Prematch: Newcastle United vs Tottenham Hotspur
“This will be a huge game.” Howe and Newcastle hope to keep Spurs at bay in what could become the fourth-place decider.
Published: April 22, 2023 05:04
Newcastle United are looking for a win against Tottenham Hotspur to boost their top-four hopes and hope they can extend their five-game winning run by picking up three points at St James’ Park this Sunday at 14:00 (GMT+1). Kickoff for this match takes place on April 23 at 14:00 (GMT+1).
Newcastle United Fail to Extend Winning Streak Against Aston Villa, Face Critical Match-Up With Spurs on Sunday
Newcastle United were unable to extend their five-game winning streak against Aston Villa last weekend as they fell 3-0 thanks to Ollie Watkins scoring twice and Jacob Ramsey adding one goal in 11 minutes of action. Newcastle [WWWWL] failed to pose any form of threat during both halves of this contest and fell one spot into fourth position after last weekend’s loss, earning 56 points (15W, 11D & 4L]. They will aim to quickly put last weekend’s loss behind them and secure top-four status by overtaking Spurs (53 points). Sunday’s match offers Spurs the chance to take control of fourth place with just three matches remaining in their campaign. “Sunday will be an enormously significant match-up – there is no question.” Eddie Howe noted in a pre-match press conference: “Tomorrow we face one of our league rivals, making it a critical moment in our season. Additionally, Tottenham are playing on Sunday and it is three game week, so these crucial encounters must be used as opportunities to gain points.” He concluded by noting there are nine points up for grabs that must be maximized within their nine point gap between themselves and rivals in this contest. After their 2-1 triumph against Spurs in the reverse fixture, Newcastle could complete back-to-back victories over them this Sunday. A 4–3-3 formation should feature Anthony Gordon, Isak and Miguel Almiron up front. Allan Saint-Maximin remains doubtful while Emil Krafth has been ruled out.
Spurs Suffer Defeat Despite Danjuma's Maiden Goal, Paratici Submits Resignation After FIFA Ban
Conte’s final words at Spurs continued to haunt them even weeks after his contentious departure, as Cristian Stellini’s side conceded late on in their loss against Bournemouth (3-2). “The Cobra,” Arnaut Danjuma [88′], scored his maiden goal as a substitute, bringing Spurs level at 2-2. However, fellow substitute Dango Ouattara [90’+5] stole it away from Spurs and inflicted their first defeat in five games – WDDWL Spurs (16 Wins, 5 Draws and 10 Losses) will enter this weekend looking to draw level with Newcastle in terms of goals difference, although their three-four-two-one formation with Harry Kane up front remains unlikely. Lucas Moura remains suspended while as many as five other players, such as Rodrigo Bentancur, may also miss time due to suspension. Meanwhile, Fabio Paratici has submitted his resignation after failing to appeal his global football ban from FIFA.