Looking to respond to their midweek fiasco away from home, Tottenham Hotspur will return to north London to take on in-form Newcastle United on Sunday afternoon.
Spurs were put to the sword by Manchester United as Antonio Conte’s rather negative set-up failed spectacularly, allowing the Red Devils to run out 2-0 winners.
Goals from Fred and Bruno Fernandes, who netted his first league goal since his 55th-minute strike against Southampton back in August, capped a dominating display from Erik ten Hag’s side as Spurs missed an opportunity to leapfrog Manchester City into second place.
Conte emphatically ruled out any hopes his side had of competing for the league title after the defeat, where United produced one of their best performances of the season, while Spurs put in one of their worst, failing to score in a league game for the first time this season.
But for the heroics of Spurs skipper Hugo Lloris whose saves kept United at bay, the Lilywhites should have been out of the game in the first half.
They barely put up a fight and offered little in the way of attacking incisiveness, recording just two shots on target in the game.
Spurs remain four points adrift of league leaders Arsenal, having played one more game but could fall seven behind their bitter rivals if the Gunners swat aside Southampton.
However, a swift response to their midweek defeat could be on the cards, as their home soil has been a fortress this season.
Spurs are one of only three teams, alongside Arsenal and Manchester City, to have a perfect home record in the league. They have won all seven of their home games across all competitions, scoring 20 goals and conceding just six.
Conte’s men are also on an eight-game league winning streak at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – only once have they enjoyed a longer run in the competition, winning 14 in a row between November 2016 and May 2017.
However, Newcastle will make the trip down south feeling confident about ending that streak. The Magpies have been the feel-good story of the season to date.
They have lost just once in 11 games and boast the league’s best defensive record, having conceded just nine goals. They have also kept the most clean sheets of any side this season (5).
Miguel Almiron’s beautiful curler in the first half was enough to propel Newcastle past Frank Lampard’s dogged Everton side, extending their unbeaten run to six games.
After struggling for wins in the opening weeks of the season, Newcastle have taken ten points from 12 this month and are sixth place in the table – two points above Liverpool and two adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea, albeit having played a game more than both clubs.
The Magpies have only conceded three goals in their last six games, but only one of their five away games this season has ended in victory (D3, L1).
Spurs did the double over Newcastle last season, but the Tyneside club have been much improved since then after enjoying the privilege of a cash infusion from their new wealthy owners.
Howe will be keen for revenge and will look to capitalise on Spurs’ tepid midweek display to pile on their misery.
Conte will want his side to put their midweek defeat behind them and focus on returning to winning ways.
They have won seven of their last ten league meetings against Newcastle (D2, L1), including last season’s double, so they will fancy their chances of success despite the form of their hosts.
Tottenham’s home form will also boost their confidence to go for the jugular, especially as they have lost two of their last four league games (W2), as many as they had in their previous 21. They last lost consecutive league games in February.
Harry Kane had scored in his previous three appearances in all competitions but left Old Trafford empty-handed.
He will be looking to return to the scoresheet against the Magpies, having been involved in eight goals in his last five league games against them with five goals and three assists.
Although his only home goal in his last six appearances against Newcastle came back in May 2018.
Newcastle’s European dream is very much alive this season, and victory over Spurs would be a huge boost to their aspirations.
The trip to north London could not have come at a better time for the Magpies, who have won ten times away to Spurs in the league.
It is their joint-most against a single opponent (also ten vs West Ham United), although they will be looking to avoid last season’s humiliation after losing 5-1 there.
Their away form will also be a major boost as they have lost just one of their last six league games on their travels (W2, D3), although three of their last five have ended level (W1, L1).
Almirón has picked up the pace and become a central figure for Eddie Howe’s side, scoring five goals in 11 Premier League games this season.
He has already scored as many as he did across the previous two seasons combined (five in 64 appearances).
Kieran Trippier will also be instrumental, having created more chances from set play than any other player in the league this season (16).
He also leads other defenders in chances created (26) and has created 4+ chances in three separate games already this season.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Newcastle United Predicted Line-ups
Tottenham Hotspur (3-4-3): Hugo Lloris; Cristian Romero, Eric Dier, Clement Lenglet; Emerson Royal, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Rodrigo Bentancur, Ryan Sessegnon; Son Heung-Min, Harry Kane, Ivan Perisic.
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Nick Pope; Kieran Trippier, Fabian Schar, Sven Botman, Dan Burn; Bruno Guimaraes, Sean Longstaff, Joe Willock; Miguel Almiron, Callum Wilson, Jacob Murphy.
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Tottenham Hotspur vs Newcastle United Prediction
With their home run on the line, Conte’s men will know they need to field a better performance than their midweek fiasco to get a result.
The Magpies have been dealt a huge blow with Joelinton’s injury, but their confidence levels are off the charts, so they should have enough to hold Spurs to a draw in north London.
Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Newcastle United
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