Tottenham face a tough away trip to St James’ to take on Newcastle in the opening fixture of the new Premiership season, and are a top priced 2.88 with Paddy Power and Stan James to come away with all three points.
The stats are certainly not good as far as the Lilywhites are concerned as when playing away from home on the opening day of the season they have won just one of their last eight (one draw) and lost the last three in a row.
However are unbeaten in their last five against the Magpies in the league, winning three, and have drawn the last two encounters at this ground.
They have also conceded just three goals in their last five games against Alan Pardew’s men, so there are plenty of reasons to believe they can get the job done.
It’s a pity that the Emmanuel Adebayor deal has still not been completed ahead of this fixture, and that means that Jermaine Defoe is currently the only senior striker at the club.
He is a an 8 chance with Blue Square and Coral in the first goalscorer market, but spurs do have plenty of other players capable of breaking the deadlock with the likes of Gareth Bale, Rafael van der Vaart and Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Bale is always a bit of value, and I would not put anyone having a wager on him at 11 with Ladbrokes and Stan James to break the deadlock.
Another player worth a small punt at huge odds is new centre-back Jan Vertonghen.
He scored 10 goals for Ajax last season – including 8 in 31 league games -and 8 the season before and as well as having a powerful shot is very good in the air.
Coral offer a massive 34 about him bagging the opener, and you can also get 11 with them about him netting anytime. Those prices simply look too big to be ignored.
I fancy Spurs to edge what is going to be a tough game 2-1, and that scoreline can be backed at a standout 12 with Betfred.