Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is looking forward to taking on Tottenham in the Magpies' opening game of the season.
The fixture list for the 2012-13 Premier League campaign was released on Monday, with Newcastle set to host Spurs at St James' Park on August 18th to get their season under way.
The same fixture last year ended in a 2-2 draw, with Demba Ba and Shola Ameobi both on target for the Toon, who finished the season just one place behind the North Londoners.
Tottenham are currently without a manager following Harry Redknapp's sacking last week, with Pardew among those to have been linked with the vacant post at White Hart Lane.
But the Magpies manager is focused on the new season and relishing the chance to take on Spurs in their curtain-raiser.
Pardew told The Chronicle: "When you look back to last year the game with Spurs was one of the best games for us at home last season.
"They will have a new manager and it will be tough.
"But we are already looking forward to it."