Back-to-back victories would go some way to easing the pressure that built following the north London derby defeat and Europa League humiliation in Zagreb, with seventh-place Tottenham able to leapfrog Chelsea, Liverpool and West Ham into fourth with another win this afternoon.
Jose Mourinho’s side will be considered favourites to overcome a Newcastle team that have won only two of their last 18 top-flight fixtures, collecting just 11 points during a woeful run that has left them fearing relegation once again.
Jose Mourinho will be looking at his Tottenham Hotspur side to overtake Chelsea and make themselves serious contenders for a top four finish this season.
In order to resurrect their Champions League hopes on Easter Sunday they need to get past a Newcastle United side who are serious relegation contenders.
Spurs are the favourites at 4/6 with Betfred while the hosts are 9/2 but given what has happened at Stamford Bridge this weekend already, we could see European chances crucified at St James’ Park.
Steve Bruce’s side have lost five of their last six Premier League home games against Tottenham winning just once – a freak 5-1 win when the Magpies were already relegated to the Championship in the 2015/16 season.
Both clubs have struggled of late – Newcastle are without a win in six Premier League games, and though Tottenham did return to winning ways against Aston Villa before the international break, that came off the back of a north London derby defeat by Arsenal and a Europa League exit against Dinamo Zagreb.
Peter Smith was joined by SkySports.com’s feature writer Adam Bate on the latest Pitch to Post Preview show to discuss the key talking points for the fixture.
Tottenham’s victory at Villa Park before the international break ended a poor week which had brought woeful displays against Arsenal and Dinamo Zagreb.
The last thing Burnley needed after their win at Everton was the international break. A 22-day break without a game screams ‘momentum loser’ but they were supremely impressive at Goodison Park with Chris Wood and Matej Vydra linking up impressively in attack. And Vydra has got my attention this weekend.
That win last weekend meant Spurs have six wins from their past eight matches in all competitions and they will be looking to improve that run against Steve Bruce’s struggling side.
Our Tottenham reporter Rob Guest is at St James Park and he and Alasdair Gold will be providing live updates and comment from the match.
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Many people have relegated Newcastle already, prematurely in my mind. The Magpies head into the fixture two points clear of Fulham but know they will end the weekend in the bottom three if they fail to beat Tottenham and the Cottagers beat Aston Villa.
They are bang in trouble, of course, but with key attackers returning to fitness they possess a team capable of picking up points in this league. All things considered, those looking to back Tottenham at odds-on should look elsewhere.