The 2018-19 Premier League season begins for Newcastle on home soil with Champions League hopefuls Tottenham Hotspur the first visitors of the campaign. Rafa Benitez has endured another difficult summer on the transfer front while Mauricio Pochettino has similarly struggled to get fresh bodies in to the club.
Where and when: St James’ Park – 11 August – kick-off 12:30
Where you can see Newcastle vs. Tottenham Hotspur: Sky Sports
Last time: Harry Kane was predictably the match winner when the sides met at Wembley Stadium in May. The England skipper ended the campaign on 30 league goals.
|Tottenham to win both halves||13/2||Offer|
|Harry Kane to score any time||19/20||Offer|
|Over 2.5 goals||19/5||Offer|
Newcastle v Tottenham Hotspur Predictions and Preview
Newcastle achieved a top-half finish last campaign and there was a real belief the club could kick-on in the off season. Magpies boss Benitez, adored in the terraces, has long intimated he would like to commit his long term future to the club but only if he was supported in the transfer market. The Spaniard has brought in three new acquisitions and the loan signing of Salomon Rondon who swapped sides with Dwight Gayle.
Despite the lack of arrivals, Newcastle should have enough to remain in English football’s top flight, particularly with Benitez in the dugout and can be found at 12/5 to chalk up maximum points on the opening day of the new campaign. There is good value here considering the Magpies will be facing a severely depleted side.
Visitors Spurs welcomed back English contingent Kane, Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose, Eric Dier and Dele Alli to training on Monday but the quintet are likely to sit out or appear in the second-half if the North Londoners are chasing the game. Belgian Jan Vertonghen, lauded as the Premier League’s best defender last term, may start in front of World Cup winning captain Hugo Lloris provided both men can pass fitness tests leading up to Saturday’s fixture.
Spurs are 21/20 to earn a hard fought victory while Son Heung-min, Kane’s expected deputy, is 5/1 to open proceedings and the both teams to score wager is 4/5.
One to watch for Newcastle: Rondon is a handful on his day and will relish wearing the famous No 9 shirt. The West Brom owned forward is 8/1 to open the scoring and get his Newcastle career off to a dream start.
One to watch for Spurs: Christian Eriksen makes the Lilywhites tick, and there will be even greater responsibility on the Dane if Kane and Alli fail to make the line-up. Eriksen is 3/1 to net anytime during the contest.
Long shot: Newcastle may have failed to avoid relegation in the 2015-16 season but did bow out in memorable fashion. In their final game of the term, the Magpies hit Spurs for five and played with ten men for the final 25 minutes. While the same scoreline is highly unlikely this time around, a 3-0 triumph can be found at 60/1.