Spurs clearly aren’t a one-man team although it would be interesting to see their points tally without the services of Gareth Bale. It’s amazing to think that the Welshman had an infamous record of never being part of a winning Tottenham team, although he has since upgraded his talents from being a defender to one of the best attacking players on the planet.
It’s been quite a transformation for the former Southampton player whose goal at The Hawthorns on Sunday was the latest stunning strike in the Premier League this season and it means that Spurs are now just one point behind Chelsea and with a chance of going third by winning the Saturday lunchtime encounter.
Tottenham are a best price 7/10 (Paddy Power) to record their seventh victory of the season at White Hart Lane although it’s slightly concerning that they have managed just eighteen goals in their twelve home games this season. They’re also without Jermain Defoe although Emmanuel Adebayor is on his way back from the African Cup of Nations.
The striker was excellent on loan from Manchester City last season but has struggled to get among the goals this term and perhaps it’s time for him to start repaying Andre Villas-Boas, with the Togolese forward a best price 5/1 (Sky Bet) to score the first goal of Saturday’s game.
That man Bale is slightly bigger at odds of 6/1 (Coral) although Newcastle will be keeping close tabs on a player who is enjoying a hot streak of form in front of goal, with the Magpies having turned a corner since Alan Pardew bought a glut of Frenchman during the January transfer window.
Back-to-back wins against Aston Villa and Chelsea have put clear daylight between United and the teams scrapping relegation in the Premier League, with the Newcastle manager feeling vindicated that a series of signings were made to stop the rot.
The Magpies beat Tottenham on the opening day of the season and 4/1 seems a large price about the Tyneside club completing the double given the form that they have started to enjoy, with Moussa Sissoko looking especially impressive last weekend and scoring two goals for his new club.
The former Toulouse midfielder is a 14/1 chance to continue his scoring start by bagging the opener in this particular match, although his efforts might be more of the defensive variety against a side that like to play free-flowing attacking football and there is now a chance for new signing Lewis Holtby to shine brightly.
We’re going for a 2-1 victory in favour of Spurs which is the same scoreline that Newcastle won by in August, with odds of 17/2 looking favourable about this particular outcome.