Jose Mourinho named an unnamed Tottenham Hotspur side as he looks to finally end his Newcastle United hoodoo ahead of Wednesday night’s clash, while Steve Bruce has made three changes.
Despite four separate spells as a manager in the Premier League – with Chelsea twice, Manchester United and now Spurs – Mourinho is yet to win on Tyneside but will be desperate to rid himself of such a record.
Serge Aurier’s brother dies in the early hours of Monday morning in France and the right-back had been offered compassionate leave. However, Aurier has made the brave decision to start for Spurs.
It means Mourinho has named an unchanged Spurs side, with Tanguy Ndombele on the bench. Lucas Moura, Son Heung-min and Harry Kane are up front, while Davinson Sanchez starts alongside Toby Alderweireld at centre-back.
Bruce, meanwhile, has been forced into three changes. Danny Rose is unable to face his parent club due to loan rules, while Jamaal Lascelles picked up an injury against Watford. Both drop out as does Javi Manquillo, in come Emil Krafth, DeAndre Yedlin and Nabil Bentaleb.
Bentaleb partners Jonjo Shelvey in midfield, which means Fabian Schar will replace Lascelles in defence – after the Swiss ace played in midfield last time out. Krafth comes in at right-back, with Yedlin on the left side of defence.
? Lloris (C), Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Winks, Sissoko, Lo Celso, Lucas, Son, Kane.
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