Newcastle v Tottenham
BETTING & MATCH PREVIEW
In Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off, Newcastle host Tottenham at St James Park, as both teams look to kick-off their league campaigns with a victory.
Newcastle have endured a poor pre-season campaign. However, the Magpies have managed to reinforcement their squad. Fabian Schar, Ki Yeung-Sung, Martin Dubravka, Yoshinori Muto, Kenedy and Salomon Rondon have all arrived at the north east club in the summer transfer window.
The Magpies will need an upturn in form from the end of last season to avoid a poor start to this campaign, as the north east side lost four of their last five games last season. That poor run did end on the last day of the campaign courtesy of a 3-0 drubbing of Chelsea.
Rafa Benitez’s side’s home form towards the end of the season was formidable, though, as the Magpies won five of their last six home games in the league.
Tottenham have yet to strengthen their squad. However, as they secured another top-four finish last season the north London club did not need a massive squad overhaul.
If their late season form was anything to go by, they certainly did not need major reinforcements, as Mauricio Pochettino’s side won eight of their last 11 games in the Premier League.
Spurs have a mixed recent away record in the top-flight. However, the north London side has suffered just one defeat in their last ten outings on their travels.
Newcastle are without French centre-back Florian Lejeune through injury, while goalkeeper Martin Dubravka is a doubt but expected to feature. Salomon Rondon, Yoshinori Muto, Ki Sung-Yeung and Fabian Schar could all make their Magpies debuts.
Tottenham’s World Cup contingent of the likes of Kieran Trippier, Harry Kane, Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Hugo Lloris, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Mousa Dembele all enjoyed an extended holiday, so may be rested for this clash.