Kick-off: 1800, 15/07/2020
Stadium: St James’ Park
TV: BT Sport
Tottenham face another important test in their bid to qualify for the Europa League when they head to Tyneside to face Newcastle.
Sunday’s 2-1 victory in the north London derby against Arsenal was a huge boost to their hopes of a top-seven finish but they remain two points behind Sheffield United and a further point back from Wolves in sixth.
Spurs must push for the win and the goals have been flowing in recent Newcastle games so over 2.5 goals at 87/100 is our opening Newcastle vs Tottenham prediction.
A Look At Newcastle United’s Betting Odds
Newcastle are looking to bounce back from two successive away defeats but their performance in the 2-1 loss at Watford offered plenty of encouragement.
They were the better team in the first half and took the lead when Dwight Gayle bundled home his third goal in five league games.
Watford hit back though and two controversial Troy Deeney penalties condemned the Magpies to a defeat which manager Steve Bruce described as “difficult to accept”.
Prior to a previous 5-0 thrashing by Manchester City, Newcastle had been in good form and took eight points from their first four games after the season resumed.
They remain unbeaten in their last six home league games and have suffered just three defeats at St James’ Park overall, while Spurs have only managed three away wins all season.
With that in mind, the visitors look too short at 4/5 for the win and the value is with the Magpies, who appeal at 21/10 to win (draw no bet) in the Newcastle vs Tottenham odds.
Last Newcastle line-up: Dubravka, Schar, Lascelles, Fernandez, Manquillo, Rose, Shelvey, Ritchie, Almiron, Saint-Maximin, Gayle.
A Look At Tottenham Hotspur’s Betting Odds
Spurs have been Champions League regulars in recent seasons but are now having to target a Europa League place.
Toby Alderweireld’s late goal against Arsenal at least went a long way to securing that target and having already won the Europa League twice as a manager, Jose Mourinho wants his side to allow him a crack at a third.
“I would love to play Europa League,” he said. “It is not a competition I am in love with, it is not a competition that I like very, very much to play, but when you cannot play the Champions League, you play the Europa League.
“In my career I have only played the Europa League twice and I have won it twice. It would not be bad to play a third time and win it a third time. We have to fight until the end to finish in a Europa League place.”
This match could take a while to get going though. Newcastle have failed to score a first-half goal in nine of their last 10 home games while the same goes for Spurs in seven of their last eight away matches.
That suggests 0-0 at half-time is worth adding to our Newcastle vs Tottenham betting tips at 7/4.
Last Tottenham line-up: Lloris, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Aurier, Davies, Winks, Sissoko, Lo Celso, Moura, Son, Kane.
Watford 2-1 NEWCASTLE – Dwight Gayle
TOTTENHAM 2-1 Arsenal – Son Heung-min, Toby Alderweireld
Head-to-head: Tottenham 0-1 Newcastle, Tottenham 1-0 Newcastle, Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham, Tottenham 1-0 Newcastle, Newcastle 0-2 Tottenham, Newcastle 5-1 Tottenham
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