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Preview: Newcastle United vs. Tottenham Hotspur - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Premier League clash between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Newcastle United resume their Premier League relegation battle with a home match against top-four chasing Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon.

The Magpies are winless in six and are just two points above the relegation zone, while Tottenham's 2-0 win at Aston Villa before the international break moved them into sixth.


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Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce pictured on March 7, 2021© Reuters

From being 11th and just two points off a European spot on December 12 to desperately hanging on for survival, it has been quite the plight for Newcastle over the past four months.

Steve Bruce's men fell to a 3-0 loss at relegation rivals Brighton & Hove Albion two weeks ago and it now looks set to be a shootout between United and Fulham for 17th place.

Fulham occupy the final relegation spot and have played a game more than Newcastle, but they have a chance to close the gap when they travel to Aston Villa on Sunday.

Newcastle know that they quite simply need to put some wins on the board, and a fixture that they would once be happy to claim a point from may no longer be good enough.

The 11 points accrued by Newcastle since December 12 is the fewest of any Premier League side over that period, yet Bruce remains in a job with nine games to go.

The Magpies face Tottenham, West Ham United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Leicester City, Manchester City in the final stretch, before a final-day trip to Fulham.

Bruce will be eager to open up a four-point gap on Fulham before that showdown at Craven Cottage, though earning a much-needed victory this weekend will be tough.

Tottenham Hotspur's Carlos Vinicius celebrates scoring against Aston Villa in the Premier League on March 21, 2021© Reuters

United have lost five of their last six home league games with Tottenham, including each of the last three, but they did claim a dramatic 1-1 draw in September's reverse fixture.

Tottenham's form has been pretty poor in recent weeks, having exited the Europa League in the last 16 with a horror defeat in Dinamo Zagreb and losing 2-1 to Arsenal in the league.

However, Jose Mourinho's charges did respond with that victory at Villa before the two-week break and they also have an EFL Cup final with Man City to look forward to this month.

Indeed, for all the talk of how poor Spurs have been of late, they have won four of their last five league games and are three points behind Chelsea in fourth place.

The aim for Mourinho over the next seven weeks is clear - win the EFL Cup and finish fourth in the Premier League - so hitting the ground running this weekend is imperative.

Newcastle United Premier League form:
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • D
  • D
  • L

Tottenham Hotspur Premier League form:
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • W

Tottenham Hotspur form (all competitions):
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • W


Team News

England's Harry Kane celebrates scoring against Albania on March 28, 2021© Reuters

Newcastle have been without Allan Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson for a number of weeks, but both players are closing in on a return to first-team action.

Goalkeeper Martin Dubravka missed Slovakia's 2-2 draw with Malta last weekend with a stomach bug and will be assessed ahead of Sunday's visit of Spurs.

Bruce may opt to freshen things up on the back of the defeat to Brighton, which could mean the likes of Jeff Hendrick and Dwight Gayle coming in.

As for Tottenham, Erik Lamela is back in contention after serving a one-match ban against Villa.

Key man Son Heung-min remains absent for the time being, however, and Ben Davies also returned early from international duty with a "substantial" injury.

Fellow full-backs Matt Doherty and Sergio Reguilon are also fitness doubts, meaning that Japhet Tanganga may get another start in the backline.

Harry Kane has returned from England duty injury free and may once again link up with Carlos Vinicius up top, having worked well together at Villa Park.

Newcastle United possible starting lineup:
Darlow; Manquillo, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett; Willock, Shelvey, Hendrick; Joelinton, Almiron, Fraser

Tottenham Hotspur possible starting lineup:
Lloris; Tanganga, Sanchez, Rodon, Reguilon; Lo Celso, Ndombele, Hojbjerg, Lucas; Kane, Vinicius


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We say: Newcastle United 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur

No Premier League team has been in worse form than Newcastle since mid-December, and the Magpies enter this game on the back of a crushing 3-0 loss at Brighton last time out.

Tottenham returned to winning ways with victory at Villa two weeks ago and need to put together a winning run if they are to finish in the top four.

Assuming the majority of their big-hitters are available, we can see Spurs kicking off a crucial period with three points on Sunday.



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2Manchester UnitedMan Utd382111673442974
3Liverpool38209968422669
4Chelsea381910958362267
5Leicester CityLeicester382061268501866
6West Ham UnitedWest Ham381981162471565
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs381881268452362
8Arsenal381871355391661
9Leeds UnitedLeeds38185156254859
10Everton38178134748-159
11Aston Villa38167155546955
12Newcastle UnitedNewcastle38129174662-1645
13Wolverhampton WanderersWolves38129173652-1645
14Crystal Palace38128184166-2544
15Southampton38127194768-2143
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton38914154046-641
17Burnley38109193355-2239
RFulham38513202753-2628
RWest Bromwich AlbionWest Brom38511223576-4126
RSheffield UnitedSheff Utd3872292063-4323

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