Charlie Nicholas on who will come out on top between Spurs and Newcastle

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Dom Le Roy

Sky Sports football pundit Charlie Nicholas has shared his prediction ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s Premier League match against Newcastle United on Sunday.

Spurs will have to manage without the services of club record signing Tanguy Ndombele, who misses out with a slight thigh problem which he sustained in training.

However, there was good news with the announcement that Dele Alli has this week returned to training following a hamstring injury.

After already finding the back of the net in August with a brace against Aston Villa, Harry Kane will be looking to get back on the goal trail.

Kane has scored in just two of his eight Premier League appearances versus Newcastle, converting only two of his 23 shots against the Magpies (8.7 per cent conversion rate).

Nicholas has tipped Tottenham to come out on top in the match in North London with his belief that Newcastle will struggle to retain possession which will result in an easy win form the home side.

Nicholas told Sky Sports: “Newcastle lacked ambition and togetherness against Norwich but you can’t just point the finger at Steve Bruce and say it’s because Rafa Benitez has gone, because they started slow last season too. It takes this team a bit of time to get going. Joelinton had no service at all and Miguel Almiron was the same. He is about pace and counter-attacking but couldn’t get in the game.

“I was not impressed with Newcastle, but I think Bruce will be working with them all week to say ‘this isn’t good enough, if we sit in and wait to get beaten then we will get beaten’. They need to have more ambition when they have the ball. The problem is I don’t see them getting enough of the ball to trouble Spurs.

“Spurs will be quite happy with the way they have started. They were lucky to get a draw against Manchester City but I think this will be a comfortable win.

“Prediction: 4-0.”

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