Tottenham vs Newcastle: 3 Key Battles
Spurs host Newcastle on Wednesday night looking to secure their place in the top four.
It had felt comfortable for so long but now there is pressure on Tottenham.
When Spurs went to Stamford Bridge last month and left with a 3-1 win, they were eight points clear of Chelsea and looked certain to secure a place in the Champions League.
Now, with two games of the Premier League season remaining, the gap is just two points. Tottenham remain well placed: they have a game in hand and sit just a point back from third-placed Liverpool. But their dip in form and Chelsea’s resurgence will be a concern.
A victory over Newcastle, then, could be crucial. Rafa Benitez’s side have fallen to three successive defeats – against West Brom, Everton and Watford – after reaching 40 points and effectively securing their safety with a win over Arsenal last month.
Tottenham will be favourites but another slip up could lead to predictable cries of a lack of mental strength.
Here are three key battles that could decide the game: