Is the “Premier League manager” becoming a thing of the past?

Well, some might feel a bit surprised at the title, others might feel intrigued at the idea of the Premier League managers turning into remnants of the past. However, for the ardent football fans this title – rather, this trend – might ring a bell and remind them of some instances in past which justify putting forth the bold question. This would be all the more true for gamblers and punters who follow Premier League betting odds, and keeping a track of how the manager’s role is being side-lined. In this article, we have made an attempt to see why and how exactly that change is being brought about.

A Shift in the Trend

As recently as May, Unai Emery was given the baton at Arsenal, but in the capacity of head coach rather than in the capacity of a manager. He replaced Arsene Wenger, who was labelled as the manager of the club for the last 22 years. Another example can be taken by Maurizio Sarri stepping into the shoes of Antonio Conte as the leader of Chelsea. Though he leads the team, he has retained the tag of head coach.

Out of the top rung of English football clubs, Emery and Sarri are among the six head coaches, and 14 other clubs have retained the position of “manager”, for now. Though the number are a minority, it does represents a shift and a trend that the official boss of the team is now moving away from an overarching role of overseeing every activity of the club.

Is there any actual difference?

Mauricio Pochettino changed his title from head coach to manager in 2016 when his contract with Tottenham was extended. He commented that since the time he had been associated with the club, he was more of a manager than just a coach. Well, the difference in the role of coach and a manager might arise in terms of dealing with affairs such as recruitment and transfers. A manager is responsible for various issues of the like nature, as opposed to simply coaching. One rumour behind why Antonio Conte stepped down from his position of manager is because of him not being given the autonomy that a manager wields.

This can also be seen in how Arsenal have created two divisions – head coach (Emery) and head of football relations (Raul Sanllehi), with the two dealing with the different aspects of the game. This rift in managing power and coaching players is also seen at teams like Everton and West Ham, where major decision such as transfers are not taken by the manager or any single person.

Is the Premier League actually witnessing a change?

In light of the above incidents it can be said without a doubt that Premier League football is definitely witnessing a change. Garry Neville, the former Manchester United and England defender, has spent a considerable time studying the different models being employed by football clubs, and he too believes in this changing dynamic of football. He opines that coaches minds are preoccupied with pressing matters such as choosing their teams, training sessions, etc. Hence it becomes taxing for them to take care of matters such as future signings and contract negotiations on top of this.

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Chelsea set to beat Spurs to PL title by 11 points if these results are anything to go by

The race for the Premier League title is continuing to keep fans guessing after Tottenham closed the gap on leaders Chelsea to just four points over the weekend. The two are set to face off for a place in the FA Cup Final this weekend in a huge game which will no doubt create even more talking points for who is going to end up winning the title.

Chelsea have a more favourable run-in on paper according to many fans and pundits alike and by looking into the results in the reverse fixtures, it is clear to see why that is the general consensus.

Chelsea’s remaining fixtures:

Southampton (H)
Everton (A)
Middlesbrough (H)
West Brom (A)
Watford (H)
Sunderland (H)

There is no easy game in the Premier League but Chelsea play four of their six remaining games at Stamford Bridge. The reverse fixtures saw Chelsea take maximum points and while the title race is still in their hands, Antonio Conte’s side will want his side to get the job done as soon as possible.

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Tottenham’s remaining fixtures:

Crystal Palace (A)
Arsenal (H)
West Ham (A)
Manchester United (H)
Leicester City (A)
Hull City (A)

Spurs have been in incredible form of late, but there is no doubting they have some tough fixtures in their run-in. Unlike Chelsea, four of their last six are away from home, while their two remaining home games are against top four chasing Arsenal and Manchester United.

If Mauricio Pochettino’s side do not improve on their results in the reverse fixtures they have very little chance of winning the league. They drew against Arsenal, lost to Man United, drew at home to Leicester and won the other three games, giving them a total of 11 points from a possible 18.

While it is unlikely both Chelsea and Spurs will replicate the exact same outcomes in their remaining fixtures, it does give some insight into potential results. Chelsea would hypothetically finish the season on 93 points, if they picked up the maximum 18 on offer, while Spurs would stand to take 11 points, putting their final tally at 82.

Are Chelsea going to win their 5th Premier League title or will Tottenham pull off an incredible turnaround?

Spurs can win first Premier League title if Mauricio Pochettino signs these players

Mauricio Pochettino has been impressive since taking over at Tottenham Hotspur but they are still the nearly men at the moment. They’re challenging for the Premier League title again this season but look more likely to finish in either second or third place with Chelsea ten points clear. Squad depth is a small issue that Spurs are still battling and if they were to sign these three players, they could put themselves in a really strong position to win a first Premier League title next season…

Alejandro Gomez

The Atalanta forward has made a real statement with his performances in Serie A this season. He is an extremely versatile player who is capable of causing trouble as a centre-attacking midfielder, a winger or even as a striker. The Argentinian wouldn’t cost Spurs the earth and a move would be favourable as it would allow him to play in the Champions League next season. He has netted 11 goals in 31 appearances and would be a hugely reliable back-up to take some of the pressure off Harry Kane.

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Ross Barkley

There isn’t a huge amount to say about this exciting young Englishman that hasn’t already been said. He is built for the fast-paced attacking style of football that Spurs play. While he might be a more expensive option than some other attacking midfielders he has plenty of Premier League experience already. At just 23 he could form a formidable partnership with Dele Alli for both club and country and the appeal of competing at the highest level makes a move possible. Whether or not Barkley would accept not starting every game is a different question but if he wants a move to a Champions League club he will have to embrace the competition for places and Spurs would be a great place for him to develop.

Christian Pulisic

The 18-year-old American is one of the hottest prospects in the Bundesliga. Despite being little-known to many across Europe he is showing signs of working his way to the very top. He has impressed for Borussia Dortmund this season and hasn’t looked out of place against anyone in the Bundesliga or Champions League. He would provide Spurs with even more unpredictability and would certainly be an ideal replacement for Erik Lamela, whose future looks uncertain as a result of injury struggles as well as time out due to personal reasons this season.

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Spurs are not far off landing some silverware soon, but they need to win something to silence some of their doubters, including fans of their own. Pochettino looks set to stay at the club and it’s an exciting time to be a Tottenham fan. They’re building for the long run and increasing their squad size would only give them a greater chance at success across all fronts in the 2017/18 campaign.

Will Spurs try to sign any of these players this summer? How far off winning the Premier League are they?

Three reasons why Tottenham can win the Premier League under Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur are on track for their best domestic finish in the Premier League era. They have played some scintillating football, attacking with flare and defending with power. So why can they win the Premier League under Mauricio Pochettino? Lewis Addley explores…

The race to win the Premier League title is more intense with each passing week. There are ten points separating top spot and sixth place. Tottenham Hotspur are sitting in second place, seven points behind leaders Chelsea. Pochettino has shown exactly why Spurs deserve to be regarded as capable of winning the league and his continual improvement of the side since taking over points to glory in the future.

While we aren’t suggesting Spurs are going to win the title this season, albeit possible with plenty of games to play, Pochettino has them on the right track to provide the ultimate domestic silverware. Tottenham have lost just two games in the league this season, the joint lowest, while there is a bit of work to be done to turn draws into wins, Pochettino has his side close to where they need to be.

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So what are three key reasons why Pochettino’s Spurs can win the Premier League?

Respect – The players have shown they respect and trust their manager.

The unity of the Spurs squad is apparent for all to see, there doesn’t appear to be an ego in any player to suggest they’re more important than the team. In the wake of the appeal of moving to China, key figures in the Spurs camp have openly said there is no interest for them. Pochettino questioned players’ willingness to move, while talisman Harry Kane believes his teammates are not interested in big money moves, only achieving success at White Hart Lane.

Contracts – Spurs are tying down their players, not selling them.

The importance of not being seen as a ‘stepping-stone’ undoubtedly helps to keep players long-term. Spurs have given out bumper new contracts to their key players and are continuing to negotiate to get those remaining new deals. Rather than attracting world-class signings who see joining Spurs as a way to advertise themselves in the Premier League, they are able to sign players who want to make it to the highest level at the club.

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Tactics – Pochettino seems to have his tactics spot on.

From front to back the current Tottenham side is incredibly strong and they all appear to understand their role and what’s expected of them. This is an incredibly important feature to create a successful side. Failing to get tactics and player roles right leads to underperforming stars and a team lacking unity, something that can arguably be seen at Manchester City during their transitional period. Pochettino has built a team on the foundations of strength in every position. This makes them a powerful outfit and their run of results is proof continual progression.

Spurs are clearly a club on the rise. Their new stadium is well underway and it is an exciting time to be a part of the club for all involved. So long as they continue to improve, their chance of winning the title will increase. While it is difficult to predict whether they will win the title in the current campaign, given the performance levels of the teams around them, Pochettino has to get his players hungry for success. If Spurs can lift a trophy this season it will give the squad the taste of silverware and it could be the start of golden patch.

Do you think Tottenham can win the Premier League under Mauricio Pochettino?

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Manchester City vs Tottenham

Competition: Premier League – Manchester City FC vs. Tottenham Hotspur FC

Venue: Etihad Stadium – Saturday, January 21 – 17:30 GMT (12:30 ET) 

Match Odds: Man City 21/20 – Draw 5/2 – Spurs 13/5

Match Preview

Manchester City welcome Spurs to the Etihad on Saturday evening in what is the biggest game of the weekend in the Premier League.

All eyes will be on Pep Guardiola and his City team after their embarrassing 4-0 loss at Everton last Sunday. The Spanish coach has never lost six league games in one season, but he is one defeat away from doing so and knows this is a real test.

Manchester City have proven they can perform incredibly well, but have also proven to be as vulnerable as anyone else at the back. That cost them again last weekend and they will be wary of facing the likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli, who are in fine goalscoring form with Spurs.

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City come into the weekend in fifth place, three points behind second-placed Tottenham so this is a real six-pointer at the top of the table. A win for either side would send out another important statement as the title race looks set to heat up once again over the next couple of weeks.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men are looking to break a club record if they can make it seven league wins on the bounce at the Etihad on Saturday. They enter the game off the back of a stunning 4-0 win over West Brom last week, in which they put in one of the most dominating performances seen this season.

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City should offer a much stiffer test though, and Pochettino will know not to underestimate them despite their poor run of form.

Spurs came out on top in the reverse fixture at White Hart Lane back in October, winning 2-0. That means they’ve now won three in a row against the Citizens and will be looking to make it four on the spin for the first time since May 2010 here.

Team News

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is close to making a return but is not yet deemed fit enough to start a match of this magnitude. Ilkay Gundogan and Fernando remain sidelined through injury, while Fernandinho is still suspended and will miss out once again. Pablo Zabaleta may start in midfield again, with Guardiola short of options.

Tottenham have been dealt a blow in defence as Jan Vertonghen looks set to miss up to 10 weeks of action after rolling his ankle in last weekend’s win over West Brom. Erik Lamela is close to making his long-awaited return but is unlikely to be fit enough to even make the bench here.

Key Points

Man City’s last five: W/W/L/W/L

Tottenham’s last five: W/W/W/W/W

Key Stat: Pep Guardiola has lost five league games already this season. He’s never lost more than five in a single season during his career.

Key Player: Christian Eriksen – The Spurs playmaker is in incredible form, having picked up four assists in his last four Premier League outings. He has scored on both of his previous two trips to the Etihad Stadium and will be looking to prove the difference once again here.

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Score Prediction

Man City 1-1 Spurs – This is an extremely difficult game to predict, given how important it is for both sides. City need to ensure they avoid defeat against their top six rivals, but last weekend’s thumping at Everton will have left supporters very anxious for the visit of an in-form Spurs team. Tottenham also need to avoid defeat to keep their title hopes alive, but they know this isn’t an easy place to visit and may struggle without Vertonghen at the back. A score draw looks the most likely outcome.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur

Competition: Premier League – Manchester United vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Venue: Old Trafford – Sunday, December 11 – 14:15 GMT (09:15 ET)

Match Odds: Manchester United 6/5 – Draw 23/10 – Spurs 23/10

Match Preview

Manchester United welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Old Trafford on Sunday in the standout fixture of the Premier League action this weekend.

United know they’ve got a game on their hands with the visit of Spurs, this meeting usually offers an exciting tie, but given recent league form for United a draw would be far from surprising.

Jose Mourinho’s side are frustrating their fans. They’re creating well in games but are missing hatfuls of chances and aren’t strong enough defensively to hold out when they take the lead.

Despite the negatives, United are unbeaten in five in the league (W1, D4). Their draw last weekend at Everton was a disappointing result considering they looked to have the points wrapped up, but it’s another game unbeaten nonetheless.

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Tottenham will be full of confidence coming into this game. They thumped Swansea 5-0 at home last weekend and it could and probably should have been nearer double figures.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men are six points ahead of United in the league. They sit 5th, three points outside the top four and six points off top spot, they’re well in the mix.

Spurs need to win this game to keep pace with the top four. If results go in their favour they could end the weekend in third place.

The North London side have lost just once in their last 14 outings. They’re in fine form and are scoring freely, so they have to start with their usual high-press and intensity to put United on the back-foot from the word go.

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Team News

Manchester united are still expecting to be without Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw for this tie. Eric Bailly could be in line to start his first Premier League game in six weeks, he played 90 minutes in the Europa League in midweek. Wayne Rooney is available again after serving his one-match suspension.

Tottenham have just three injury concerns ahead of this tie. Erik Lamela and Vincent Janssen are both expected to remain out, while Ben Davies is a doubt. Toby Alderweireld could make his first Premier League start since October 15 after he featured in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Key Points

Manchester United’s last five: D/W/D/D/D

Tottenham’s last five: D/D/W/L/W

Key Stat: Manchester United have won just once in their last nine Premier League games.

Key Player: Harry Kane – The Spurs talisman is in fine form. He has netted seven league goals this season and will be excited at the prospect of getting at a nervy United defence. He will have to outshine Zlatan Ibrahimovic to ensure Spurs take all three points here.

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Score Prediction

Manchester United 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur – United to fall to another unfavourable result against one of the top sides in the league. Spurs know they have the chance of taking all three points at Old Trafford, but just because United are out of form by no means makes this an easy tie.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham United

Competition: Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Ham United

Venue: White Hart Lane – Saturday, Novemeber 19 – 17:30 GMT (12:30 ET)

Match Odds: Tottenham 8/15 – Draw 16/5 – West Ham 5/1

Match Preview

Tottenham welcome West Ham to White Hart Lane on Saturday evening as the Premier League returns following the international break.

Spurs remain the only side unbeaten in the Premier League this season, but the North London club are trailing top spot by five points and are currently 5th.

There is plenty of room for improvement for Tottenham despite their strong start to the season. Mauricio Pochettino, his players and the fans will be expecting more.

Tottenham come into this one having drawn their last four games on the bounce. While remaining unbeaten is a real positive, Spurs could easily be top of the league if they could find the back of the net on a more regular basis.

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West Ham United’s form has picked up and they look to be getting their season back on track after an unfavourable start.

The Hammers had won just one of their opening six games but have since picked up eight points in their last five games.

Slaven Bilic will have his sights set on pushing his side up the table and into the top ten. West Ham are currently 17th, but there are just eight points separating the relegation zone and European places in what looks set to be the tighest Premier League season ever.

West Ham are going to have to pick up their away form. They have won just once on the road this season, losing the other four. This is the first game of an incredibly tough four games against title contendors for Bilic’s side and they cannot afford to lose all of those fixtures. A positive result here is a must.

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Team News

Tottenham could be without as many as five for the visit of West Ham, as Ben Davies, Erik Lamela, Marcus Edwards and Toby Alderweireld are all expected to be out, while Dele Alli is a doubt. Moussa Sissoko returns following his suspension.

West Ham are expecting to be without eight players as their injury woes continue. Arthur Masuaku, Gokhan Tore, Sam Byram, Andy Carroll and Winston Reid are out, while James Collins, Diafra Sakho and Reece Oxford are all doubts. Mark Noble is suspended.

Key Points

Tottenham Hotspur’s last five: W/D/D/D/D

West Ham United’s last five: D/W/W/L/D

Key Stat: Stalemate – Tottenham have drawn their last four Premier League games.

Key Player: Hugo Lloris – It might not seem the case considering they’re unbeaten, but there is a lot of pressure on the Spurs ‘keeper. He is unquestionably the reason that not one of their four consecutive draws have been a loss. Lloris will have to continue to perform at the highest level while Tottenham are not scoring enough goals to win games.

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Score Prediction

Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 West Ham United – Tottenham to put an end to their run of consecutive draws and continue to challenge in the title race. West Ham’s away form has been tough to take for their fans and it won’t get any easier this weekend.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Arsenal vs Tottenham

Competition: Premier League – Arsenal FC vs. Tottenham Hotspur FC

Venue: Emirates Stadium – Sunday, October 6 – 12:00 GMT (07:00 ET)

Match Odds: Arsenal 19/20 – Draw 5/2 – Spurs 14/5

Match Preview

Arsenal face Tottenham in the season’s first North London Derby on Sunday afternoon in what is a huge match between two sides fighting at the top end of the Premier League table.

Arsenal haven’t lost since the opening day, while Spurs are the only remaining unbeaten team in the Premier League. But we all know form goes out of the window in games this big, so it’s all to play for at the Emirates on Sunday.

The Gunners beat Sunderland 4-1 last weekend before coming from two goals down to beat Ludogorets 3-2 in the Champions League on Tuesday. They are in high spirits and will be relishing the chance to end their arch rivals’ unbeaten streak here.

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The worry for Arsene Wenger is that his team have failed to beat Spurs in the league in each of the past two seasons (D3 L1). They’ve never gone five without a win against Tottenham in the league under the Frenchman.

Spurs come into the game in poor form, having not won in six in all competitions. They might not have lost in the Premier League but Liverpool eliminated them from the EFL Cup, and Bayer Leverkusen beat them 1-0 at Wembley in Wednesday’s Champions League clash.

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Tottenham have sorely missed Harry Kane, who has been out for over a month with an ankle injury. He is expected to be back in the squad here, but is very unlikely to start.

In his absence, Spurs have only managed to score two in their last three Premier League outings, drawing each of those games. But their defensive record remains very impressive, having only conceded five goals in ten games to this point.

Mauricio Pochettino is undefeated as a manager in his four Premier League north London derbies. He will be looking to become the first Spurs manager to go unbeaten through their first five league games against Arsenal in top flight history on Sunday.

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Arsenal are favourites but this is probably the best month for Spurs to be facing their rivals, given the fact that they tend to perform worse in November than any other month, averaging just 1.59 points-per-game during Arsene Wenger’s reign at the club.

Last season’s two meetings ended in draws and another tight contest is expected on Sunday. There is so much to play for here in what is undoubtedly the standout Premier League fixture of the weekend.

Team News

Arsenal have four players ruled out through injury, with Lucas Perez, Danny Welbeck, Per Mertesacker and Chuba Akpom all sidelined. Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott and Kieran Gibbs are all doubts, while Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal should recover from knocks in time to play. Alexis Sanchez is expected to start up front again, although Olivier Giroud is pushing for a start.

Tottenham could welcome back Harry Kane and Toby Alderweireld for the first time in a number of weeks here. Kane is expected to make the bench but is unlikely to start. Erik Lamela and Mousa Dembele are both doubts but the Argentine winger is expected to be fit in time for Sunday. Moussa Sissoko is definitely out as he serves the last of his three-match suspension. Danny Rose should come back in at left-back after sitting out of Wednesday’s loss to Leverkusen.

Key Points

Arsenal’s last five: W/W/W/D/W

Tottenham’s last five: W/W/D/D/D

Key Stat: Goals ‘o’ clock – This will be only the second time this fixture has kicked off at noon in the Premier League. The only previous occasion saw Arsenal win 5-4 in a nine-goal thriller at White Hart Lane back in 2004.

Key Player: Alexis Sanchez – The Chilean attacker scored his 50th Arsenal goal in last week’s win at Sunderland and has been involved in nine goals in his last eight league appearances. He scored in the most recent meeting between the two and will be a huge threat to a strong Spurs defence here.

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Score Prediction

Arsenal 1-1 Spurs – Arsenal are strong favourites ahead of Sunday’s derby, but Spurs are unbeaten in the Premier League for a good reason. They have the best defence in the league and will aim to frustrate their arch rivals in what should be another pulsating North London Derby. Both teams have scored in this game in each of their last five meetings in all competitions, and that looks set to be the case again here, although don’t be surprised if this ends in another draw.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City

Competition: Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester City

Venue: White Hart Lane – Sunday, October 2 – 14:15 BST (09:15 ET)

Match Odds: Tottenham 11/5 – Draw 5/2 – Manchester City 23/20

Match Preview

Tottenham welcome Premier League leaders Manchester City to White Hart Lane on Sunday in the standout fixture of the weekend.

Spurs have enjoyed a strong start to the season and remain unbeaten, one of only two sides to do so, the other being Manchester City.

Mauricio Pochettino will be eager for his side to take three points here and signal their intent for the season and he has previous experience of how to beat a Pep Guardiola side.

Tottenham come into this one having won 2-1 away at Boro, another solid performance and their third league win on the bounce.

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Manchester City are absolutely flying. They’re top of the league with maximum points from their first six games.

It is already looking like a case of ‘who can stop us’ from the City camp. Confidence is sky high and they look like a side who know they’re capable of winning the league.

Guardiola will have his players firmly grounded though. He will be expecting a very tough game here and anything other than 100% from his side would be unacceptable in his eyes.

City come into this one having seen off Swansea in a 3-1 win last weekend. It was another example of how comfortable they are looking but there is still room to improve for them in terms of discipline, as Nolito saw red for a moment of madness.

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Team News

Tottenham Hotspur are expecting to be without both Harry Kane and Danny Rose for this tie, while Moussa Dembele, Moussa Sissoko and Eric Dier are all doubts.

Manchester City are without the suspended Nolito, while captain Vincent Kompany is sidelined following his latest injury setback. Kevin De Bruyne is expected to be out for around three weeks after picking up a hamstring injury, he will be a huge miss for City.

Key Points

Tottenham Hotspur’s last five: W/D/W/W/W

Manchester City’s last five: W/W/W/W/W

Key Stat: Sign of champions – Manchester City have won all six of their Premier League games this season.

Key Player: Raheem Sterling – The England international is thriving under Pep Guardiola. He looks full of confidence and dangerous with his direct, attacking play.

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Score Prediction

Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Manchester City – A cagey, tight affair looks likely for this one. Spurs will be up for the challenge but City have the squad depth and resilience under Pep to overcome the most difficult of challenges and this game will be exactly that.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Newcastle United vs Tottenham Hotspur

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

Match Preview

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.

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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.

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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.

Team News

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.

Key Points

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.

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Score Prediction

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.