Ahead of this weekend's Premier League action, Sportsmail will be providing you with all you need to know about every fixture, with team news, provisional squads, betting odds and Opta stats. Here is all the information you need for Newcastle's home clash with Tottenham at St James' Park.
NEWCASTLE VS TOTTENHAM (ST JAMES' PARK)
Newcastle team news
Tottenham team news
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino will assess his World Cup stars ahead of their Premier League opener at Newcastle.
Spurs had nine players in Russia until the final weekend and they only returned to training on Monday, with the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Jan Vertonghen and Hugo Lloris having differing levels of fitness.
Victor Wanyama (knee) and Erik Lamela (thigh) will miss out with injuries picked up in pre-season.
Provisional squad: Lloris, Vorm, Gazzaniga, Trippier, Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Foyth, Rose, Sanchez, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Sissoko, Alli, Son, Moura, Llorente, Kane.
Key match stats (supplied by Opta)
Newcastle have lost their last two league meetings with Tottenham, failing to score in both those games; they last lost three in a row against the Lilywhites in December 2005 (four consecutive defeats, all without scoring).
At St James’ Park, Newcastle have lost three of their last four league clashes with Spurs, with that win coming via their 5-1 win on the final day of the 2015-16 season.
Spurs have only failed to score in one of their last 25 Premier League meetings with Newcastle – a 0-1 home defeat in November 2013.
This will be the fourth time Newcastle and Tottenham have met on the opening weekend of a Premier League campaign, more often than any other fixture in the competition.
Newcastle have lost just one of their eight home league games in 2018, vs West Brom in April (W5 D2). This run includes victories over Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea, who all finished in the top six in 2017-18.
Newcastle are winless in their last four opening Premier League matches, drawing one and losing three. Their last victory came in August 2012, beating Tottenham 2-1 at St James’ Park.
Tottenham are playing their first match of the season away from home for the eighth consecutive campaign. In English top-flight history, only Burnley have ever had a longer such run of playing away in a season opener (nine games between 1888-89 and 1896-97).
Tottenham have lost just one of their nine away league games in 2018 (W5 D3), losing 0-1 at West Brom in May.
Only Manchester City (41) have won more Premier League points so far in 2018 than Tottenham (40).
Tottenham striker Harry Kane has never scored a Premier League goal in the month of August, despite playing 13 games, 898 minutes and attempting 44 shots.