Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur

13 May

Tottenham are aiming for a third successive win at St James' Park.

Tottenham are aiming for a third successive win at St James’ Park.


Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez could make changes after his side’s relegation was confirmed on Wednesday.

Striker Aleksandar Mitrovic may be recalled for his first start in six games, but captain Fabricio Coloccini remains out through injury.

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino has no new injury concerns ahead of the visit to St James’ Park.

Dele Alli and Moussa Dembele are still suspended, while Nabil Bentaleb remains out with a knee problem.


Alistair Mann: “There couldn’t be a greater contrast between these two clubs. For Spurs, there’s burgeoning potential, stability and optimism, while for Newcastle there’s an overwhelming feeling of uncertainty and palpable anxiety.

“While Mauricio Pochettino has extended his stay at White Hart Lane, the board at St James’ Park are trying to convince Rafa Benitez that the challenge of reinvigorating Newcastle is an attractive proposition, with many would-be suitors circling overhead.

“The match itself does have significance for the visitors, who certainly don’t want to give up their hard earned runners-up spot to Arsenal on the final day.

“While a draw would ensure that milestone, a victory would also give them their highest ever Premier League points haul.”

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I can understand why Tottenham were not themselves in their defeat by Southampton last weekend, because it is hard to play with the same intensity when the title has gone.

But I don’t think they will be lacking in motivation on Sunday. A point makes sure they finish second, and above their north London rivals Arsenal for the first time since 1995, which will mean a lot to the Spurs players as well as the fans.

Prediction: 1-2

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  • Tottenham are aiming for a third successive league victory at St James’ Park.
  • There have only been two draws in the last 31 league meetings, and there has never been a goalless draw between them in the Premier League.


  • Newcastle have suffered the sixth top-flight relegation in their history, and their second in seven years.
  • Rafael Benitez’s side are unbeaten in five league games (W2, D3), keeping three clean sheets during that run.
  • They have only lost one of their last eight league matches at St James’ Park (W4, D3).
  • However, they have conceded 64 goals in 37 league matches this season – only Aston Villa have conceded more (72).


  • Tottenham have gone three league games without a victory (D2, L1).
  • Spurs have lost more points when leading (20) and won more points when trailing (19) than any other Premier League side this season.
  • They have conceded 30 goals, the fewest of any Premier League side this season.
  • Only Leicester (38) have picked up more points away from home than Spurs this season (34).
  • A victory for Mauricio Pochettino’s team will ensure they surpass their highest ever points tally of 72, set in 2012-13.

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