15 July 2020 14:43

Steve Bruce has suggested Jose Mourinho must be given time to prove himself to Tottenham.

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The Independent employs reporters around the world to bring you truly independent journalism. To support us, please consider a contribution. Tottenham Hotspur snatched victory late on in the north London derby and will now look to maintain their momentum at Newcastle United. While Toby Alderweireld, who headed in the winner against Arsenal, admits qualification for the Champions League is now gone, particularly in light of Manchester City's reprieve at the hands of Cas, a place in the Europa League is still up for grabs. Sheffield United are two points ahead in seventh, which should ultimately prove to be enough to gain entry, depending on what happens in the FA Cup. Download the new Independent Premium app Sharing the full story, not just the headlines Steve Bruce will be hoping for a reaction here, despite relatively little to play for, after suffering defeat to Watford last time out.

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Here are the predicted line-ups and team news for the game at St James' Park. When is it and what time is kick-off? The match will begin at 6:00pm on Wednesday 15 July at St James' Park. How can I watch it online and on TV? The match will be broadcast live on BT Sport 1, Extra 1 and Ultimate.

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Coverage begins at 5:30pm. You can stream the game live via the BT Sport app here. What is the team news? Serge Aurier is likely to miss out through compassionate leave after the death of his brother. Tanguy Ndombele has picked up a knock in training, Dele Alli (hamstring) remains a doubt and Juan Foyth (knee) and Eric Dier (suspended) remain out.

Without Aurier and Japhet Tanganga only just returning to training, Mourinho will be required to get creative, with Gedson Fernandes, Oliver Skipp, Moussa Sissoko and Davinson Sanchez all options at right-back. Jamaal Lascelles (knock), Isaac Hayden (hamstring) and Sean Longstaff (hamstring) are all major doubts and could join Florian Lejeune (thigh) and Ciaran Clark (ankle) on the sidelines, while Andy Carroll (groin) could miss out too. Danny Rose is inegligible under the terms of his loan move. Emil Krafth or DeAndre Yedlin could come in at right-back, while Fabian Schar covering for the injured Lascelles would mean Nabil Bentaleb or Matty Longstaff slotting in at centre-midfield. Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin are expected to shake off minor knocks. Valentino Lazaro and Matt Ritchie will be considered by Bruce over Joelinton on the right too. Predicted line-ups Newcastle: Dubravka; Krafth, Fernandez, Schar, Manquillo; Bentaleb, Shelvey; Joelinton, Almiron, Saint-Maximin; Gayle Tottenham: Lloris; Sissoko, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Davies; Bergwijn, Lo Celso, Winks, Moura; Kane, Son What are the odds? Newcastle – 18/5 Draw – 14/5 Spurs – 3/4 Prediction Spurs have a heap of injuries and should Serge Aurier also be unavailable then Jose Mourinho faces a dilemma over his selection here. But Newcastle appear to be struggling for motivation having already secured their place in next season's Premier League. Spurs are still searching for qualification for the Europa League, while the remaining games will certainly prove beneficial to Mourinho in the early stages of his rebuild. With the defence tightening up of late and the exciting potential of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min in tandem, an away win looks on the cards here. LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: Christian Atsu of Newcastle United and Harry Winks of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on August 25, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. Steve Bruce has suggested Jose Mourinho must be given time to prove himself to Tottenham. The Newcastle head coach and the Portuguese firebrand will be in direct opposition at St James' Park on Wednesday evening when Tottenham travel to Tyneside. Spurs currently find themselves sitting in eighth place in the Premier League table with three games remaining following Sunday's north London derby victory over Arsenal. But that, for a club which has finished in the top four in each of the last four seasons, has Mourinho in the firing line. Mourinho believes Tottenham's current position belies the early season issues his predecessor Mauricio Pochettino encountered. Bruce also believes Mourinho must be given time to turn the tide. Bruce said: "Look, if he can get a bit of stick then what chance have we all got? He's a serial winner. He's managed some of the biggest and best clubs in the world and won, and yet still people doubt him. "That's the industry we live in now. I've always got on OK with him. I've got the hugest respect for what he's done and what he's achieved. "Since he's arrived, the 'Special One', in my opinion, has always been special and lit the Premier League up over the years. I have huge admiration for what he has done and achieved and we shouldn't forget that." Bruce admits takeover uncertainty Mourinho arrived at Tottenham almost three months after Bruce had recorded his first victory as Magpies boss. That was a 1-0 win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium courtesy of Joelinton's first goal in English football. The intervening period has proved eventful on and off the pitch for the 59-year-old Geordie. Recent months have been dominated by PCP Capital Partners' Saudi-funded attempt to buy out Mike Ashley. The process remains unresolved and has left the club in limbo as eyes are cast towards the delayed start of the new season. Bruce does not know if he will still be in a job should the bid prove successful. He also reckons the recruitment process could be significantly different if the club's funds are boosted substantially. The head coach said: "Is it happening or is it not? – is something I and everybody out there wants to know. If not, it's got to be let's plan as best we possibly can and get on with the job at hand."