After a long international break of two weeks Newcastle will today finally take to the pitch again against Tottenham looking to continue their great start to the season.
We’re currently sat fourth in the league and going great, but I feel that today is going to be our first really hard challenge of the season and it will show the fans how far this team can actually go.
Spurs are looking for their 5th win in a row and we’re aiming to preserve our unbeaten record, so something has to give and hopefully the luck is shining on us once again.
Newcastle are virtually full strength with the only absence of any note being Mike Williamson. Hatem Ben Arfa, Sylvain Marveaux and Davide Santon are all now fully fit and pushing for a place in the starting line-up. Yohan Cabaye came through international duty fine after an initial scare and Demba Ba was rested. I still expect us to be unchanged from our win last time out against Wolves.
Tottenham have a lot of injury doubts but as its Harry Redknapp I expect most of them to pull through. The likes of Van Der Vaart and Adebayor are touch and go for the game, as are Corluka and Sandro. They will still be a big danger to us and the returning Lennon and in form Bale will give our full backs something to think about.
We’re in a good position at the moment and that looks likely to stay the same after today with the worst place we can drop to being 5th and that’s only if we suffer a heavy defeat at the hands of Tottenham. A win can take us sixth points clear of Stoke in 7th, which is a realistic finishing position for us.
Normally I speak about my hopes for the game; well I’d like anything from a draw upwards. I don’t expect us to lose, and that’s not me being cocky, I just feel we’re strong at home. But if we were to lose it wouldn’t be a disaster, so please remember that and don’t offer to sell our whole squad at the final whistle.
The game is a 4pm kick off and it’s on Sky, so anybody who subscribes will be able to listen to Jamie Redknapp describe the sun shining out of his Dad’s ring piece. For anybody who doesn’t there will be multiple sites streaming up and I’m sure there will be a link pop up in the comments at the bottom.
Howay the lads!
Newcastle: Tim Krul, Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Ryan Taylor, Jonas Gutierrez, Cheik Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Gabriel Obertan, Leon Best, Demba Ba.
Subs: Rob Elliot, Davide Santon, Hatem Ben Arfa, Sylvain Marveaux, Dan Gosling, Peter Lovenkrands, Shola Ameobi,
Tottenham: Brad Friedel, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Ledley King, Younes Kaboul, Kyle Walker, Gareth Bale, Scott Parker, Jake Livermore, Luka Modric, Rafael Van der Vaart, Emmanuel Adebayor
Subs: Carlo Cudicini, Sebastien Bassong, Danny Rose, Andros Townsend, Giovani Dos Santos, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Jermain Defoe