Newcastle news: Diame ready for defensive United

12 months ago

In the latest Newcastle United news, Mohamed Diame says he expects the Magpies to adopt a defensive approach in the season-opening clash at home to Tottenham Hotspur on August 11.

Newcastle have been handed arguably one of the toughest starts to the 2018/19 Premier League season, with clashes against Tottenham, defending champions Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal coming in four of their opening five matches.

Rafael Benitez’s men, who finished 10th in the top flight last season, will have to be at their very best in order to amass any decent points tally from that tough run of fixtures.

Summer business has been ticking along at St James’ Park and the club are said to be in talks to sign West Brom forward Salomon Rondon, whilst a deal for Mainz star Yoshinori Muto is close to being completed.

Goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, midfielder Ki Sung-yueng and defender Fabian Schar have already joined on permanent deals whilst winger Kenedy has arrived from Chelsea on a season-long loan.

Newcastle continued pre-season with a 0-0 draw away to Porto on Saturday night and Diame admits the type of performance from his side in Portugal will most likely be seen against Spurs a week on Saturday.

He told the Chronicle from Portugal: “We have a big start to the season and it will be similar to the Porto game. If we can try to keep the ball, in the same manner, we will be OK.

“I think we played the game well and FC Porto were a good similarity to Tottenham so it was a good game for us to get ready for that first game. We defended quite a lot and we will probably do that against Tottenham too.”

Newcastle are 12/5 with bet365 to pick up all three points on the opening day of the season, a draw is priced at 5/2 whilst Spurs are 21/20 favourties to come away from Tyneside with the victory.