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BetKing Preview: Lilywhites still favourites even with depleted squad

12:05 BST 10/08/2018
Mauricio Pochettino Tottenham 2017-18
The London outfit have a host of key players not ready for this league opener but that shouldn’t stop them from coasting to victory

Tottenham Hotspur open their 2018/2019 Premier League account when they travel to St. James’ Park at lunchtime on Saturday to take on Newcastle United.

Mauricio Pochettino will be fielding a fringe side here as the key members of his squad are just returning from extended holidays after World Cup participation.

He still has players capable of getting a result and having done a double over the Magpies last term, the Lilywhites are (2.05) with BetKing to win.

Rafael Benitez was able to lead Newcastle to a 10th place finish last season after spending majority of the campaign around relegation waters.

This fixture is the exact repeat of last season’s opener and having lost three of their last four games against Spurs on Tyneside, it’s no surprise that the same firm quotes the Magpies at odds of (3.75) as underdogs.

Not since 2011 has a stalemate occurred in this fixture and any chance of that happening is available at the price of (3.40).