After another disappointing performance and result on Wednesday night, Tottenham Hotspur need to show a response.
In midweek, Spurs were beaten 2-0 by Manchester United at Old Trafford, but that doesn’t begin to tell the story.
Man United accumulated an xG of 1.75, to Spurs’ 0.59, with Hugo Lloris forced into eight saves, racking up a post-shot xG figure of 2.4.
If you’re unfamiliar with xG, let’s make it simple, that’s a lot!
Before this, Antonio Conte’s team had won back-to-back games, but have been outplayed by Chelsea, West Ham, Arsenal and now Man United on the road already this campaign.
Neverthless, despite the growing doom and gloom, Spurs are still third, just four points adrift of the leaders.
Newcastle United meanwhile moved up to sixth this week, sat just five points below their hosts.
Miguel Almirón’s stunning strike enough to see the Magpies beat Everton at St James’ Park on Wednesday.
This means Eddie Howe’s side are unbeaten in five, hammering both Fulham and Brentford earlier this month.
The Toon Army have won four of their last six league visitors to N17, most recently leaving 1-0 winners in 2019.
Can Newcastle spring a surprise at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
Tottenham Hotspur team news
Spurs are a little short of attacking options just now, with Dejan Kulusevški and Richarlison both out injured.
Sine the latter hobbled off last weekend, Yves Bissouma has come into midfield, alongside Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Rodrigo Bentancur, thereby instigating a switch from a 3-4-3 to a 3-5-2.
Harry Kane has scored eight goals against Newcastle, while Son Heung-min scored home and away against the Magpies last season; they’ll need both to be firing.
At right-wing-back, Emerson’s three-match ban is over so he could return, taking the place of Matt Doherty.
Newcastle United team news
Alexander Isak won’t feature again until 2023, while Allan Saint-Maximin has played just 12 minutes since 28 August due to an ongoing hamstring injury.
In their absence, Miguel Almirón has been the main man for goals, scoring four in the Premier League this month alone, despite only managing ten beforehand; he arrivied in January 2019.
Joelinton and Fabian Schär would miss next Saturday’s game against Aston Villa if booked here.
Kieran Trippier is set to captain Newcastle against the side he made 114 appearances for.
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