Match Preview – Spurs vs Newcastle
Tottenham Hotspur host Newcastle United at Wembley Stadium tonight in their chase to secure a top-four finish. Tottenham suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to now-relegated West Bromwich Albion at the weekend, however, their fate is still entirely in their own hands. Just two points ahead of Chelsea in 5th place, Spurs will play Newcastle and Leicester at home to try and maintain an edge over their London rivals. Spurs could equally finish third, they are a point off Liverpool with a game in hand.
Chelsea host Huddersfield tomorrow and play off the back of a win against UCL finalists Liverpool. Spurs will need four out of their last six points to do the job and secure themselves a qualifying position.
Newcastle sit comfortably in 10th place in the league and have secured their position in the Premier League for next season. However, the Magpies have lost three games in a row. Having dropped points on the road, Mauricio Pochettino will be looking to quickly overturn that disappointing result and bag three points against an out-of-form Newcastle.
The last time these two teams met was the first game of this Premier League Season! Tottenham Hotspur triumphed the Magpies 2-0 at St. James’s Park. Dele Alli and Ben Davies bagged the goals in August. You can refresh your memory of that fixture here.
Check out these belters that Spurs have scored against Newcastle in days gone by:
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 8, 2018
Injury and Team News
Tottenham Hotspur will go without Eric Dier as the English midfielder has recently been ruled out through illness. This means that Victor Wanyama will most likely start in the centre. Despite being substituted off against the Baggies on Saturday, Jan Vertonghen has been declared fit to play tonight.
Serge Aurier will similarly miss tonight’s match as a result of a hamstring injury, as will Mousa Dembele, as he continues the rehabilitation to his ankle. Both players are hoping to be back against Leicester on the final day of the season.
Newcastle have a clean bill of health and will most likely remain unchanged from their clash with West Ham. Islam Slimani is still suspended for his confrontation with WBA’s Craig Dawson a few weeks ago.
Tottenham Hotspur are 4th in the Premier League with 71 points. They are sandwiched by Liverpool on 72 points and Chelsea on 69 points. Spurs have had a few mixed results recently, the defeat to WBA may have come as a shock but it is now time to overturn that result. Liverpool are most likely going to be distracted with the Champions League final, and Spurs have a perfect opportunity to take the 3rd place position. However, they must be weary of the Blues on their backs.
Newcastle United had a resurgence in their second half of the season and are safe in the Premier League with 41 points. They have experienced a dip in form with three defeats on the bounce, but with nothing to fight for, they may play freely and without pressure.
West Brom (a)
West Brom (h)
Man Utd (a)
Man City (h)
Predicted Line-up: Spurs vs Newcastle
The game will kick off at 8 pm on Wednesday 9th May and will not be televised in the UK.
Our Prediction: Spurs vs Newcastle
Although Tottenham Hotspur are going into the game off the back of a defeat, Mauricio Pochettino will command a win from his Lilywhites tonight. It is crunch time and Spurs’ fate is entirely in their own hands. Newcastle are playing off the back of three losses in a row and away from home. Spurs have been strong at their temporary home and have a prolific goal scoring rate. Prior to their trip to the Hawthorns on Saturday, the Lilywhites had scored in their previous 23 Premier League matches.
Our prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 2:0 Newcastle United
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