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Newcastle United vs Tottenham Hotspur at Stadion.Core.ViewModels.Matchday.LocationViewModel

Newcastle United crest

Newcastle United

Tottenham Hotspur crest

Tottenham Hotspur

  • Dele Alli 61'
  • Ben Davies 70'
FT 13th August 2017 1:30 PM (BST)

St. James' Park

Premier League

Referee : Andre Marriner

13th August 2017 1:30 PM (BST)

Commentary By @NUFC

Match ends, Newcastle United 0, Tottenham Hotspur 2.


Second Half ends, Newcastle United 0, Tottenham Hotspur 2.


Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Son Heung-Min with a through ball.


Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Christian Eriksen tries a through ball, but Son Heung-Min is caught offside.


Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Harry Winks replaces Mousa Dembélé.


Attempt saved. Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.


Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.


Foul by Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur).


Attempt missed. Javier Manquillo (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Isaac Hayden with a cross.


Attempt missed. Christian Atsu (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Javier Manquillo.


Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Victor Wanyama replaces Dele Alli.


Attempt saved. Christian Atsu (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matt Ritchie.


Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Mikel Merino.


Substitution, Newcastle United. Mikel Merino replaces Dwight Gayle.


Foul by Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur).


Goal! Newcastle United 0, Tottenham Hotspur 2. Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.


Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Ciaran Clark.


Attempt saved. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Harry Kane with a through ball.


Foul by Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United).


Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.


Goal! Newcastle United 0, Tottenham Hotspur 1. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.


Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Son Heung-Min replaces Moussa Sissoko.


Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur).


Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Toby Alderweireld.


Foul by Javier Manquillo (Newcastle United).


Walker-Peters overlaps nicely deep down the right flank before manging to fire a dangerous cross towards the near post, but it just about dealt with by Mbemba before Kane can latch on to it.


Substitution Moussa Sissoko Heung-Min Son


Substitution Moussa Sissoko Heung-Min Son


Davies is clumsily caught with his back to the Newcastle goal, and Tottenham are awarded a free-kick. It's sent short and worked up to Alli, who's quickly closed down and can't find a way into the hosts' penalty area.


Tottenham patiently work the ball from one flank to the other as they try to find a way through on goal, but Newcastle remain solid and compact at the back and deal with the danger comfortably.


Yellow card Matt Ritchie


Yellow card Matt Ritchie


Yellow card Matt Ritchie


Big chance for Gayle! Despite being a man down, Newcastle fly forward and carve out a chance on goal for themselves. Atsu does really well to get into the box and set up Gayle, who quickly shoots but can't beat Lloris at the near post.


Red card Jonjo Shelvey


We're underway once again!

The two teams are making their way back out onto the pitch ahead of the second half. Neither side have made any substitutions during the break.

It's been a decent performance from Newcastle so far, as the home side are doing well to keep Tottenham relatively quiet. The visitors haven't looked at their usual best, with Eriksen, Alli and Kane all struggling to cause many problems for a back line that's been hit by two unfortunate injuries. At the other end, the hosts have counter-attacked well, with Atsu looking particularly impressive over on the left wing.



After easily dealing with the danger, Newcastle hit Tottenham on another swift counter-attack. Perez flies towards the penalty area and tees up Gayle, who then swings a looping cross over to the far post, but Lloris is there to beat Shelvey to the ball.


Alli is caught from by Isaac Hayden around 35 yards away from the Newcastle goal, resulting in a free-kick for Tottenham in a promising position. Eriksen steps up and chips a pass into the box, but it's poorly hit and fails to result in a chance on goal.


The fourth official has indicated that there will be three minutes of added time.


Space opens up for Eriksen in the middle of the pitch, allowing him to break forward on his first decent run of the afternoon. He then shoots from 25 yards out, but it's a poor decision and Elliot easily stops the midfielder's tame effort.


Atsu cuts inside from the left flank and easily gets the better of two Tottenham players before trying to skip into the box, but Dembele dives into the Ghanaian and dispossesses him with a great sliding tackle.


Sissoko and Eriksen play a quick one-two between themselves on the edge of the hosts' penalty area before the Dane manages to get a shot away, but it swings straight into the hands of Elliot in the middle of the goal.


Alli holds up the ball well on the left-hand side of the Newcastle box before spinning and finding Davies. The full-back then tries to pick out Kane inside the penalty area, but his cross is poorly hit and is easily dealt with by Lascelles.


It's proving to be a tough first half for Tottenham, who have seen plenty of the ball inside the hosts' half of the pitch but are struggling to do much with it. Kane has remained pretty isolated in front of goal, whilst neither Eriksen nor Alli have made much of an impact so far.


Walker-Peters causes more problems for the Newcastle back line as he sprints down the right wing, and he does well to win his side another corner. It's fired in by Eriksen and finds Alderweireld, who rises high but gives away a free-kick for a push on his marker.


Substitution Florian Lejeune Chancel Mbemba Mangulu


More good play by Atsu seems him beat Walker-Peters before firing a low cross into the penalty area, where Gayle tries to latch onto the ball but has to settle for a corner. The set-piece is sent in deep by Shelvey and picks out Lascelles, who tries to turn and find a team-mate but can't stop the ball from rolling out for a goal-kick.


The follow-through from Kane seemed to catch Lejeune nastily, and the centre-back seems to be really struggling with his ankle. He's struggling to put weight on it and may have to be replaced.


Yellow card Harry Kane


The corner initially doesn't result in a chance on goal before finding Atsu again, and the winger wins another corner after being well tackled by Walker-Peters. Shelvey tries to catch out Lloris at his near post, but Kane is there to get his body in the way of the ball.


Nervy moments at the back for Tottenham! Another attempted Tottenham attack fails to come to anything, and Atsu hits the visitors on another quick dart down the left wing. He breaks into the box and squares a pass across the face of goal, but there's nobody there to meet it and Davies can fire the ball behind for a corner.


Eriksen goes close! Tottenham try to hit the home side on a counter-attack of their own, but Newcastle do well to quickly get plenty of bodies back. Eriksen is just about able to get a shot away, however, and it bounces only a yard or two wide of the far post.


Newcastle counter quickly through Perez and Atsu, the latter of whom does well to win a corner over on the left wing. It's sent short and worked back to Clark, who then fires a poor cross straight into the hands Hugo Lloris.


Walker-Peters gets the better of Clark just outside of the box and then fires a dangerous low cross into the box. It manages to find Sissoko, but the former Newcastle man's first-time strike isn't the best and sails high up into the air.


It's all kicking off! Lascelles dives into Alli and dispossesses the Tottenham midfielder with a crunching tackle, and it's one that the England international doesn't seem to like too much. He gives the defender a bit of a shoulder-barge in the aftermath and starts a slight fracas between the two, but it's easily brought to an end by the referee.


Walker-Peters battles with Ciaran Clark deep down the right flank as he tries to latch on to a long ball forward from Alderweireld, but he's fouled by the Irishman and wins a free-kick instead. Eriksen's swinging cross picks out Kane perfectly, but the striker can't make decent contact with the ball just a few yards out.


Alli is closed down and dispossessed by a group of Newcastle players, and the home side then try to kick-start a quick counter-attack. Shelvey fires a lofted pass up towards Gayle on the halfway line, but the striker is quickly beaten to the ball by Eric Dier.


Vital clearance by Walker-Peters! The youngster is involved in the thick of the action once again, but this time he's able to clear the danger with an important interception. Ayoze Perez looks to be in on goal after getting the better of Toby Alderweireld, but Walker-Peters is there to stop the Spaniard from getting a shot away.


Let off for Walker-Peters! Newcastle win themselves a free-kick, which is quickly poked into the penalty area by Jonjo Shelvey. Gayle darts onto the ball before going down under a challenge from Walker-Peters, but, luckily for the young defender, the linesman's flag is raised as soon as the Newcastle players and fans start screaming for a penalty.


Walker-Peters launches a long ball down the right wing and towards Sissoko, who loses out to Lejeune but wins a throw-in that quickly turns into a corner. The set-piece is played short and Eriksen then curls a cross into the middle of the box, but Rob Elliot is there to collect the ball.


Ben Davies swings in the resulting corner and manages to pick out Sissoko at the near post, but the Frenchman can't make decent contact with the ball and sends his headed effort comfortably wide of the goal.


Tottenham patiently knock the ball around from one flank to the other as they try to find a way through the sea of black and white camped in front of them. Eriksen eventually lifts a lofted pass into the box and towards Dele Alli, who then side-foots a volley across the face of goal. It bounces towards Kane, but Lascelles is there to cut out the danger.


Dembele powers his way through the middle of the pitch on a charging run and then unleashes a low shot from 20 yards out, but it's sent straight into the path of Lascelles and is comfortably blocked by the defender.


Substitution Paul Dummett Jamal Lascelles


Substitution Paul Dummett Jamal Lascelles


Early chance for Gayle! Paul Dummett launches a lovely lofted pass over the top of the static Tottenham back line and towards Gayle, who is in a great position just inside the penalty area. The striker quickly shoots, but his first-time half-volley sails a few yards over the top of the crossbar.


Tottenham patiently work the ball around as they push forward on their first attack of the afternoon. Mousa Dembele and Kyle Walker-Peters do well over on the right flank before the latter sets up Moussa Sissoko, who is immediately booed by the home fans as he quickly loses the ball.


Newcastle have started the game on the front foot, and they're doing well to put plenty of early pressure on the Tottenham back line. Dwight Gayle picks up the ball on the edge of the box, spins and then chips a pass over to Christian Atsu, but it's slightly overhit and the winger can't latch onto it.


We're off! Newcastle get us underway, attacking from right to left.

The two sides are making their way out onto the pitch, with just a few minutes to go until kick-off.

Meanwhile, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has decided to hand a Premier League debut to Kyle Walker-Peters, who impressed during pre-season and will feature at right-back. Bar that, it’s a largely tried and tested starting line-up for last season’s runners-up.

As expected, Benitez has shown no hesitation in throwing a few of his new signings into today’s starting 11. Alongside Javier Manquillo, Florian Lejeune, signed from Eibar, and Christian Atsu, who made last season's loan deal permanent this summer, were both doubts to play this afternoon but will feature from the start after managing to shake off injuries.

Tottenham Hotspur substitutes: Vorm, Carter-Vickers, Wimmer, Winks, Wanyama, Son, Janssen.

Tottenham Hotspur XI (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Dembele; Sissoko, Alli, Eriksen; Kane.

Newcastle United substitutes: Darlow, Mbemba, Lascelles, Merino, Aarons, Murphy, Mitrovic.

Newcastle United XI (4-4-2): Elliot; Manquillo, Clark, Lejuene, Dummett; Ritchie, Hayden, Shelvey, Atsu; Perez, Gayle.

There’s just over 15 minutes left to go until kick-off, so let’s have a look at how the two teams will be lining up this afternoon…

Despite the two clubs usually battling at different ends of the table, games between Newcastle and Tottenham have tended to be close affairs in recent seasons. The Magpies got the better of their opponents on both occasions the last time they were in the Premier League, and Spurs have only won twice in their last seven visits to St. James’ Park.

Tottenham remain one of the Premier League’s top teams, however, and they’ll be looking to put down an early marker here today. Newcastle came away as 5-1 winners in the final game of the 2015-16 season, denying Spurs a second-place finish and instead handing it to their bitter rivals Arsenal. Memories of that demoralising defeat will no doubt be firmly in mind this afternoon.

This summer has been a slightly underwhelming one for Tottenham, who have done well to keep hold of their star players but are yet to bring in any new faces. With Kyle Walker gone and both Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier nursing injuries, the Spurs back line is looking slightly thin and in need of extra recruitments before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.

Despite Benitez’s frustrations, over £30m has been spent to bring in extra recruits, the most notable, and expensive, of which include Jacob Murphy, Florian Lejeune and Christian Atsu, the latter of whom was on loan last season. All are set to take part in today’s clash, with the latter two starting, whilst Javier Manquillo, signed from Atletico Madrid, and Mikel Merino, on loan from Borussia Dortmund, also feature in the match day squad.

After just one year away, Newcastle are back in the Premier League once again and ready to start their first full top-tier season under the watchful eye of Rafa Benitez. It’s been a tough summer for the Magpies and their manager, the latter of whom has expressed frustration at the club’s transfer activity, or lack thereof, and they’ll be aiming to start the campaign with a positive result against one of last season’s most impressive sides.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.


Other games that day

  • Manchester United4
    West Ham United0

As it stood

P GD Pts
1 Manchester United 1 +4 3
2 Huddersfield Town 1 +3 3
3 Manchester City 1 +2 3
4 Tottenham Hotspur 1 +2 3
5 Arsenal 1 +1 3
6 Burnley 1 +1 3
7 Everton 1 +1 3
8 West Bromwich Albion 1 +1 3
9 Liverpool 1 0 1
10 Watford 1 0 1
11 Southampton 1 0 1
12 Swansea City 1 0 1
13 Leicester City 1 -1 0
14 Chelsea 1 -1 0
15 Bournemouth 1 -1 0
16 Stoke City 1 -1 0
17 Brighton & Hove Albion 1 -2 0
19 Crystal Palace 1 -3 0
20 West Ham United 1 -4 0

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