Sunday 19th April 2015, St James’ Park. Live on Sky Sports 1. Kick-off 4:00pm.
Tottenham Hotspur are in the chase for European football next term and they’ll need claim all three points against Newcastle United to keep up their pursuit.
Spurs are sitting in seventh, three points short of fifth-placed Liverpool, with only six games left and they suffered a blow last time out. Mauricio Pochettino’s side fell 1-0 on home soil to relegation-threatened Aston Villa – their second successive shut-out.
Pochettino has been disappointed with his side’s performance recently, he told the club’s official website ; “From the beginning of the game we made it difficult for ourselves because we didn’t manage the ball properly. We gave them easy possession and then we conceded the first goal with the first chance they had. After that we tried but it’s always difficult when you go 1-0 down.
“When you play a team like Aston Villa or Burnley, they play for survival, they increase their levels and are more aggressive. You need to match that aggression and maybe we were one step behind.
“In the last two games it’s been difficult for us, we haven’t scored and we need to push hard and to increase our performance.”
Newcastle United are on a terrible run of form having lost their last five matches, failing to score in four of them. They were undone in the Tyne-Wear derby, going down 1-0 at Sunderland, before being beaten 2-0 at Liverpool on Monday.
The Toon’s poor form has seen them drop to only nine points above the drop zone, while they should be safe for another term rumours suggest that fans may boycott the game against Tottenham in protest of the St James’ Park regime.
John Carver, Newcastle’s interim head coach said; “People are entitled to do what they want to do, I can’t do anything about that.
“But I just hope that the people who turn up get behind the team. We’ve seen how it makes such a difference to the players.
“People will do what they want to do, but we know that they love this club, and as long as we give our all then they will back us.
“People work hard to earn their wages, I can’t dictate whether they come or not but we need them behind the team.
“It’s been an extremely difficult few days since the Sunderland match, and Monday was one of the darkest days of my career.”
A draw is the predictable outcome in this game, both sides are struggling for form and goals are few and far between. Bet365 are offering 5/2 for a stalemate while Under 2.5 goals with BetVictor is 21/20.