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Tottenham Hotspur are one of the very few teams in the top flight in Europe that will go into the new season without making any additions to their first team. In fact, they have lost one of their first team stars in Kyle Walker but will be confident going into their first game of the season this weekend when they travel to the home of the Championship winning side Newcastle United.
Rafa Benitez’s men will be brimming with confidence and will hope for an early upset but Mauricio Pochettino will set out his strongest side in search of all three points.
Spurs are now without a first-choice right-back with Kieran Tripper recently picking up an injury. Both Victor Wanyama and Son Heung-min are short of match fitness and might not be able to start. Danny Rose and Eric Lamela are not too far away from full fitness but will not be a part of this tie.
The French shot stopper is amongst the best in the business in England and should be the first choice for Pochettino this season.
The versatile English midfielder should start as a part of the backline on the right side as Pochettino is expected to play a 3-4-3 formation for this game.
The Belgian star was exceptional last season but he will face a Newcastle attack that was sparkling last season and could be caused some trouble by the Magpies.
Vertonghen has been an able partner to his national compatriot at the club level and Spurs need him to have a solid game to steal all three points.
With no senior right-back at the club and Pochettino not ready to push Kyle Walker-Peters into the first team, the manager has no real option but to use Moussa Sissoko in a wingback role, giving him another chance to prove himself.
The youngster was effective last season for Spurs and the injury to Wanyama should see him start in the midfield.
The Belgian playmaker is among the best in his role in the league and should partner Winks in the midfield against the Magpies.
With Danny Rose not back to full fitness yet, Ben Davies has yet another chance to cement his place in the starting XI this season.
The English attacker was in impeccable form in front of goal last season and he will hope for a similar start this time as well.
One of the most effective players last season for the club, Eriksen will have to be at his creative best if Spurs want all three points from this tie.
The Golden Boot winner from last season, Harry Kane should lead the attack for Spurs and will be the biggest threat in front of goal for Newcastle in their first top flight game after more than a year.