Competition: Premier League – Newcastle United vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Venue: St James’ Park – Sunday, April 19 – 16:00 BST (11:00 ET)
Match Odds: Newcastle 21/10 – Draw 13/5 – Tottenham 5/4
John Carver has described the Newcastle managerial post as “the hardest job in football” following discontent from the fans after a run of five straight defeats has seen the Toon Army slip down to 14th place in the table.
Rumours of the Newcastle supporters planning to boycott the game against Tottenham in a protest against the way owner Mike Ashley runs the club has only intensified yet more negativity surrounding the club, making the job of the manager and players even more difficult.Embed from Getty Images
The Magpies have only managed to score once in their last five games and twice in their last seven – Newcastle have picked up the joint fewest points (4) along with QPR out of any team in the last eight games.
Tottenham have endured a miserable few weeks themselves with just one win in their last four games (D1, L2) including a disappointing defeat at home to Aston Villa last weekend.
Mauricio Pochettino‘s side have been unusually flat in recent weeks and it could be a case of a long season catching up with them having played 51 games in this campaign, which is more than any other Premier League team.Embed from Getty Images
Spurs are seven points behind fourth-placed Man City and if they are to maintain any faint hopes of qualifying for the Champions League, they absolutely have to win this game, otherwise it will be all but over for another year.
With that in mind, this is certainly a fixture that has the potential to feel like it’s just a formality as both Newcastle and Tottenham are almost at the stage of the season where there is nothing to play for.
But the Magpies need to step up their performances to guarantee their safety, while Spurs have to be ready to pounce on any potential slip-ups from the teams above them, making a positive result imperative for both sides.Embed from Getty Images
Newcastle edged the reverse fixture in the Premier League at White Hart Lane with a 2-1 victory in October, although Tottenham gained revenge in the last meeting between the sides with an emphatic 4-0 win in the League Cup just before Christmas.
Newcastle will welcome skipper Fabricio Coloccini back into the team following his suspension, while Siem De Jong could make his first appearance since he suffered a collapsed lung back in August. The Magpies will still be without the suspended Moussa Sissoko and Papiss Cisse.
Tottenham have a number of doubts for the game as goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is trying to recover from a knee problem and Kyle Walker missed the game with Aston Villa because of a foot injury. Jan Vertonghen has been trying to shake off an illness and could be unfit for action.Embed from Getty Images
Newcastle United’s last five in the Premier League: L/L/L/L/L
Tottenham Hotspur’s last five in the Premier League: W/L/W/D/L
Key Stat: There has never been a goalless draw between these two sides in the Premier League.
Key Player: Harry Kane – Two Premier League games without a goal for this man is almost considered a drought by the unbelievably high standards he’s set this season. Spurs will be looking to the Englishman for a moment of inspiration on Tyneside as they look to score their first goal away from home in 202 minutes of football since Kane struck at Loftus Road on March 7th.Embed from Getty Images
Newcastle United 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur – This game is a battle of two sides who find themselves far from at their best and desperately looking for a spark, and for that reason we could see a tight game that ends all square.