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Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur

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10 Aug 2018
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Newcastle United host Tottenham Hotspur on the opening weekend for the second season in a row. Spurs won 2-0 at St James' Park last August.

Team news

Newcastle will be without Florian Lejeune, who underwent knee surgery this week. Rafa Benitez has also said new signing Federico Fernandez arrived too late to be involved against Spurs. Details

Tottenham Hotspur are missing Victor Wanyama (knee), Erik Lamela, Juan Foyth (thigh), Cameron Carter-Vickers (groin), Harry Winks (ankle) and Josh Onomah (knee).

Mauricio Pochettino will also assess the nine players who reached the World Cup semi-finals and returned to training on Monday. Details

Did you know? 

This will be the fourth time these sides have met on the opening weekend, more than any other Premier League fixture.

Spurs are playing their first match of the season away from home for the eighth consecutive campaign. Only Burnley have had a longer sequence in English top-flight history, with nine matches between 1888/89 and 1896/97.

Harry Kane has never scored a PL goal in August, despite playing 13 matches, 898 minutes and having 44 shots.

Newcastle beat Spurs 5-1 on the final day of 2015/16 but have lost the other three of their last four home matches against them.

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