Arsenal will inject an air of retrospective positivity into an otherwise disappointing campaign if they can maintain their north London rule.
Having seemed certain to snap a 21-year hoodoo by finishing above the Gunners since overtaking them in the league table in matchweek 24, Tottenham are tying up as the line approaches, with their lead over their rivals down to two points.
The Emirates side are just 4/25 to claim a victory from their final fixture against Aston Villa, meaning they will overhaul the Lilywhites if the latter are beaten by already-relegated Newcastle at St James’ Park.
Even a draw on Tyneside would be enough to nail down the silver medal for Mauricio Pochettino’s men thanks to a 13-strikes superior goal difference.
As a result, leap-frogging the Lilywhites remains only a remote (albeit delicious) possibility.
Yet there are four reasons to believe Newcastle are capable of landing odds of 31/10 to keep up their side of the bargain.
Newcastle have won four of their last eight encounters with Spurs
Despite Tottenham enjoying easily the better of the four seasons since the Magpies’ prolonged flirtation with the Champions League in 2011/12, their hosts have often proven capable of tapping them for three points.
The Magpies have conceded just three times in their last five home games
It may have been just too late for Newcastle by the time Rafa Benitez established the defensive discipline for which he is so well regarded at St James’ Park, but it could have come just in time for Arsenal.
Tottenham have faired significantly worse without Dele Alli this season
They’ve lost just four of 36 matches (11%) with the suspended Alli in their starting line up this term.
In his absence from the XI Spurs’ have been defeat in six of 16 outings (38%).
The absence of Mousa Dembele has had similarly-negative effect
Joining the England man in the sin bin is Dembele, effectively ripping the ball-playing heart out of Pochettino’s midfield.
Tottenham have lost just 10% of the 29 games the Belgian has started this term, as opposed to 30% in which he was absent from the teamsheet.