Opposition View: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Newcastle United

How will Steve McLaren's men tackle Mauricio Pochettino's side this weekend and where will the key battles be on the pitch? We spoke to Newcastle fan Karl Philip ahead of the game to find out his pre-match thoughts.

How are you feeling ahead of the game?

A little bit apprehensive. Spurs are unbeaten since the start of the season and we have struggled to hit any real form. The result against Liverpool showed the ability we have in the squad but consistency has been a big issue.

What have you made of Newcastle's season so far?

The season we’ve had has been very frustrating. At times we have seen a Newcastle side that on the face of it don’t seem to care. Then again looking at the Liverpool game our players covered the most ground out of any team on the weekend. Again, the word being consistency. But I like to think back to the defensive performance against Manchester United alongside the performances at Chelsea and Liverpool to give me some optimism.

Newcastle have conceded seven goals in their last two games against Spurs, do you think the trend will continue this weekend?

This really depends on who scores the first goal. We have a tendency to crumble once we go behind. However, if we score first I can see us giving Spurs a lot of problems on the break with Wijnaldum and Sissoko as they go looking for the equaliser.  

Where do you think the key battles will take place on the pitch?

The key battle will be Colback and Eriksen. Spurs looked a whole different prospect going forward when Eriksen came back from injury, he went straight in my fantasy team. If we can keep him quiet I see us doing well in the game and Colback is the man likely to be tasked with doing just that.

Who should Spurs be wary of?

Our key men this season have been Wijnaldum and Sissoko. When they are on form they can cause any team a problem. It will be interesting to see who plays up front. We have Mitrovic and Cisse pushing for Number 9, then De Jong and Perez pushing for Number 10. It’s been a long time coming for De Jong to get back in the team from injury.

What do you think the score will be?

1-1. After the Liverpool game Newcastle will be stronger in the centre of the park and after seeing the quality we can hit with on the break I don’t think Spurs will over commit.

Where do you think both teams will finish this season?

For Newcastle I see us getting past this bad spell and finishing around 12th place. We have one of the youngest squads in the league and hopefully we can build after this season.

Looking at Spurs, it depends what business they do in January. With Chelsea’s poor start to the season, 4th place is for the taking. If Spurs don’t sign anyone in January I can see them finishing 6th, with a couple of quality additions I could see them beating Liverpool for 4th. 

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