If there was ever a game designed to bring someone down then I’d say this is pretty much it.
After an excellent win against Liverpool last week we are off to the capital to take on Tottenham Hotspur who have been in impressive form so far this term.
That combined with our players love of seemingly getting ahead of themselves leaves me feeling pensive about this game. We’ve already heard a few soundbytes from players about top ten finishes and so on which is premature given that the few weeks prior to the Liverpool game were all about survival. Hopefully our players understand this and don’t think they are now running whilst they are actually in fact just about taking their first steps.
Mousa Dembele is unlikely to be fit after picking up an injury in the Europa League tie against Monaco. However Eric Dier, who picked up a knock in that same game, should recover in time to feature. Otherwise Mauricio Pochettino has no other injury concerns ahead of the game.
Jamaal Lascelles and midfielders Cheick Tiote and Rolando Aarons are still not match fit but are likely to be available for selection next week. Tim Krul, Massadio Haidara, Steven Taylor, Gabriel Obertan, Emmanuel Riviere and Mike Williamson all remain unavailable and likely to be so for a couple of weeks at the earliest.
Amazingly Newcastle go to White Hart Lane looking for a third successive league victory but, as ever and as with many fixtures, historically this side favours the home side.
A total of 147 games have been played between the two clubs with Tottenham winning 63 times compared to 53 wins for United. At White Hart Lane the 73 games have been split with 39 wins for Spurs and 22 for Newcastle.
Stats and facts:
There hasn’t been a 0-0 between the two clubs in the last 18 matches. The last 0-0 was back in October 1995.
Newcastle have conceded 30 goals this term – a joint record with Bournemouth.
However United have managed three clean sheets in the last five outings.
Only Manchester United (10) have conceded less goals than Tottenham (12) this season.
Spurs are yet to lose at home this season btu have only won four of their games, drawing the other four.
I’m not feeling too confident about the match if I’m being honest but then again I said the same last week and look what happened so either the win last week came from nowhere or we really know nothing. I suspect the former…
Still it is up to our guys now to prove that the result last week wasn’t the one-off and that they now really have turned a corner by putting in a vastly improved performance.
Howay the lads!
Date:Venue: White Hart Lane