Spurs versus Newcastle United: (match preview)
The new premier league season is upon us, Spurs play their first game of the new season away to newly promoted Newcastle United on Sunday afternoon. As Mauricio Pochettino’s side look to start the new season where they left off at the end of our last excellent campaign, which saw us finish in second place. Spurs fans need no reminding of the last time we met the magpies, the final day of the 2015/16 season was one of the most infamous days in Spurs’ recent history. Nailed on to finish in second place above arch rivals Arsenal, we were stunned by the already relegated Magpies losing 5-1. Need I explain anymore, as Spurs go in search of revenge with them needing no added motivation ahead of tomorrows season opener, up in the north east. After an eventful week which included a surprising interview involving Danny Rose, transfer rumours and the likes are irrelevant come Sunday afternoon. Pochettino’s side face an important and tough season opener against the toon army, but despite injury worries he’ll undoubtedly be confident that we can start the season off with three points. I personally feel as if we’ll start the season in the same way we left the last with, our attacking flair and formidable front line hopefully powering us to victory. COYS
The opposition: The magpies play their first game in the premier league since their relegation in 2016. Rafael Benitez’s side which isn’t massively altered from the side that won the championship in 2016/17, will be a tough first game in front of an intimidating and raucous crowd. Their main goal-threat Dwight Gayle who was their top scorer last season could start up top, but potentially the biggest threat could come from pacy and tricky Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu down the left wing.
Team news: Kieran Trippier is out inured, so Pochettino has a bit of a dilemma at right back. Does he play the experienced and versatile Dier or Sissoko, or does he give talented 20 year old right back Kyle Walker-Peters his first taste of premier league football. Whoever he decides to chose, will have to deal with the lightning quick pace of former Chelsea man Christian Atsu down the left flank. Danny Rose and Erik Lamela remain sidelined through injury, whilst Nkoudou misses out with a foot injury picked up during pre season. Though there is good news regarding Son and Wanyma, who are both in contention to make the match day squad.
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lloris (C), Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Winks, Sissoko, Alli, Eriksen, Kane.
My predicted scoreline: 3-1 to Spurs courtesy of goals from Alli, Kane and Eriksen.
One to watch: Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, a fine midfielder with a great vision for a pass.