NEWCASTLE VS TOTTENHAM
KICK OFF: SATURDAY 11TH AUGUST 2018 | 12:30 CET
Premier League wk1 | St. James Park
Back Spurs to record a hard-fought win
Newcastle host Tottenham on the opening weekend of the new Premier League season. Spurs prevailed 2 – 0 winners at St. James Park 12 months ago, but The Magpies will put up a fight to avoid a similar outcome. That said, this is set to be an action-packed match.
Benitez employed a defensive gameplan against top oppositions last season but new signings KI and Kenedy can give him tactical flexibility going forward. KI brings creativity in the heart of midfield while Kenedy’s pace and trickery will be vital for creating chances up front. Fabian Char is another major club signing who adds solidness to Newcastle’s defense.
Spurs will hope their top players – Harry Kane, Eric Dier, Dele Ali, Kevin Trippier, Hugo Lloris, and Moussa Dembele – are fresh enough for this encounter after their exhausting World Cup duties. Nonetheless, Mauricio Pochettino has adequate talent at his disposal who have greatly impressed in a pre-season. Spurs will prove more resourceful.
- Rafa Benitez is yet to beat Mauricio Pochettino in a Premier League clash.
- Tottenham have never picked three successive wins against Newcastle since the inception of the new Premier League in 1992.
Top Tip: Tottenham Win, Both teams to score