England Premier League
Sunday 25th August 2019
Kick off at 4.30pm BST
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
This fixture is conjuring up a match played at St James’ Park 23 years ago when Kevin Keegan then manager of Newcastle quit just 10 days later because his side had just slaughtered Tottenham 7-1. Instead of celebrating, he could feel the pain of then Tottenham manager Gerry Francis and decided enough was enough. It is possible that the reverse could happen on Sunday, although don’t expect Mauricio Pochettino to be going anywhere other than upstairs for a glass of red wine if it does.
Newcastle have started poorly, losing at home to Arsenal 1-0 wasn’t a disaster but at the same time with new players brought in and Steve Bruce as incoming manager it simply was a result in front of the loyal Toon Army that didn’t bode well.
That was underlined when Newcastle, in their next game, travelled to newly promoted Norwich and lost 3-1. They are 18th with a -3 goal margin already and although it is obviously early days the feeling of gloom is starting to descend. However even a point in this match would lift that, but who can realistically see that happening?
As for Tottenham they look strong, they did look a little weary in their first game when they made heavy weather of beating Aston Villa, but they held firm and after losing 1-0 for the majority of the game, Tottenham were able to come back and win 3-1 including a brace of goals from Harry Kane.
In their next game away to Manchester City they were expected to lose and came away with a 2-2 draw even though they were outplayed. There is a sign of a potentially great team brewing though if they don’t play well and still come away from the champions with something.
Tottenham: Heung-Min Son is back for the club after serving his suspension. Dele Alli is out with a hamstring injury. Juan Foyth served his suspension but now has an ankle injury and could miss the next two weeks. New signing Ryan Sessegnon has a hamstring injury and is out
Newcastle: The big news is that Allan Saint-Maximin should make his debut for the club after his hamstring injury. Christian Atsu could return after fitness issues. Andy Carroll is back in training but isn’t due back until next month. Jack Colback has a groin problem, Dwight Gayle has a calf injury and looks out
Tottenham vs Newcastle Head to Head:
Last season this fixture ended 1-0 to Tottenham.
Tottenham have won the last 4 meetings.
Newcastle have not beaten Tottenham in London since 2015.
Tottenham vs Newcastle Prediction:
Tottenham haven’t played particularly well in their opening two games and yet they have scored 5 goals. They return home to their fantastic stadium against a team who shipped 3 goals to Norwich, and one manager was a finalist in the Champions League while the other in Steve Bruce has struggled with clubs in recent times. This could go south very quickly for the Magpies and if Spurs can click we expect to see a big scoreline. There is a lot of players who will fancy their chances and Son is returning too, and he will be really up for playing his football again after a terrific last season. This could be a nightmare game for Newcastle, it seems written all over that it will be.
Tottenham vs Newcastle Betting Tips:
Tottenham to score 3+goals at 2.00
Over 3.5 goals at 2.25
Tottenham to be winning at half time at 1.62