Both sides have enjoyed a mixed return to Premier League life, both winning impressively on the road and losing meekly at home. For 135 minutes, Tottenham have been awful this season and they looked to be heading for successive league defeats before Son Heung Min drew them level at Southampton last week.
An exceptional second half from Son and Harry Kane saw them win the day convincingly in the end, but their performance was far from ideal.
They now entertain a Magpies side that looked excellent in their 2-0 dismantling of West Ham on the opening day, but looked absolutely diabolical in their 3-0 home defeat to Brighton. The game was over before most people even knew it was on, such was the manner of Newcastle’s defending last weekend.
Spurs now have the chance to inflict more misery on Steve Bruce’s men before embarking on an absolutely jam-packed week that will see them play four times in seven days. This is an absolute must-win for Spurs, who travel to Old Trafford next week after entertaining Chelsea and Maccabi Haifa on Tuesday and Thursday.
Spurs, with Son and Kane to the fore, should have too much for Newcastle.
Kane looked subdued in Spurs’ opening day defeat to Everton, but looked anything but in their win at St Mary’s last week. Turning into prime Andres Iniesta to lay on four assists to Son and also nab a goal himself.
It’s fair to say that Newcastle won’t afford Son and Kane the same type of space that Southampton did, but Kane has rediscovered his goalscoring touch too – scoring in each of Spurs’ last three games in all competitions.
It’s very difficult to stop Kane once he builds up a head of steam and Newcastle, who looked leaky at the back in their emphatic defeat to Brighton.
Hayden’s disciplinary record does not exactly show him in a positive light.
The central midfielder has made more a foul a game on average in his 82 Premier League games. Hayden has been booked 15 times in the Premier League and received a further seven yellow cards in his one season in the Championship.
The combative midfielder statistically makes a foul for every second tackle he makes. He is arguably the most likely player to go into referee Peter Banks’ notebook on Sunday.
Newcastle are not going to dominate possession in London and, in all likelihood, they will be penned in their own half for lengthy phases.
The chances of a Magpies player making a foul worthy of a yellow card are significantly higher than a Tottenham player and Hayden, as a lynchpin in their midfield with an imperfect disciplinary record, is the most obvious one to go into the book.
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