Newcastle make their return to the Premier League against a highly-ambitious Tottenham Hotspur side at St. James' Park on Sunday.
Rafa Benitez secured the club's immediate return following their relegation in the 2015/16 season and has been hard at work strengthening ahead of their eagerly-anticipated campaign back in the top-flight.
He has signed Christian Atsu, Florian Lejeune, Stefan O’Connor, Josef Yarney, Jacob Murphy, Javier Manquillo and Mikel Merino, on loan.
Spurs, conversely remain the only club to have yet added to their ranks, and while boss Mauricio Pochettino says new signings will be made, even without any new additions, the 2016/17 Premier League runners-up remain a formidable opposition.
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Speaking ahead of the game, Benitez said: "This city deserves a team in the Premier League. We have to be sure that we can perform.
"My commitment is 100% with this club and I'm focused on the first game to the last."
He added: "I think that Pochettino is a great manager and they have the same team that was finishing second and third in the last two seasons, so they have a very good team."
The Spurs boss said that, with an injury to right-back Kieran Trippier, having sold Kyle Walker to Manchester City, he is considering who to start in that position.
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Interestingly, Spurs have a near like-for-like replacement, even in just name only at this point.
Pochettino told the club's official website: "We have different possibilities to play, different set-ups. One possibility is to play with three at the back, another is to play with a back four with Kyle Walker-Peters (in what is) a natural position for him."
In team news, winger Jacob Murphy and defenders Javier Manquillo and Florian Lejeune are ready to make their Newcastle debuts, and Dwight Gayle is fit after a hamstring injury, but DeAndre Yedlin is out after he pulled his hamstring.
Trippier is out with minor ankle ligament damage while Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (foot), Danny Rose (knee) and Erik Lamela (hip) are all sidelined.