3 Key Battles That Could Decide Newcastle United & Spurs' Premier League Clash on Saturday

Newcastle United play host to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday afternoon, as both sides look to get their 2018/19 Premier League campaign off to a flyer.


The Magpies achieved a comfortable mid table finish last season after bouncing back up from the Championship, while Spurs finished in third place as the whole division were swept aside by league champions Manchester City.


Both sides will be eager to impress on opening day, and here's three key battles which could decide the outcome of the clash:

3. Jonjo Shelvey vs. Mousa Dembélé

On his day, Jonjo Shelvey is one of the best passers of the ball in the Premier League, and he will be looking to create a host of chances for his teammates from the heart of midfield on Saturday.


Spurs' Mousa Dembélé is likely to start in midfield, and will be looking to close down Shelvey at every opportunity, in order to snuff out the Magpies' attacking moves.


Shelvey himself will also need to keep the pressure on Dembélé, as the Belgium international is more than capable of causing havoc of his own with his impressive passing ability.

2. Son Heung-min vs. Paul Dummett

Paul Dummett faces the unenviable task of facing up against Son Heung-min on Saturday afternoon, who will be looking to create chaos down the right hand side.


With the likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli rumoured to be missing the game after an exhausting run in the World Cup with England, Son is likely to be Spurs' most potent attacking threat - with much of the attacking play likely to go through the former Bayer Leverkusen man.


Dummett will need to be at his best to keep Son out, and will hope that his summer off will give him a fitness advantage over the Spurs man.

1. Fernando Llorente vs Jamaal Lascelles

With Harry Kane likely to be on the bench on Saturday, Fernando Llorente could step in to lead the line for Spurs.


The former Bilbao target man is a combative and powerful forward, and Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles is likely to be kept busy by his opponents physical style of play.


Lascelles is renowned for his composed play at the back, and ability to win headers, so will feel confident in rising to the challenge of keeping the former Swansea City man quiet.