Newcastle disappointed many fans two season ago when they relegated to Championship, however the team managed to fight back well and earn instant promotion back to Premier League last season despite many setbacks and ups and downs, they even managed to win the Championship title in the end thanks to three consecutive victories in last rounds.
They ended up with a point more than Brighton, while their direct promotion wasn’t doubtful is last few weeks of the season ending with nine points more than third placed Reading. During the pre-season friendlies they lost only to Mainz, winning over Hearts, Bradford, Wolfsburg and in most recent game, winning over Verona 2:0.
Newcaslte brought in central defender Florian Lejeune from Eibar, right back Javier Manquillo from Atletico Madrid, defensive midfielder Mikel Merino from Dortmund, offensive players Jacor Murphy (Norwich) and Crhstian Atsu (Chelsea) spending over 36 Million GBP for now. On the other side, only important transfer out was offensive Florian Thauvin who went to Marseille.
Mitrovic should be leading their attack as central striker in 4-2-3-1 formation with the help of offensive midfielders: Atsu, Perez and Ritchie. Only Javier Manquillo should be starting today out of their recent signings. Injured is DeAndre Yedlin, right back, while serious doubt for this one represents offensive Dwight Gayle.
Tottenham, on the other side, had one of the best seasons in recent years, as the Spurs managed to get the second position in Premier League and get the Champions League direct group stage ticket without much of problems. However, they weren’t able to be more competitive in the title race, staying six points behind champions from Chelsea.
Of course that their ambitions remain pretty much the same, while the team didn’t look that poor in the last friendly game when they won over Juventus 2:0 seven days ago, previously losing to Manchester City and Roma, before they had victories over PSG and Kitchee, side from Hong Kong.
The side will be a bit weaker for now obviously, since they sold central defender Federico Fazio to Roma, right back Kyle Walker to Manchester City, midfielder Nabil Bentaleb to Schalke and striker Clinton N’Jie to Marseille, still without real signing they surely risk a slow start in the season.
Visitors are set to play in 3-4-2-1 formation with Kane as number nine, but also with Alli and Eriksen as offensive midfielders. Their manager won’t be able to count at left back Danny Rose, right back Kieran Trippier and offensive midfielders Erik Lamela and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, all four being injured.
Newcastle have seen over 2.5 goals in 10 of their last 11 home matches against Tottenham.
Tottenham have scored at least 2 goals in 11 of their last 13 matches (Premier League).
One way or another, this match shouldn’t be a defensive and low scoring one. Tottenham remains a favorite and surely will be attacking during the match, however Newcastle will be trying to answer with every way in their first Premier League game after 1:5 humiliation against exactly the Spurs two years ago.