Managing to snatch a controversial 2-2 draw away at Manchester City last weekend, Tottenham have continued on their unbeaten start to the season and will look to extend that run when they welcome Newcastle to North London on Sunday.
Spending big and recruiting the likes of Tanguy Ndombele in a deal worth £63million, Mauricio Pochettino’s men will also be boosted by their late comeback in their 3-1 victory over Aston Villa in their Premier League opener.
While Tottenham might be quietly dreaming of a surprise title charge this season, the mood in Newcastle’s camp remains at a worrying low.
Suffering a 3-1 hammering away at a returning Carrow Road last weekend, new boss Steve Bruce has seen his side lose both of their opening contests and Sunday could prove to be another long afternoon for the Magpies.
Spurs have won each of their last four matches against Newcastle and have conceded just a single goal in any of those victories. You will be interested to know that a similar result can be found at 10/11 with Ladbrokes this weekend.
Pochettino calling for improvements
Although Tottenham may have managed to remarkably leave the Etihad with a controversial point last weekend, Mauricio Pochettino has made it no secret that his side need to make some immediate improvements.
“I’m very pleased with a point but also know we need to improve. We are in a process where we need to improve in all areas and the team is going to improve step by step, but we need time.”
Having to battle back from a one-goal deficit to snatch a 3-1 win over Aston Villa on the opening weekend, fans around the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will be looking for Harry Kane to spearhead any surprise title charge in North London.
After missing large spells of last season with an ankle injury, you will be interested to know that the England skipper has scored four goals in his last four Premier League matches on home soil. Kane is pencilled in at 12/5 with SkyBet to bag two or more goals this weekend.
Coming off the bench and finding the net after just 19 seconds, Pochettino could be tempted to hand Lucas Moura a spot in his starting XI on Sunday afternoon.
Elsewhere, Moura is not the only pacey winger that could be set to make his return in North London. After now completing a three-match ban which carried over from last season, Son Heung-min is also available for selection.
Is Steve Bruce already facing the chop?
Suffering a 3-1 hammering away at Norwich and the mood around St. James’ Park only getting worse by the week, many around the North East believe that Newcastle could be at the heart of a relegation battle this year.
With many still unimpressed by the decision to replace Rafa Benitez with former Sunderland boss Steve Bruce, Sunday’s guests have been handed back-to-back defeats and their new manager gave a damning verdict of his sides display at Carrow Road last weekend.
“We were nowhere near good enough and it was a disappointing afternoon with and without the ball.”
While Bruce may have only taken over the vacant role last month, the bookmakers have already labelled the 58-year-old as a hot favourite to be the first manager out the door this season.
Bruce is currently priced at 7/2 with SkyBet to face the chop, one ahead of Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson who sits as 4/1.
Sadly for fans around St. James’, Newcastle also have a string of potential injury concerns on their hands before their trip to North London.
With the likes of Florian Lejeune, Dwight Gayle and Andy Carroll all still sidelined, both club-record signings Allan Saint-Maximin and Joelinton will be assessed prior to kick-off.