Newport County

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Rodney Parade

27/01/2018 | 5:30 pm

Tottenham Hotspur

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Rodney Parade

27/01/2018 | 5:30 pm

In a sentence: Newport host Tottenham in the FA Cup on Saturday, having secured an impressive victory over Leeds United in the last round.

Last time: The two sides have only met four times, with the most recent clash taking place in 1960, in a third round FA Cup match. Tottenham emerged winners on the day, with a brace from Les Allen adding to goals from Bobby Smith and Danny Blanchflower.

This time: Tottenham are favourites to win at 2/11, with Newport at 18/1 and a draw 7/1.

You might remember: Newport and Tottenham have only spent one season in the same league, and Spurs did the double over their weekend opponents. Goals from Les Bennet, Ronnie Dix, George Ludford and Charlie Whitchurch did the job for Tottenham back in 1946.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane during the Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester

After brushing AFC Wimbledon aside in their last FA Cup fixture, Tottenham will travel to Newport high on confidence. The Exiles are on a run of form themselves however, and will be prepared to test a makeshift Spurs defence.

Newport are 18/1 to win on Saturday, although they were also expected to lose in the last round against Leeds. Despite hosting a side two leagues above them, the Exiles went head to head with the Championship side, and, having gone a goal behind in the first half, showed great strength of character to force an equalising own goal, before a Shawn McCoulsky header won the match in the last minute. If they can replicate the performance this weekend, Spurs will be in for a difficult game.

Tottenham are overwhelming favourites at 2/11, and have recovered from a poor run of results back in November. A significant factor in this resurgence is Harry Kane’s return to form, as Maurizio Pochettino’s side rely heavily on the England forward for their attacking threat. The end result on Saturday could depend heavily on whether or not Kane plays.

A draw is 7/1, with the expectation that Newport will look to frustrate their opponents, limiting their time and space on the ball. However, this very much wasn’t the case against Leeds, as the Exiles matched the side 53 places above them for possession, and outdid them with shots. It will be interesting to see if Michael Flynn sticks with this tactic against Tottenham.

Harry Kane is 2/5 to score anytime against Newport, although a bet on Fernando Llorente at 7/10 may be a better call, as Pochettino could rest Kane with Manchester United Tottenham’s next opposition.

Padraig Amond is 12/5 to score against Tottenham, and has been in great form in front of goal in recent weeks, with three goals from his last five games. He will have a thankless task on the weekend, limiting Spurs’ time on the ball, but may well get some joy against a second-string backline.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

Frank Nouble. The English attacking midfielder has already scored for Newport in the FA Cup this season, in addition to seven league goals. Having gone almost two months without scoring, Nouble broke his duck against Grimsby two weeks ago, and will be looking to find space in between Tottenham’s midfield and defence. He’s 12/5 to score anytime in this one.

2

We fancy:

Tottenham score in both halves at 4/6. Pochettino will want to get the match won as soon as possible, in order to rest players for the upcoming United game. The FA Cup is the visitors’ best chance of silverware this season, so they should be at the races from the start.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Son Heung-Min to score a hat-trick at 12/1. The Korean winger plays as a support striker against weaker opposition, and often proves a tricky prospect for under-siege defences. He’s been in superb goalscoring form of late and should fancy his chances against lower league opposition.

Written by Greg Murray

Greg Murray focused on watching football rather than playing it after realising he wasn’t going to be the next Gianfranco Zola. Writing prolifically on Italian football while keeping an eye on the game around the world, Greg has also turned his pen to the aviation industry and the betting market.