Newcastle United vs Tottenham HotspurEnglish Premier League, KO: 14:00 Apr 23, 2023, St James' Park
A potentially pivotal showdown in the race for Champions League qualification takes place in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon as Newcastle United square off with Tottenham Hotspur at St James' Park.
The Magpies five-game unbeaten run was brought to a shuddering halt as they crashed to a 3-0 defeat at high-flying Aston Villa last weekend.
That setback coupled with Manchester United's subsequent success at Nottingham Forest means that Newcastle are now occupying fourth spot in the standings.
Eddie Howe's side will now turn their attention to tightening their grip on what is the final Champions League spot when fifth-placed Tottenham come to town.
Spurs' season has been plagued by inconsistency, and that was typified by their 3-2 defeat at home to Bournemouth last time out.
That being said, Cristian Stellini's side remain firmly tin he hunt for a much-coveted place in the top four and a win here would see them draw level on points with their hosts.
Newcastle United triumphed in October's reverse fixture and the Toon are odds-on 5/6 (Bet 365) favourites to repeat the trick on Sunday afternoon.
Tottenham Hotspur's last two top-flight road trips have ended all square and another share of the spoils here has been priced up at 11/4 (Bet 365) while the visitors are as big as 16/5 (Bet 365) to claim top honours on Tyneside.
While the Magpies' success this season has stemmed from a solid defensive foundation, their standards have slipped in recent months, with Eddie Howe's side earning just one clean sheet across their last 10 Premier League assignments.
Although opposing outfit Tottenham are not firing on all cylinders at the moment, they are a team filled with goal-threatening talent, and that is evidenced by the fact that they have only failed to score in four of their 31 top-flight tussles this term to date.
However, at the other end of the park, Spurs have demonstrated a frequent inability to keep the back door shut, with the capital club conceding at least one goal in each of their last six league outings.
It's also worth pointing out that Both Teams to Score would have been a winning bet in Tottenham's last five league games, not to mention the same wager would have yielded profit from four of Newcastle's last six Premier League contests.
With that in mind, coupled with the fact that this bet would have copped when the pair crossed swords in the capital earlier this season, siding with the same selection at St James Park on Sunday looks the way to go at 5/6 (UniBet).
Switching gears, I’ll also have a nibble on Newcastle's Dan Burn to be booked at 9/2 with Bet 365.
The 6 ft 7 Magpies left-back has already been carded five times in the Premier League this season and he should have his hands full here given the directness and trickery of Dejan Kulusevski, who is likely to be his direct opponent.
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