Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur, 13 August 2017

Score2-0 to Tottenham Hotspur
RefereeAndre Marriner
CompetitionPremier League
VenueSt James' Park
Attendance52,077
Kick-off: 1.30pm Tottenham Hotspur also travelled to newly-promoted Newcastle United on the opening weekend of the 1993-94 season and won 1-0 with a goal from Teddy Sheringham.

Goals:

Goals:

Dele Alli 61 G
Ben Davies 70 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Rob Elliot
Defender Paul Dummett
Defender Florian Lejeune
Defender Javi Manquillo
Defender/Midfielder Ciaran Clark
Defender/Midfielder Isaac Hayden
Midfielder Christian Atsu
Midfielder Matt Ritchie
Midfielder Jonjo Shelvey
Midfielder/Forward Ayoze Pérez
Forward Dwight Gayle

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris
Defender/Midfielder Ben Davies
Defender/Midfielder Eric Dier
Defender/Midfielder Jan Vertonghen
Midfielder Dele Alli
Midfielder Moussa Dembélé
Midfielder Christian Eriksen
Midfielder Moussa Sissoko
Forward Harry Kane

Substitutions:

Jamaal Lascelles for Paul Dummett 7
Chancel Mbemba for Florian Lejeune 34
Mikel Merino for Dwight Gayle 76

Substitutions:

SON Heung-min for Moussa Sissoko 58
Victor Wanyama for Dele Alli 82
Harry Winks for Moussa Dembélé 90

Cards:

Jonjo Shelvey 48 R
Matt Ritchie 52 Y

Cards:

Harry Kane 31 Y
Ben Davies 86 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Karl Darlow
Defender Jamaal Lascelles
Defender Chancel Mbemba
Midfielder Mikel Merino
Midfielder Jacob Murphy
Forward Rolando Aarons

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Michel Vorm
Defender Kevin Wimmer
Midfielder Victor Wanyama
Midfielder Harry Winks
Midfielder/Forward SON Heung-min
Forward Vincent Janssen

Comments:

On Newcastle United's return to the Premier League, the last ten League Championship champions had now failed to win their first game in the top grade (lost eight). Jonjo Shelvey became the first Toon player to be sent off at St James' Park in the opening game of a Premier League season since Alan Shearer on 7 August 1999 versus Aston Villa. Paul Dummett was the only survivor from United's starting line-up from their last Premier League game, which was also against Tottenham Hotspur at St James' Park on 15 May 2016 when they won 5-1. Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez said: "It was difficult from the beginning. We had to adapt things after the injuries. The red card changed everything. I think we were defending well. We have to improve. We had our chances but we missed them. We thought Harry Kane's foul on Florian Lejeune, which resulted in a yellow card and an injury, was worse than Jonjo Shelvey's stamp on Dele Alli, for which he was sent off."

Comments:

This was the seventh consecutive season when Tottenham Hotspur had started their Premier League campaign away from home (won three and lost three). Spurs had now won 13 of their last 14 Premier League games. Ben Davies had now scored two goals in his last two Premier League games; as many as in his previous 102 appearances in the competition. Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino said: "We knew how they play, so narrow and deep. It was difficult to move the ball quickly. We had control and we were helped by the red card but I think we deserved to win the game. If Harry Kane had scored to make it 3-0 at the end, that would have been a bit more fair."