Here is the team that Steve Bruce has selected to face Tottenham today. He makes two changes from Norwich.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) August 25, 2019
It looks like Steve Bruce was coy with his formation comments during Friday’s press conference. He is changing to a 5-2-3 or 3-4-3, as Jonjo Shelvey has been dropped. Allan Saint-Maximin comes into the starting eleven, and we assume will play on the right of a front three. Sean Longstaff also returns to the first eleven while Christian Atsu makes a return to the bench.
This is a brave decision by Steve Bruce, but we hope it pays dividends. These were the types of matches that Newcastle were generally able to keep close last season. However, the display will greatly outweigh the result.
Here is how Tottenham will start the match.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 25, 2019
This is what Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has to say about what he expects from Newcastle:
“Newcastle are a very difficult opponent. They need to start winning points, so it’s going to be tough.
“They have a new manager, new signings. All that will make them more focused and try to be compact.”
Let’s hope Newcastle are a difficult opponent for Spurs this afternoon. We need to see a reaction from the boys today.
Howay The Lads!