Harry Redknapp has predicted a ‘hostile atmosphere’ on Sunday, which he believes will help Tottenham confirm second place to Leicester City.
The former Spurs boss says that Sunderland’s win and Newcastle’s subsequent relegation, means that supporters will be angry and the United players desperate to get this match out of the way and disappear.
Harry Redknapp is obviously correct in his assessment of there being nothing for Newcastle United to play for, apart from pride that is…
However, hopefully he is proved wrong when he predicts that Rafa Benitez is ‘probably going to leave’.
Even a draw would ensure Tottenham finish above rivals Arsenal who are home to Villa and whilst you would have hoped that if there’d been anything to play for on Sunday, the Newcastle players could/would have given the extra to get something.
Now though I can only see a win for a Tottenham side who will have that local pride motivation.
Maybe I should have avoided that ‘local pride’ mention on a day like this….
Harry Redknapp speaking to the London Evening Standard:
“Newcastle’s relegation should ensure a hostile atmosphere which Tottenham can take advantage of to secure second place in the Premier League.
“Some people have played it down but Spurs will be desperate to finish above Arsenal for the north London bragging rights.
“Spurs really miss Dele Alli and Mousa Dembele, and although they haven’t been as effective without them, they are still a top side and you would fancy them to win at St James’ Park against a team with nothing to play for under a manager who is probably going to leave.