Today is a big day for Newcastle, because after 15 days with no action, we take on the powerful Tottenham Hotspur at St. Jamesâ€™ Park. Although Spurs have had a poor start to the season, it may well be we are getting them at the wrong time, since they seem to be getting back to their form of last season when they finished 5th.
But Newcastle have played well at St. Jamesâ€™ Park this season and are a difficult side to beat, especially with the new defense showing some steel at last and looking to be good once the players get to know each other a little more. Like in most games this season the defense will be key for Newcastle because sloppy goals will be of no help against Spurs, who have Robbie Keane in top form.
With all our players back it will be very interesting to see what the team will be since itâ€™s the first time both Joey Barton and Emre are both available. There are some doubts about Cacapa but we hope heâ€™ll be fit from his groin strain because his experience at the back certainly makes a difference.
Picking the team that will start is difficult given the great competition these days for places. Weâ€™d like to see the following team start
Beye Cacapa Faye Enrique
Milner Emre Butt (Capt) Nâ€™Zogbia
Subs: Harper, Taylor, Rozehnal, Geremi, Barton
Weâ€™d like to see Emre start to add some creativity and skill to our midfield, but somehow we think Big Sam will again start Butt and skipper Geremi in midfield and then maybe call on Barton and Emre sometime during the game.
If Newcastle fans donâ€™t think our squad has improved this season just look at the bench â€“ which is extremely strong. If Cacapa does not make it then David Rozehnal fresh from his countryâ€™s 3-0 win against Germany in Germany is a more than able deputy. We think Davidâ€™s been a little unlucky to lose his place since heâ€™s played extremely well for Newcastle this season and looks to be a great singing.
But we have to think Sam will start Cacapa and Faye at the back because they played so very well in our good win against Everton.
This will be a good test for Newcastle and weâ€™ll be able to judge just how improved we are under Big Sam. Tottenham are a good side and as Sam has said, it may not be a good time to play them. But we have to somehow get all 3 points from this game â€“ itâ€™s that important and will keep us in touch with the leaders although the best we can be is 8th place even after a win.
You can join in the discussion of the match before and after the game on our Newcastle United Forum. Ahmed Bilal of Soccerlens has also arranged to have a running commentary of the game if you are not able to watch the game on TV. You can follow the game here on Soccerlens.
As usual weâ€™ll have out team lineup, half time report at the break, and full time report immediately after the game.
But there cannot be any excuses tonight â€“ and weâ€™ll just have to hope the lads can keep up their good form at home. We know theyâ€™ll all give 100%, that’s a given these days under the big man. The Newcastle fans have been great support for the team this season, and helped to turn the game against Everton in the last 30 minutes. But there again you expect that from the best fans in the land.
We predict a 2-1 win. A clean sheet would be nice but weâ€™ll take the 3 points, anyway we can get them. 😀
Let’s know what you think, what the team will be and the result you predict. Comments and opinions always welcome.