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Premier League preview: Saturday’s action including Newcastle vs Spurs

Newcastle vs Spurs


Premier League preview: Saturday’s action including Newcastle vs Spurs

Premier League preview: Saturday’s action including Newcastle vs Spurs

Newcastle vs Spurs

Last time Tottenham visited St James Park, it wasn’t pretty for the north London side; the Magpies dished out a 6-1 drubbing.

When the sides met in December, Spurs earned a measure of revenge, winning 4-1. So will this lunchtime trip to the Toon be another goal-heavy affair?

Newcastle have scored in every single home game so far in this campaign (as have Tottenham), and Spurs are generally good value to score away from home too. Particularly against the Magpies – whom they’ve scored against in each of their last 17 away games in the Prem.

Goals? Goals. Over 3.5 is a 10/11 shot; otherwise, Alexander Isak is 11/10 to net at any time, and has found the net in his last five home appearances.

Brentford vs Sheffield United

At first glance, hosting Sheffield United looks a great opportunity for Brentford to put a winless run behind them.

The Bees haven’t won a league match in nine attempts, though they have at least drawn against Man Utd, Brighton and Aston Villa lately.

Problem is, the Blades have – to an extent – started to get their act together, with three draws of their own in their last four outings.

Backing the hosts at a pretty short price doesn’t hold much appeal when Chris Wilder’s side are proving to be less of a pushover.

If the visitors can frustrate Chelsea, Fulham and Bournemouth there’s every chance they could give Brentford a decent tussle. Particularly given the Bees haven’t managed to win in any of their last six meetings with Sheffield United. Backing the draw at 4/1 seems reasonable, then.

Burnley vs Brighton

Vincent Kompany’s Burnley look to shake off a 1-0 loss to Everton last time out as they host a Brighton side that took a 3-0 beating from Arsenal last weekend.

Roberto De Zerbi’s stock may remain high, but Brighton aren’t exactly setting the world alight in terms of away performances.

The Seagulls were held to a goalless draw by Brentford at the start of the month, and have also been beaten on the road by Fulham (3-0) and Luton (4-0) in 2024. The south coast side have only scored once in their last three outings too.

Is it really so strange to think Burnley can get something here? I say no – and you can back the draw at 14/5.

Man City vs Luton

After establishing a pattern where Rob Edwards’ side score goals, play their hearts out, then inevitably go on to lose regardless, Luton flipped the script last time out.

The Hatters beat Bournemouth 2-1, a fine result for the league’s plucky underdogs that offers a platform to build on as they fight valiantly to maintain their Prem survival. Now, who’s up next?

Ah. Yup, last week’s feelgood win is unlikely to kickstart a winning run, with the Thanos of football heading to Kenilworth Road. Even if Man City have been less inevitable than usual this season.

Despite the sense City aren’t quite the unstoppable force of previous campaigns, the club are unbeaten in the Prem since December. They held Real Madrid to a 3-3 draw midweek – oh, and last time they played Luton (in the FA Cup), they stuck six past them.

This will probably end up being fairly comfortable for the hosts, according to our spokesperson from the bleeding obvious department. Wins, goals, pretty much any angle you can come up with are priced unappealingly, given the disparity between these two sides.

If he starts, perhaps Erling Haaland can cement his status as flat-track bully extraordinaire – even if he’s only scored once in his last seven matches. He did fire five past Luton in that Cup tie back in February, after all.

Understandably, Haaland’s price means you may baulk at backing him to go on another tear. If so, Phil Foden might be a better option, assuming he’s part of Pep Guardiola’s plans here.

Phil the thrill scored a hat-trick against Villa last week, and scored midweek against Real too. He also has a total of nine goals in his last nine league games. Foden is 59/50 to get on the scoresheet on Saturday.

Nottingham Forest vs Wolves

Forest are currently clear of the relegation zone solely on goal difference; as Nuno Espirito Santo’s side hosts his old club on Saturday, can the Forest coach keep the Wolves from his door?

Though the Tricky Trees were beaten on the road by Tottenham last time out, Forest did win their last home game against Fulham. That victory ended a six-game winless streak in all competitions, however.

Wolves have seen a bit of a dip in results in the last few weeks too. But their record against Forest is notable, having lost just one of their last 10 league meetings.

Nevertheless, Forest have at least been scoring; specifically, Chris Wood has been scoring. You can see the Wood for the Trees; the big man has scored in each of his last four outings, and has a good record of scoring against this opposition too. He may well loom large again here, and Wood is 9/5 to find the net at any time.

Bournemouth vs Man Utd

With the Cherries winning their last three home games and Man Utd prone to slip-ups, could it be be worth taking a chance on the hosts to bag another win at the Vitality in this teatime kick-off?

After all, Andoni Iraola’s side won the reverse fixture at Old Trafford 3-0. Of course, there’s a danger that United will be looking to exact revenge – but desire doesn’t always translate into getting the job done.

The Red Devils’ results haven’t been amazing in this campaign – but even so, those results have sometimes been better than the performances have merited.

A win for the hosts doesn’t seem a massive stretch, and Bournemouth are 29/20 to take the three points.

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