Match Preview: Newcastle United v Spurs (this will be interesting)

Match Preview: Newcastle United v Spurs (this will be interesting)

Stadium: St James Park, Sunday 17th October 4.30pm

If the Tottenham supporting Mike Ashley had still been in charge of Newcastle, this game wouldn’t be considered extraordinary. Still, now that he has been given the boot and new owners want to invest billions, it has become a much talked about game.

The press also reported that Steve Bruce will still be in charge for this match. However, they’ve still got the same players, so I fancy us winning.

TEAM NEWS

Newcastle United

The Magpies will assess the fitness of Callum Wilson, who has missed the past four games with a thigh issue. Jamaal Lascelles and Joe Willock could also be available following injury.

Spurs

Matt Doherty is a significant doubt after he sustained a knock playing for the Republic of Ireland during the international break. Ben Davies may feature following illness, but Steven Bergwijn is out.

My thoughts and prediction.

In our game against Villa at the Tottenham stadium, we found some form, but we are still far from convincing. However, this will still be a tough crowd – a sell-out crowd that will get behind Steve Bruce and the team. But I am going for a narrow win for us, something like 0-1 or 1-2.

Prediction: 1-2

Harry Kane has failed to score in six Premier League fixtures in a row for the first time since the opening six games of the 2015-16 season, and his form has also dropped for England.

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Newcastle have won 22 Premier League games against us, their joint-highest tally versus any club.

In the past eight Premier League meetings, Newcastle’s solitary triumph was by 1-0 away in August 2019 (D2, L5).

Last season, Tottenham dropped four points from winning positions against Newcastle, with the Magpies scoring 90th and 85th-minute equalisers to draw both games.

Newcastle United

Winless Newcastle have conceded 16 goals this season and failed to keep a clean sheet – both the joint-worst records in the Premier League heading into the weekend.

The Magpies are winless after their opening seven fixtures for a Premier League record fifth time.

Newcastle have kept only two clean sheets in their past 26 Premier League home games and conceded 49 goals.

They have won just twice in 16 league matches without Callum Wilson since he joined the Club in September 2020.

This will be Steve Bruce’s 1000th game in charge across his managerial career (W376, D254, L369).

Bruce has won just four of his 26 encounters with Spurs in all competitions. Each victory has come in the Premier League with a different club: Birmingham City, Wigan Athletic, Sunderland and Newcastle.

Allan Saint-Maximin has carried the ball for a league-high 1,950m this season, while he has created an unrivalled 11 chances following a ball carry.

Spurs

We have won only five of their past 18 away league fixtures (D5, L8).

The Club averages 10.4 shots per game under Nuno Espirito Santo in the Premier League and has a conversion rate of 8.2%. They averaged 15.7 shots under Mauricio Pochettino at 11.8% conversion and 11.2 under Jose Mourinho at 15% conversion.

All four of our Premier League wins this season were by a single-goal margin.

We have lost just one of our past 18 league matches against sides in the relegation zone. However, that defeat came at home against Newcastle in August 2019.

Five of Harry Kane’s six Premier League goals against Newcastle have come at St James’ Park.

Son has scored three and assisted one of Spurs’ six Premier League goals this season, and the other two were a penalty and an own goal.

So, that is it… it is going to be a long week for me… On Wednesday/ Thursday, I travel to Holland (for our European game) and then on Saturday, I’ve been invited into a box at Ipswich (as a guest) and then away to West Ham United on Sunday. Exciting week!

Be safe, Glenn

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