Fresh from their explosive 2-0 win against Chelsea, Newcastle United have the tools to cause a severe malfunction in Tottenham Hotspur’s slow and predictable style of play and the visitors are dazzling betting value to leave White Hart Lane with a positive result.
An away win looks very plausible at a gigantic 21/4 but taking the 7/2 in the draw no bet market, where you get your stake back if the game ends in stalemate, adds a juicy insurance policy to a team that have already won twice on the road this season.
The odds makers at bwin have got this one very wrong by pricing up Spurs at a ridiculously short 1/2 and the draw has significant pull to it around the 31/10.
Punish them for their mistake.
Newcastle have won six away games at White Hart Lane in the Premier League, they have only won more at Villa Park (8).
A trip to north London has always been an away day that the Toon faithful have relished with memorable wins in 1993, 1996, 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2008 suggesting that this is an environment where the Geordie-boys come alive, to an extent that in their 4-1 win in 2008, midfielder Joey Barton claimed they “played like Brazil.”
Tottenham have scored only 34 goals in 24 Premier League home games since Andre Villas-Boas took the reins.
Villas-Boas’ negative tactics of controlling the game with strong ball retention while attacking, rather methodically, through the middle of teams, can be exploited, as shown by Sam Allardyce and West Ham United, who romped to a 3-0 victory over a timid Tottenham.
Newcastle, who have beaten both Aston Villa and Cardiff City on the road this season, will employ an explosive and confident counter attacking style and like in their Chelsea triumph, the speed of Loic Remy and creativity of Yohan Cabaye will provide huge problems for Spurs to deal with.
Newcastle have a proven Premier League goalscorer – Tottenham don’t.
Fiery Frenchman Remy showed examples of his devastating finishing within his game at QPR last season and he has progressed further in that capacity with Newcastle, firing six goals this term.
Meanwhile, Spurs’ big money signing Roberto Soldado has yet to find his feet from open play as, excluding penalties, the £29m striker has only notched once.