Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur got their 2017/18 Premier League campaigns underway on the first Sunday of the new season. The hosts played their first game after earning promotion from the Championship while the visitors went into the game looking to start the season on a high note.
Newcastle played their first game after earning promotion from the Championship while Tottenham went into the game looking to start the season on a high note.
The match looked like a typical season opener with both sides not giving too much away but a moment of madness from Newcastle’s Jonjo Shelvey in the 48th minute led to a comfortable win for Tottenham.
The English midfielder stamped on Dele Alli’s leg and was given his marching orders by Andre Marriner. Alli then opened the scoring 13 minutes later before Ben Davies added a second within 10 minutes.
Here are the three best players from the match and the three worst.
6Christian Eriksen – Winner
The Danish midfielder has started the new season the way he left off last season. In a boring and goalless first half, he was the player that provided the spark and got two assists for Tottenham. His cross for Alli’s goal was sublime, and his possibly accidental layoff for Davies put his side out of sight. A man of the match performance from Eriksen.