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Sunday 27th September 2020 @ 2pm

Live on SKY Sports

 

Following another topsy-turvy week in the life of the Toon, it’s back to the capital this Sunday for a match up with Jose’s Hotspurs.

 

It’s been a strange old time for our hosts over the past year or so. During their final period at White Hart Lane, they were serious contenders for both the Premiership title and Europe’s top piece of silverware. Having fallen agonisingly short in both, they then moved into a new era with a breathtaking new stadium, found that (like a number of others before them) this is a tricky prospect, had a freeze on spending and then peddled their excellent (and hugely popular) manager, Pochettino as results suffered.

 

Fast forward to today, and whilst they’re probably now amongst a chasing pack of 4th place hunters, they still possess some formidable talent. And, Danny Rose. Whilst the cessation in spending was possibly a disastrous component in their failure to take the final leap to top trophies, that appears to be now slowly changing.

The world looked very different but a fortnight ago. Tottenham had huffed & puffed their way to a disappointingly disjointed first day defeat at home to Everton. A few miles down the North Circular, the Mags easily turned over West Ham. Since then, we’ve served up one of our worst performances in living memory, whilst Spurs tore Southampton a new one on the South coast. They’ve also just spent £gazillions for a one year loan deal on old boy, Gareth Bale and spunked a load of wedge on some Galactico.

 

I can’t be the only Mag who gave an involuntary shudder when the ‘Bale’ news broke. It’s one of football’s great mysteries how he ended up a pariah at Real Madrid. During his time there thus far, he’s notched 80 times in 171 appearances, including that amazing bicycle kick in the Champions League Final v Liverpool. A funny looking gadge. He’s a bit of a beefcake these days; an Adonis, if you will. However, there’s definitely more than a whiff of the village idiot in that goofy underbite. Whatever, his face certainly didn’t fit with Monsieur Zidane.

 

During our vainglorious summer, when he was strongly linked with us, I nearly wet me pants with excitement, and the prospect of facing him as he makes his second debut for Spurs makes me feel a little ill, if I’m honest. That’s without even mentioning a free scoring Son and Kane etc etc.

The Magpies will travel, at least boosted by an excellent seven goal performance at lowly Morecambe in mid week. It certainly doesn’t banish the nightmare of the pathetic Brighton no-show, but it’s a step in the right direction. I believe that Bruce should not allow some of those most culpable last Sunday to simply swan back into his starting XI at Tottenham. I love Fede, but he was one of the worst last week. Jonjo, equally as bad and again, whilst we all love him, St Max looked like he didn’t want to be on the park. Tough calls all, but I reckon some of the Mazuma stadium heroes deserve to start.

 

Dismal prediction time.

Last season, we went there in Mediterranean conditions with little hope, but gave a Rafa-esque performance and came away 1-0 winners, following a superb team goal finished off by wor Joe. Can lightning strike twice? I’d love to be proved wrong, but I just can’t see it. A week ago, I’d have probably been nudging towards a draw, but huge doses of reality at St’s James’ & Mary’s have brought me down to earth with an unwelcome bump.

 

I’m expecting a more cautious approach from Newcastle. I also reckon they’ll give a much better account of themselves than v Brighton (I know, not hard) but I don’t think any of that will make up for the fact that there’s a gulf in class. Therefore, I’m going Spurs 3, United 1. Soz, and that.

 

Nick Clark

@Clark5Nick