The Tottenham fans who made the trip to the Etihad last weekend must still be wondering how their team managed to escape from their match with Manchester City with a point.
Spurs were second best throughout the match and had to ride a little bit of luck with a late VAR decision but the point shows how far the team have come under Mauricio Pochettino. They’ve gone from being a club who would regularly wilt under pressure to one who can dig deep when under pressure to secure results they don’t deserve.
Tottenham will not have to dig quite as deep this Sunday when they host Newcastle in North London. Newcastle’s start to the season has been as poor as many of their fans worried it might be. They were thoroughly beaten by Norwich last weekend and the bookies have them as big as 14/1 for a shock win at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
No Drama for Tottenham
If Tottenham are to finish in the top four yet again they’ll need to make the most of their home matches, especially against teams in the bottom half of the Premier League table. It may still be early days but few people would argue that Newcastle are going to be scrapping around the lower reaches of the division which does put a certain amount of pressure on Spurs to win this one.
We don’t think the home side will have any problem living up to that pressure. They are as short as 1/5 in places but we think it’s worth taking a slightly bigger risk by backing Tottenham to win to nil at evens with Boylesports.
Spurs are a well-organised unit whilst Newcastle look poor going forwards. Their new manager, Steve Bruce is likely to favour a defensive approach on Sunday so the home side shouldn’t have too much to worry about.
Another way of capitalising on a routine home win is by backing the Tottenham/Tottenham selection at 4/5 in Coral’s half time/full time market. Spurs scored the first goal in over two thirds of their home matches last season and should have little trouble holding out for the win should they take a first half lead.
Moura Ready to Play a Role from the Start
Gaining a reptuation as a super-sub is an uncomfortable position for a player to get into. Whilst it’s great to have the trust of the manager that you can influence the game off the bench, every super-sub would love to start more matches.
That is certainly the case with Lucas Moura. He scored an excellent header from a corner just seconds after coming on against Man City last weekend but wants to play a role from the start in those big matches.
The flying Brazilian forward could well get a chance to shine against Newcastle. He has the pace and quality to cause Newcastle a real problem so looks a good bet to score in a Tottenham win at 13/10 with Paddy Power.
Tottenham/Tottenham half time/full time at 4/5 with Coral
Lucas Moura to score/Tottenham win double at 13/10 with Paddy Power
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