Newcastle Vs Tottenham :Jose expects a fight and Bruce wants fans in stadium – plus big team news
Newcastle United will be hoping that they can stop Tottenham from getting back inside that top four spot today, and pull away from that relegation battle.
Newcastle are 17th with nine games remaining, just two points above 18th-place Fulham but with a game in hand, while Spurs sit sixth, three points off the top four.
Both clubs have struggled of late – Newcastle are without a win in six Premier League games, and though Tottenham did return to winning ways against Aston Villa before the international break, that came off the back of a north London derby defeat by Arsenal and a Europa League exit against Dinamo Zagreb
Newcastle have made five changes from their 3-0 defeat to Brighton before the international break. Javier Manquillo, Ciaran Clark and Joe Willock drop to the bench with Isaac Hayden injured and Ryan Fraser left out of the matchday squad.
Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle, Emil Krafth, Jacob Murphy and Sean Longstaff all come into the XI. Allan Saint-Maximin returns to the bench after injury.
Team to play Tottenham: Dubravka, Murphy, Krafth, Lascelles, Dummett, Shelvey, Ritchie, S Longstaff, Joelinton, Almiron, Gayle.
In a stark contrast, Tottenham have named the same XI that beat Aston Villa two weeks ago.
Heung-Min Son is back among the substitutes, with Jose Mourinho saying on Friday that he would feature against Newcastle, so expect an appearance from the forward off the bench.
Team to play Newcastle: Lloris, Tanganga, Sanchez, Rodon, Reguilon, Lo Celso, Ndombele, Hojbjerg, Moura, Vinicius, Kane.
Before the game, it has been claimed that Steve Bruce ‘desperately’ wants Newcastle United supporters back in stadiums because the Magpies’ head coach believes the fans would ‘drag’ his side over the line.
“I would desperately want the fans inside the ground,” he told reporters on Zoom. “Absolutely. 100%. Without them, then, we’re just like every other club.
Playing behind closed doors, for me, we’ve all got sort of used to it a little bit but when we see the internationals and we see four or five thousand at a game, it makes a difference.
“Look, I would want the supporters in because that’s what it’s all about. We’ve missed them dreadfully and I’m sure, at this particular time, they’ll get behind the team and that’s the most important thing now.
“We’re in a scrap, we’re in a fight – let’s get ready for it. Certainly, the supporters would play their part in it – I’m absolutely convinced they would – to try and drag us over the line in certain situations.”
WHAT HAS MOURINHO SAID ABOUT TODAYS RIVALS?
“I expect a team wanting to win the match.
“Or at least trying to get a point because at this moment – for every team – a point sometimes can be very important.
“I think they are a difficult team to play against so of course I expect a difficult match for us.
“Newcastle need points for their fight.”
PREDICTION – 1 -1