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Tottenham vs Newcastle – Match Preview

11:17 am, Saturday, March 29th, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 16 Comments

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Tomorrow will be a tough test for Newcastle United as they play an in-form Tottenham Hotspur side at White Hart Lane, with a 3:00 pm kick off.
Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan will be without Brazilian defender Claudio Cacapa, who may be out for the rest of the season with a groin problem, and joins Shay Given (also groin) on the long-term injury list.

James Milner (foot), Emre (calf) and Stephen Carr (hamstring) are all still unavailable, and Shola Ameobi has joined Stoke on loan for the rest of the season.

We expect Keegan to name an unchanged side for the game tomorrow:

Harper
Beye Faye Taylor Enrique
Geremi Barton Butt
Martins Viduka Owen
Subs: Forster Diatta Smith N’Zogbia Carroll

It will be interesting to see if Damien Duff makes the bench for this game. He hasn’t been involved in the last two games and it must be worrisome for the Irish International so late in the season to not even be on the subs’ bench.

Tottenham center-back Jonathan Woodgate could still make the clash against Newcastle on Sunday despite carrying a tight hamstring. Captain Ledley King could well be rested again as he continues his gradual return from knee surgery, and that would see Newcastle target Michael Dawson partnering former Newcastle player Woodgate in the heart of the Spurs’ defense.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto (knee) and Gareth Bale (foot) are expected to miss the rest of the season.

Tottenham (from): Robinson, Cerny, Chimbonda, Hutton, Lee, Gunter, Gilberto, Woodgate, King, Kaboul, Dawson, Tainio, Jenas, Zokora, Huddlestone, Taarabt, Boateng, Bent, Keane, Berbatov, O’Hara, Malbranque, Lennon.

This will no doubt be a tough game for the lads, but the form of the last two games, in which we have picked up 4 points is very encouraging and we may be able to get something out of this game.

But the defense will have to be at their best since the Tottenham strikers are top class and will be a threat to the Newcastle rear guard. Any sloppy defending tomorrow and we’ll lose the game.

Our strikers of Owen, Viduka and Oba Martins seem in top form, and if we can get our noses in front, like we did last week against Fulham, then anything is possible, including even an unlikely win.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Leo // Mar 29, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    more of the same will be the best bet to get a result i think

  • 2 belfast toon // Mar 29, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    I FANCY US FOR THE GAME SPURS SEASON IS OVER THEY HAVE ALREADY QUALIFIED FOR EUROPE BUT A DRAW WOULD BE A GOOD RESULT

  • 3 Davies // Mar 29, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    I’ll take a point. Three would be nice though.

    Go on Oba.

  • 4 Geril // Mar 29, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Newcastle is by far the better side on paper, and if the Kev can build on last game United should win this one!

  • 5 hanzemre // Mar 29, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    i’d like to say that it’s Spurs who’d be having a tough game against us now. We’ll see it then!

  • 6 AlexW // Mar 29, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    haha woodgates already injured lol, still would of liked him back in the black and white tho

  • 7 Obafan // Mar 29, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Woodgate injured? That is not possible. I’m so glad he didn’t want to come to us, cause he always is injured.

    We can go home with 3 points tomorrow; I really think so, but we need to play Vid, Oba and Owen all together to put the Spurs defence (their weakness) the whole 90 minutes under pressure. Dawson if he plays will proove that we don’t want him next season.

  • 8 ObaFan2 // Mar 29, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    A good performance is all I hope for anything more would be a bonus.

    Worried if Duff doesn’t make the bench but happy that Smith is on it again!

    Will be interesting to see how Owen plays, whether he plays behind Duke again looking for the ball etc. and hope the 3 in mf continue their hard work.

    Plz practice crossing :)

    Oba for a goal :)

  • 9 CRAIGG // Mar 29, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    I think it is risky to play woodgate with a slight injury we were stung by that situation a few times.

    Sperms Team I hope:

    ————-Robinson————-
    Hutton—Kaboul—Dawson—Chimbonda
    Lennon—Huddlestone—Jenas—Malbranque
    ———Berbatov——–Keane——–

    Subs: Cerny, Woodgate, Gilberto, O’Hara, Bent.

    Toon Team I Hope:

    ————-Harper————-
    Beye—Taylor—Faye—Enrique
    —–Barton—Butt—N’Zogbia——
    —Owen—–Viduka—–Martins—

    Subs: Forster, Diatta, Duff, Geremi, Carroll

    With that defence i cannot see them keeping us out so we can win this if we defend well and Taylor gives us a performance like last seasons at Spurs which everyone forgets then who knows, But id expect Woody to start and them to win.

  • 10 Phil P // Mar 29, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    I reckon we can snatch a high scoring draw here, both teams playin good attacking football and humorous defending…

    On a side note what is it with people writing in capitals? gets on my nerves :P

  • 11 ScottyT // Mar 29, 2008 at 3:57 PM

    agree with your team craigg as i think zog is needed to add some pace to the squad and also because geremi just isnt good enough anymore .. dont understand the people who said he had a good game versus fulham nd how he was in team of week :S. only reason is cos he assisted 2 goals. hes way too slow. would like to see edgar on bench instead of diatta as well.

  • 12 obamagic // Mar 29, 2008 at 6:06 PM

    I say we go for a 3-4-3 first half and if they keep attacking down the wings… we have to switch to a 4-4-2…. i tink we could pull of a upset…

  • 13 Matt Lacey // Mar 29, 2008 at 6:20 PM

    CRAIGG: if Kaboul and Dawson start for Spurs then I predict a 7-5 win for the home team… should be a good game :P

  • 14 Thomas // Mar 29, 2008 at 8:23 PM

    ScottyT, two assists in a game where we scored only two goals, which earned our first win of the year is reason enough to be in team of the week.

  • 15 marcus owen // Mar 29, 2008 at 11:56 PM

    try 4-5-1 at white hart lane and play on the counter attack. we should be able to get at least 1 point there.

  • 16 I AM OBAFEMI MARTINS // Mar 30, 2008 at 3:53 AM

    whoever put that team of spurs with berba and keane it you are mad tottenham i hope: the reserves




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