Erik Lamela
Erik Lamela scored a first-half hat-trick as Tottenham breezed past Monaco on 10 DecemberGetty

Tottenham host Newcastle United at White Hart Lane as Spurs look to close the gap on Manchester United for a place in the top four. A win here for the north London club will see them leapfrog the Red Devils into fourth spot owing to a better goal difference.

Where to watch live

Kick-off is set for 4pm GMT. Live coverage of the game is available on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD.

Overview

Tottenham come into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion last weekend, before demolishing Monaco 4-1 in their Europa League fixture in the midweek. Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping that his side are able to grasp the opportunity with both hands and give themselves a fighting chance to make it to Europe's most elite competition for the first time since 2011.

Erik lamela scored a hattrick for the Lilywhites which should give the Italian some much needed confidence to jumpstart his Tottenham career, having had a lackadaisical few seasons since moving in 2013. Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen are also in good nick while Mousa Dembele should be back in the first team after missing the game against Monaco due to illness.

Meanwhile, Newcastle would be buoyant following their brilliant 2-0 win over Liverpool last weekend at the St James Park. Georginio Wijnaldum was on fire, playing a hand in both goals to take the Magpies closer to securing a spot outside the relegation zone. However, they were markedly helped by the Reds' inability to carve a single chance all game, whose only shot on target was a wrongly disallowed goal by Alberto Moreno.

What managers say

Mauricio Pochettino: "After 14 games unbeaten we need to keep on the same level to win every game. But it is too early to start to speak about winning the title. Achievements come at the end of the season. For me, it is too early. We need to keep working hard and show the same winning mentality. This is the most important thing because if we start to speak about challenging for objectives at the end of the season then maybe we will be spending energy on things that are not important today. We need to keep our feet on the ground, this is the most important thing."

Steve McLaren: "There are people down there in the lower divisions who, a bit like Charlie Austin and Jamie Vardy, can make it. Players like Watford's Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney and Bournemouth's Callum Wilson are proving the Championship is producing some good players. It's a completely different league from 10 years ago. It was tough then but it's very tough now and good footballers are coming out of it."

Betting odds (888Sport)

  • Tottenham win: 7/18
  • Draw: 21/5
  • Newcastle United win: 151/19

Team news

Tottenham

Possible XI: Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Dier, Alli; Lamela, Dembele, Eriksen; Kane.

Newcastle

Possible XI: Elliot; Janmaat, Coloccini, Dummett, Mbemba; Colback Sissoko; Tioté; Wijnaldum, Perez; Cisse.