Preview - Newcastle United vs Tottenham Hotspur 11 August 18

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Match Day 1
Newcastle United vs Tottenham Hotspur
Saturday, August 11th, 2018
20:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: St. James' Park

Newcastle United: 
Last five matches form: L L L L W
Average goals per match: 1.03
Average goals against per match: 1.24
Top Scorer: Ayoze PĂ©rez ( 8 )

Tottenham Hotspur:
Last five matches form: D W L W W
Average goals per match: 1.95
Average goals against per match: 0.95
Top Scorer: Harry Kane (30)

Match Day 1 in the Premier League sees last season's third placed finishers Tottenham Hotspur travel to the North East to take on Rafa Benitez's Newcastle side.

It's been a case of "if it isn't broke, don't fix it" for Spurs over the summer, with not a single new player coming through the doors.

Newcastle endured their usual frustrating transfer window but in the end did get seven players in. Solomon Rondon is expected to make his debut leading the line, whilst Ki Sung-Yeung could also be called into action should Mohamed Diame fail to recover from a slight knock. The big blow to Newcastle is the absence of Florian Lejeune who will miss much of the season with a serious knee injury.

Mauricio Pocchetino meanwhile seems to have more players listed as unavailable or doubtful than  those who are fit and ready to play. Hugo Lloris, Kieran Trippier, Jan Vertonghen and most importantly of all, Harry Kane may not be deemed to be over their World Cup exertions.

This match is a repeat of the 2017/18 opener which Tottenham took 2-0 in a match marred by Jonjo Shelvey's early sending off.

Tottenham undoubtedly boast the stronger squad overall, but as things stand it is Newcastle who look more prepared for this encounter. Take the home side to record a narrow win.

Prediction: Newcastle United 2 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur


Half time: 1 - 2
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots:  10 - 13
Shots on target: 4 - 8
Corner Kicks: 3 - 5
Possession: 44% - 56%

Two bookings for each side here with referee Martin Atkinson issuing the yellow card to Newcastle's Joselu and Mohamed Diame and Eric Dier and Harry Kane of Spurs.

Mauricio Pochettino went against expectations here by fielding an extremely strong side, including those players who featured in the World Cup and only returned to training this week. That decision certainly paid off and the visitors just about deserved this win here, putting in a professional display against a spirited Newcastle side.

All the action came early in this one, with all the goals being scored in the opening twenty minutes of the game.

Spurs struck first in the eighth minute. Christian Eriksen's corner from the right being flicked on and met by Jan Vertonghen at the far post. His header crashed off the bar and down on to keeper Martin Dubravka who beat the ball away. The goal line technology stepped in though as the ball had just crossed the line.

Newcastle were back on level terms just three minutes later. An excellent Matt Ritchie cross from the right picking out Joselu in the area. The Spaniard finishing well with a glancing header into the bottom left corner.

Parity only lasted for seven minutes though as Spurs took the lead with yet another header in the 18th minute. Serge Aurier's deep cross into the area finding Dele Alli racing on to the ball to nod back across goal and in.

Newcastle pushed in the second half, Mohamed Diame smashing an effort against the post and substitute Solomon Rondon seeing an shot deflected onto the bar.

Dubravka saved brilliantly from Moussa Sissoka at the other end but 1-2 it stayed.


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