Here is a new wave of optimism – in football terms at least – sweeping through Newcastle United after a takeover that catapulted the club into the elite stratosphere when it comes to financial might.
Not that Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo is concerned by all of this. He travels north to face a Newcastle side winless in seven games and stationed just one place off the Premier League table.
Only a win will be satisfactory for a Tottenham side who have struggled for consistency this season.
A victory on the opening weekend against Manchester City did not prove to be a harbinger of more success, as the 3-0 losses to Crystal Palace and Chelsea, as well as a 3-1 setback to their rivals Arsenal brought them down.
Steve Bruce is expected to remain in charge of Newcastle despite a week of speculation about his future.
Kick-off date, time and location
Newcastle vs Tottenham are scheduled to kick off at 4.30pm on Sunday 17th October 2021 at St James’ Park in Newcastle.
Where to watch Newcastle vs Tottenham
TV channel: The match will be televised on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event.
Direct: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match online through the Sky Go website or app.
Newcastle vs Tottenham team news
Callum Wilson is expected to return for the Magpies. The forward has been out of action since August but could return to the squad, alongside Jonjo Shelvey, Jamaal Lascelles and Joe Willock.
Tottenham have a choice of almost a full squad, although Ben Davies could be sidelined after being forced to withdraw from the Wales squad during the international break.
Provided there are no new injuries, the only other absent from Spurs will be Stephen Bergwijn and Ryan Sessegnon.
The most pressing issue is for forward Harry Kane, who has gone scoreless in his last six Premier League appearances.
Heung-min Son is in better contact and has been directly involved in four of Spurs’ six Premier League goals this season (3 goals, 1 assist).
Newcastle vs Tottenham Prediction:
Despite the feel-good factor sweeping through Tyneside, it’s hard to imagine an immediate turn in fortune.
They are still the same team led by the same coaching staff that have struggled so far and are unlikely to be able to turn the tide against a stronger opponent.
As for Spurs, a game against Newcastle could turn out to be a banana peel, especially if Georgia’s loyalists can elevate their team to greater heights. That’s a big if, because even better performance from black and white men might not be enough.
History and results of face to face (h2h)
(Premier League record only)