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Predicted Newcastle XI, latest team news vs Spurs

Newcastle United will be aiming to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League to seven matches as they face off against Tottenham Hotspur this evening.

Eddie Howe’s men are on a sublime run of form and should be heading into this match with bags of confidence, particularly after winning three of their last four games.

The Magpies beat Frank Lampard’s Everton 1-0 at St. James’ Park last time out. Miguel Almiron scored the only goal of the encounter as he bent the ball into the top corner from the edge of the box.

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Toon win!

Toon win!



Spurs win!

Spurs win!

Howe may look to alter his side, however, for this clash with Tottenham to give his team the best possible chance of picking up all three points.

We are predicting that he will make three alterations to his starting XI by bringing in Matt Targett, Joe Willock, and Ryan Fraser to face Antonio Conte’s men.

Starting at the back, Dan Burn may be dropped from the side to bring Targett in. The former Brighton man has not offered enough, defensively or offensively, to warrant keeping his place in the team at left-back.

Against Manchester United and Everton combined, the titan lost a whopping nine of his 10 ground duels and failed to create a single chance for his teammates.

Targett, meanwhile, has created 1.75 chances per start in the Premier League this season and won 43% of his ground duels, which does not look too bad in comparison to Burn’s 10% in the last two outings.

Football FanCast recently published an article explaining why Willock could come into the XI in place of Joelinton after the Brazilian picked up an injury in the win over the Toffees.

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Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson celebrates with Joelinton

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Finally, we are predicting that Fraser will replace Jacob Murphy on the left wing. In the last two matches, the Englishman lost eight of his nine individual duels and completed 16 of his 25 attempted passes (64%), whilst also failing to complete a single dribble.

Fraser, who was once dubbed a “pocket dynamo” by Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas, could be given an opportunity to show that he can be more effective in that position.

The £35k-per-week Scotsman has won 59% of his duels and completed 100% of his attempted dribbles this season, although he is yet to register a goal or assist in three starts.

Today’s game could be his time to kickstart his campaign into life…

Predicted Newcastle XI (4-3-3): Pope; Trippier, Schar, Botman, Targett; Willock, Guimaraes, Longstaff; Almiron, Wilson, Fraser

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