Spurs looking to clip Magpie’s wings

Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur – Premier League – St James Park – Sunday 2:05pm – Preview

Nothing other than three points will do when Jose Mourinho takes his Tottenham Hotspur side to St James Park on Sunday afternoon.

The Lilywhites signed off ahead of the international break with a morale-boosting 2-0 at Aston Villa, relieving some of the pressure following a lacklustre North London derby defeat and disastrously crashing out of the Europa League to Dinamo Zagreb.

Spurs currently occupy sixth place, three points behind Chelsea in the final Champions League spot, and face an uphill struggle to cement a top-four finish.

Meanwhile, troubled Newcastle are hovering two points above the relegation zone after a run of two Premier League victories from their last eighteen matches.

Boss, Steve Bruce is under fire from the supporters but has retained the backing of owner Mike Ashley despite their perilous position.

Heung-Min Son could return for Spurs following a troublesome hamstring injury, while Ben davies looks unlikely to feature having withdrawn from the Welsh squad due to a ‘significant injury issue.

Toby Alderweireld, Serge Aurier and Erik Lamela should all be available, the latter having served a one-match suspension following his dismissal in the North London derby. Meanwhile, Matt Doherty could be a doubt after coming off at half-time during the Republic of Ireland’s shock home defeat to Luxembourg.

Jeevesie’s prediction: Newcastle United 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Brian Jeeves

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