Tottenham v Newcastle – Premier League match preview

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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.

Tottenham:

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.

Newcastle:

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.

Previously…

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.

Final thought…

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!

Time: 4pm

Date:Venue: White Hart Lane

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

  1. Thanks Toonsy, Yes it’s hard not to see a loss, Kane will relish going up against our defence that’s for sure. Still in the end all they have to do is out run and outwork Spurs and they may just get rewarded for it again.

    Loss for Scum keeps them where they belong and if we can pull off a win tomorrow we go 15th, that has to be a incentive surely.

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  2. Demebele didn’t play against Monaco he therefore cannot have picked up a knock. He was out of the game through illness, so he may have recovered and play against NUFC. Poch has two players out through injury Pritchard and Ryan Mason. You should do some research before writing.

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  3. KIM there’s always one mate

    Never forecast but hope they put the same effort in will have to to get anything,they have had a few draws so here’s hoping

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  4. Apparently Junior Stanislas has scored directly from a corner 😯 not seen it but they reckon it’s extraordinary .

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  5. I want to see De Jong starting for us again personally. I thought he made a big difference to the side against Liverpool

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  6. Sharpy De Jong needs to be starting as many as possible to try and build his strength and fitness up really. He’s also hungry and itching to prove himself if you read what he’s had to say lately.

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  7. De Jong is smarts. You could see it on Sunday. His movement is good and he can see a pass and execute it. Personally I would like to see him at the top of a diamond behind Perez and Mitro.

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  8. So only a win gets us out of the bottom three. We’re in for a real battle this season by the looks of it. Big January ahead

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  9. Stu – from the last thread. Never doubted Lukaku was worth that money, just didn’t think Everton was a club who could afford to stump up that much on just 1 player. What I didn’t fully realise was that their scouting set up is excellent bringing players in like Stones, Mori and Deulofeu. They have an excellent academy bringing through players like Barkley and Galloway. But maybe more importantly, they don’t look to cash in on their best players every transfer window.
    They have done exactly what TDS suggests we shouldn’t and recruited other teams back up players – Tim Howard, Tom Cleverly, Aaron Lennon and Lukaku.
    On top of that, Kenwright has hired Moyes and Martinez – top coaches to get the best out of their players. One of the best owners in the league IMO – he has always tried to make them the best he could with very little resources at times. Can’t believe their fans had planes flying over stadiums with banners for Kenwright out.

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  10. Stu – I’d be interested in seeing how that diamond formation would work for us – going forward I think it would work, but it may leave our piss poor defence very exposed – the foot of the diamond I guess would be Anita or Colback with Tiote still out – I’d worry neither would cope with Spurs attacking midfield, players like Eriksen or Lamela.

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  11. Sharpy, But that’s the difference isn’t it, Bill loves his club, to Ashley we are nothing more than an advertising vehicle and it shows. 🙁

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  12. Yup, Sharpy. Everton are better than us in every single way. Owner, managers, scouts, transfer policy, youth set up and ultimately results. It’s not rocket science is it.

    Kenwrights first and only thought is to make Everton as good as it can be. They buy players to improve the team, not just to make a profit further down the line. Imagine if we had Stones or Barkley. They’d have been gone by now. We would have sold Stones for £20m never mind rejecting a £35m bid for him.

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  13. I think we will make signings in Jan, but I think we will have to get rid of one or two first – by that I mean the likes of Goof or Willo, not Perez or Sissoko. I we will certainly make loan signings.

    I think the best I see today is a draw – but that is only if Spurs don’t turn up. Really hope I’m wrong, but I want to see effort again this week.

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  14. Depends which Newcastle turns up. If it’s the one from the first half against City we will do ok, if it’s the other side of the team we will get demolished

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  15. Sharples@17, we can’t get rid of anyone mate, we’ve tried already and they don’t want to go… Gouffran aint going anywhere, especially with our growing injury list he’ll probably start games over the crimbo period.
    We’re in the bottom three, have a horrendous injury list, some poor squad players, so they’ll all be needed mate… it aint gonna be pretty that’s for sure…

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  16. Stuart79@31…naive call there mate unfortunatley..

    We know which Newcastle turn up, a Newcastle who can’t defend and can’t score goals… we’re reaping the benefit of a whole series of bad decisions made over years… and still haven’t learned..
    Liverpool was just a flash in the pan mate…

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  17. Munich – It’s not naive as I didn’t say which one I expected. I personally don’t see us getting anything as we are so inconsistent and even in winning we don’t play well. We could well be back to square one after today.

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  18. Stuart79, it was naive, because perhaps you think there are 2 Newcastle United’s 🙂 … The table doesn’t lie…

    Even when we have won, against Bournemouth, Norwich we have been lucky, and haven’t created more than a miserable amount of chance, a fact that you highlighted yourself.

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  19. I agree but there is obviously a different side to them as against City in the first half we were great and should have been three up. However, yes we missed all the chances as we usually do.

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  20. Stuart, we seem to be unbelievably brittle mate…. we are missing a team-feeling of stability throughout the group…and this confidence only comes with results, and when the team all start to believe. The belief seems to be missing, or is a stuttering development of one step forward two steps back.. Pardew’s massive self confidence and character may have also papered over the same cracks ? …

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  21. I thought Cisse was starting to show some signs over the last few weeks, he’s a really important player for us…

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  22. which planet have you been living on Stuart79, without Cisse’s goals we would have been relegated a couple of years ago 😕

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  23. Great result. Glad for the team and the travelling fans always showing support. Thought we played well even when we conceded. I hope we are on the up and this team looks as if we thrive on results. Mclaren did good as well his subs and tactics were good for our team.

    Forwards and upwards.

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