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Newcastle’s situation is looking increasingly desperate and following stalemates with Wolves, West Brom and Aston Villa, they returned to losing ways in a punishing 3-0 defeat away at Brighton.
The Magpies are now just W2-D6-L12 in all competitions since mid-December over 90 minutes, also losing the one stalemate that went to extra-time against Arsenal in the FA Cup, as Fulham have been able to significantly close the gap in the league over this spell.
Steve Bruce is under immense pressure to find solutions and a lack of creativity has been a major problem.
He’ll hope to have some firepower back with Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin returning to light training, but both remain doubts here and their record without them is poor to say the least.
With 10 goals and five assists, Wilson has had a hand in 54% of Newcastle’s goals this season, as all seven of their wins have come when he’s played.
Meanwhile, the Magpies won just once last term without Saint-Maximin (against Palace), and have managed two victories this season in his absence (against Palace and West Brom).
Spurs -1 Handicap
Although suffering defeat in the North London derby and then in Europe to Dinamo Zagreb, Tottenham did recover to beat Aston Villa 2-0 last time out.
They’ve still won six of eight matches in all competitions, registering clean sheets in all but one of those victories, and although they’ve largely been found wanting in the big games, they’ve won their past five in the league against teams 10th or below in the table by a combined 13-1 scoreline.
Jose Mourinho will have Erik Lamela available again after his suspension and Heung-min Son could potentially feature, but he does have a problem at left-back as Sergio Reguilon is a doubt and Ben Davies is ruled out.
Right-back Matt Doherty, who could have filled in on the other flank, is another doubt having been forced to withdraw from Ireland’s squad, so youngster Dennis Cirkin could be handed a chance.
Should the hosts be without Saint-Maximin and Wilson again, the away win to nil would be an obvious pick for this encounter.
However, with a potential return for those two and a problem for Spurs at left-back, we’d prefer the handicap here.
Across all competitions, 17 of Spurs’ last 18 wins have come by a minimum two-goal margin, while 11 of Newcastle’s 16 defeats this term have come by at least two clear goals.