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.
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.
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.
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.
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