Plan A this morning was to back Keiran Trippier to score at anytime in Newcastle.
But Plan A failed 50 minutes before kick-off.
TRIPPIER ISN’T PLAYING and he’s not on the bench.
Newcastle (4-2-3-1) Dubravka; Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett; Shelvey, Diame; Ritchie, Perez, Kenedy; Joselu.
Subs: Darlow, Schar, Manquillo, Ki, Atsu, Rondon, Muto.
Spurs (4-2-3-1) Lloris; Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Alli; Sissoko, Eriksen, Moura; Kane.
Subs: Vorm, Alderweireld, Walker-Peters, Dembele, Amos, Son, Llorente.
As I walked round the corner in sunny North London today, I bumped into Phil, a lanky Chelsea supporter who was licking half a big orange lollipop and dressed, as always. in tiny athlete’s shorts.
Phil is about six foot six.
Before I had time to say: “I was shocked by how bad Chelsea were against Man City,” Phil said, “We can’t play a back four because we’ve got no full backs. We can’t string four passes together. But I cant stop, I’ve gotta go to Chichester to meet the wife.”
And off he went, promising to see me soon.
I bought The Times and chatted to John, my gambling greengrocer, and told him I was backing Trippier.
Maybe Pochettino’s boys will have a better start to their morning than I did.
Your favourite blogger thought it was a 1.30pm kick-off on Sky.
It’s a 12.30!
I reckon it will be a very interesting game.
Spurs will play more coherent football today than Man United did last night.
United beat Leicester 2-0 but didn’t impress.
Star man: Eric Bailey. Superb centreback!