Newcastle vs Tottenham
Newcastle had a decent previous season managing to take the tenth position in the end. It was far away from the Europen positions in an aspect of points, but the side managed to stay away from the relegation battle in the last couple of months of the Premier League.
Their ambition is surely to improve on that, but no doubt that it will be difficult to reach a much higher position as the team should once again stay focused on not getting into the red zone that easily. As for the friendly matches, the side didn't show many positive signs as they won their first test game over St Patricks but showed many vulnerabilities from then on.
- They had draws against Hull City and Porto, suffering defeats in two preparation matches in August. First was a 4:0 defeat against Braga, while they suffered narrow 1:0 defeat against Augsburg too last weekend.
They signed goalkeeper Martin Dubravka from Sparta Prague, central defenders Fabian Schar from Deportivo and Federico Fernandez from Swansea. the biggest signing was striker Yoshinori Muto from Mainz for more than 10 million euros. Striker Aleksandar Mitrovic went to Fulham, other Adam Armstrong to Blackburn, while goalkeeper Martz Sels signed for Strasbourg. Central defender Chancel Mbemba went to Porto.
Rondon should lead their attack in a version of a 4-4-1-1 formation, with Perez behind him as offensive support. Goalkeeper Martin Dubravaka has a knock but should be starting here. Central defender Florian Lejeune is out with a knee problem. Midfielder Mohamed Diame should be out too. Central defender Federico Fernandez was signed from Swansea on deadline day.
Tottenham had a decent previous season as the side ended up at the third position and will surely look to build upon that. They also reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup losing to Manchester United and have reached the last sixteen phase in Champions League being excluded narrowly to Juventus.
Of course, that really challenging for the title in Premier League is still missing and it's something that has been a dream of for their fans for many years now. As for their friendly matches, the side won over Roma 4:1, had a draw against Barcelona and a narrow victory over Milan 1:0 on their tour in North America. Their last friendly game saw them losing to Girona 4:1 last Saturday afternoon.
- The side has actually no real move during the transfer window and it can be actually their strong point this season as they continue to work as a real team straight away, not needing time to start playing fluidly.
The Spurs are set to play in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Llorente should lead their attack, with the help of Moura, Eriksen, and Heung-Min as support. Defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama and another midfielder, Moussa Sissoko are ruled out for this one. Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele who rarely played at the World Cup could start here, however. Players like Hugo Lloris, Kieran Trippier, Harry Kane and Jan Vertongen are not expected to perform from the first minute, however.
In my eyes, Newcastle could easily be worse than what they were in the previous season. They didn't inspire with confidence during the pre-season matches and I can't see that improving right away. The visiting side surely won't have all of their star players ready for the first week, however, I still do keep their roster in much higher regard and see a value here.
Newcastle vs Tottenham prediction
Tottenham Wins @ 2.09 with Pinnacle