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Free Soccer Picks: Newcastle vs. Tottenham Tips & Predictions 8/18/12

Newcastle vs. Tottenham Picks: A Point Per Side Coming At Sports Direct Arena: A great slate of matches on the English Premier League schedule are set to get started on Saturday, and the match that we are going to be looking at is the primetime clash at Sports Direct Arena featuring our Newcastle vs. Tottenham Hotspur picks. These two teams both had great seasons last year, finishing fifth and fourth on the Premier League table, though both fell short of the Europa League thanks to Chelsea’s successes in the Champions League. Both are going to hope to get off to a great start to the 2012-13 Premiership schedule this year as well, and the two should be in for a great battle on the Premier League odds.

The Toffies are used to this type of success, as they have been challenging for a spot in the Top 5 in the Premier League standings for years and years without all that much threat of relegation. Newcastle United though, is only a few years removed from relegation down to English Championship. Since that point though, the Magpies have been amongst the best of the middling teams in England, and they hope to continue their rise back to a regular in European competition this year.

Newcastle vs. Tottenham Schedule and Match Information
Newcastle vs. Tottenham Match Date/Time: Saturday, August 18th, 12:30 p.m. (ET)
Newcastle vs. Tottenham Stadium: Sports Direct Arena
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Newcastle vs. Tottenham Match Odds: Newcastle pk (-117)
Newcastle vs. Tottenham Betting Line Total: 2.5 (Over -115)

The hosts know that they were overachievers last year, and duplicating a Top 5 finish and a year ahead of both powers, Liverpool and Chelsea isn’t all that likely once again. Injuries are all over the place to start off the campaign for Newcastle United, knowing that Hatem Ben Arfa is already ruled out of the fold and several others likely are to sit or be limited to substitution roles as well. Papiss Demba Cisse knows that he is going to have to be a force in the middle of the Newcastle offense in this one, just as he was last year when he was able to strike 13 goals in 14 fixtures. However, he is facing a fitness test as well and could be a late entry into or out of the lineup. The newest member of the club, Vernon Anita, is going to be dressed with the Magpies for the first time on Saturday, and if he were to actually take part in the fixture, it would be a real question mark. Anita only joined the club on Thursday and clearly needs some time to gel with his newest teammates.

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Harry Redknapp is out after all these years at White Hart Lane, and that paves the way for Andre Villas-Boas. AVB was never loved in his first stint in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge, and Chelsea got rid of him before even just one season was completed. It almost seems remarkable to think that Villas-Boas was able to get back on his feet this quickly with yet another relatively top flight English Premier League club, but one can bet that failed efforts here with the Toffies will see him sent packing once again very quickly. This time around, Gareth Bale and Jermain Defoe are going to be anchoring the center of the offense, and these two are going to have to be good in front of a midfield that is certainly facing a bunch of questions. Rafael van der Vaart is going to be a force to watch, as well as Gylfi Sigurdsson, who was signed to a long term deal after being on loan to Tottenham Hotspur last year.

Newcastle vs. Tottenham Match Preview & Analysis: There is a heck of a lot of animosity that has built between these two teams thanks to the end of last season when Tottenham thrashed Newcastle 5-0 at White Hart Lane. The Magpies are going to be out looking for blood, and they might be able to find it relatively early against what appears like it could be a somewhat relatively leaky Hotspur defense. That being said, we just can’t pick a winner in this one, as a 1-1 Newcastle vs. Tottenham score seems just about right to kick off the campaign.

Newcastle vs. Tottenham Punting Tip: Draw (+230) @ BetOnline Sportsbook

Newcastle vs. Tottenham Score Prediction: Newcastle 1 – Tottenham 1

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English Premier League Tips: Bolton Wanderers vs. Newcastle United Picks

On Sunday, there is a three pack of England Premier League matches scheduled, and the big time duel is going to be the encounter between Bolton Wanderers vs. Newcastle United. Check out our Bolton vs. Newcastle picks for this week!

Tottenham managed to snare a spot in the Europa League this year by finishing in fifth place in a nervy ending to the 2010-11 English Premier League season. This year, the Hotspur are in sixth with 12 points, but they have a game in hand on virtually everyone in the league after getting their opening weekend fixture against Everton scrapped due to violence in England.

A 2-1 win over Arsenal two weeks ago was just what the doctor ordered. Sure, the Gunners aren’t all that great, at least as of the start of the season, but if Tottenham wants to get into European competition again next year, it is going to have to take a team like Arsenal out, especially in fixtures at White Hart Lane.

Scoring goals hasn’t been all that much of a problem for the Toffies. They have only been held in two matches without a goal, and one of those came at Old Trafford against the table toppers from Manchester United, certainly nothing that is worth fretting over. That was the only bad result on the road for Tottenham this year, as it has two other victories to its credit as guests and actually is in the same form at home as on the road (2-0-1).

This is going to be a tough task against Newcastle. The Magpies were Premier League contenders for years, but they fell off the face of the earth in the past few seasons to the point that they actually spent a year in Coca-Cola Championship.

The news is even better for the Toon right now, as it is figuring out how to keep some of its stars happy. Fabricio Coloccini is expected to ink a new contract in the near future, while Jonas Gutierrez just signed on for four more years.

The end result has seen Newcastle take a rock solid 11 points from seven fixtures without a defeat. There are only four teams in the EPL that can claim that they are still unbeaten.

What we have to remember is that the big guns haven’t come up on the schedule yet. A scoreless draw against a shaky Arsenal side was probably the roughest fixture of the season, though the 1-1 draw at Villa Park against Aston Villa was not to be forgotten about either.

So far this year at St. James Park, the Magpies have wins over Fulham and Blackburn Rovers, and both games were never really affairs that were in much doubt.

Tottenham was able to get three points from two matches in this series last year, though the two fixtures were played in just four weeks’ time.

This year, the oddsmakers are expecting a relatively tight match, as the two teams are on level terms on the Asian handicap, with Tottenham getting the very slight +140 nod to take three points on the road.

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Queens Park Rangers vs. Newcastle United Predictions & Picks

Loftus Road will be the site of the final English Premiership odds battle in Week 4, and it’s a big one. Two teams that are going to try to stick around in the middle of the Premier League table, as newcomers Queens Park Rangers tries to take out Newcastle.

It’s been an awfully solid start for the Magpies this year, as they are 2-1-0 through three matches and are very predictably sitting in the middle of the table. Since posting a scoreless draw against Arsenal to start the season, there hasn’t been a team on the slate that should challenge for a spot in European competition this season, and that will remain the case not just for this week, but until an October 16th battle at home against Tottenham Hotspur.

Even though Joey Barton is gone, Leon Best has been the hero thus far this season, scoring both goals against Fulham at St. James’ Park in Newcastle’s most recent EPL betting battle.

However, it’s definitely not all peaches and cream for the Magpies. They have really been concerned for weeks over Manager Alan Pardew and the fact that he might be stepping down from the post that he has manned for years over the team’s transfer policy. We must admit that it was an awfully quiet transfer season for Newcastle United, and that will almost certainly make it so the team won’t be able to hold this position near the top of the table for all that long.

QPR has been seen by its hometown faithful twice this year, and both games at Loftus Road proved to be a disaster. Not only was the team bounced 4-0 by a somewhat questionable Bolton Wanderers side to start off the Premier League betting campaign, but it was also taken down 2-0 in the Carling Cup by Rochdale out of League One.

That being said, there is definitely plenty of reason to be happy right now if you’re a fan of the Hoops. Tommaso Trani, Anton Ferdinand, and Shaun Wright-Phillips were all signed to Queens Park right before the end of the transfer season at the end of August, and now, there are some talks that David Beckham has been linked to the club once his MLS contract runs out with the Los Angeles Galaxy in November.

Home form is going to be crucial going forward for survival this year for the Hoops, after going 14-7-2 last year in its table topping season in the Championship. One would like to think that this team will need at least six or seven victories at home to be able to lock up its spot in the EPL once again next year, and this seems to be the type of fixture that is winnable to say the least.

Bet365 has QPR lined as a slight +145 favorite on the three-way Premier League lines. It is a ‘pick ‘em’ at -145. The visitors are +185 to take three points, while the draw is set at +225. The oddsmakers are expecting a low scorer, as the ‘total’ has been set at 2.5 over +120.

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