Kick-off: 1230, 11/08/2018
Stadium: St James’ Park
TV: Sky Sports
Trueform shows exactly how well football teams have been playing, helping you to spot potential value bets. See who has performed above expectations and which teams are being underestimated by oddsmakers.
What Trueform says for Newcastle vs Tottenham
St James’ Park will be rocking for Newcastle’s clash with Tottenham on the opening weekend of the new Premier League campaign.
The Magpies enjoyed eight home wins last season, with Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea among their victims.
Rafael Benitez’s side earned a high Trueform rating for that last triumph, having previously pushed Spurs close in a narrow 1-0 loss at Wembley.
We reckon 13/5 for the Toon Army to roar the hosts on to victory is a value pick for our first Newcastle vs Tottenham prediction.
A Look At Newcastle United’s Betting Odds
Newcastle lacked consistency last season but produced some eye-catching results when everything clicked, including that 3-0 thrashing of Chelsea to close in 10th place.
Benitez campaigned long and hard for extra resources to add strength in depth and has not done badly in the transfer market.
Keeping Kenedy on loan from Stamford Bridge is a big plus, while Slovakia goalkeeper Martin Dubravka completes a permanent move after his successful stint on Tyneside.
South Korea captain Ki Sung-yueng switches from Swansea, Switzerland defender Fabian Schar comes in from Deportivo La Coruna and Japan international Yoshinori Muto has completed a £9.5million move from German club Mainz.
Keeping things tight at the back will again be a big part of Benitez’s gameplan, with only the top five teams conceding fewer goals at home last term.
A Look At Tottenham Hotspur’s Betting Odds
Tottenham won their first four away matches last season, but picking up 22 points from the next 15 road trips was a less impressive record.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side were beaten 1-0 at West Brom in May when last on their travels, having previously drawn 1-1 at Brighton.
This match will come less than a month after the end of England’s World Cup campaign, making it tough for Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Kieran Trippier and Eric Dier to recover.
With other internationals, such as France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and Belgium midfielder Moussa Dembele, also facing a race against time to freshen up, Spurs could well be vulnerable when heading up to the North-East.
We’re adding 19/2 for the London outfit to go down 1-0 to our Newcastle vs Tottenham betting tips.
NEWCASTLE 3-0 Chelsea – Dwight Gayle, Ayoze Perez (2)
TOTTENHAM 5-4 Leicester – Harry Kane (2), Erik Lamela (2), Christian Fuchs (og)
Head-to-head: Tottenham 1-0 Newcastle, Newcastle 2-0 Tottenham, Newcastle 5-1 Tottenham, Tottenham 1-2 Newcastle, Newcastle 1-3 Tottenham, Tottenham 1-2 Newcastle