Newcastle United return to the English Premier League (EPL) tomorrow when we entertain Tottenham Hotspur at the Cathedral on the Hill – kick off at 13.30.

After taking time out for our successful one-season tour of the Championship, including returning with the title of course, we are back where we belong and ready to mix it with the best.

And what a co-incidence!

United fans will remember that Tottenham were the last team we played in the EPL before going on our much-publicised tour.

At the time, Spurs were having a nose bleed in second place trying in vain to catch the mighty Leicester City, whilst United were at the other end of the table getting ready for our Championship tour.

United fans will also remember with a warm glow how we showed that league position doesn’t win games as we stuffed the Londoners 5-1, confirming the end of any dreams they might have had of winning the EPL.

That 5-1 was actually part of a canny run of results we were having against Spurs at that time, almost to the point where they were becoming our favourite whipping boys.

I was watching a programme on Sky’s new Premier League channel this morning where the rather rotund Paul Merson and some other plump fella were giving us the benefit of their opinion on predictions for this weekend’s matches.

When it got to our game, the conversation was all about ex-mackem Danny Rose, who apparently has been chucking his toys out of the pram and telling Tottenham he wants to go and play for a “big club” – whatever that is. They then decided that Tottenham will win tomorrow 3-0 or 3-1.

We finally got a mention when they decided that Rafa will have left us by Christmas.

No reasons were given to back up either their score prediction or speculation about our manager. But we could hardly expect in-depth intellectual analysis or reasoning. It was Merson after all!

So what will happen tomorrow? Your guess is as good as mine.

What I do know is that Tottenham at the moment have one of the best teams in the EPL. A very good side. They also have Harry Kane, who by the way has never scored a goal in August! Let’s hope that continues.

But we also know that when it comes to tactics and setting up a team for a match, there are few better than Rafa in the game.

Lets hope Merson and his fellow pie muncher are way out with their predictions and United put on a show.

A sell-out crowd (as usual) at St James Park will be up for this one.

What do you think? As ever, we would welcome your comments, opinions and views below.

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