The stakes have suddenly been raised for Tottenham, who looked home and dry in a top four spot before a recent turn of events. Spurs’ downturn in form, which culminated in a shock defeat to the relegation threatened West Brom on Saturday, has coincided with a spell of resurgence from Chelsea, and it’s put a place in next season’s Champions League in doubt for the hosts.

Mauricio Pocchettino’s men currently sit 4th, but they are only two points ahead of an in form Chelsea side now. They do have a game in hand over 3rd placed Liverpool just one point ahead of them though, and with home matches against Newcastle and Leicester to end the season, their fate is very much in their own hands.

This downturn in form will worry the Spurs fans though. Their defeat to The Baggies makes it one win from their last four in the league, with a defeat to Manchester City and a draw away to Brighton making up their other failures. Fortunately for the Wembley faithful, things are much better on home turf. Tottenham have won five of their last six home league games, keeping a clean sheet in every one of those victories.

Newcastle have secured safety for themselves after being promoted at the end of last season, and that does seem to have affected the mentality of some of the players. They were beaten away to Watford last weekend to make it three defeats on the bounce for them, a dramatic turnaround from their four match winning streak that preceded this.

The Magpies are in a pretty respectable 10th position with an insurmountable gap over the relegation zone, but defeat in their final two games against Spurs and Chelsea could potentially see them drop as low as 16th in the table – A much less respectable finishing position.

Away from home Newcastle have only won four league games this season as well, losing ten of their 18 games and only scoring 18 times. All the signs point towards a Tottenham win here, although we’re not expecting it to be a very high scoring affair.

The hosts’ excellent defensive record at Wembley means that seven of their 11 home wins have seen fewer than four goals scored, and with seven of Newcastle’s ten away defeats also seeing fewer than four goals in total, we think a Tottenham Win and Under 3.5 Goals is a great bet, along with a 2-0 correct score predictions.

Tottenham Predicted Lineup: Lloris, Trippier, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Davies, Wanyama, Dier, Son, Alli, Eriksen, Kane

Newcastle Predicted Lineup: Dubravka, Manquillo, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Shelvey, Diame, Ritchie, Kenedy, Perez, Gayle

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