PL Stories - Ep 18Nov 30
Spurs vs Newcastle: Match preview, lineups, quotes, form, injuries and how to watch
Can Spurs bounce back after a miserable mid-week defeat at Old Trafford or will the Magpies continue their push for a European spot?
When and where to watch Tottenham vs Newcastle
Tottenham vs Newcastle kicks off at 4.30pm on Sunday 23 October.
You can catch all the action from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on NOW via BT TV.
Tottenham vs Newcastle match preview
Spurs will want to put on a performance after their dreadful showing at Old Trafford in midweek.
After the match, manager Antonio Conte commented that Tottenham don’t handle big games well, following defeats away at Arsenal and Manchester United this season.
In Newcastle, Spurs won’t be facing one of ‘the big six’ but they will be up against a team in great form that has only lost once this season – a last-gasp defeat at Anfield.
The Geordies are full of confidence, with the likes of Miguel Almiron and Bruno Guimaraes driving the team forward and terrorising defences.
A 1-0 win in mid-week against Everton came off the back of a battling draw against Man Utd, so whether they’ll be quite as fluid and energetic as they have been is yet to be seen, but Spurs looked lethargic themselves during the week.
It will be interesting to see which formation Conte goes with, having seen his 3-5-2 setup fail miserably against the Red Devils.
Dejan Kulusevski isn't available so Lucas Moura might come in to readdress the balance in a 3-4-3.
A Newcastle win would really put the cat among the pigeons at the top of the table, while defeat for Spurs would raise some serious questions.
Tottenham vs Newcastle predicted line-ups
Spurs: (3-5-2) Lloris: Royal, Romero, Dier, Davies, Sessegnon, Hojbjerg, Bentancur, Bissouma, Son, Kane.
Newcastle: (4-3-3) Pope; Trippier, Botman, Schar, Burn, Joelinton, Sean Longstaff, Guimaraes, Murphy, Wilson, Almiron.
Tottenham vs Newcastle: Injuries and suspensions
Spurs have missed forward Dejan Kulusevski in recent weeks. The Swede has been out with a thigh injury since the international break and is still not available for Antonio Conte to pick.
Richarlison remains out with a calf injury, but fellow Brazilian Emerson Royal returns from his three-match suspension.
Newcastle have an injury issue with their Swede too. Striker Alexander Isak also picked up his thigh injury while away with the national side, just as he was starting to get up to speed in the Premier League. He’s unlikely to play again before the World Cup.
Allan Saint-Maximin has been struggling with a hamstring injury too, which has kept him out for several weeks now. Despite initially thinking it was a minor setback, the Frenchman has suffered a reoccurrence of the injury which could keep him out for a week or so longer than expected.
Midfielder Matt Richie is still recovering from a calf injury and will miss the trip to Tottenham.
Form (last 6 matches)
Spurs – WWLWWL
Newcastle – DDWWDW
Tottenham vs Newcastle: Form guide
Newcastle arrive at the Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium on a run of six matches without defeat.
They last lost at Anfield, at the end of August, when a Fabio Carvalho strike deep into injury time broke Geordie hearts.
In fact, that devastating defeat to Liverpool is Newcastle’s only loss this season.
If they hadn’t drawn so many games their league position would be even higher than the sixth place they currently find themselves in.
In midweek, Eddie Howe’s men overcame Everton at St James’ Park. That followed a hard-fought 0-0 draw last weekend away to Manchester United.
Howe has his team playing some fluid, attacking football, with defender Kieran Tripper bombing forward, Brazilian Bruno Guimaraes adding flair to the midfield and Miguel Almiron bringing pace and goals to the attack.
Almiron has been a revelation under Howe, in much the same way that Joelinton has turned his fortunes around.
Spurs suffered a demoralising defeat at Old Trafford in mid-week.
While losing to a much-improved Man Utd is no disgrace, the manner of the defeat will worry Spurs fans.
Tottenham appear to have trouble raising their game against the top sides, especially away from home, and some of the players seemed to lose their composure with sloppy passes and a lack of cutting edge. If it wasn’t for Hugo Lloris, United could’ve had a hatful.
Spurs’ gameplan seemed confused too.
Switching to a 3-5-2 from the outset, which many fans had been clamouring for, didn’t have the desired effect and Spurs were penned back against wave after wave of United attacks.
Conte may switch back to a 3-4-3 at the weekend, but whichever formation they play, they need to get back to winning ways if they want to stay near the top of the table.
Tottenham vs Newcastle: Last time they met
Chasing down that final Champions League place in April this year, Spurs put on a real show against Newcastle at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Despite going a goal down through Fabian Schar in the first half, Spurs raced back to win the match 5-1, with goals from Ben Davies, Matt Doherty, Heung-min Son, Emerson Royal and Steven Bergwijn.
He said what?!
Antonio Conte after defeat and a poor mid-week performance against Man Utd:
"I try to analyse after the game with my players because I like to be really honest and in this season we have struggled a lot every time we have played games at a high level, against Chelsea, Arsenal and United. It means we must continue to work and to improve ourselves and to see if it is enough to play at this high level."
Tottenham vs Newcastle: Players to watch
Miguel Almiron looks like a different player for Newcastle this season. In 11 games so far he’s notched five goals, which is more than he’s scored in an of the previous four seasons he’s spent with the Magpies.
The Paraguayan’s pace is proving a problem for defences and he’s developed an eye for goal with a number of sweet strikes to his name already this season, including his edge-of-the-box winner against Everton in mid-week.
A confident and in-form Almiron could prove a problem for Spurs.
Tottenham vs Newcastle: Key stats
- 7-Up! Tottenham have won seven of their last 10 Premier League matches against Newcastle (D2 L1), winning both last season and scoring eight goals in the process (3-2 away, 5-1 home).
- Lovin' London: Newcastle have won 10 away Premier League matches against Tottenham, their joint most against a single opponent (also 10 vs West Ham).
- Home is where the heart is: Spurs have won each of their last eight Premier League home games, scoring 22 goals and conceding five. Only once have they had a longer such run in the competition, winning 14 in a row between November 2016 and May 2017.
- Defensively mean Magpies: No team has kept more clean sheets in the Premier League than Newcastle this season (5), while the Magpies have also conceded fewer goals than any other side (9).
- Back to front: Newcastle's Kieran Trippier has created more chances from set play than any other player in the Premier League this season (16), and more chances overall than any other defender (26). He's created 4+ chances in three different games already this season, with Moussa Sissoko the last Newcastle player to do so in more matches in a single campaign (5 in 2015-16).