Tottenham vs Newcastle – Feb. 11th
Tottenham host Newcastle at White Hart Lane on Feb. 11tht in one of this weekend’s biggest English Premier League games. Spurs manager Harry Redknapp was found not guilty of tax evasion a couple of days ago and will now be able to focus on trying to catch both Manchester teams. He’s also been linked to the vacant manager’s job with England.
Manchester City leads the league with 57 points followed by Manchester United with 55 and Spurs with 50 and then Chelsea with 43. Spurs have 15 wins, five draws and four losses on the season they might be a bit too far back to fight for the league title, but they’re in good position to finish in the top four and make it to next season’s Champions League. Newcastle is in fifth place with 42 points, just one behind Chelsea and two ahead of Arsenal. Their goal this season is a top-four finish.
Spurs dropped a couple of points last week by drawing 0-0 at Liverpool, while Newcastle scored a 2-1 win over Aston Villa at home. Newcastle and Spurs met earlier in the season with the game ending in a 2-2 draw in Newcastle. It was just the second draw between them in the past 10 years. Newcastle has had the edge recently by winning six out of their last 10 meetings with Spurs.
Emmanuel Adebayor, Louis Saha, and Jermain Defoe are Spurs main threats up front, but Redknapp will likely just start one of them for some reason. Gareth Bale has been adding his share of goals with seven in league games so far. However, Spurs will likely be missing quite a few players for this game. Younes Kaboul and Rafael van der Vaart will have to pass late fitness tests, but Defoe and Aaron Lennon both have hamstring injuries.
Newcastle has won four out of their last five league games and is looking pretty good up front with Demba Ba back in the line-up along with his Senegalese teammate and striking partner Papiss Demba Cisse. Both scored last week against Villa and Ba now has 16 goals in 16 league games this season. Leon Best was injured in that game as was Ryan Taylor. Yohan Cabaye will be missing due to a suspension and Cheik Tiote is playing at the Africa Cup of Nations.
If both teams go with a pair of strikers it could be a pretty exciting game with numerous scoring chances. Spurs have lost just once at home in their past 29 matches and Newcastle hasn’t won there since 2008. Both teams need the points in a bad way if they hope to reach their goals this season, but they could both drop a couple of points with this game ending in a draw.
The latest odds at sportsbook William Hill show a Tottenham win at 8/15 with a Newcastle victory at 6/1 and a draw at 14/5.