Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur
Newcastle defender Florian Lejeune has had surgical procedure on the knee harm he suffered in pre season and can be a long-term absentee.
New signings Yoshinori Muto and Salomon Rondon can be found for choice.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has stated he’ll determine after coaching on Friday which of his gamers who performed on the World Cup can be obtainable.
Juan Foyth, Erik Lamela, Victor Wanyama and Harry Winks are all absent due to accidents.
MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES
Two golf equipment pissed off whereas others loved a summer time spending spree meet in a repeat of final season’s opening fixture.
Tottenham are the primary Premier League membership to not signal anybody in the summertime window because the present system was adopted in 2003.
Their hardball coverage over potential signing Jack Grealish in the end backfired and Mauricio Pochettino is left hoping the identical gamers can safe a top-three end for the fourth yr working.
In the meantime, Rafa Benitez did not get the monetary backing he hoped for which led to a number of gamers arriving on Tyneside for modest sums and leaves the fan base underwhelmed on the prospects for progress. Proprietor Mike Ashley’s biggest signing was House of Fraser and that got here after the deadline.
VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT
Newcastle supervisor Rafael Benitez: “Our goal first must be to outlive as a result of we did so properly final yr.
“The truth is that if we do what we did final yr with dedication and togetherness, we generally is a lot increased than 17th. How excessive? I do not know but.”
Tottenham supervisor Mauricio Pochettino: “After all, it is obscure for those who Tottenham did not signal or promote gamers, however generally in soccer you might want to behave in another way.
“If we’re proud of our squad and can’t enhance our squad, generally it is higher to maintain our squad collectively.
“We consider so much in our gamers and why not repeat an analogous season like final yr or the season earlier than, and with extra expertise? We’re going to be higher – little question about that.”
It is a huge season for Spurs with their transfer into their new floor, however I’m not certain about the way it will go for them.
Newcastle have had a tough summer time, with their followers and the supervisor Rafa Benitez questioning the extent of funding within the workforce.
- This would be the fourth time Newcastle and Tottenham have performed one another on the opening weekend of a Premier League season, essentially the most within the competitors’s historical past.
- The Magpies misplaced each league video games in opposition to Spurs final season and failed to attain in both match – the final time they misplaced three in a row in opposition to Tottenham with out scoring was in 2005.
- Spurs have solely failed to attain in one in all their final 25 Premier League matches in opposition to the Magpies – a 1-Zero defeat at White Hart Lane in November 2013.
- Newcastle’s solitary house defeat in eight Premier League video games this yr got here in opposition to West Brom in April. They’ve overwhelmed Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United in 2018.
- Their final win on the opening day of a Premier League season got here in opposition to Tottenham in August 2012.
- Final season’s 10th-placed end was the very best by a newly-promoted membership since West Ham managed the identical place in 2012-13.
- The Magpies started 2017-18 with three defeats in all competitions for the primary time in 18 years.
- Tottenham are enjoying their opening match of the season away from house for the eighth consecutive yr. In English top-flight historical past, solely Burnley have ever had an extended run, enjoying 9 opening video games away between 1888 and 1896.
- Spurs have misplaced 10 of their season-opening Premier League fixtures. Solely West Ham have a worse file.
- Mauricio Pochettino’s facet have earned 40 factors to this point in 2018, second solely to Manchester Metropolis’s 41.
- Their sole defeat in 9 away video games within the league in 2018 got here at West Brom in Could.
- Tottenham gained 10 away matches within the Premier League final season for less than the third time.