Tottenham v Newcastle – Premier League match preview

Spurs v Mags
Spurs v Mags
Newcastle head to North London to take on Andre Villas-Boas and his top-four challenging Tottenham Hotspur outfit at White Hart Lane tomorrow lunchtime.

It’s an early kick-off (12:45pm) being broadcast live on Sky Sports here in the UK and live on many other channels around the world so I hope for a better showing than we managed on our last trip to the Lane.

That night we were completely outplayed and were blown away by a rampant Spurs outfit who were four goals up without reply at half-time, with Emmanuel Adebayor adding a fifth and final goal midway through the second half in a 5-0 thumping that remains Alan Pardew’s heaviest defeat as manager of United.

Tottenham are in good form and are unbeaten in nine games, but Newcastle are also buoyed by recent results and events. Will that be enough to stop Spurs springing into third place for a few hours at the very least? We’ll see.

Tottenham:



Jermaine Defoe has been ruled out for three weeks after picking up an ankle injury in the victory over West Brom last week. Younes Kaboul, Sandro and Tom Huddlestone are all rated as doubtful whilst it’s unknown whether Emmanuel Adebayor will be alright to start the match or even if he is back from Africa yet. It wouldn;t be the first time he’s not reported back from international duty on time…

Newcastle:

Cheik Tiote returns to the squad after being part of the Ivory Coast side knocked out of ACoN by Nigeria. Hatem Ben Arfa’s return has been put back due to a virus and now looks unlikely to return until the game with Southampton at the end of the month. Ryan Taylor and Dan Gosling are training again but Haris Vuckic and Danny Simpson miss out.

Previously…

As mentioned earlier, our last game on this ground wasn’t pretty and coincidentally it took place pretty much bang on a year ago. However we did beat Spurs earlier on in the season in Andre Villa-Boas’ first game in charge of his new club.

At White Hart Lane there have been 74 games in all competitions over the years. Spurs have won 40, Newcastle have won 21 with 13 draws making up the numbers.

The record is a little bit closer when you look at all games (home and away) but it’s still Spurs who come out on top having won 62 times compared to United’s 54 victories with 32 draws making up the 148 fixtures that have been played between the two clubs.

Stats and facts:

Newcastle last won at White Hart Lane back in 2008. The score was 4-1. Since then we’ve failed to score on our subsequent three trips to Spurs, failing to score and conceding eight goals in the process.

Nine of Gareth Bale’s 11 Premier League goals have been scored away from White Hart Lane.

Mike Williamson could make his 100th appearance for the Magpies.

Newcastle have conceded 18 goals in their last seven games and have failed to keep a clean sheet in the last 16 meetings with Spurs.

Final thought:

It’s going to be tough. Much is being made of their lack of strikers but they still have Clint Dempsey who loves scoring against us and possibly Adebayor, not to mention an in-form Gareth Bale. They have pace which is something we’ve struggled with at times this season.

Having said that we’ve looked good since our new arrivals joined the ranks and we gave Chelsea a good going over. That was on our own doorstep though so it will be interesting to see if our foreign legion can do the business against a top side without 50,000 Geordies screaming them on.

Personally I’d be delighted with a draw. It would leave us needing four wins from our remaining twelve games to get to that magical 40 point mark which apparently guarantees safety these days. Mind you, three points would be better…

Howay the lads!

Date: Saturday, 9th February, 2013

Time: 12:45pm

Venue: White Hart Lane

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64 thoughts on “Tottenham v Newcastle – Premier League match preview

  1. not the end of the world if we lose but i think we have a fair chance of getting something from the game

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  2. Would have been happier playing this game three weeks ago when we had strikers and before you’r excellent signings.I expect a tough match but with home advantage 2-1 to Spurs.

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  3. good to see reserves win a game, 3-0 against stoke, haidara scored the first

    the added depth is having a knock on effect as it meant sammy tav rangrer and campbell all played where as few weeks ago they might not of been risked or play so close before a game if we had them on the bench tomorrow

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  4. Good read Toonsy looking forward to keeping our wee run going I think I might go for a 1-2 win for us, but I won’t be unhappy with a 2-2 draw either πŸ˜‰

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  5. Ice I will take any score tbh just as long as we don’t get beat, I want us to go on a wee unbeaten run as apart from getting us points it gives the players a bit extra πŸ˜‰

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  6. If we can win tomorrow it would give us enough confidence to make the games up to the Man City game at the end of March very winnable IMO.
    I’d settle for a point just now though. A predict a boring 0-0 non event and last on MOTD πŸ˜›

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  7. I think a draw is on. Would love to see Gouffran score. The team looks solid now. No reason not to go for at least a point here. Can’t wait to see Ben Arfa back playing with our new lineup. He must be excited about the prospect as well. πŸ˜€

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  8. Spurs are doing pretty well but have striker issues at the minute. We have good momentum as well.

    So think either team could nick this one. Score draw 2-2 i think.

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  9. We probally need to win this in the 1st 65 mins cant see some on the guys who played midweek to last the full 90 mins

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  10. What is the best way from Kings Cross to Shite Hart Lane. Got told two ways, go to Liverpool Street then to Shite Hart Lane or Kings Cross to Severn Sisters and have a 20 minute walk. Please help

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  11. It seems like a lot of us would be content with a draw, but think we have a chance to come away with all three points, which I’d agree with. But while the result is always the most important thing, I’ll probably be content as long as we hang with Spurs and give them a good game, since that’s more indicative of our prospects for the remainder of the season.

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  12. I would love us to nick a win but its going to be a harder game than Chelsea , Spurs are in good nick and have in Bale a player that can rip any team apart . Would be happy with a 1-1 and Cisse to score ours but i think we are going to get rolled over 2-0 . πŸ˜₯

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  13. Agree with you charlie prince, by the way if your into daft punk you might like this new band apollo gets the girl, check them out!! I really fancy us to nick all three points, although Bale could be crucial

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  14. I know one thing, it’ll be worth watching. Unlike a fair few games this season, the Norfolk Canaries game springs to mind instantly.

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  15. Santi, good luck with the bet mate… A Toon win and a pocket full of cash… that’s a nice combination :mrgreen:

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  16. I see our beloved managing director has been talking about Andy Carroll again.

    He seems to have changed his tune a bit.

    Is he worth Β£30m? “No – he’s worth f*** all.”
    Derek Llambias, Nov 2011

    β€œWe’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for Andy here……..he’s a great player.”
    Derek Llambias, Feb 2013

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/newcastle-united/nufc-news/2013/02/08/llambias-we-ve-got-a-soft-spot-for-andy-carroll-72703-32769785/#ixzz2KMT2ikXH

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  17. Things he might regret he said #2

    “Graham and Alan are tight together and that’s a nice thing to have. We are tight too and we understand Graham.”
    Derek Llambias, Feb 2013

    Derek, when you say “we are tight too” do you mean the word ‘tight’ as in ‘tight as a duck’s arse’ or as meaning ‘having had too much alcohol’?

    It’s a fair question πŸ˜€

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/newcastle-united/nufc-news/2013/02/08/nufc-s-simple-but-effective-system-for-landing-transfer-targets-72703-32769786/#ixzz2KMbvD7kE

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  18. In case your wondering why he’s Sir Phil Dowd, it’s after the 4-4 comeback game with Arsenal where we got 2 penalties in the process, one was very soft. Plus in all the other games I have seen him in he is the only one to be remotely neutral/pro NUFC. I was amazed we beat Chelsea with Howard Webb tbh, he is normally proper, proper anti-Newcastle in every game I have ever seen.

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  19. DJG – Watching Webb I don’t think it’s so much he’s anti Newcastle. He’s pretty much anti any club that isnt one of the “top” clubs πŸ˜€

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  20. TOONSY
    He kissed arse to the top of the UK rankings (via the influence of a certain angry jock probably) and then on to the world cup final. A professional who puts his own career first and absolutely everything else next IMO. As long as we live in a world where there is reward for toeing the company line etc. what do we expect. Absolutely no respect from me, I respect geniuses, mavericks, people with principle. Not little arse lickers like Webb.

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  21. DJG – Agree and disagree. Webb is a copper and I don’t have much time fir the bizzies until they get their priorities straight, but fair play to him for putting his real career on hold to chase a dream. That’s the only fair play he’ll get off me mind lol

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  22. I guess Richietoon will be back on here today seeing we are playing… oh well at least we have had a few days grace πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  23. Anyway regardless what happens today just look at the team and consider that three years ago today we lost 3-0 away to Derby County in the Champonship.

    Sobering thought.

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  24. MDS, whats wrong with being a cop, a large majority are ex servicemen and women who do a cracking job, yes they are let down by the politically correct and jobsworths but like any profession or walk in life there are good and bad.

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  25. “Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew admits he never feared for his job despite seeing the side slide down the table.” – Sky Sports

    How do people feel about this?

    Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

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  26. I am making my debut for my new team today. A decade since I last played 11 a side and I am down in Landan so should be an experience. Wish me luck!

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  27. ToonArmyElite

    It’s Taylor who is the key. You watch him the past couple of games….he leads the defence. Constant communication with the full backs and Krul, he makes Colo’s life easy.

    Anyone who would drop Tayls for Mapou is mental

    Cheers Dave πŸ™‚ I can see me falling out with a few cockneys though, they’re all too gobby

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  28. What does that stat prove TAE? Coloccini has 3 less interceptions and a far better tackle success rate. Willo should be making far more interceptions due to his size and ability to win headers.

    So really your opinion is invalid 😳 πŸ™„

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  29. Big Dave – au contraire mon fraire… I said we would beat Villa (in french mind you) and I said to Troy that I thought we would beat Chelsea 3-2. So back the Aussie mate πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  30. Saylor leading the defence πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  31. Moreno – good luck for today mate, if you haven’t played for a decade I’m not sure how old that makes ya but if its 30+ you must have a screw loose buddy πŸ˜†

    As for Pardew, I think it’s a good thing mate. I’ve said for a while now that I think the 1st half of the season was a calculated risk and Pardew and the board new we didn’t have enough and that we would recruit as we have done in the Jan window.
    It’s good in the sense that they have stuck to a plan. It shows stability off the field whilst we were lacking stability on the field. I think if they recruit as they are talking about in the summer then Mr Pardew may not be sitting so pretty next season.

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  32. Sharpy,

    I have had the odd game of 5 a side and 7 a side but a long time since a real competitive game. I reckon I’ll spew at half time, swear off the smokes and drinks for the rest of me life and then get hammered after the match. πŸ˜†

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  33. @indykaila: Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley and his advisors have held meetings with Middle East group regarding full takeover of #NUFC. Early stages

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