Scoring goals has been a problem for Tottenham in the Premier League despite the fact that they are stationed fourth in the table; with Andre Villas-Boas’ team having managed just nine in ten games played.
AVB recently criticised the moaning supporters after a fortunate 1-0 win against Hull City where the home side claimed three points thanks to a late penalty, although Newcastle will be out to make things similarly tough for Spurs on Sunday afternoon.
The home win doesn’t look massively appealing, even at a best price of 4/7 with William Hill free bet. It was only a month ago that West Ham claimed a 3-0 win at the Lane despite fielding no strikers in the team, while Hull claimed a 2-2 draw in the Capital One Cup in addition to that slender defeat in the Premier League.
Not too many of the Spurs team that beat FC Sheriff on Thursday night will retain their place in the first team for this encounter, although it is worth noting that Tottenham have now kept three consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League and you can get odds of 17/10 that they win to nil in this encounter.
On the First Goalscorer market, Roberto Soldado is the favourite at 9/2, although the majority of the Spaniard’s goals have come from the penalty spot, with Paulinho potentially offering better value at 10/1 considering the Brazilian has found the net three times since arriving at the Lane in the summer.
As for Newcastle, they are a 6/1 chance to collect their third away win of the season and will be full of confidence after deservedly beating Chelsea 2-0 last weekend, with Yoan Gouffran and Loic Remy providing the finishing touches.
The Magpies have played pretty well in their past few matches, winning at Cardiff in the Premier League before their ten men held Liverpool to a 2-2 draw. They were defensively stout against Chelsea and can be backed at 6/1 to claim a surprise win.
The draw is a 10/3 chance and it’s easy to see the game ending all square, with Sky Bet going 14/1 about No Goalscorer in this contest, although Villas-Boas will be aware that his team need to be more offensive and we could therefore see both teams scoring in this game.
That possibility can be backed at even money with Boylesports, with a 2-1 win in favour of Tottenham on offer at 8/1, while the HT FT outcome of Newcastle / Tottenham at 25/1 makes appeal considering Spurs might be on the sluggish side following that Europa League contest.
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