For many, Tottenham’s 7/10 price to beat a Newcastle team that’s failed to win in nine successive sojourns (not to mention that they’ve lost on four of their previous five visits to White Hart Lane) represents one heck of a price.
But a flick through the form book will tell you to tread with caution before wading in with a bit punt on the hosts, for it’s incredibly tough to call how madcap Spurs will fare these days, whereas the Toon are threatening to spark a mini-resurgence.
Alan Pardew’s outlook on life isn’t quite so bleak after seeing his side claim a share of the spoils at Swansea before beating Leicester last time out, but nevertheless, there won’t be a queue of people trying to lump on their 18/5 for success in north London, nor the 14/5 draw for that matter.
With the match-betting market presenting quite a conundrum, we’ve sounded out three alternatives to guide the indecisive punters to profit.
Over 2.5 goals @ 18/25
It may not be much of a working man’s price, but there’s definite value here.
All bar one of the last six meetings between the two have seen at least three goals scored, which is also true of five of the Lilywhites’ last eight at the Lane.
Five of Newcastle’s last seven and three of their past four away days have followed suit, while Spurs’ boss Mauricio Pochettino’s only home game versus this foe ended in a 4-0 triumph.
Papiss Cisse to score first @ 8/1
On the surface, this may look to be something of an optimistic punt, but the Senegalese sharpshooter stands as good a chance as anyone in the first goalscorer stakes.
With four goals in as many Premier League appearances to date, Cisse is in far better form than any of Spurs’ front three, who have one league goal between them and are all available at shorter odds.
Both teams to score – No @ 21/20
Each of the four matches to follow Tottenham’s Europa League excursions have seen only one net rustled.
This is also true of four of the Tynesiders’ five Premier League road games to date so it’s well worth a dabble at odds against.