Kick-off: 1630, 17/10/2021
Stadium: St James’ Park
TV: Sky Sports
St James’ Park will be jumping for Newcastle’s first match since the Saudi-backed takeover and we’re hoping Tottenham don’t spoil the party.
Spurs have done well at this venue in recent years but have not looked as comfortable under new boss Nuno Espirito Santo, especially on the road.
We think 5/2 for a fired-up Magpies outfit to enhance the feelgood factor on Tyneside with a timely triumph is tempting enough to be our opening Newcastle vs Tottenham prediction.
A Look At Newcastle United’s Betting Odds
Newcastle are second from bottom in the Premier League table and still searching for a maiden win of the campaign but hopes are now high for the future.
Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and current Rangers manager Steven Gerrard are among those to have been linked with the manager’s job.
Vastly increased spending power will be a new weapon in their armoury and financier Amanda Staveley insisted: “Rest assured, we are going to invest heavily into the club at all levels.”
Some big-money signings already at the club have underperformed, but the talent is there to climb up the table even before the cavalry arrives.
Allan Saint-Maximin, Miguel Almiron, Joelinton, Joe Willock and Callum Wilson are capable of providing quality up front if a more positive culture can be cultivated.
An improved Saint-Maximin has netted in United’s last two home matches and 4/1 for him to score his side’s opening goal here catches the eye from the Newcastle vs Tottenham odds.
Last Newcastle line-up: Darlow, Clark, Fernandez, Manquillo, Ritchie, Hayden, Willock, S Longstaff, Joelinton, Saint-Maximin, Almiron.
Steve Bruce will have Jamaal Lascelles (thigh), Jonjo Shelvey (calf) and Wilson (thigh) available for his 1,000th game as a manager
Goalkeeper Martin Dubravka (foot) and defender Paul Dummett (calf) remain on the sidelines while Almiron is unlikely to start after international duty.
A Look At Tottenham Hotspur’s Betting Odds
Tottenham eased the pressure on Nuno with a 5-1 Europa Conference League win over NS Mura and a 2-1 Premier League triumph versus Aston Villa.
It had been a tough time for Spurs, as back-to-back 3-0 defeats to Crystal Palace and Chelsea were followed by a humiliating 3-1 north London derby loss to Arsenal.
However, Eric Dier believes they showed the right reaction to that slump, particularly when racking up 17 shots versus Villa.
He said: “I think the performance was the best of the season and that shows a real reaction from the players.
“Results are always going to be the most important thing for anyone. Whatever style you play, results are the most important thing and that won’t change.
“Obviously, we want to be winning football matches and playing good football like we did here.
“That takes time – we are just at the beginning of a new phase, under a new manager, it is still early and those things take time to implement.”
Spurs still need to show they can perform as well away from home, though, and that makes them worth taking on in what will be a white-hot atmosphere.
Let’s finish off our Newcastle vs Tottenham betting tips by taking 17/4 for the Magpies to avoid defeat and over 3.5 goals.
Last Spurs line-up: Lloris, Reguilon, Romero, Emerson, Dier, Hojbjerg, Ndombele, Skipp, Son, Kane, Moura.
Tottenham quartet Giovani Lo Celso, Cristian Romero, Davinson Sanchez and Emerson Royal could be involved following their return from World Cup qualifiers in South America.
Steven Bergwijn is back in contention after he returned to training following a lengthy absence with an ankle issue.
Wolves 2-1 NEWCASTLE – Jeff Hendrick
TOTTENHAM 2-1 Aston Villa – Pierre Hojbjerg, Matt Targett (og)
Head-to-head: Newcastle 2-2 Tottenham, Tottenham 1-1 Newcastle, Newcastle 1-3 Tottenham, Tottenham 0-1 Newcastle
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