at the very end of the season.
And to continue in the same rhythm in the upcoming period, Newcastle has this summer boosted the competition with five new players, center-backs Fernandez from Swansea and Schar from Spanish Deportivo, midfielder Ki Sung-Yong from Swansea and strikers Rondon from West Bromwich and Mutom from Mainz, while on the other hand defenders Mbemba, Gamez and Haidar, midfielder Merino and strikers Gayle and Slimani. We should also add that center-back Lejeune is currently out of action due to injury.
Probable lineups Newcastle: Dubravka – Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummet – Ritchie, Shelvey, Ki Sung-Yong, Kenedy – Perez – Rondon
As for the guests from London, another very good season is behind them, because they finished third in the championship and so they again won placement in the Champions League, where they last year left a very good impression in the group stage, while they in the round of sixteen got slightly unluckily eliminated by Juventus. Here it should be added that Spurs had played in the FA Cup semi-finals last season and they were defeated by Manchester United so generally speaking, the leading men of this team can be very happy with what coach Pochettino has been doing lately.
And this is best demonstrated by the fact that this Argentine expert fulfilled his desire to keep all his key players from last season while not bringing any reinforcements in the summer transitional period, which has been a real rarity in recent years at these strongest English teams. Still, his problem is that most starters have not yet recovered enough after their performance at the World Cup, while midfielders Wanyam, Sissoko and Winks are definitely out of action due to injuries.
Probable lineups Tottenham: Vorm – Aurier, Foyth, Sanchez, Davies – Dier, Dembele – Lucas, Eriksen, Son – Llorente
Newcastle vs Tottenham PICK
Popular “Magpies” would simply have to make use of these numerous absences in Tottenham, especially since on the other hand, coach Benitez has at almost all best players at his disposal.
Pick: Asian Handicap +0.5 Newcastle
Odds: 1.85 at williamhill (down to 1.78 can be played)