Competition: Premier League – Newcastle United vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Venue: St James’ Park – Sunday, May 15 – 15:00 BST (10:00 ET)
Match Odds: Newcastle 16/5 – Draw 11/4 – Tottenham 4/5
Newcastle United welcome Tottenham Hotspur to St James’ Park on the final day of the Premier League season, a campaign which could have offered more for both of these sides, who find themselves at either end of the table.
The home supporters will be bitterly disappointed to have been relegated in midweek but will need to be behind their side for the last time in the Premier League for at least a season. They come into this one off the back of their 0-0 draw with fellow relegated side Aston Villa.
Newcastle have nothing to play for here but pride. They need to go out with a strong performance and are capable of doing so, having not lost in their last five. Form has been good but it has come a little too late.
This could be Rafa Benitez’s last game in charge of the club. He has made a positive impact but couldn’t quite steer Newcastle to safety. If the club can tempt him into staying on as manager they stand a great chance of coming straight back up next season.
Tottenham come into this one off the back of their 2-1 home loss to Southampton, a game they were winning, which ended an eight-game unbeaten run and followed the disappointment of officially missing out on the league title a week earlier at Chelsea.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side need to avoid defeat here to secure a second place finish ahead of rivals Arsenal. Although Spurs have missed out on the title, it has been a very impressive season and there is plenty to be excited about for the Lilywhites.
Tottenham need to go out with a win here and look forward to next season. They have a lot to look forward to and can mount another challenge for the title next campaign if they play with the same intensity from start to finish.
Newcastle actually beat Spurs at White Hart Lane in the reverse fixture, coming from behind to win 2-1 thanks to a 90th minute Ayoze Perez goal. However, Spurs have only lost one of their last five trips to Newcastle and will be confident of sealing at least a point.
Newcastle’s injury woes have overshadowed a gruelling campaign. Tim Krul, Massadio Haidara, Curtis Good, Rob Elliot and Fabricio Coloccini all remain injured as Rafa Benitez prepares to name the club’s final Premier League lineup for at least a season.
Tottenham have just one injury concern as Nabil Bentaleb remains out. Both Mousa Dembele and Dele Alli are suspended and won’t feature. Ryan Mason is expected to partner Eric Dier in midfield again, while Heung Min-Son will hope to keep his place ahead of Nacer Chadli in behind Harry Kane.
Newcastle’s last five: W/D/D/W/D
Tottenham’s last five: W/W/D/D/L
Key Stat: Tottenham are unbeaten in 16 of their last 17 away matches in the Premier League.
Key Player: Harry Kane – The Englishman has had a great season and will be battling with fellow countryman Jamie Vardy, as well as Sergio Aguero on the final day for the golden boot. Kane has 25 goals for the season and is ahead of Vardy by one.
Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur – Spurs to sign off with a win and give Newcastle United fans an all too familiar feeling with another loss this season. Both have endured contrasting seasons and the gulf in class is likely to be apparent here.