Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur: Two unnamed Spurs players test positive for Covid-19

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Steve Bruce, Newcastle United manager, takes charge of the 1000th match of his career on Sunday


Newcastle United's forward Callum Wilson is back, after he was sidelined for four games due to a thigh problem.

After injury, Jamaal Lascelles and Joe Willock are available.

Two Tottenham players, unnamed, have tested positive for Covid-19 after training on Thursday. They will each be required to isolate for 10 consecutive days.

After sustaining a knock while on international duty, Spurs fullback Matt Doherty is now doubtful.

Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero are returning from South America, but should be in the squad.


I am constantly reading about the next Newcastle manager, and I feel sorry for Steve Bruce, because nobody has spoken out.

No matter what the decision on his future is, tell him. Don't leave him hanging. This is not a good situation for him and his players.

Tottenham showed some form in their last match against Aston Villa, but I doubt they can spoil the fun for the Newcastle fans.

Prediction: 1-1

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Newcastle has won 22 Premier League matches against Tottenham, which is their joint-highest total against any other club.

Newcastle's only victory in eight Premier League meetings in 2018 was achieved in August 2019, by 1-0 away (D2, L5).

Tottenham lost four points against Newcastle, and the Magpies scored equalizers in the 90th and 85th minutes to draw both matches.

Newcastle United

The winless Newcastle have conceded 16 goals and failed to keep a clean slate this season - the worst records in the Premier League going into Saturday.

After their first seven matches, the Magpies have lost five of their Premier League records.

Newcastle has only kept two clean sheets in 26 Premier League home matches and have conceded 49 goals.

Since Callum Wilson joined the club in September 2020, they have won only twice in 16 league matches.

This will mark Steve Bruce's 1000th managerial game (W376, L254, and L369).

Bruce has only won four of 26 matches with Spurs in all competitions. Each win was with a different club in the Premier League: Sunderland, Wigan Athletic and Newcastle.

Allan Saint Maximin has carried the ball for 1,950m in league this season. He has also created 11 unrivalled chances after a ball-carry.

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham has won five of the 18 fixtures in their away league (D5, L8).

Spurs average 10.4 shots per match under Nuno Espirito Sante in the Premier League. They also have an 8.2% conversion rate. They averaged 15.7 shots per game under Mauricio pochettino (11.8% conversion) and 11.2 shots under Jose Mourinho (15 percent conversion).

Spurs' four Premier League victories this season were won by one goal.

Tottenham has lost only one of 18 league matches against sides from the relegation zone. That defeat was however at home against Newcastle in Aug 2019.

St James' Park was the venue for five of Harry Kane’s Premier League goals against Newcastle.

Son Heungmin has assisted in one of Spurs' six Premier League goals. Two penalties and an own goal were also scored.

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