Tottenham on the opening day of the season, bring it on!
When the Premier League fixtures were released on 14 June, fair to say Newcastle fans looked at the early run of games and had a sharp intake of breath.
To have Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City amongst our first five opposition clubs is brutal, whilst even the other game is far from ideal. Surely the worst time to play a promoted team like Cardiff away, is when it is their first home match of the season.
Don’t despair though, as surely Newcastle United have been given a golden opportunity to pick up three points on the opening day of the season.
Yes, they have an excellent team of players, BUT that could be their downfall when it comes to the game at St James Park in 29 days time.
Lloris, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Dier, Dembélé, Alli, Eriksen and Kane, all excellent players.
All eight lined up against Newcastle when Tottenham won 2-0 on the opening day last season.
However, seven of them are all still involved in the World Cup in games this weekend, Eriksen the odd one out but Denmark still reached the knockout stages.
Add to that, Trippier and Rose have also been starring for England, they missed that win at Newcastle last season through injury.
Then they also had Davinson Sanchez playing for Colombia into the knockout stages, he wasn’t signed until after that NUFC v Spurs game last season.
Son Heung-min came on as a sub at St James Park last season, he and South Korea knocked out in the group stages.
Of the Tottenham team who started against Newcastle in August 2017, only Walker-Peters, Davies and Sissoko (Ho ho) haven’t been at the World Cup this summer.
In contrast, nobody who is likely to start for Newcastle United on Saturday 11 August, was involved at the World Cup. Talk about forward planning!
Aleksandar Mitrovic is set to be sold, whilst at best Ki Sung-yueng will be on the bench.
When signing for Newcastle, the South Korean captain said he would be on holiday until two weeks before the season starts and there would be no chance of him being 100% by the time of that Tottenham match.
Bear in mind that South Korea played their final World Cup game on 27 June, 18 days before Sunday’s final (and 17 days before England v Belgium tomorrow), and honestly, what chance have most of Tottenham’s star players got of making that Newcastle game?
We are going to start the season with a victory.
Not sure what will happen after that but we have to beat Tottenham.