The new era begins for Newcastle United, as they entertain Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. Who will be victorious in this fascinating clash?
The Magpies’ new era begins on the pitch at St James’ Park on Sunday afternoon, as Newcastle United welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Tyneside in the English Premier League. The hosts lost 1-2 to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the final game of the Mike Ashley era last week, whilst Spurs earned a confidence-boosting 2-1 win over Aston Villa.
In Newcastle squad news, boss Steve Bruce has confirmed that Paul Dummett and Martin Dubravka are his side’s only two injury problems for this clash. Everyone else is apparently fit and raring to go.
The Magpies boss could revert to his five-man rearguard with defender Jamaal Lascelles back in the starting XI alongside Ciaran Clark and Federico Fernandez. Meanwhile, Joe Willock has been given the all-clear after being substituted early in the match against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Callum Wilson should join the excellent Allan Saint-Maximin in attack for the visit of Spurs, while Miguel Almiron may not play due to his late return from international duty.
Tottenham duo Steven Bergwijn and Ryan Sessegnon may have to remain sidelined for a little while longer, although the former is getting close to a return. Meanwhile, Ben Davies has returned to training following an illness.
Doubts continue over the availability of Spurs’ South American quartet of Giovani Lo Celso, Cristian Romero, Emerson Royal, and Davinson Sanchez, but Spurs are reportedly confident that all four will be in the squad after arriving back in the UK on Friday.
Whether any member of this quartet will be fit enough to start is another question entirely. So Joe Rondon and Japhet Tanganga are poised to benefit from Spurs’ defensive shortages in this clash.
Nuno Espírito Santo’s Spurs have also reported two positive coronavirus cases ahead of this clash, but the identities of the COVID-positive pair have not been revealed.
Newcastle fans will be looking forward to the Wilson and Saint-Maximin combination against a depleted Spurs defence. We predict 2-1 to the home team.