Under 2.5 Goals

Boy, did Jose Mourinho need to beat Arsenal last weekend. While many, myself included, backed the Gunners to turn this pretty hapless Spurs side over, Mourinho oversaw a very important win, not just for his Tottenham career, but for the club’s Europa League ambitions next season.

Newcastle, now very much safe, are threatening to see their season peter out, although Steve Bruce, who needs every last crumb of support from the St. James’ faithful he can gather, will be desperate to end this current campaign on a high – particularly with the takeover spectre threatening to unearth him from the hotseat after only a single season.

I’m actually finding this one quite tough to call. Spurs were embarrassingly bad against Bournemouth, yet have ground out results against Manchester United, Everton and Arsenal since the restart, although just three away victories all season is a genuine cause for concern. Newcastle, meanwhile, have lost only three home games all season.

For value, backing under 2.5 goals at evens looks the way to go. Only seven of Newcastle’s 17 games at St. James’ Park this season have seen over two goals, while nine of Spurs’ last 15 in the league have also seen under 2.5 goals.

Furthermore, over 2.5 goals have been scored in just one of the last five league meetings between these two, meaning I’m very happy backing this at evens.

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Under 2.5 Goals - 1.5pts @ evs