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The doom and gloom around Newcastle United hasn’t been lifted in any way by two defeats to open the season, and this is another difficult assignment for Steve Bruce. The Magpies boss takes the Toon to Tottenham, with Spurs on a high after their point away to Manchester City.
Tottenham have won the last four meetings between the sides, with Newcastle only managing one goal during that run, which was on home soil. The Magpies did record an emphatic win before that run though, beating Spurs 5-1 at St James’ Park.
Ben Davies has returned to full training and is building up his fitness, although Danny Rose is expected to keep his place this weekend. Dele Alli is also nearing a return to action, although this game could come too soon for the England midfielder. Ryan Sessegnon is likely to be available in mid-September, while it’s another couple of weeks for Juan Foyth.
Bruce’s troubles are hardly helped by a spate of early season injuries. DeAndre Yedlin faces up to a month on the sidelines, while Andy Carroll, Christian Atsu, Dwight Gayle, Florian Lejeune and Jack Colback are all on the treatment table. Record signing Joelinton is a doubt after the weekend, while Allan Saint-Maximin is also struggling with a hamstring issue.
Tottenham v Newcastle United Preview and Predictions
There are much kinder grounds in the Premier League that Newcastle could’ve gone to as they strive for their first point of the new campaign. Champions League finalist Tottenham have made a strong start to the season and are fully expected to continue their unbeaten run and make it seven points out of a possible nine.
Spurs benefitted from a controversial VAR intervention to claim a point away to champions Manchester City, although the controversy was more down to the handball law rather than the technology. It means Mauricio Pochettino’s side built on their comeback victory over Aston Villa in their opening match, and Spurs look in decent nick.
You feel they need to keep hold of the talismanic Christian Eriksen if that’s to continue, but the Danish playmaker’s still knocking around north London and will play a major role in breaking down what’s likely to be a Newcastle outfit that aims to sit in and make itself as compact and tough to break down as possible.
The visitors would probably be happy to avoid a pasting ahead of their home game against Watford next weekend, which represents their best chance of getting three points on the board sooner rather than later. If you think the Magpies can upset the odds and do that on Sunday, the away win’s priced at 14/1. Tottenham are the heavy favourites at 1/4, while the draw’s available at 6/1.
Tottenham to win to nil at evens
Newcastle have only managed one goal in their opening two matches, which came against newly-promoted Norwich, while they’ve drawn a blank against Spurs in three of their last four matches against the north Londoners.
Harry Kane to score first at 12/5
The England captain has put his August curse well and truly behind him, and will be the biggest threat to Newcastle’s back line with Tottenham likely to be pressing for the opener from the first whistle.