11 min: Winks is booked for a shirt pull in midfield, which looked entirely unnecessary. Don’t throw Mike Dean any bones!
10 min: It’s a slow start really, this. Spurs aren’t quite moving the ball as quickly as they’d like and Newcastle so far look much more disciplined than last week. You’d expect that from a Bruce team really.
7 min: Spurs win their first corner, in front of that single-tier wall of fans.
Lamela swings it in; it’s thudded behind for another, which is cleared by Joelinton.
5 min: Nothing of note has happened yet but it’s fair to say that, despite their colour scheme, Newcastle won’t be 1970s Holland here.
2 min: It’s all Spurs in the early moments, amid blazing sunshine. I suspect Newcastle will be looking for counters here.
Peeeeep! We are underway
Spurs kick off. Newcastle, in orange, have turned them around so the hosts will go left to right first.
I should have mentioned, by the way, that Spurs’ big summer signing Tanguy Ndombele is out with a thigh injury. So we won’t be enjoying him shortly.
It’s been an afternoon of high sporting theatre and it’s about to get better – your referee is Mike Dean and he’s leading the teams out now.
“Eriksen is generally considered amongst us Spurs fans as already gone or going. Poch is planning for life without him. Levy has already spent his transfer fee,” writes Steve Porter.
I’ve heard that said by other Spurs supporters too … but surely they wouldn’t have spent that money without being sure of a sale?
England have won the cricket! And it was *sensational*. But I’ll leave that to Rob because we have some football to be getting on with and it’s starting in about 15 …
The cricket is absolutely mesmerising sport. But anyway! I’m also interested to hear Spurs fans and their takes on Eriksen. How vital is it that he stays? And is Pochettino right to take such a hard line with the player? He’ll absolutely *seethe* if a late deal is done for Eriksen, surely.
Saint-Maximin, the Newcastle winger, played under Patrick Vieira at Nice last season. From the little I’ve seen, he can be pretty exciting but the end product isn’t always there. Any Ligue 1 aficionados who have more to add, I’d love to hear from you.
Man City have won 3-1 but you are quite possibly watching the cricket.
Oh and the cricket’s going to the wire! Rob Smyth has England attempting the impossible and, my gosh, they’re close …
Manchester City are 3-1 up at Bournemouth, who did at least score a wonderful free-kick through Harry Wilson. Catch the end with Ben Fisher and then I’ll be back with you. Get your emails and tweets across, in the meantime – you know the drill!
Spurs: Lloris; Walker-Peters, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Rose; Sissoko, Winks; Lamela, Son, Moura; Kane. Subs: Gazzaniga, Davies, Vertonghen, Dier, Skipp, Eriksen, Lo Celso.
Newcastle: Dubravka; Krafth, Schar, Lascelles, Dummett; Ritchie, Hayden, Longstaff; Saint-Maximin; Almiron; Joelinton. Subs: Darlow, Manquillo, Fernandez, Willems, Shelvey, Atsu, Muto.
Eriksen returns to the naughty step! But Son returns from his three-match ban.
Saint-Maximin makes his first Newcastle start and Longstaff is back in, too.
It’s a stunning day up in north London. I should know, as I’m writing this a hop, skip, jump from White Hart Lane. Spurs’ new stadium will be gleaming for this one and let’s hope we get entertainment to match.
There was enough fun in the pre-match exchanges up at Newcastle, with Steve Bruce and, errrrr, Michael Chopra exchanging words. They’ve had a stormy start and the defeat at Norwich was shambolic. Then again, Arsenal and Spurs either side of that is no easy task and is reminiscent of the fiendish first few weeks they had last time out. There is still time for Brucey to put it right.
And Newcastle have done well recently at Spurs’ previous venues, winning three times in a row at the old White Hart Lane and running them close both times at Wembley. So historically it’s a tighter fixture than, on paper, this might look.
There’s a certain amount of pressure on Spurs, too. They had a scare against Aston Villa and got lucky when they drew up at Manchester City. The Christian Eriksen situation really isn’t helping and that’s about to enter its crunch week. It’s hard not to think this might be a season when they plateau a bit – but perhaps they’re about to prove that notion absolutely daft!
Lots to look out for in any case. Can Newcastle get off the mark? Will Spurs put themselves among the early contenders? Stay tuned for all this and, no doubt, much more!