The Premier League program kicks off today with a match at Wembley, as Tottenham host Newcastle.
The Geordies are fresh off an impressive win over reigning champions Manchester City. They are likely to select the same side, with new record signing Miguel Almiron still awaiting a visa. They will travel with more hope than might be expected looking at the respective league positions.
Spurs are still missing key forward players, but welcomed back Heung-min Son from international duty midweek, with the Korean scoring a vital goal in Tottenham’s win over Watford.
That victory lifted some of the gloom that had settled over the side, and importantly pushed Tottenham seven points clear of Arsenal in fourth.
We think it will be hard for Newcastle to duplicate the effort it took to beat City, and we look for Spurs to win. However, it won’t be easy with Newcastle likely to defend deep. Still, we expect Son to make the difference and look for him to open the scoring.
The late game will be an emotional affair as Cardiff host Bournemouth, with the Welsh side still struggling to come to terms with the disappearance of their newly signed Argentinian striker Emiliano Sala.
It’s difficult to judge this game. The hosts could power through on a wave of emotion, after all they didn’t play badly in defeat at Arsenal midweek.
However, Bournemouth were very impressive in thrashing Chelsea a few days ago, and we’ll take them to carry this form on today. Midfielder David Brooks has been on fine form of late, and we’ll take him to score anytime today.
Tottenham/Newcastle: Son to score first, 1 pt, at 4/1, SkyBet
Cardiff/Bournemouth: Brooks to score anytime, 1 pt, at 11/4, Boyle Sports
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