Andrew Hughes thinks Tottenham will outclass Newcastle on Sunday and help to land another weekend multiple in the process
“While Newcastle will be keen to put on a show for their home crowd, the Tottenham defence will have tougher forward pairings to cope with this season than Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez…”
Newcastle mark their return to the Premier League with a chance to upset one of the title contenders in front of the St James' Park masses on Sunday.
The lack of transfer activity at Tottenham has fans worried, and a rash of injuries ahead of this game will make it harder for the team to show their best form, but class will out, and Spurs, even missing one or two players, are the far better side.
While Newcastle will be keen to put on a show for their home crowd, the Tottenham defence will have tougher forward pairings to cope with this season than Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez, and as Michael Cox points out in his must-read Big Match Tactical View, Newcastle are likely to struggle to keep Harry Kane quiet. This may not be a classic Tottenham performance, but they look a solid bet for three points.
Guyana Amazon Warriors have reached the final of the Caribbean Premier League on three occasions but they look unlikely finalists this time round.
The Warriors have lost all three matches so far and that isn't too surprising when you look at their line-up. In the absence of Chris Lynn, New Zealand international Martin Guptil is their sole star and they look woefully short of batting firepower.
St Lucia also lost their first three matches, but they have the likes of Shane Watson, Jesse Ryder, Darren Sammy and Marlon Samuels in their ranks, and they should have enough firepower to win this battle of the basement.
Both these sides have something to play for on Sunday, but while Wests Tigers will be keen not to finish the NRL season at the bottom of the table, Manly Sea Eagles have a top four spot in view, and that should prove stronger motivation.
The Tigers generally have a good record at the Leichhardt Oval and have beaten the Sea Eagles in five of their last seven meetings at the venue, but they have struggled in front of their own fans in recent weeks and have lost their last three at home. They also have the worst defensive record in the competition, having missed 725 tackles this season, and they won't be able to contain Manly, who recorded a morale-boosting win over the Sydney Roosters last time. Back the visitors to prevail.
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2017 Weekend Multiple P/L
Staked: 60 pts
Returned: 78.79 pts
P/L: +18.79 pts