Our betting expert with tips for St James’ Park clash, West Ham’s trip to Everton and the Welsh derby in the second tier, as Cardiff City head to Swansea PLUS Mourinho angle in Serie A
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Back Tottenham to clean up at St James’ Park this afternoon.
Newcastle fans like Alan Shearer are clearly thrilled skinny by the Saudi Arabian jackpot – though the Toon legend can “also understand the worries about human rights”.
How dirty does dirty money need to be before it’s too dirty? Anyone in the Prem fancy putting their neck on the block over that one?
We should probably ask Saudi regime critic Jamal Khashoggi for his view, but he didn’t live to see the North East’s sleeping giant awake, having been lured into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, murdered and chopped into pieces.
Steve Bruce has had a stay of execution while a more suitably oily boss is found, but obviously goes into the clash against Spurs (4.30pm) with Mike Ashley’s old make-do-and-mend squad.
Spurs are different gravy. The break has brought fresh absences, but you’d expect the defence-first principles of boss Nuno to have taken a deeper root too.
Punt a ‘Tottenham clean sheet’ at 5/2 (Skybet).
It looks likely that frustrating Hammers’ ambitions will be high on the menu again (2pm).
After having to make do with the Europa League, West Ham’s post-European game record is P2 L2 so far – that’s something to keep an eye on, but team sheets are the must-see at Goodison today, with a clump of Toffees back as ‘possibles’ again.
Still no Dominic Calvert-Lewin or Richarlison though, so bet 6/5 (BetVic) NO ‘both teams score’.
Get on Swansea’s Dutch ace Joel Piroe to give Cardiff a Ruud awakening in the Welsh derby.
The young striker has shone since arriving from PSV Eindhoven, where he was coached by Holland legend Ruud van Nistelrooy.
Piroe, 22, has scored in six of his 11 Swans games. Visitors Cardiff (12pm) have kept one clean sheet this season. Back Piroe at 2/1 (Bet365) ‘anytime scorer’.
Over in Italy, trust the Mourinho Method and back his Roma at Evens (Betway) getting a half-goal start at Juventus (7.45pm) in Serie A.
Last time: Winners at 5/2 and 6/4