The most talked about story of the week, and perhaps the year, has been the successful takeover of Newcastle United by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia. There are numerous facets to this topic, on and off the pitch, which are worthy of exploration. However, in terms of their upcoming game against Spurs, this news is unlikely to have a transformative impact on the result, but may have an impact nonetheless. Current boss Steve Bruce is almost certain to be sacked in the coming days but looks as though he will get the pleasure of leading the Newcastle side out this weekend in his 1000th game as manager.
Assuming that Bruce remains in the hot seat through Sunday, he will look to motivate a winless team sitting 19th in the table with the worst defensive record in the league. As difficult as that sounds, there should be a feel good factor around the dressing room given the huge news of the takeover which broke during the international break. There aren't many positives to look at in terms of The Magpies' recent results or performances but perhaps the players will be spurred on to perform above their limits on Sunday. They will need to do so if they are to beat Nuno Espirito Santo's Spurs side.
Granted Tottenham had been on a slide there for a while after a very promising start to the season, but hammering Mura 5-1 in Europe and more importantly dispatching Aston Villa 2-1 in their last game should have lifted spirits. Harry Kane has yet to score in his six appearances which has led to claims that he is disinterested after missing out on a move to Man City in the summer. There could be some validity in this claim but one shouldn't forget that he always struggles in the early part of the season before he properly kicks into gear.
Bruce, or whoever takes charge of Newcastle, will have to contend with a long list of injury doubts. Callum Wilson, Jonjo Shelvey, Jamaal Lascelles, Paul Dummett, Freddie Woodman, Martin Dubravka and summer signing Joe Willock are all doubts for this game. Spurs may be without fringe players like Steven Bergwijn and Matt Doherty but won't be missing any key names. Kane, Son Heung-Min and Lucas Moura should start together in the front three.
If the Newcastle players and fans can take some positivity from the takeover news they may just pick up their first win of the season. Likewise, if Spurs can build on the good results they picked up before the break, they should have more than enough on paper to come away with all three points. It's a difficult one to call but in the absence of a new, exciting manager and flash new signings, Newcastle probably won't have enough to win here.
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13 October 2021, 03:30
Newcastle United's home record this season: 0-2-1.
In Premier League, Tottenham Hotspur has better performance than Newcastle United.
A year ago, Tottenham Hotspur were number 3 in the table with 14 points. Now they are number 8 with 12 points.
Tottenham Hotspur have lost just 1 of their last 5 games against Newcastle United (in all competitions).
Newcastle United scores 1 goals in a match against Tottenham Hotspur and Tottenham Hotspur scores 1.4 goals against Newcastle United (on average).
When Newcastle United leads 1-0 at home, they win in 46% of their matches.
When Tottenham Hotspur is down 1-0 away, they win 12% of their matches.
Tottenham Hotspur's performance of the last 5 matches is better than Newcastle United's.
A year ago, Newcastle United were number 11 in the table with 11 points. Now they are number 19 with 3 points.
Newcastle United have won just 1 of their last 5 Premier League games against Tottenham Hotspur.
Their last meeting was a draw. (2-2)
Average number of goals in meetings between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur is 2.4.
The most common result of matches between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur is 2-1. 8 matches have ended with this result.
When Newcastle United is down 0-1 home, they win 0% of their matches.
Newcastle United wins 20% of halftimes, Tottenham Hotspur wins 50%.
Tottenham Hotspur have lost just 1 of their last 5 Premier League games against Newcastle United.
Newcastle United have played 4 home matches in a row without winning.
In the last 5 meetings Newcastle United won 1, Tottenham Hotspur won 2, 2 draws.
Newcastle United scores 1.41 goals when playing at home and Tottenham Hotspur scores 1.7 goals when playing away (on average).
The most common result of matches between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur when Newcastle United is playing at home is 2-1. 4 matches have ended with this result.
When Tottenham Hotspur leads 0-1 away, they win in 65% of their matches.
Newcastle United haven't won in their last 8 games.
Newcastle United wins 1st half in 20% of their matches, Tottenham Hotspur in 50% of their matches.
Average number of goals in the first half in meetings between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur is 1.2.
Tottenham Hotspur have conceded a goal in each of their last 7 matches.
Newcastle United's last home win against Tottenham Hotspur was in 2016.
Newcastle United have conceded a goal in each of their last 5 matches.
Newcastle United have scored at least one goal for 5 consecutive matches.
Tottenham Hotspur haven't scored in 1 of their 3 away matches in Premier League this season.
During the last 55 meetings, Newcastle United have won 23 times, there have been 8 draws while Tottenham Hotspur have won 24 times. The goal difference is 84-80 in favour of Tottenham Hotspur.
Newcastle United haven't scored in 0 of their 3 home matches in Premier League this season.
During the last 28 meetings with Newcastle United playing at home, Newcastle United have won 13 times, there have been 6 draws while Tottenham Hotspur have won 9 times. The goal difference is 51-39 in favour of Newcastle United.
Last season's matches: 2-2 (Newcastle United at home) and 1-1 (Tottenham Hotspur at home).