Newcastle will be hoping to end their recent dip in form with a victory this weekend over Tottenham. The Geordies currently lie in 13th in the league, and will hope that a win will move them back level on points with 12th placed Everton. The main problem of late for Newcastle has been scoring goals, so they will be hoping to put on a high scoring affair for the home faithful.
The Magpies will be looking for another big performance from summer signing Daryl Janmaat this weekend, the only member of their squad to feature in all 32 of their games this season. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index can reveal that he has covered a squad best 345.44km so far this season, winning 83 tackles, 75.5% of his overall attempts. He has also racked up 75 interceptions, and will prove just as important on the ball having completed a squad best 18 crosses and amassed six assists.
In the middle of the park, Moussa Sissoko has proved an invaluable asset in the battle of the engine rooms for Newcastle and will be sorely missed as he completes a suspension. The EA SPORTS Player Performance can reveal that he has won 34 tackles so far this season, 65.4% of his overall attempts. On the ball, he has completed a squad best 615 passes in the opposition half and a squad best 73 dribbles completed. He has the ability to hurt the opposition with not only his distribution and his direct style, but having found the net four times already this season.
Up top, Newcastle will be hoping that Sammy Ameobi can fill the void left by Papiss Cisse’s suspension. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index can reveal that he has netted twice so far this season, converting 50% of his shots on target. He also has the ability to turn provider having grabbed three assists, and his work rate is undoubted, having won 44 tackles so far this season, 81.5% of his overall attempts.
Tottenham come into this match on the back of a defeat that saw them slip to seventh, but this will no doubt further spur them to push their way up the league again. A victory could move Spurs back level on points with fifth placed Liverpool, with the aim of a late push for a Champions League spot.
At the back, Tottenham will be looking to centre back Jan Vertonghen to marshall the defence for them and keep the Magpies at bay. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index can reveal that he has won 44 tackles so far this season, 78.6% of his overall attempts. Furthermore, he has also made 186 clearances, 56 interceptions and 19 blocks, and will hope that a clean sheet is the result of further increasing those tallies this weekend.
In the middle of the park, Christian Eriksen has been one of Tottenham’s star performers this season, as demonstrated by the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. He has completed a squad best 361.83km already this campaign, also racking up a squad best 958 passes in the opposition half. His goal scoring record for a midfielder is just as impressive as his distribution, having netted nine times and also created a further four goals for teammates.
Up top, Harry Kane has had a break through season for Spurs, and the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index reveals just how important he now is to Tottenham. Kane has netted his 19 Premier League goals at an average of one every 107.7minutes, seeing him convert 50% of his 38 shots on target. He is 11/9 to score anytime with 888sport.com.