The mood at Tottenham threatened to turn sour after a deserved opening day defeat hosting Everton, but a couple of wins and new signings later, and suddenly there’s a bit of optimism going around.
They had to dig deep to overcome Lokomotiv Plovdiv in Europe, turning the game on its head in the final 10 minutes after their hosts were reduced to nine men, but the emphatic 5-2 win away at Southampton gave a taste of what this team is capable of.
Spurs fans will have to patiently wait until after the October international break to see Gareth Bale back in action, while Sergio Reguilon may or not be used here.
However, it’s clear that the Spaniard’s introduction will make them more attacking down that left flank, with Ben Davies a far more conservative option, which should mean opportunities going forwards for Heung-min Son to get involved more centrally.
The South Korean bagged four goals against the Saints – all assisted by Harry Kane – and it’s likely Jose Mourinho will continue to look for the England captain to drop deeper in search of the ball and let Son stretch opposition backlines with his pace in behind.
Newcastle have experienced a mixed start to the season. A 2-0 win away at West Ham on the opening day offered plenty of encouragement, with new signings Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendrick supplying the goals, but a 3-0 defeat at home to Brighton must have set off some alarm bells.
However, cup victories over Blackburn (1-0) and Morecambe (7-0) ensure that the Magpies can be reasonably happy with a solid start overall.
Tottenham To Win And Over 2.5 Goals
Newcastle actually won at this venue last term back in August 2019, but their head to head record with Spurs leaves a lot to be desired as they’ve lost the other five clashes since returning to the top-flight.
In fact, Newcastle are just W8-D7-L33 over the past three seasons against teams that finished in the top eight of the table, while away from home they’re an even more disastrous W1-D3-L20 over this spell.
Spurs have won 20 of 22 matches hosting bottom-half teams since March 2018, so we’d be surprised if they didn’t claim all three points here.
However, they did concede in seven of 10 such matches last season, and given they’re yet to keep a clean sheet this season we can see there being goals in this one. 14 of Spurs’ last 17 victories since the start of last season have featured a minimum of three goals, with both teams scoring in 11 of them, though we’d opt for the former with Newcastle hardly prolific at the sharp end.
Spurs’ attack should also benefit by absentees for the visitors. Indeed, key goalkeeper Martin Dubravka and defenders Fabian Schar and Paul Dummett are ruled out, while Jamal Lewis is unlikely to make the cut.
Further, star attacker Allan Saint-Maximin is a doubt, and when facing better sides Liverpool, Leicester (twice), Man Utd and Man City without him last term, Newcastle lost all five matches as they conceded at least three goals in each.