It’s a little too early to bill this tie as a battle of the Champions League contenders, but it will offer an indicator of how high Newcastle should be setting their sights this season…
Tottenham and Alan Pardew inflicted the most painful losses of the other’s recent history upon one other, with Pardew denying Spurs a top-four finish with West Ham in 2006 and then being relegated by them with Charlton a year later.
The Newcastle boss came close to gaining a measure of revenge for his heartache with his new team in January, only for Aaron Lennon to deny him in injury time, however he now has a side better equipped to claim all three points at 7/4.
The Magpies have gone ten Premier League games without defeat, winning four of their seven so far this campaign – including two of their three at St James’ Park – while they have won four and drawn one of their last five at home to the Lilywhites.
Spurs head to the north east in fine form of their own, victorious in four successive fixtures prior to the international break, yet may be without one of the players integral to that run, with Emmanuel Adebayor rated a major injury doubt.
If you fancy them to triumph without the Togo striker, odds of 6/4 are available, with the draw rated a 23/10 prospect.
With Newcastle’s defence conceding in their last three games and the last six between these clubs on Tyneside ending with both on the scoresheet, both teams to score at 4/6 and over 2.5 goals at 8/11 appeal.
Demba Ba has scored four in two matches for the hosts after a slow start and has netted 11 in 14 Premier League starts in total, so 7/4 is a tasty price on him firing at any time. The Senegalese forward is 6/1 to grab the opener.