Redknapp faces another nightmare
In the late Premier League kick-off on Saturday, Newcastle take on Tottenham at White Hart Lane. Newcastle are sitting fifth in the table and they have an eye on finishing in the top four and with it, a Champions League spot.
Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool are inconsistent and all three may miss out on Champions League football next season. Tottenham have been in the front pages of the news this week. Their manager, Harry Redknapp is back in-charge at training after being cleared at court of tax charges.
Now Capello has quit as manager, he is being heavily linked with the England managerial position. It may be difficult for the FA to prize him away from the North London club and he is 4/11 to take the job permanently.
Tottenham are 1/2 to win at home, the draw is 16/5 and an away win is 11/2. Newcastle have not won on their previous two trips to the Lane but 4-1 (125/1) and 3-2 (66/1) wins before that means they know how to win in North London.
Spurs have lost just one of their last twenty-nine league games at home but all the events last week concerning Harry Redknapp, could have unsettled the squad. You can back Newcastle at 4/1 draw no bet and they are 17/10 to win or draw.
Pardew has done a fantastic job at the club. He has made some shrewd signings and he seems to be getting the best out of his players. Demba Ba has been their player of the season. He has now scored sixteen goals in his last sixteen appearances for the club and he 7/1 to score the first goal of the match.
Newcastle have signed his international strike partner, Papiss Demba Cisse to play alongside him. He came off the bench against Aston Villa last week and scored on his debut. He is 15/2 to open the scoring at the Lane.
Spurs are also in sensational form. They only managed a point at Liverpool on Monday but they were hampered by injuries. Van der Vaart, Defoe and Lennon could all make a return to the first team for the clash.
Over 2.5 goals is 4/6 and Newcastle will not sit back, they will take on Tottenham on the break. The Lilywhites have fired in more shots on target than any other side in the Premier League (155), so we can expect a high scoring affair.
The best bet could be both teams to score anytime at 10/11. Spurs looked resilient at Liverpool but they play so far up the field, that they will leave themselves exposed to Newcastle's pace in attack. However, Spurs have only conceded ten goals at home.
Tottenham have picked up less cards than any other side in the top flight (27 yellow, one red). Newcastle are not a particularly rough or dirty side and total cards under 4 is even money. We should see good flowing football and there could be plenty of goals.