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St. James' Park
Saturday's evening game between Newcastle and Tottenham Hotspur at St James' Park is arguably the pick of the opening day's fixtures in what is a meeting between two clubs who both have aspirations towards finishing in at least the top four and qualifying for the Champions League.
Newcastle United's start was the key to last season being their best for nine years. Going unbeaten in their first 11 league games gave them points on the board, momentum and confidence - and the first few matches could set the tone this time too. Boss Alan Pardew has endured a slightly frustrating summer in the transfer market and will be desperate to prove a previous fifth-placed finish was not a flash in the pan. Few managers will be under as much scrutiny in the first weeks as Spurs' new chief Andre Villas-Boas. He's revved up and determined to prove that Chelsea were too quick to call time on their 'experiment'. Spurs were only denied a place in the Champions League due to Chelsea winning the competition and so general consensus is that AVB has to do better than finish fourth.
• Newcastle have not won their opening league game since the 2007-08 season, when they began with a 3-1 victory at Bolton.
• Tottenham have won just one of their last eight games when starting on the road.