Newcastle United marked their return to the Premier League on Sunday in the worst possible way as they suffered a 2-0 defeat Tottenham Hotspur, with stand-in captain jonjo Shelvey sent-off for a reckless stamp on Dele Alli. Re-live the action here.
- Newcastle United vs Tottenham Hotspur kicked off at 13:30 BST
- Mauricio Pochettino hands Kyle Walker-Peters his Premier League debut
- Newcastle hand debuts to Javier Manquillo and Florian Lejeune
- Jonjo Shelvey shown straight red card for deliberate stamp on Dele Alli
- Alli scores soon after to put Spurs ahead
- Davies seals the victory to give Spurs a winning start to title challenge
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Rafa Benitez starts his return to the top flight with what is sure to be a tough visit from Spurs. His Premier League experience will put his team at an advantage over the other newly promoted clubs and he’ll be hoping to cause an early upset against Tottenham.
Spurs will be eyeing up the title for a third season in a row now. After 2 second place finishes, bested both times by exceptional team, you’d think it’s going to be their year.
Newcastle won’t exactly be targeting the top spot any time soon, but they’ll be hoping to stay afloat this season. Benitez has never had a team relegated after a full season, so this will be a real test of his ability.
Despite losing one of their best players, Kyle Walker, to Man City, Spurs haven’t reinvested in any other players- so Pochettino’s team will likely be lining up in the same way that they did last season.
Newcastle, on the other hand, have spent £30million, bringing in Chelsea’s Christian Atsu, Norwich’s Jacob Murphy and Eibar’s Lejeune. Newcastle fans will be hoping to come back to the Premier League with a bang, and with these new signings, a win against Spurs would do just the trick
What time does it start and where can I watch it?
Newcastle kick off their return to the Premier League at home to Tottenham this Sunday. You can watch coverage on Sky Sport’s dedicated Premier League channel from 12:30, kick off at 13:30. Highlights can be caught on BBC One’s Match of the Day from 22:30 on Sunday.
It’s a big game for…
Rafa Benitez. The veteran Premier League manager will be relishing his return to the top flight. He’ll be eager to prove he can be just as successful with newly promoted club as he can with a top table one. A home game at Spurs will be a big challenge for his team and Benitez’s technical prowess will be tested.
1992- The last year that went by without these 2 clubs playing each other
That 4-0 thrashing Spurs gave Newcastle in the League cup
One to watch is…
Harry Kane. Last year’s golden boot winner will be looking to grab an early lead in the race for this season’s accolade. Relegation favourites Newcastle will provide a good opportunity to do that.
Newcastle 5 (Wijnaldum 2, Mitrovic, Aarons, Janmaat) , Tottenham 1 (Lamela), Premier League, May 2016
Newcastle 2 (Mitrovic, Perez) , Tottenham 1 (Dier), Premier League, December 2015
Newcastle 1 (Colback) , Tottenham 3 (Chadli, Eriksen, Kane), Premier League, April 2015
Newcastle to win: 17/4
Tottenham to win: 13/20
Good afternoon and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of the Premier League fixture between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur, brought to you from St James' Park.
The two line-ups are in from St James' Park.
Rafa Benitez has made it clear that he has had trouble bringing new faces to Newcastle this summer, but he is able to name two signings in his starting XI – with another two on the bench. Former Sunderland defender Javier Manquillo begins alongside Florian Lejeune in defence while Jacob Murphy and Borussia Dortmund loanee Mikel Merino must wait in the dugout for their debuts. Dwight Gayle has won his fitness race to start up front while left-back Paul Dummett is the only survivor from Newcastle’s last Premier League match – a 5-1 home win against Tottenham 15 months ago.
There have been no new signings at White Hart Lane - yet - so it’s a familiar look for Mauricio Pochettino’s team. Kyle Walker has gone, of course, but he’s conveniently replaced by Kyle Walker-Peters at right-back; the 20-year-old makes his first Premier League start. Hugo Lloris captains the team as Moussa Sissoko is given the nod in the three behind Harry Kane.
Newcastle: Elliot, Manquillo, Clark, Lejuene, Dummett, Ritchie, Hayden, Shelvey, Atsu, Perez, Gayle
Subs: Darlow, Lascelles, Murphy, Aarons, Mbemba, Merino, Mitrovic
Tottenham: Lloris, Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Sissoko, Eriksen, Alli, Kane
Subs: Vorm, Carter-Vickers, Wimmer, Wanyama, Winks, Son, Janssen
Referee: Andre Marriner
Oooh La La!
Ninety-nine problems (for Premier League defences) but August aint one.
I made an error in changing the name of St James' Park. I should not have done that.
Newcastle United's controversial owner Mike Ashley has been speaking earnestly to Sky Sports ahead of the Magpies return to the Premier League.
Kick-off at the former Sports Direct.Com Arena is in quarter of an hour.
Does a difficult season lie ahead for Tottenham Hotspur? No new signings, home games at Wembley and these training tops.
The two teams climb down the St James' Park staircase (not the 14-flight one up to the away section) and emerge from the tunnel to a full house of hope, nerves and expectation.
KICK-OFF: Here we go! Newcastle get their return to the Premier League going by kicking-off against last season's runner-ups. Remember, their last match at this level was a thumping 5-1 victory against the same opponents. The home support will settle for simply a one-goal win this afternoon.
3 mins: Newcastle begin matters on the offensive with Dwight Gayle trying to involve Christian Atsu as the home fans cheer every positive touch. Rafa Benitez's players should enjoy this because it's unlikely to last.
5 mins: A chorus of boos ring out each time former Newcastle man Moussa Sissoko touches the ball. At this point, I'm unsure if they're emanating from the home fans, the away fans, any followers of the French national team, those who moan about the inflated cost of transfers or my living room.
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