Newcastle begin their return to the Premier League when they host Tottenham at St James’s Park on August 13th. The Magpies won the Championship last term as Rafa Benitez guided the club back into the top flight at the first attempt, beating out Brighton for the second-tier title on the final day. Speculation has surrounded the future of the Spaniard during the summer due to his ire over Newcastle’s inability to lure top talent to the north east. Although the Magpies have secured deals for Jacob Murphy, Florian LeJeune and Christian Atsu along with a loan move for Mikel Merino, the club have still missed out on the signatures of Tammy Abraham and Willy Caballero. As a result, Newcastle will go into the contest against Spurs with the players who earned them promotion as the core of the starting line-up. However, on the final day of the 2015-16 campaign they played Tottenham – following the north London outfit’s failure to win the Premier League crown – and the Magpies hammered Mauricio Pochettino’s side 5-1 at St James’s Park. The atmosphere at the stadium drove Benitez’s men to the victory on that day, despite their relegation having been confirmed by their rivals Sunderland earlier that week. Newcastle should expect a similar reaction this time around as they aim to mark their return to the top flight by securing a victory in their opener, with odds of 4/1 with Bet365 to secure the win. The club have been in decent form in pre-season, defeating Wolfsburg and Hellas Verona in their last two contests. Their lack of striking reinforcements will demand Dwight Gayle to retain his form from the Championship where he notched 23 goals. The 27-year-old will be keen for a strong start to the campaign after struggling to find his feet in his previous spells in the top flight. He could be the key man to get Newcastle off the mark with a win on their return to the Premier League.