Newcastle United travel to London tonight to face Tottenham Hotspur in a game that has much more significance for the hosts than the Magpies.
With two matches remaining for both clubs, the Magpies are firmly lodged in mid-table while Spurs need the points in order to secure Champions League football next campaign.
Since securing their Premier League status the Toon have suffered a mini dip in form and have lost their last three matches on the spin.
Last time out, they went down 2-1 at Watford, with Ayoze Perez pulling one back after Roberto Pereyra and Andre Gray had given the Hornets a two-goal cushion.
Tonight’s opponents Spurs also suffered defeat by a one-goal margin the last time they played, as Jake Livermore’s stoppage-time winner gave West Brom brief hope of beating the drop before they were relegated yesterday.
The North-London outfit are currently two points ahead of Chelsea and know that winning their final two matches will give them a place at European football’s top table going into their new home next season.
Ahead of the match, we’ve compiled a list of key battles that could determine the outcome of the match…
Ayoze Perez v Jan Vertonghen
Ayoze is the Magpies’ top league scorer with six goals including his strike at Watford last weekend. Has formed a good partnership with Dwight Gayle up top.
Vertonghen is a big physical player, the opposite to Perez, so could use that to his benefit in order to nullify the threat of the Spaniard.
Jonjo Shelvey v Christian Eriksen
Shelvey is one of the first names on Rafa Benitez’s team sheet and is a consistent performer with exceptional passing ability in the centre of midfield.
Eriksen is perhaps one of the most underrated players in the league, having notched 10 goals and provided 10 assists this campaign.
Harry Kane v Jamaal Lascelles
What more can be said about Tottenham and England’s leading marksman, who has scored 20+ goals in the past four seasons and loves to lead by example on the pitch.
Lascelles has done well this season, with some calling for a surprise World Cup call-up, although he may struggle against the quality and work rate of Kane.
Kieran Trippier v Paul Dummett
England right-back/right wing-back Trippier is known for his willingness to get forward and excellent crossing abilities once he’s there.
Dummett will have a hard job tracking him up and down the touchline as well as aiming to launch attacks for his own side.