Tottenham will continue their quest for a Premier League top-four finish when they welcome Newcastle United to North London this Sunday.
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (London)
Tottenham have scored 14 goals in their last five home games in all competitions.
The hosts have won four of their last five PL games.
No side has scored more goals than they have in the last five PL games (16 goals).
Newcastle United have failed to score in their last two PL games.
The visitors have a record of just two league defeats at Spurs in seven trips offers hope (W4, D1).
Both teams have completed at least 18 consecutive PL matches without a 0-0 draw.
Head to head
Just one win separates both teams in 53 Premier League meetings. Spurs have 23 wins while Newcastle have 22 wins (D8).
Latest performances in all competitions
Tottenham recorded back-to-back victories for the first time since January when they beat West Ham in Round 30 of the English Premier League. An own goal from Kurt Zouma and a brace from Son Heung Min ensured that Antonio Conte’s team kept the pressure on Arsenal who are directly above them.
Spurs are sandwiched between Arsenal and Manchester United with three glorious points separating the Lilywhites from Mikel Arteta’s side who sit in fourth position, with Manchester United one point below in sixth position, albeit having played more games than the North Londoners.
In their last five meetings, Tottenham have claimed two victories against the Magpies, with one coming in the reverse fixture. Goals from Tanguy Ndombele, Harry Kane and Son Heung-min ensured that Tottenham survived an early scare to claim all three points.
With the other fixtures between the two in their last five unevenly split with two draws and a win for Newcastle, Antonio Conte will be more determined to take all three points from Newcastle and ensure that their top-four hopes are kept alive and the race taken to the last day.
Tottenham will be without Japhet Tanganga, who is out for the rest of the season. Oliver Skipp and Ryan Sessegnon have both been working to recover from injury. After taking part in their Nations games during the break in the early hours of Thursday, Cristián Romero and Rodrigo Bentancur are in a race to return in time for the game.
Possible Tottenham starting line-up
Hugo Lloris; Cristian Romero, Eric Dier, Ben Davies; Matt Doherty, Rodrigo Bentancur, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Sergio Romero; Dejan Kulusevski, Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son.
Injured: Japheth Tanganga
Doubtful: Ryan Sessegnon, Oliver Skipp
Having gone on a spectacular seven-game unbeaten run, the wheels seem to have come off for Newcastle, who are winless in their last two games.
The Magpies went into the break with a disheartening loss to relegation-threatened Everton. Although Eddie Howe’s men controlled the game against the Toffees, they were undone by a goal by Alex Iwobi, who scored in stoppage time to give ten-man Everton the lead.
After taking Newcastle far from the relegation threshold, Eddie Howe’s side remain in 14th place, five points behind tenth-placed Leicester City.
They come up against Antonio Conte’s top four chasing side who will be more motivated to get all three points. But Eddie Howe is no stranger to beating Antonio Conte as the Englishman led his Bournemouth side to an unlikely win over the Italian when he was in charge of Chelsea back in 2016.
The former Burnley boss must now reproduce the same nous to emerge with a positive result against Spurs.
Meanwhile, Howe will be sweating on the match fitness of Martin Dubravka and Fabian Schar who are both in contention to feature against Tottenham. Elsewhere, Kieran Trippier still remains an injury absentee for the Magpies.
Possible Newcastle starting line-up
Martin Dubravka; Javier Manquillo, Jamaal Lascelles, Dan Burn, Matt Targett; Jonjo Shelvey, Joelinton; Bruno Guimarães, Ryan Fraser, Chris Wood.
Injured: Isaac Hayden, Jamal Lewis, Kieran Trippier and Callum Wilson
Doubtful: Joelinton, Federico Fernandez
Tottenham 2-1 Newcastle