When Newcastle play Tottenham one of two things tend to happen – either the north London club wallops their north-eastern adversaries, or the game is decided by the slenderest of margins.
The former eventuality occurred when the sides’ most recent meeting in the Capital One Cup quarter-final, which Spurs won 4-0, while the latter occurred in the previous league collision between the two, this time the Magpies taking the laurels in a 2-1 victory.
Given their dreary run of form, toppling a Lilywhites outfit that undoubtedly boasts markedly better quality looks a tough ask, but it’ll be even harder for Mauricio Pochettino’s goal-shy troops to sweep their opponents away in a net-rustling avalanche.
This is why backing one team to win the match by one strike is the way to play here, with 27/20 the payday for those who jump on the news.bwin.com bandwagon.
It’s a price that returns £40.50 of cold, hard profit if the teams are divided by one when the final whistle shrills and prospective punters have invested their £30 free bet for opening an account at bwin.com in the outcome.
The Toon may have suffered five reverses on the spin, but their form is that of a team who will see our mooted wager romp home.
Three of these defeats have been by a solitary strike, two coming at home against fatter felines Manchester United and Arsenal.
When there’s been a positive result either way at Newcastle’s St James’ Park dwelling, not since the season’s opening day has the winning margin been by more than one goal.
In total, a staggering nine of the previous 11 games contested on Tyneside have ended with the sides divided by a solitary strike.
The same applies to four of Spurs’ six games since their Capital One Cup final defeat against Chelsea, while a goalless draw with Burnley could’ve easily seen another notch scratched into this particular bedpost.
Of the previous six renewals these two have duked out, two have finished 4-0 to today’s visitors, while the remaining four fixtures finished with a single strike separating the sides.
Magnifying our lens even further, we see that three of these four games ended with Newcastle in the ascendency, winning 2-1 twice and claiming the laurels courtesy of a 1-0 success in the remaining game.