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.
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
Venue: White Hart Lane