Good morning all! It’s an early trip down the lane this morning as United visit Tottenham Hotspur for this televised encounter.
A high-noon kick-off is probably not what Tottenham would want after participating in the Europa league on Thursday evening, but to be fair they have depth within the squad so should be able to cope better than we managed to last term.
In fact a quick look at the Premier League table will show that indeed they are coping better with the rigours of a Europa League campaign. A win will take them into third place in the Premier League table which is no mean feat, yet for whatever reason the natives at White Hart Lane aren’t overly happy and have been critical of their own team at times this season. Would they like to swap places?
Whilst Newcastle can’t quite hit the heady heights of third place with a win, there is indeed progression to be made. A victory for Alan Pardew’s men will propel us to ninth in the table and a win combined with a shift in goal difference depending on our result and that of Manchester United against Arsenal could see us end the afternoon ahead of the Red Devils in eighth place. However, feet on the ground and all that.
A positive result for me would be a draw. Tottenham have been in fine form and have been grinding out results in a rather mechanical yet effective fashion. Defence has been their strong point but I do fancy us to get a goal. We’ve scored in every league game apart from the opening two fixtures so we do present a threat. In theory anyway…
Team news will be published below as and when it becomes available and keep an eye out for any links to any internet stream that are posted in the ‘comments’ section below if you’re struggling to find a way to watch the game. If you’re looking for a bit of a preview then why not have a mooch at Marktoon’s most excellent match preview by following the links below.
Which neatly wraps this up leaving us nothing to concern ourselves with now apart from the match itself.
Howay the lads!
Tottenham: Friedel; Walker, Vertonghen, Dawson, Chiriches; Paulinho, Dembele, Eriksen, Sigurdsson, Townsend, Soldado
Subs: Gomes, Kaboul, Lennon, Lamela, Holtby, Defoe, Sandro
Newcastle: Krul; Debuchy, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, Santon; Sissoko, Tiote (c), Cabaye, Gouffran; Shola Ameobi, Remy
Subs: Elliot, Coloccini, Anita, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Ben Arfa, Cisse