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.

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  • Stephen

    We’ll pick up a few training ground knocks.
    And this paper(pauper) thin squad will be found wanting.

    • Peaky

      Aye we were very very lucky last season not getting serious injuries to vital players.

  • Paul Patterson

    Talk about jumping the gun. A lot can happen in the next four weeks . .

  • mentalman

    If alli and kane carry on their world cup form we should be ok

  • Virsino

    This article is ripe for regurgitation in 4 weeks time!

  • Wor Lass

    There`s no reason why we can`t beat Spuds anyway. They`re a good team but we matched them for much of last season`s home game, with Lejeune`s injury being crucial, and they only just scraped past us 1 – 0 at their place. They can be a bit windy away from home – Bill Shankly used to refer to them as the “Drury Lane actors” and always expected to tub them up North.

    • TheNutJob

      has Mugpie hacked your account
      😂😂

      • Wor Lass

        It`s all true!

  • TheNutJob

    the Hoss will open his account against the Spuds
    🐎 🐎 🐎

    • Peaky

      A post office account ????

    • 1957

      🎄 🎅… coming early this year

  • Peaky

    Don’t worry lads everything’s gonna be ok…..we had scouts at Glenavon v Molde last night…..FFS MAN 🤬🤬🤬

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Ali is not an excellent player he is a dirty cheat who has no place in the game. Kane is not much better and gets away with murder putting Lejeune out for two months a disgrace. Hope the fans express their feelings in August.

    • TheFatController

      An insightful unemotional appraisal of our opening game, I think we can all agree.

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Are you still hurting about spurs beating Man Utd last season

      • Jezza

        He’s still hurting about United beating Manchester 5-0 in 1996.

  • TheFatController

    Mike Ashley has forwarded this piece to Rafa to highlight why there’s no urgency for expensive signings…

  • Rich Lawson

    Give up,the’re professional athletes,they still get a few weeks off,all this played two games in a week nonsense is a recent thing to excuse defeats. Didn’t Shelvey just say on here he couldn’t stick more than 2 weeks on a sunbed ? They will hit the ground running and it will be a hard game.

  • Geordieguy

    Bottom after 5 games . Season long struggle. Bye bye rafa bye bye kenedy . Doon and doomed