St. James' Park - Premier League
Newcastle welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the North East this weekend, as part of the opening round of Premier League fixtures for 2018-19.
Spurs beat Newcastle home and away last season, with a 2-0 victory away from home and a 1-0 win at Wembley Stadium.
Dele Alli and Ben Davies were the goal scorers at St. James' Park - with Harry Kane scoring in London.
Newcastle did beat Spurs 5-1 at home in the 2015-16 season.
Newcastle fans will be hoping to see some game time for their new signings this weekend, and Benitez is set to hand competitive debuts to Ki Sung-Yueng and Fabian Schar - after their respective moves from Swansea and Deportivo.
In the absence of any summer signings, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is likely to rely on the key players that performed so well for him in 2017-18.
However Kane, Alli, Hugo Lloris, Moussa Dembele, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Eric Dier are only back in light training following their World Cup exploits, so there many be some fringe players included in the starting XI.
Newcastle v Tottenham Preview and Predictions
The Magpies have recruited well in the summer, despite restricted transfer funds, but their biggest coup has been retaining Benitez, who has objected to the lack of transfer funds available.
Tottenham, who have been somewhat distracted by their impending stadium move, look light on numbers ahead of the season kick off, a point that will concern fans.
St.James' Park will be in full voice a the weekend, and the home fans are always confident of a result, and with the new season opimism, they will be looking to exploit Spurs.
Tottenham know that they are still bringing players back up to full fitness, and this will be a tough examination of players that will want to prove a point to Pochettino.
Despite the individual quality they have, Spurs are not at their flying best and they will struggle to beat Benitez's team, with a draw priced at 5/2.
The two matches between these two sides were low key last season, and there is the indication that will be the case this time around. An under strength Tottenham side up against a naturally defensive Benitez set up does not guarantee goals, and an under 2.5 total goals scored bet is at 3/4.
A 1-1 draw at 6/1
A point apiece for these two sides would not be a bad result to get the season off and running with, as also neither side have given the impression during pre season that they are fully ready for the season to begin just yet.
Fernando Llorente to score first at 4/1
The Spaniard did not have the best time during his debut season at Tottenham, struggling with injuries and not really fitting into their system when he was given a chance. However he has been a bright spark during pre season, scoring four goals, and he should start on Saturday.