Sky Sports pundit predicts Tottenham v Newcastle
Charlie Nicholas tips Tottenham to claim a 2-1 win over Newcastle in the Premier League on Saturday
Charlie Nicholas is tipping Tottenham Hotspur to claim a 2-1 win over Newcastle United in the Premier League at Wembley on Saturday.
The north London side head into the game on the back of their 2-1 victory over Watford in midweek as they moved to within just two points of second placed Manchester City in the table.
A win for Spurs on Saturday would lift them into second place ahead of Manchester City’s showdown with Arsenal at The Etihad on Sunday afternoon.
Newcastle United, meanwhile, will head into the game in high spirits after they beat Manchester City in midweek to leave them in 14th place in the Premier League table.
Former Arsenal star and Sky Sports pundit Nicholas is tipping Tottenham Hotspur to claim all three points with a 2-1 victory over the Magpies in north London on Saturday lunchtime.
Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Nicholas said: “It has been a good-news week for Newcastle with a record signing and this should be an interesting game.
“But with Son coming back and Llorente scoring, that was a massive lift for Spurs and they now have a seven-point gap to fourth place.
“That is significant with the injuries they have had and I fancy Spurs in this one. Newcastle will sit in with a counterattacking mentality, but Spurs will break them down and I would be surprised if Son does not score again.
“Spurs came from behind against Watford – they were a bit fortunate to get there, there is a strong personality there, but you can see, they are missing Kane and Alli. Son makes a big difference, but how valuable is that goal going to be for Llorente?
“But also, Newcastle got stronger defensively (at home to Man City), they will sit in and make it awkward, Rondon is a handful, so they have a lot of hard work in front of them and again, it may take them until the last five minutes to win this.”
Tottenham missed out on the League Cup final when they were beaten by Chelsea FC in the semi-finals last month.
The north London side are still looking to win their first major trophy under Mauricio Pochettino.