Newcastle United vs Tottenham Hotspur 101 Great Goals prediction: Newcastle United 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Mauricio Pochettino finds himself in a tricky predicament on Saturday as he looks to help Tottenham Hotspur avoid yet another slow start to the Premier League.
Spurs have won just two of their opening three fixtures in the last three seasons and with nine players returning late from the World Cup, a disappointing transfer window and a number of injuries, the Argentine has his work cut out.
Newcastle United will be looking to take advantage of Pochettino’s depleted squad on Saturday to put behind them another tough summer window.
Newcastle United vs Tottenham Hotspur: Who will win?
Newcastle are rated at 11/4 to claim three points on Saturday.
Bet365 have a draw at 5/2.
Tottenham recording a second consecutive win at St James’ Park on the opening day of the season is at 11/10.
Newcastle United vs Tottenham Hotspur match preview
Following the departures of Aleksandar Mitrovic and Mikel Merino, off the field issues have again proven to steal the headlines on Tyneside.
In return, the Magpies have signed Ki Sung-Yeung, Yoshinori Muto, Fabian Schar, Martin Dubravka, Solomon Rondon and Kendey, with Muto proving to be the most expensive at just £9m.
The club’s supporters are frustrated at the board’s unwillingness to back Rafael Benitez in the transfer window, despite the Spaniard proving to be a perfect fit for the club.
The former Liverpool manager will be hoping to improve upon last season’s 10th place finish and start strongly when they take on Spurs this Saturday.
Tottenham have also endured a bitterly disappointing transfer window this summer as the club failed to add to their squad with a number of their targets proving unattainable.
Late returns from Russia from nine of their first-team players and injuries over pre-season has seen Tottenham enter the 2018/2019 season with a depleted squad.
Tottenham have become notorious slow starters in the league under Pochettino and on Saturday they will face a real challenge juggling with his limited options.
This was also the opening game last season for both these sides. Spurs won 2-0 with Jonjo Shelvey sent off.
Newcastle United team news vs Tottenham Hotspur
Salomon Rondon is in line to make his debut for the Magpies having signed from West Bromwich Albion on Monday.
Martin Dubravka and Mohamed Diame are both doubts, whilst Florian Lejeune has been ruled out with a knee injury.
Tottenham Hotspur team news vs Newcastle United
Tottenham had nine players reach the semi-finals of this summer’s World Cup with the players only returning to full training over the weekend.
Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose, Toby Alderwerield, Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele and Hugo Lloris are all in contention, but the majority are unlikely to start.
Victor Wanyam, Harry Winks, Juan Foyth and Josh Onomah are all carrying injuries and unlikely to feature, whilst Erik Lamela and Moussa Sissoko are doubts for the club’s trip to St James’ Park.
Newcastle United predicted line-up vs Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur predicted line-up vs Newcastle United
All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.