It will be a tense environment Wednesday afternoon as Tottenham battles Newcastle United. The Spurs have once again put themselves in an enviable position to qualify for European spots, but they’ll very likely need to win out in their remaining games.
They got back to looking like they can last time out in the North London Derby vs. Arsenal. A tight 2-1 victory showed they can be solid defensively, while timely skill and scoring can take over. Jose Mourinho was thrilled with his group, and if that can continue in the final few matches – this remains a squad to keep your eye on.
For Newcastle, Steve Bruce’s side has actually been in fine form since the restart. With zero threat of relegation, and no shot of qualifying for the coveted European positions, Newcastle have been content to play out their season, and play an exciting brand of football while doing it. And though they’re coming off a thrashing to Man City and a tight defeat to Watford, the Magpies remain a dangerous group for anyone.
There is an abundance of skill that should be on display Tuesday afternoon, and should make for an exciting encounter between the Spurs and Newcastle. As always, for winning wagers and top-notch analysis, keep reading on beneath the odds for team news, tactical preview, and a betting prediction. Enjoy!
Tottenham vs. Newcastle Betting Odds:
Over 2.5 (-115)
Under 2.5 (-105)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Tottenham vs. Newcastle Pick:
Assuming that one of the top-4 sides wins the FA Cup, spots have definitely opened up for a team like Tottenham to enter the European qualification conversation. While it’s likely to be the Europa League instead of the Champions League, the Spurs remain hungry for any sort of extra football going into next season under Jose Mourinho.
For the Spurs, Eric Dier remains suspended which will be a blow to their already suspect defense. Midfielder Dele Alli could be ready however, a key piece that will really provide a boost to the Spurs’ midfield. Alli remains a creative force, and a speedy figure that can provide excellent balls up top to the likes of Harry Kane and Son. His inclusion will be a handful for Newcastle to deal with.
Newcastle could be in tough on the injury front for Wednesday’s encounter. It is believed that Ciaran Clark, Sean Longstaff, and Isaac Hayden are all going to be still out for this clash. That puts quite the dent into Steve Bruce’s choices for his starting eleven. Danny Rose is also ineligible to face his former club, while star-man up front Allan Saint-Maximin is doubtful. He’s someone to check lineups for before wagering on this match!
Jose Mourinho is much more familiar with his group at the moment, and with a healthier squad than Newcastle, the skill and pace of the Spurs side should really take over. While the Magpies have been tough to defeat on home soil this season, without fans the business-like approach of Tottenham should win out on Wednesday.
Pick: Tottenham 2-1