The scary thing for the other members of the current top four is that Tottenham keep picking up points despite hardly scoring, but with Newcastle’s generous defence in town, Spurs can finally let off the handbrake.
Jose Mourinho made the 1-0 win fashionable again when he came to English football and it appears his protégé took some well documented notes.
Four of six wins for Andres Villas-Boas’ Spurs side have been won by that slender margin this season and those who believe this pattern will continue with the visit of Newcastle can take a slice of 13/2 on the 1-0 home win.
What is for sure is that Tottenham boast a mean defence, which is statistically the second meanest in the top-flight, having only been breached five times – just one more than steely Southampton.
As they try to equal the Saints’ seasonal record of four consecutive clean sheets, another Spurs shut-out can be backed at 23/20, while the win to nil is available at decent odds of 6/4 with Ladbrokes.
Newcastle have reason to be confident after beating Chelsea at St James’ Park last time they ventured out in the Premier League, though their story on the road this season is slightly different.
Alan Pardew’s unpredictable Magpies have a habit of being breached away from the north-east and the fact that they’ve averagely shipped exactly two per game form their last four road trips, gives the 1/1 on Tottenham scoring 2/3 real credence.
Tottenham are yet to fully click, but they are just starting to simmer and in Newcastle they have an opponent who are likely to play quite openly, which should leave Spurs room to exploit in behind and finally score a few goals.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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