Charlie Nicholas says the ‘good news’ is set to end for Rafa Benitez
Charlie Nicholas has been looking ahead to today’s early kick-off at Wembley.
Thanks to Sky Sports, the journey made extra early and awkward for the travelling Newcastle fans.
The arrival of Miguel Almiron means it has been a ‘good news week’ for Newcastle United according to Charlie Nicholas.
The 2-1 comeback victory over Manchester City not doing any harm either.
However, Nicholas prefers to concentrate more on Tottenham’s Wednesday comeback, scoring twice in the last 10 minutes to beat Watford 2-1.
The Sky Sports pundit declaring ‘A massive lift for Spurs and they now have a seven point gap to fourth place. That is significant with the injuries they have had and I fancy Spurs in this one.’
It is ironic that whilst much is made of Tottenham having injuries to Kane, Alli and Davies, little/nothing is said about Rafa Benitez having to deal with nine of his players unavailable this afternoon.
Charlie Nicholas predicts ‘a lot of hard work’ for Tottenham but believes they will eventually come out on top 2-1 at the final whistle.
Whilst not many Newcastle fans will travel with an expectation of making it three Premier League wins in a row, the consecutive victories over Cardiff and Man City means there will though be plenty of confidence that Rafa and his players could potentially add another bonus point to the total.
Charlie Nicholas talking to Sky Sports:
“It has been a good news week for Newcastle with a record signing and this should be an interesting game.
“But with Son coming back and Llorente scoring, that was a massive lift for Spurs and they now have a seven point gap to fourth place.
“That is significant with the injuries they have had and I fancy Spurs in this one.
“Newcastle will sit in with a counterattacking mentality, but Spurs will break them down and I would be surprised if Son does not score again.
“Spurs came from behind against Watford – they were a bit fortunate to get there, there is a strong personality there, but you can see, they are missing Kane and Alli. Son makes a big difference, but how valuable is that goal going to be for Llorente?
“But also, Newcastle got stronger defensively (at home to Man City), they will sit in and make it awkward.
“Rondon is a handful, so they (Tottenham) have a lot of hard work in front of them and again, it may take them until the last five minutes to win this.
“Prediction is Tottenham 2 Newcastle 1.”
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