The Premier League is finally back and Newcastle are back in the top division of English football. Rafael Benitez guided them to the Championship title and the Magpies will welcome Tottenham Hotspur to St James’ Park for their first game of the season.
Who: Newcastle United vs Tottenham Hotspur
When: Sunday 13th August, 13:30 BST
Competition: Premier League
Where: St. James’ Park
14th July – Heart of Midlothian 1-2 Newcastle United
22nd July – Preston North End 1-1 Newcastle United
26th July – Bradford City 0-4 Newcastle United
29th July – Mainz 2-1 Newcastle United
2nd August – Stuttgart 1-3 Newcastle United
6th August – Newcastle United 2-0 Hellas Verona
18th May – Leicester City 1-6 Tottenham Hotspur
21st May – Hull City 1-7 Tottenham Hotspur
22nd July – Paris Saint-Germain 2-4 Tottenham Hotspur
25th July – Tottenham Hotspur 2-3 AS Roma
28th July – Manchester City 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur
4th August – Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Juventus
Team News & Predicted XIs
Outs: Yedlin, Sterry
Predicted XI: 4-2-3-1: Elliot; Dummett, Lejeune, Clark, Manquillo; Shelvey, Hayden; Atsu, Perez, Ritchie; Gayle.
Outs: Son, Lamela, Rose,
Doubts: Wanyama, Trippier
Predicted XI: 4-2-3-1: Lloris ; Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Winks, Dembele; Alli, Eriksen, Sissoko; Kane
A Memory of Newcastle United Away
Newcastle United 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur – 19th April 2015
Before this game, Tottenham had only won three of their last 12 games and were 10 points off Manchester City in fourth, but the Lillywhites knew a win would leapfrog them ahead of Southampton; boosting hopes of Europa League qualification.
Newcastle wasn’t in any better form, they were on a run of five consecutive losses and before this game had picked up the second least points in that current year.
After an untidy spell of play, Tottenham opened the scoring on the 30th-minute mark.
Nacer Chadli entered the Newcastle box, void of options and with no defenders closing him down, the Belgian hit a clean strike which Tim Krul in goal managed to get a hand on it but the shot was too powerful to keep it out.
19 seconds into the second half the home side equalised. Daryl Janmaat picked up the ball on the touchline on the left-hand side and charged through Nabil Bentaleb before finding Ayoze Perez.
The Argentinian gave the ball back to Janmaat, whose shot was blocked before Jack Colback fired past Hugo Lloris.
Eight minutes later, Spurs regained their lead. Christian Eriksen whipped in an incredible delivery right into the penalty area, three Spurs players attempted to attack the ball but neither of them could reach it and the ball beat Krul at the far post.
With Newcastle pressing to draw it level once more, it left them with larger gaps at the back and Tottenham eventually capitalised – hitting Newcastle on the counter.
Erik Lamela played through to Harry Kane one-on-one with Krul, and the Englishman convincingly finessed the ball into the bottom right-hand corner giving Tottenham all three points.
The Last Five – Newcastle United vs. Tottenham Hotspur
15th May 2016 – Newcastle United 5-1 Tottenham Hotspur
13th December 2015 – Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Newcastle United
19th April 2015 – Newcastle United 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur
13th December 2015 – Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Newcastle United
26th October 2014 – Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Newcastle United
Stats & Facts
- If Harry Kane were to score two on Sunday he would would be level on goals scored in the Premier League with former Newcastle player Gary Speed (80).
- However, the 24-year-old is still yet to score a goal for Spurs in August
- Tottenham have only won 8 of their 25 opening Premier League fixtures. (7 draws, 10 losses)
- Out of the 44 Premier League games that Tottenham have played Newcastle, Newcastle have actually won more of them. (21 Newcastle wins, 17 Tottenham wins, 6 draws)
Newcastle United Win – 10/3
Draw – 13/5
Tottenham Hotspur Win – 4/5
Newcastle United to get a top half finish – 3/1
Tottenham Hotspur to a get top 4 finish – 10/3
Tottenham Hotspur to win the Premier League – 10/1
Newcastle United will be full of energy with it being their first game back in the Premier League and because of that the fans will create a louder atmosphere.
Like Tottenham, Newcastle haven’t been busy in the transfer market, but Rafa Benitez teams will always be defensively sound and tough to beat and if Spurs do win it will only be by a small margin.
Tottenham will travel to Newcastle after a confidence-boosting 2-0 win against Juventus. Favoured right back Kieran Trippier picked up a knock during the game forcing Pochettino to have to put Eric Dier in replacement. With Wanyama looking likely to miss out aswell, Harry Winks will start his first competitive game since Tottenham’s 2-0 victory against Burnley back in April. Even with this in mind I still believe Spurs will have enough quality over Newcastle to get the three points.
Score Prediction – Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Come On You Spurs!
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