17th Oct 2021 | Premier League

Toon In For Narrative

Steve Bruce's 1000th game as a manager is almost certain to be his last in charge on Tyneside. There is every chance he can go out with his head held relatively high on Sunday though.

The right bet selection for an intriguing game at St James’s Park is probably a dull one - but 13/5 on the draw, best price with Bet365, is the value in the win market.

Clearly the takeover at Newcastle United is the big story, but the impact in the immediate term will be a raucous atmosphere. That should help the struggling Magpies, but the return of Callum Wilson from injury is perhaps even more crucial. Whether he can start remains to be seen.

Tottenham are really flattered by their 12pts from seven matches. All their victories have been narrow, whereas all their defeas have been pretty comprehensive.They rank 17th for expected points according to Understat, just one place above the Toon Army. 

Backing either team at a price shorter than the draw doesn’t seem to make much sense.

1pt Draw 13/5 with Bet365
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Odds correct at time of publishing: 09:01 17th Oct, 2021 but subject to change