Tottenham v Newcastle United
Saturday 11 February 2012 5.30pm (live on ESPN)
Surely it could only happen to Redknapp, gets found not guilty and on the same day the bloke in his way for the England job resigns, would you ‘Adam and Eve’ it!
An intriguing game and one Newcastle can approach with some confidence having won the two ‘easier’ matches against Blackburn and Villa, so anything here would surely be a big bonus.
Along with the United team though, The Mag come to this match full of confidence having predicted Ba first goal against Villa (5-1) and Papiss Cissé to score the final goal (11-2) on his debut in the same match.
Spurs have obviously been in form this year and especially at home where they have gained 29 points from 12 matches with only one defeat against Manchester City. Having said that though they played Liverpool on Monday missing at least half a dozen first teamers including Defoe, Lennon and Kaboul who have all been a thorn in our side over the last few years.
I’m sure like me almost all of you will see it as a no-brainer for the Senegal pairing to start for United but as always you can never be sure.
The home match against Spurs was a great match and despite Newcastle only picking up a point I do think that was the day when people began thinking maybe Newcastle could play a bit and it wasn’t just an ‘easy’ run of games at the start of the season.
The stand out bet with BET365 has to be the 21-10 for Ba to score any time in the match. I know these are no mugs but he has scored 16 goals in 18 starts, including scoring at least one goal in ten of those eighteen matches. By my reckoning he should be something like just over evens as to whether he gets on the scoresheet.
Papiss Cissé undoubtedly hit the ground running on his debut and I find it quite bizarre that with his profile and goals record he is 11-1 to score the first goal, better odds than you can get for Modric and Kranjcar!
Our final bet is taking the 12-1 with BET365 for Newcastle to score a penalty sometime in the ninety minutes, it is now 14 matches since Newcastle were awarded a penalty at Old Trafford and if we do get one then I ‘d have every faith in Cissé, Ba or even Shola(!) to put it away if the ref points to the spot.