Tottenham may head into Saturday’s early kick-off with Newcastle United as heavy favourites for a win at 13/20, but Andre Villas-Boas is facing something of a headache in the striker department.
Jermain Defoe has already been ruled out with injury for the next three weeks, while Emmanuel Adebayor is facing a late fitness tests after returning from African Nations Cup duty with Togo this week.
Commenting on the striker in an interview earlier today, Villas-Boas described the situation surrounding the star as “difficult” given the travel involved in returning from South Africa.
“He will not be 100%, for sure, but he is still a player that can make a difference for us,” he said.
If Adebayor is deemed unfit, then the Portuguese coach could be forced to start with either Moussa Dembele, Gareth Bale or Clint Dempsey in the lone striker role.
Spurs’ striker woes have been much-highlighted in the last few weeks, with the north London club proving slightly blunt in front of goal and with three draws in their last four matches, another stalemate could be a tempting punt at 14/5.
Meanwhile, Newcastle will be hopeful of snatching a win at odds of 4/1 as Alan Pardew’s team start to build momentum again following decent wins over fellow strugglers Aston Villa and Champions League-chasing Chelsea last weekend.
Ahead of the Saturday lunch-time kick-off at White Hart Lane, we’ve put together five key stats which could influence where your money will be going.Moussa Sissoko has scored two goals in two Premier League appearances for Newcastle and is on at 19/4 to score at anytime against Spurs.
0: The number of goals Newcastle have scored on their previous three visits to White Hart Lane. You can get odds of 31/20 on the Magpies firing blanks again here.
2: Moussa Sissoko has scored two goals in two Premier League appearances for Newcastle and is 19/4 to score at any time against Spurs.
2: Clint Dempsey has scored the final goal of the game in Tottenham’s previous two home matches against Manchester United and Reading in the Premier League and is rated at 11/2 to do the same on Saturday.
5: Tottenham have failed to score in the first half of their last five competitive games and are available at 5/4 to fail to find the net in the first 45 minutes against Newcastle.
6: Newcastle have received six yellow cards in their previous four Premier League games, with Tottenham facing just two over the same period, making the Toon Army a good bet to receive the most bookings at 53/100.