Tottenham vs Newcastle – Match Preview

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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:

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?

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