Manchester United vs Newcastle United : Brighton & Hove Albion is headed to at New Tottenham Stadium to take on Tottenham Hotspur with a bit of pep in their step buoyed by a victory in their last meeting. Brighton will take on Tottenham in a holiday battle at 7:30 a.m. ET on Thursday at New Tottenham Stadium. Brighton has kept their last five contests to within one goal, so Tottenham should be prepared for a fight.
Manchester United vs Newcastle United: preview, predicted lineup, and how to watch Premier League online
Both of these teams will be looking to put their recent losses behind them and walk away with a win. We’ll see which team satisfies their hunger and which team leaves with an empty stomach.
Who: Manchester United vs Newcastle United
When: Thursday at 12:30 p.m. ET
Where: New Tottenham Stadium
Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free)
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The scheduling gods haven’t been kind to Spurs so far this holiday. After falling to Chelsea as one of the last teams to play this past Sunday, they have the quickest turnaround of any team in the league, kicking off in the early Boxing Day slot on Thursday. Add to that the suspension of Son and Jose Mourinho will almost certainly be rotating for the home match against Brighton.
But who will he play? Mourinho’s tactics are kinder to defenders than they are to players in other areas of the pitch, so it would not surprise me if the back line remains mostly, if not entirely, unchanged. Spurs’ limited options at right back mean Serge Aurier could retain his spot in the lineup, but I can see Danny Rose coming in for Jan Vertonghen.
In midfield, this would seem like an excellent time to bring in Tanguy Ndombele beside Eric Dier, or maybe Harry Winks if Dier needs a rest. Ahead, the suspension of Sonny means Mourinho has options, including starting either Christian Eriksen or Giovani Lo Celso, though I suspect Lo Celso’s chance may come this weekend and not tomorrow. But no rest for Harry Kane, because Harry Kane doesn’t rest.
Revenge will be in the air for Spurs on Boxing Day as they aim to atone for one of the darker days towards the end of Mauricio Pochettino’s reign – a 3-0 defeat to Brighton at the Amex Stadium in October.
There is, of course, a new man at the helm for the North London outfit now and Jose Mourinho has won four of his six Premier League games in charge, but the two exceptions in that time have been significant ones.
Defeats to former clubs Manchester United and Chelsea have halted their revival in the top-four race, with the latter on Sunday leaving them six points adrift of the Champions League places.
For all of their inconsistency this season, Spurs have not lost back-to-back league games since May, although the last time they suffered that fate across all competitions it was Brighton who inflicted the second defeat on them.