Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur Match Preview
One of the standout matches from the first round of Premier League action takes place at the Sports Direct Arena as Newcastle United play host to Tottenham Hotspur, and to celebrate the return of the best league in the World, William Hill are offering enhanced wincasts on all matches this weekend.
For the hosts, an unexpected rise up the table last season saw them come agonisingly close to Champions League qualification, however a 5th placed finish was a great achievement. Alan Pardew will be again be looking for his team to challenge the upper echelons of the league this season, and to start with a win against Spurs would be a solid statement of intent. One of the leading lights for the Magpies last season was Senegalese striker Papiss Demba Cisse, racking up 13 goals in a magnificent season. If you fancy Cisseto score anytime and Newcastle to win, you can find the enhanced wincast price of 5/2 here. (from 23/10).
Travelling away for their first game of the season has rarely suited Spurs, losing their last three, and winning only one in nine, yet a reinvigorated team travels to the North East searching for a win in Andre Villas-Boas' first competitive game in charge. After the retirement of club legend Ledley King, their defence has been somewhat bolstered by the signing of former Ajax captain Jan Vertonghen, as well as the recalling of Steven Caulker from his loan move. A poor end of the 2011/12 campaign saw Spurs narrowly miss out on Champions League football, a goal that is more than achievable this season, and you can find odds on either side to finish in the top 4 here. If Spurs can start their season with a win away, it would put them in good stead for an early season run of good form. An integral piece of the team based at White Hart Lane is left winger Gareth Bale, a leading light of European football, who chipped in with 9 goals last season. If you fancy Spurs to grab all three points aided by Bale to score anytime, then you can find their enhanced wincast price of 8/1 here.(from 6/1).
Although Tottenham's record at Newcastle doesn't read to well, having not won in their last six, they have drawn the last two, having won all three fixtures in North London. However, they will need to be switched on from kick off as Newcastle led the league in goals scored in the first half last season, netting 50% of them before the oranges!
The biggest move in the transfer markets from either of these teams appears to e the big money move for Luka Modric, as he prepares to leave for the ‘galacticos' of Real Madrid, where it can be expected he will play around 30 minutes a game. The proposed sum of £30m is yet to be formally announced, yet looks likely to be confirmed over the weekend. Will Spurs be able to play such a free-flowing brand of football as they have in past seasons without the Croatian dynamo? You can find the odds for the Lilywhites to qualify be the top London club here.
With 13 goals in 14 appearances, one of the signings of lat season was Papiss Demba Cisse, and the question on everyone's lips this year is whether or not he will be able to continue his great form? Cisse is potent threat, having proved his goal scoring talents for Hoffenheim before his move to Newcastle, and must be expected to net plenty for the Geordie boys this year. If you think he can win the Premier League's top goalscorer honour, then you can find the price here.
With coverage live on ESPN, the match kicks off at 5:15pm, and is definitely one not to be missed.