Spurs are back at the New Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this Bank Holiday Sunday as they face Newcastle United.
Last weekend, Spurs held Premier League Champions Manchester City to a well fought draw at the Etihad Stadium thanks to goals from Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura only for VAR to steal the headlines in a game between the two sides once again. Spurs will take great confidence from the match at the Etihad, having gone there and scoring two goals. Coming from behind twice against the champions is no mean feat.
Newcastle United are coming into this game off the back of a heavy defeat to newly promoted Norwich City and are still yet to register a point on the board approaching game week three. Sections of the Toon Army boycotted their first fixture against Arsenal in a staged protest against owner of the club Mike Ashley as they feel he let Rafa Benitez leave the club too easily and didn’t do enough to keep the previous manager there. It’s a torrid time for the fans. Tottenham Hotspur vs Newcastle on Sunday 25th August is selected for television coverage on Sky Sports. Kick-off is at 4:30 PM.
Spurs have a huge boost as key-player Son Heung-min returns from his suspension that he had picked up at the end of last season. Question marks remain around the South Koreans match sharpness, having not played a competitive game yet for Spurs this season. It would be great to see him feature, having impressed so much last season.
Juan Foyth is back from suspension but injury still rules him out of selection. Dele Alli and Ryan Sessesgnon are still both side-lined with hamstring injuries so the duo won’t feature at all against The Magpies.
Giovani Lo Celso could make his first start for Spurs since his loan move from Real Betis.
Newcastle have been given a fitness boost as record signing Joelinton has been deemed fit enough to play after picking up a knock against Norwich City. Florian Lejeune and DeAndre Yedlin are still out with injury and new signing Allan Saint-Maximin still has a slight hamstring problem but could still play against Spurs.
Last Time They Met
The last time Spurs played Newcastle United, Spurs won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Son Heung-min in the 83rd minute back in February 2019. Spurs absolutely battered Newcastle and the score line wasn’t reflective of the game that was played. Spurs had 72% of possession and registered 21 shots on the Newcastle goal but just couldn’t break down a typical well-drilled defensive Rafa Benitez side. In fact Spurs have won their four out of their last five games against Newcastle United, scoring seven goals. Spurs were subject of a heavy 5-1 defeat back in May 2016. This won’t be happening again (fingers crossed). Since records began, Spurs have won 70, lost 58 and drawn 32 against Newcastle. They’ll be hoping to make it 71 wins this weekend.
Mauricio Pochettino after the 2-2 draw with Man City: “We need to improve in our performance but the most important thing is that we have the belief and the faith to come here with the mentality, maybe not playing at our best, but trying to fight. Without that mentality, it’s impossible to get the result we got today. That speaks very highly about the character of the team. I’m so pleased. That point is going to help us to be better.”
On Lucas Moura: “That is about the game. If he’s on the pitch, he can score. If not, he cannot score! It was fantastic that he scored with his first touch and helped the team. I’m very pleased for him. He has incredible spring. That’s one of his qualities.”
Steve Bruce after the 3-1 defeat to Norwich City: “We didn’t play well enough – quite simply. And I think the players fully understand that. It’s a bit early for soul searching – we have to perform better than we did last week, and I’m sure we will. We hope that Allan Saint-Maximin is going to be OK. It’s still too early for Andy Carroll or Dwight Gayle, but Christian Atsu has been on the pitch this week. It was good to see him and see what he’ll offer us. Joelinton is fine.
SB on last week’s defeat to @NorwichCityFC: “We didn’t play well enough – quite simply. And I think the players fully understand that. It’s a bit early for soul searching – we have to perform better than we did last week, and I’m sure we will.” #NUFCpic.twitter.com/FMsZEVbm4Q
On Spurs: “They’re a very, very good side. We’re under no illusions as to how difficult it will be, but hopefully it’s just the right type of game for us. We know we’ll have to play well to get anything at all – far better than we did last week.”
How We See It
We can’t look past anything but a Spurs win. The two clubs are at two completely different ends of the league spectrum. Spurs are hopeful of tabling a title bid and Newcastle, although their fans won’t want to think it due to their size are in a relegation battle. With players at the club already supposedly losing faith in new manager Steve Bruce, along with the fans, it’s going to be a long season for Newcastle United. We predict a 4-0 rampant win for the Spurs.
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