Top Six hopefuls Spurs and Newcastle back in Premier League action
Following the international break, Premier League action returns, with Coral previewing a quartet of teams all pushing for a top six place this season.
Southampton v Newcastle
While Newcastle, 14/1 for a top six finish, have been in the news for off-field reasons recently, with chairman Mike Ashley linked to buying Rangers, attention turns to a trip to St Mary’s for the Magpies. The away side have recorded jut two points in the Premier League season, after a stuttering start to the campaign.
Manager Alan Pardew has, maybe unfairly, been the subject of criticism from fans so far this term; however, he has a job of bedding in a handful of new players, which is bound to take time. At 7/2 to win, their chances appear even more remote of this outcome by the fact that the Saints are odds-on at 4/5.
New centre forward Emmanuel Riviere has yet to open his account for the Magpies so far, and is 11/4 to net anytime against a new-look Saints defence. Ronald Koeman is getting used to a host of new personnel himself; however, his team have double the amount of points their opponents do, though have the same 14/1 odds to finish in the top six .
Southampton’s 3-1 away win at West Ham last time out restored confidence in the team and fans. Morgan Schneiderlin bagged a brace at Upton Park, and is 11/2 to net anytime against Newcastle; however, it will be interesting to see how Saints supporters react to his reported comments that he wanted to leave the club in the transfer window.
New signing and Senegal wideman, Saido Mane, who arrived on transfer deadline day, and could be in line for a start, with odds of 11/2 to score the first goal.
Sunderland v Spurs
The Black Cats are 5/2 to beat north London club Tottenham, who are 11/10, and have had an indifferent start to the season. Gus Poyet’s side have recorded two points, though one of those came at home against Manchester United, in what could certainly prove vital at the end of the campaign.
Striker Connor Wickham, who was vital to Sunderland’s survival last term, is yet to open his account in the Premier League, and is 2/1 to find the net anytime. New signing Jack Rodwell could prove to be a canny signing, and it was his header that claimed Sunderland a point against the Red Devils. He is 12/1 to score the first goal.
Tottenham, odds-on at 4/11 to finish in the top six, surprisingly perhaps, have had a great start to the campaign, however lost their heads in the last home game against Liverpool, with the match ending 3-0. Despite this, Mauricio Pochettino has worked wonders with compatriot Erik Lamela, who has two assists in the league this season, as well as a maiden goal for Argentina against Germany during the international break. He is 11/4 to breach the Black Cats defence and notch the opening goal of the match.
Many expected Pochettino to bring in a frontman before the transfer window closed to ease the pressure on Emmanuel Adebayor, though it seems faith will be kept in back-up Roberto Soldado, who is doubtful, and promising youngster Harry Kane. The former two are 6/1 to net the first goal, and 7/4 to net anytime.