The Magpies host Spurs at St James’ Park in Saturday’s early game in the English top-flight
The Premier League is back and the first game on Saturday sees Newcastle United host Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs fans will have been delighted to see their World Cup stars perform so well but now face fielding a patched up team against the Magpies with nine of their players only returning on Monday.
They also failed to sign any new players in the summer transfer but, despite problems between owner Mike Ashley and manager Rafael Benitez, Newcastle did get some business done, including the loan signing of Salomon Rondon from West Bromwich Albion, and the return of Kenedy, also in a temporary deal.
The game at St James’ Park kicks off at 12:30pm on Saturday, August 11.
What the managers are saying:
Rafael Benitez (Newcastle United): “The reality is that we have a team that did well last year. We are ready. I am quite excited and quite happy because I can see the players working hard and training as well as they did last year.”
Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham Hotspur): “We’re going to be competitive. I promise you I’m so happy in the way everyone came back, so focused, so happy to join us again.”
How can I listen?
Newcastle United are hoping Yoshinori Muto and Martin Dubravka will be fit to face their visitors but will be without long-term absentee Florian Lejeune.
Meanwhile, Tottenham must do without the injured Victor Wanyama, Juan Foyth, Erik Lamela, and Harry Winks and need to assess their returning World Cup stars.
Predicted Newcastle United XI: Dubravka; Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett; Ritchie, Shelvey, Diame, Kenedy; Perez, Rondon.
Predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI: Vorm; Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Dembele; Eriksen, Alli, Son; Kane.