Preview - Tottenham Hotspur vs Newcastle United 26 August 19

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Match Day 3
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Newcastle United
Monday, August 26th 2019
00:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Tottenham Hotspur:
Last five matches form: L L D W D
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.76
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.03
Top Scorer (18/19): Harry Kane (17)

Newcastle United:
Last five matches form: D L W L L
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.11
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.26
Top Scorer (18/19): Fabian Schär (4)

Two sides who have started the season in contrasting style clash in the big Sunday fixture in the Premier League as Tottenham Hotspur welcome Newcastle United to their spectacular North London home.


Spurs did the double over Newcastle last season, but both games were pretty right - this game ending 1-0 and the reverse fixture at St. James' Park finishing 2-1.

Dele Alli, Ryan Sessegnon and Juan Foyth are expected to miss out for the home side. Newcastle will be without Christian Atsu, DeAndre Yedlin and Florian Lejeune.

Spurs were second best last weekend at City, but it can nevertheless have done their confidence no harm to come away from the home of the defending Champions with a point. It had taken them a while to get going in their only match here against Villa, but they did run out 3-1 winners in the end, and on the stats it really should have been even more comfortable than that.

It's tough to know what to make of Newcastle at the minute, but the early signs are worrying. They showed nothing going forward in their opening day defeat to Arsenal, but at least defended well. Last week at Norwich they didn't even do that. It looks like it may take Steve Bruce some time to work this side into a cohesive unit, and this test probably comes to soon.


Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 6 - 1 Newcastle United

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 0 - 1
Shots:  17 - 8
Shots on target: 2 - 3
Corner Kicks: 6 - 6
Possession: 80% - 20%


Two bookings for each side in this one, with referee Mike Dean taking the names of Harry Winks and Danny Rose of the home side, and Matt Ritchie and Joelinton of Newcastle United.


Tottenham Hotspur set a new benchmark in terms of possession in the Premier League this season, with their total of 80% being the highest recorded by any side in the opening three weeks of fixtures. It didn't do them any good though as Newcastle United put in a heroic defensive effort to restrict Spurs to just the two efforts on target over the course of the ninety minutes. Newcastle actually came out on top in that metric, with three efforts on target, and most crucially of all, they took one of theirs, to pick up a famous and entirely unexpected win.


Spurs were really struggling to break through this Newcastle rear-guard, with a half chance for Son Heung-Min being the only time that Martin Dubravka was called into action in the opening forty five minutes.


It was Newcastle who grabbed what turned out to be the only goal of the game after 27 minutes. Christian Atsu - on for the injured Allan Saint-Maximin - doing well down the left to dink a ball over Davinson Sanchez to frontman Joelinton. Good fist touch from the Brazilian, allowing him to take his second one in stride and place a powerful effort into the bottom left from around ten yards out and slightly to the left. 0-1 at the interval,


Spurs introduced Christian Erikson in the second half, and did improve a little - Lucas Moura guilty of blazing the best of their chances over the bar. They then looked to have a strong case for a penalty when Harry Kane tumbled over Jamaal Lascelles in the area. The referee didn't give it though, and neither did VAR as Newcastle held on. 0-1 final score.



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