Conte wary of facing “different” Newcastle

Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte says his side need to “pay great attention” to the threats of Newcastle United (Match Betting – Tottenham 4/7, draw 3/1, Newcastle 5/1) ahead of their meeting on Sunday.

Spurs are seeking to further their top-four ambitions with a win and could lift them into the top four, albeit temporarily if they secure a comfortable triumph.

Conte’s men (2/1 Top 4 Finish) have won four of their last five matches in the Premier League and their main aim is to secure Champions League football next season.

The Lilywhites take on a Newcastle side who have been rejuvenated by Eddie Howe and their excellent business in the January transfer window.

Since the end of the window, Newcastle have won five of their eight top-flight matches although they have suffered successive defeats at the hands of Chelsea and Everton.

Now, they travel to North London looking to arrest that mini wobble and Conte has called on his players to give Howe’s men maximum respect.

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“Yes, they are a totally different team,” said Conte. “I know the coach very well; he is very good and is doing a great job. I know him from when he was at Bournemouth, he’s young but his ideas about football are very clear.

“The transfer window went well for them, they signed important players. Now it’s a different team – you can see the table, and now they are out the relegation trouble, and we need to pay great attention.”

Earlier on Sunday, West Ham United prepare to take on Everton (Match Betting – West Ham 4/5, draw 13/5, Everton 10/3) with David Moyes facing the club he spent 11 years at.

Like Tottenham, West Ham (40/1 Top Four Finish) are also in the thick of the top-four race but they have been inconsistent of late and have slipped down to eighth as a result.

Everton come into this game on the back of a vital 1-0 win over Newcastle before the international break but a 4-0 thumping by Crystal Palace in the FA Cup quarter-final shows that there is still work to be done for Frank Lampard.

A win would lift the Toffees six points clear of the relegation zone.

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Author: Paula Allen