Match Preview- Tottenham V Newcastle

Match preview

Match preview
Match preview
Newcastle caused Chelsea a bit of an upset last Saturday afternoon by beating the title hopefuls comfortably 2-0 at St James’ Park. The Magpies were the underdogs then and certainly will be again on Sunday when they visit White Hart Lane.

Newcastle will be heading down South full of confidence and buzz following last weeks excellent result against Mourinho’s men. Alan Pardew will be eager to see his team produce a carbon copy of the performance we saw last weekend.

Last season saw us put in a decent shift at The Lane, but narrowly losing the game 2-1 with Gareth Bale being the difference on the day. Gouffran’s deflected effort got Newcastle back in the game after we went one nil down but it would be Bale that would have the last say on the day and his late goal proved to be decisive. If I remember correctly we didn’t play too badly in the game that was televised by Sky Sports.


Stand in skipper Cheick Tiote is expected to be fit for Spurs, despite the midfielder being hauled off against Chelsea. Steven Taylor remains sidelined, whilst Haidara and Dummett’s fitness at this stage are unconfirmed. Mike Williamson is expected to retain his place at the back following his recent form- I never thought I’d say that. It has now been confirmed that Captain Colo will be available for selection.

Jonas presumably remains in Argentina with undisclosed family issues which make him unavailable for selection. Whilst long term absentee Ryan Taylor is no closer to a return.

Newcastle confirmed on Thursday that they will be donning the new yellow third kit on Sunday. The kit has a Brazil-Esq look to it with blue shorts to accompany the yellow shirt.


There has been a lot of debate over Hugo Lloris’ decision to play on against Everton last Sunday despite sustaining a rather nasty looking head injury. However the French keeper is available for business as usual following his clash with Everton’s on loan Lukaku.

Spurs with be without Rose (toe), Sandro (hamstring), Fryers (groin), Adebayor (foot).


Gouffran netted for Newcastle in a 2-1 loss last time these two sides met. Newcastle fared a lot better in the opening game of last season in which they produced a 2-1 victory of their own over Tottenham with goals from Demba Ba and Hatem Ben Arfa. It was the fixture that Newcastle boss Alan Pardew infamously got himself into a bit of bother by shoving assistant linesman Peter Kirkup.

These two sides have produced some excellent matches for the neutral. Newcastle pulled off impressive 3-2 and 4-1 victories at The Lane in recent seasons before Spurs annihilated The Toon 5-0 two years ago in the capital.

Match stats and facts…

This will be the 151st time the two clubs have met in all competitions. Spurs edge the victories with 63 to Newcastle’s 55.

There are fifteen players who have represented both clubs- Can you name them all? 🙂

In the current form guide Tottenham are 7th with 11 points in their 6 games, with Newcastle sitting 12th with 7 points in their last 6.

Final thought…

Spurs have looked mainly solid at home this term results wise, with their only wobble coming at the hands of West Ham who shocked AVB’s men with a 3-0 away win. Tottenham have struggled for goals a bit this season and it’s been well documented Achilles heel which may give our defense a bit of confidence ahead of the game.
Newcastle have won twice on the road this season thus far, which is as many as we won the whole of last season. With Newcastle’s positive result last week they will be feeling they can get something out this and with Spurs playing in Europe on Thursday Alan Pardew will hope fatigue will kick in for the hosts. I think it will be a tight game, I would happily take a draw though.

Televised on: Sky Sports 1 from 11.30am

Date: Sunday, 9th November, 2013

Time: Midday

Venue: White Hart Lane

105 thoughts on “Match Preview- Tottenham V Newcastle

  1. We had better start playing well against the poorer sides in the division or we have no chance of ending up in the top 10. Loss to Sunderland, draw with West Ham, loss to Hull. Those are teams we can’t afford to drop points against. Norwich is another one of those type of tests. We must get the 3 points from that game or the worry will set in again. A fighting draw against Spurs would be excellent but we must win the key games at home.


  2. I agree with Premandup that a bottom 10 finish is failure this season. No more excuses please. Especially against weak sides. Leave your bag of excuses at home Pardew. And Joe do your job in January (if our owner will let you).


    ‘Really shocked at how poor Fulham have become.’
    I said right at the start of the season that Fulham look an old team. Full of players earning some coin before they bow out, on their swansong. Yes they have experience, and yes they are capable of turning up and using that experience. But I said, ‘how will they get on as the games come thick and fast and the season drags on.’ Well right from the start they have struggled. Without being ageist or anything, because this could apply to 5-10 years ago. Having Berbatov and Bent as your two forwards is like having the two laziest and selfish passengers in the league playing for you. One of them is enough at a club, in fact I’m pleased Pardew didn’t sign Bent at this stage of his career. But having both of them is ridiculous and Jol has lost the plot. The Premier League is about energy and teamwork. He’s digging his own grave with the signings he has made, all on good money I presume as well. 😯


  4. For me Arsenal are not a powerhouse yet. Just a very good side. I think they may get worn down by the long season and caught by the likes of Chelsea and Man City. They could end up third or possibly second. Still a very good recovery from the last few seasons. So many had started to write Wenger off. Better re-think that one I would say.


  5. @sharpy17 – 61

    This is a good point you mentioned:

    “In reality we were 8 points off 8th last season but we were 20 points from 7th and 32 points from 4th.”

    Our total points at the end of the season matters more than our final position.

    That’s why i wasn’t happy last season. If we had a couple of draws turn into wins, & a couple of 1-0 losses turn to draws, we would have ended up 8th!

    If that had happened, we would have had some fans on here saying pardew did a good job! It was a bad job from what i saw!!

    10th spot was 5 points from us last season, which when you have only


  6. Spot on DJG @78 mate. Couldn’t agree more. Far too old all over the pitch. The new owner will be in shock. Does he have good advisors? He had better hope he does because if he sacks Jol I’m not sure who they would bring in. Would they go after a good European manager? If so they will have to spend in January and next summer and clean out several of the older players.


  7. I think Jol realizes what has happened DJG. He may have believed an older team could still perform well. For me the most disappointing player is Berbatov. What a whinger he has become! Terrible attitude that must bother a lot of the players. Jol will need money in January if he is to stay. Otherwise he’ll probably be gone in the next few days so the incoming manager has time before the January window. Glad it’s not us.


  8. The top 6 are as follows:

    Man City
    Man Utd

    Who should be the 7th team?

    The answer is obviously Newcastle.

    If any of the top 6 finish 7th, it would be classed as a disaster.

    If we’re not within maximum of 10 points from the top 6 then for me it’s not good enough


  9. It would certainly be brilliant to finish 7th KK mate. I have my doubts. Southampton have a very good team and manager now. They look solid. Swansea are struggling with the added Europa games. Everton are very hard to predict with a new manager and small resources. Ten points or less from the top 6 at the end of the season? We had better play much better against poor sides then.


  10. @djg – 46

    Agreed – £40m for ozil has helped take arsenal to the next level in my opinion but i still think they’d rather not have spent it.

    I think they spent as much as they did because:
    1) He’s a good player
    2) The fans wanted a big signing. Not just a big name but a big fee.
    3) They were scared Spurs would finally cost them a Champions League place so the club needed a boost.

    It was the most important signing of the window. If they didn’t spend because of wenger, i think arsenal might have had a new manager.


  11. Agreed, there are quite a few games against lower opposition where we expect to turn up & win & it doesn’t happen.

    As fans we should be optimistic but the players need to treat each game as a cup final, the manager needs to have them focused, motivated & playing out of their skin.


  12. I think this is a muted reflection of what pardew thinks of his assistant, coaches etc:

    “As a squad, they have a lot more experience of Europe than we had, and that goes for the staff as well.


  13. I think Arsenal are looking good and think they may well win the league this year. Chelsea and Citeh are prone to the odd blunder and Man u look not quite right as yet to me ,that leaves Arsenal for me . Don’t think Spuds or Pool have enough to challenge yet.


  14. I think Arsenal need another striker

    I’d expect city & especially Chelsea to ramp it up as the season goes – mourinho desperately want’s his first season back to end in glory.

    It won’t be too long before spurs find their way & perhaps finally become a force.

    I really don’t think man utd willmake 4th this year. It would be huge if it’d happen. Change is good 😆


  15. Man Utd might not make 5th unless they make some good signings in January.

    Alternatively, perhaps David Moyes will prove he isn’t overrated & lead man utd to the treble.

    As well as moyes did at everton, i don’t think he is as good as most people think.

    It just reminds me of allardyce & co at bolton. They did well but they’re not really any good


  16. Kim I wouldn’t blame Remy if he went to Arsenal but what really impresses me is how well Southampton are doing this season. As a Newcastle fan and I hate to say it I think Spurs will win tomorrow but I want to be wrong .


  17. KK I think it’s really unfair to blame Pardew for every bad result the club gets. When are players going to take responsibility for there poor performance’s on the pitch ? When are Ashley and Kinnear going to take responsibility for there lack of signings or ambition. Pardew isn’t the best manager but he try’s his best and that’s all you can ask for.


  18. I called for Pardew to be sacked many times on here so I can’t really talk. It just seems to me that players can try less if they don’t like the manager. Look how Cisse gone down hill and his had enough chances to score. The Cabaye saga about moving to Arsenal but everybody’s forgiven him now because his played well. Where was he when we played City and Fulham ? He gets paid a descent amount of money and should be proud to represent our club.


  19. @kimtoon – i’m sure remy would jump at the chance. He’d even take a pay cut!

    I don’t think wenger would like him though – personality & youth is a big thing for wenger & remy doesn’t have the right type of personality or the right age, wenger will just think too much baggage, self centred personality etc.

    Spurs might go for him if Soldado becomes a flop. Otherwise everton will be looking for someone after lukaku goes. Not too many teams bigger than us for him to go to so salary will be what makes or breaks it.

    Personally i don’t think he should be the highest paid even if he is the top goal scorer at the club. If he’s the top goalscorer in the league then maybe.


  20. @stem – the responsibilty ultimately lies with the manager.

    I agree, pardew tries very hard. If he’s on a winning streak he becomes complacent but we’ve not had one of those for a while!

    He’s also badly hindered by the rubbish coaches & assistant that works for him. He’s better than all of them but they bring all him down.

    We don’t have the players that pardew is suited to working with. It’s been said before but he’s just not used to how they do things abroad. A lot of the players are used to different kinds of training sessions.That wouldn’t be a problem, except they do most footballing things better abroad. This point especially applies to the coaches at the club.

    Pardew is learning, he has improved. Maybe at the end of his 8 year contract we might regularly be finishing 7th or 8th.

    Personally i don’t want to see mediocrity. The relegation battle has excitement, the race for 40 points has some excitement, the battle for a european place has excitement, the title race has excitement, even a cup run has excitement!!!

    I’d hate to spend the best part of a decade knowing that we won’t get relegated, we will comfortably finish midtable, we won’t take the 2 cups seriously & we won’t really be aiming for anything!!

    So so bland.

    Pardew should go to a club where he isn’t forced to be the owners mouthpiece, where most fans will be happy for his appointment, and where he can enjoy his job without worryibg about people like me calling for his head


  21. @KK

    I know what you mean regarding Wenger choosing the right type of players for Arsenal but what brings you to the conclusion Remy doesnt have a good attitude? self centered etc? he seems to be a winner at heart, with a similar attitude to Henry.


  22. Remy will end up at Spurs, cash-swap with Defoe, once QPR are back in the prem. slimy Rednapp probably had the deal finalised when he said he didnt want Remy back.


  23. Mark @99 ,Good shout that.

    Stem@94and 95, You make some good points there mate. I too have moaned about Pards many times, I still think he is limited in ability but I pointed out yesterday that I’m not sure I even blame him anymore as in all fairness he gets little backing from Mike. His new players only arrived in jan when Mike had a panic on and then all he gets is a loanee in the summer 🙄 . It will be very interesting to see what happens comes January, who goes and who comes in .


  24. Looking at Southampton they play really nice football under Pochitino (spelling 😳 ), amazes me how when he can’t speak a word of English he has them so well set up . I know he has a translator but all the same you would expect a certain amount to be lost in translation like, yet he has them playing very well at the moment.


  25. For me if Pardew doesnt get NUFC a top 8 finish. especially considering we have no European distraction and we’re only competing in one cup it would be a poor result.

    Anything from 8th to 7th would be an average season.

    Top six and he deserves some praise.


  26. DJG
    Agree on Ozil, I think he could be one of the best Prem signings ever. The lift he has given yhe Arsenal team is pretty incredible.
    I think a striker signing for would guve our team a similar lift.


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