Tottenham Hotspur should be confident of a win against Newcastle this Sunday but they need to be wary in one area.
Tottenham Hotspur will be favourites heading into their home game against Newcastle United, as they look to make up for defeat at Manchester City last weekend.
Spurs go into the match off the back of a win in the Europa League and they have a better attack and defence already this season, which suggests they will be confident in each of those areas.
Newcastle are also behind in terms of long balls, which means if Tottenham’s shorter and more preferred passing game is ineffective, they have the ability to mix things up and try and a different style.
One area Newcastle are ahead is in terms of through balls this season but Spurs won’t mind if the visitors want to play a higher line at White Hart Lane.
If Newcastle press high and look for through balls quickly, Spurs have pace in different areas which can exploit any space Newcastle leave behind their own defence.
The best tactic for Newcastle could be frustration because Spurs have a higher number of players dispossessed this season.
Again, that’s a risk for Newcastle because it will mean a higher press but it could be a way for Newcastle to win the ball back and build frustration with the crowd, which can leak out onto Tottenham’s players.
Conclusion: If Spurs play anywhere near their best, they will win this game but Newcastle can exploit them in key areas if Tottenham are off the pace.