St James Park, Newcastle, England
Key Stat: Newcastle United have not won any of their last six Premier League games
Expert Verdict: Neither team has had a season that they would have hoped for at the start of the campaign and whereas Spurs have picked up in recent weeks, Newcastle’s form is that of a team who want to keep the potential of relegation an increasingly realistic one. The home side have won only two games out of their past nine home games, a run which stretches back to November last year. Tottenham are now out of the Europa League and, but for a League Cup Final against Manchester City on April 25, Jose Mourinho will be prioritising a top four finish.
Although they are focusing on battles at both ends of the table, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur are both in need of three points. A victory for the home side would take them to 31 points with 8 games to play, a win for Spurs would see them leapfrog West Ham and keep the pressure on Chelsea for that fourth Champions League spot. The Premier League match takes place on April 4 and the live action at St James’ Park kicks off at 14:05
Defenders:Emil Krafth, Jamaal Lascelles, Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett
Midfielders:Callum Willock, Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden
Forwards:Joelinton, Ryan Fraser, Dwight Gayle
Defenders:Japhet Tangana, Davison Sanchez, Joe Rodon, Sergio Reguilon
Midfielders:Tanguy Ndombele, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Moussa Sissoko
Forwards:Son Heung-Min, Harry Kane, Gareth Bale
Spurs have the better record overall with 71 victories to Newcastle’s 59 since their first meeting in 1905 in the FA Cup. In recent years, Spurs also have the upper hand with only one defeat in their last seven games. Earlier this season in September the sides couldn’t be separated after Callum Wilson’s last minute penalty equalised Lucas Moura’s earlier strike at The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Spurs are favourites and can be backed at 5/8 with 10Bet to win
Newcastle to fail to score has been set at 5/4 with Betway
Harry Kane is 5/6 with 10Bet to score at any time
Steve Bruce’s side normally do enough to survive in the Premier League whereas Tottenham often flatter to deceive in the final weeks of the season. However, due to the contrasting results and performances in recent weeks, we can’t see anything other than a convincing win for Jose Mourinho’s team.