here is a new wave of optimism – in football terms at least – sweeping through Newcastle United after a takeover which has catapulted the club to the elite stratosphere as far as financial might is concerned.
Not that Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo will be concerned by all that. He’s travelling north to take on a Newcastle team winless from seven matches and stationed just a place off the foot of the Premier League table.
Only a win will be satisfactory for a Tottenham side that has struggled for consistency this season.
An opening-weekend win against Manchester City did not prove to be a harbinger for more success as 3-0 losses against Crystal Palace and Chelsea, as well as a 3-1 reverse at rivals Arsenal, has seen them slip down the table.
Steve Bruce is set to remain in charge of Newcastle despite a week of speculation about his future.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Newcastle vs Tottenham is scheduled for a 4:30pm kick-off on Sunday, 17 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.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or Sky Go app.
Newcastle vs Tottenham team news
Callum Wilson should make his return for the Magpies. The striker has been out of action since August but could return to the squad, along with Jonjo Shelvey, Jamaal Lascelles and Joe Willock.
Tottenham have close to a full strength squad to choose from, though Ben Davies could be missing after he was forced to withdraw from the Wales squad over the international break.
Providing there are no fresh injury blows, Spurs’ only other absentees will be Stephen Bergwijn and Ryan Sessegnon.
The most pressing matter concerns striker Harry Kane, who is without a goal in his last six Premier League appearances.
Heung-min Son is in better touch and has been directly involved in four of Spurs’ six Premier League goals so far this season (3 goals, 1 assist).
Newcastle vs Tottenham prediction:
Despite the feel-good factor sweeping through Tyneside it is hard to imagine an immediate turn in fortunes.
This is still the same team managed by the same coaching staff who have struggled so far and it is unlikely they’ll be able to turn things around against a stronger opponent.
As for Spurs, a game against Newcastle could prove a banana skin, particularly if the Georgie faithful can rouse their team to greater heights. That is a big if, because even an improved showing from the men in black and white might not be enough.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
(Premier League record only)