For all the euphoria the takeover has brought, Newcastle desperately need Premier League points and they should fancy their chances against Tottenham.

Despite their unrivalled wealth, the new owners cannot buy Steve Bruce, yes still Steve Bruce, and his team wins.

Until the January window opens, Newcastle are going to have to find a way to get points on the board until the reinforcements come in.

Although Bruce could unthinkably be in charge against Tottenham on Sunday, the atmosphere at St James’ Park is going to be electric and that will hopefully galvanise the players to earn our first three points of the season.

Good time to play Tottenham?

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Following the summer saga of whether Harry Kane would leave the club or not, Tottenham look a disjointed outfit that is miles off challenging for the top four once again.

Nuno Espirito Santo may have got off to a dream start with three straight 1-0 wins but three crushing defeats then followed.

Spurs managed to stop the rot with a 2-1 win against Aston Villa before the international break, but they do look fragile and vulnerable.

Unlike his Wolves team, Nuno’s Tottenham look defensively shaky and capable of imploding at any moment.

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In fact, despite Bruce’s reluctance and sheer naivety to stop games becoming more and more open, Tottenham are somehow currently averaging conceding more shots on goal per game than the Magpies.

Only Leeds (16.7) average conceding more shots than Tottenham (16.6), whilst Newcastle are just behind the pair with 16.4.

With both sides struggling to stop teams getting shots in on their goal, on paper, Sunday has all the makings of another open match.

That could be extremely dangerous given Tottenham have the likes of Heung-min Son, Harry Kane and Lucas Moura to punish us on the break.

If Callum Wilson is fit enough to start alongside Allan Saint-Maximin and Joe Willock, Tottenham’s soft centre could be easily exposed and breached.

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Tottenham could prove to be the best or worst team to have played straight after the international break.

If Kane opens his Premier League account early on Sunday that could spell trouble.

However, if we score early and the feel-good factor around the club goes up another notch, Tottenham could easily fold like a deck of cards.

Tottenham can be got at and if we put them under sustained pressure, Nuno’s men could easily buckle like they did against Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Arsenal. That would make a memorable day that much more special.

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