Ben Davies finishes off lovely Tottenham team move against Newcastle

Georginio Wijnaldum of Newcastle United celebrates scoring his team's first goal with his team mates Aleksandar Mitrovic and Moussa Sissoko during the Barclays Premier League

Georginio Wijnaldum of Newcastle United celebrates scoring his team's first goal with his team mates Aleksandar Mitrovic and Moussa Sissoko during the Barclays Premier League

Last season's Premier League runners-up Tottenham Hotspur get their 2017/18 campaign underway with a hard test against newboys Newcastle United.

Tottenham, meanwhile, start with last season's English Premier League goal king Harry Kane as the lone man and will be backed by former Newcastle captain Moussa Sissoko, Delle Ali and Christian Eriksen.

The Spaniard stated Kane's scything first-half tackle on debutant Lejeune, which forced the Frenchman off with an injury and only received a yellow card, was the worst action of the match.

Tottenham controlled possession but Gayle threatened in behind and went down in the box under contact from Kyle Walker-Peters, making his Spurs debut at right back with Kyle Walker sold to Manchester City and Kieran Trippier out with an ankle injury, only to see the flag raised for offside.

However, injuries to both Paul Dummett and Florian Lejeune, as well as the utterly stupid red card shown to Jonjo Shelvey made the Magpies' task an nearly impossible one and Tottenham duly ran out winners.

Dele Alli scores past Rob Elliot.

- Tottenham has won 29 of its last 31 Premier League games against newly promoted sides, drawing the other two.

The left back finished off a fantastic team goal that involved lovely build-up play from Harry Kane, Dele Alli and ended with yet another Christian Eriksen assist as he laid off a ball for Davies to finish.

Shelvey became the first Newcastle player since Shearer, funnily enough, to be sent off on the opening day of a new Premier League season for the club.

Benitez had admitted in the run-up to the game that his players would have to battle for their lives throughout the entire campaign, and they did just that before Shelvey's premature exit.

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