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P.J. Murray 15th Oct 2011 - 17:17

Spurs to end the streak

Harry Redknapp will look to celebrate his manager of the month award with a win away to Newcastle.

Presumably the Spurs manager won the award after seeing his side battle back from 1-0 down to beat Irish Champions Shamrock Rovers 3-1, a landmark result for the London side.

It's strange to say that both Spurs and Newcastle are too of the most in-form sides in the Premier League and this should result in an open and highly entertaining game.

Alan Pardew has set his side up nicely as a defensive unit, which is the key to their current unbeaten record, but this will be a massive test of the back four which have been so resilient up to now. With all the pre-season talk about a possible relegation dogfight due to the loss of some key players, Newcastle have just gone from strength to strength.

Spurs (7/5) have recovered from their shaky start and they have strung five successive wins together, a 2-1 win over Arsenal being the highlight.

Gareth Bale has been pivotal to Redknapp's side and we are offering an enhanced Match Winner that the Welsh winger will score and Spurs will win at 7/1. This has been bumped up from 5/1.

Emmanuel Adebayor has proved his worth so far this season, his three league goals have put him top of the Spurs top scorers list. The controversial striker is 11/2 to score first and 6/4 to hit the net anytime during the 90 minutes. However Aaron Lennon scored in both meetings with Newcastle in the Premier League last season. The midfielder is 5/1 to score anytime.

Demba Ba and Leon Best have both been on form for the Magpies, with Pardew calling for Best to be given more of an international role. Ba is 7/1 to score first while you can back Best at 9/4 to add to his three goals at any stage of the match.

Spurs have not won in the North East since 2004, a harrowing statistic that they will want to set right. But it does explain that Newcastle are 19/10 underdogs for the clash. The draw being priced at 9/4.

Newcastle are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League matches at home to London sides, but five of those games have been draws. You can back the Geordies at 21/20 Draw No Bet if you fancy this to be a close game.

Spurs have scored exactly one goal on each of their last six visits to St James Park in the Premier League, but with such potent attacking threats it might be worth backing two Spurs goals at 5/2 or three at 6/1. It looks promising when you take into account only the top three sides in the Premier League have scored more goals than Tottenham this season, despite the fact that Spurs have played one game fewer than most teams.

I think Newcastle will set out defensively, but Spurs have the players to take them apart and I expect them to win this comfortable.


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