Aleksandar Mitrovic
By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor


Newcastle United finish their 2015/16 Barclays Premier League campaign with a home fixture against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday (3pm kick-off).

The Magpies go into the fixture on the back of a five-game unbeaten run, but suffered relegation in midweek by virtue of local rivals Sunderland's victory over Everton.

Tottenham, meanwhile, still have something to play for, knowing a point would guarantee them not only second-place in the top flight table but also a finish above North London neighbours Arsenal.

When the teams met earlier in the season, United came from behind to pull off an outstanding, late victory at White Hart Lane.

Eric Dier headed Spurs in front before half-time but substitutes Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez stepped off the substitutes' bench to turn the game on its head in the final 16 minutes.

First, Mitrovic prodded in from point blank range, before Perez sent a stoppage time strike under Hugo Lloris to send the travelling Newcastle fans into delirium.

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Sunday's fixture is the 154th match between the clubs and the 142nd in the league.

This game has sold out.

13th December, 2015 - Tottenham Hotspur 1 (Dier 39) Newcastle United 2 (Mitrovic 74, Perez 90)

Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1): Hugo Lloris; Kyle Walker, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose; Tom Carroll (Heung-Min Son 69), Eric Dier; Erik Lamela (Nacer Chadli 86), Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen; Harry Kane

Newcastle (4-4-1-1): Rob Elliot; Daryl Janmaat, Chancel Mbemba, Fabricio Coloccini, Paul Dummett; Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita (Yoan Gouffran 90), Jack Colback, Georginio Wijnaldum; Siem de Jong (Ayoze Perez 63); Papiss Cisse (Aleksandar Mitrovic 72)

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(Last six games - all competitions

Newcastle - DWDDWL
Tottenham - LDDWWD

Newcastle (v Aston Villa, Premier League):
Karl Darlow; Vurnon Anita, Chancel Mbemba, Jamaal Lascelles, Paul Dummett; Cheick Tiote (Ayoze Perez 67), Jack Colback (Siem de Jong 90); Andros Townsend, Moussa Sissoko, Georginio Wijnaldum; Papiss Cisse (Aleksandar Mitrovic 52)
Subs not used: Freddie Woodman, Daryl Janmaat, Steven Taylor, Jonjo Shelvey

Tottenham (v Southampton, Premier League): Hugo Lloris; Kyle Walker, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose; Eric Dier, Ryan Mason (Nacer Chadli 78); Erik Lamela, Heung-Min Son (Clinton N'Jie 65); Harry Kane
Subs not used: Michel Vorm, Ben Davies, Kevin Wimmer, Tom Carroll, Harry Winks

Newcastle - Georginio Wijnaldum (9)
Tottenham - Harry Kane (28)


Newcastle - Manager Rafa Benitez has no fresh injury concerns, meaning the Magpies will be without Fabricio Coloccni (calf), Rob Elliot (knee), Massadio Haidar (knee) and Tim Krul (knee).

Tottenham - Dele Alli serves the final match of his three-game ban, while fellow midfielder Mousa Dembele is also suspended - for six matches following an altercation at Chelsea earlier this month. Nabil Bentaleb remains sidelined by a knee injury.

Rafa Benitez, Newcastle manager: "It's very disappointing considering how hard we had been working and fighting but now we have to accept what has happened and look ahead. We have trained well the last two or three days, considering the circumstances. My priority is (Sunday's game against) Tottenham. We still have one more game to play, so we have to be as professional as well can be and do things the right way. We want to do well for the fans."

Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham manager: "The supporters and their feelings are very important but we are professional. To move on, we need to sometimes put out the emotions, to be clever, we need to fight first to improve ourselves and be strong in our ideas. I can understand it, for our supporters it's special to be above Arsenal, but I want to be second not because we will be above our enemy, our opponent, but because we are ambitious."

Anthony Taylor (Greater Manchester): 2015/16 record - 43 games, 144 yellow cards, 5 red cards

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Spurs have allowed fewer shots on target against them than any other team in the Premier League this season - just 112.