Newcastle vs Tottenham – Match Preview


The FA Cup 3rd round tie tonight between Newcastle and Tottenham brings together the bottom two sides in the League tonight at St. James’ Park.

Newcastle have lost their last 3 league games, and Tottenham haven’t won any, even though Spanish manager Juande Ramos has spent a lot of transfer money on new players during the summer. The situation is not unlike it was last year at this time when Martin Jol was manager, and Tottneham had started the season under-performing.

Of course Tottenham Hotspur are the current holders of the Carling Cup, and no doubt will be keen to remain in the competition, whereas Newcastle are looking for their first win since Kevin Keegan resigned on 5th September.

The Newcastle defense has been the weakness yet again for the side, and Newcastle have conceded 8 goals in their last 3 games, and our last success was the extra-time victory over Coventry in the previous round of the Carling Cup.

On the other hand Spurs’ have hardly been able to score any goals at all, and have scored just 6 goals in their 6 games this season.

Oba Martins is back in contention for the Magpies, but we expect Oba to start on the bench, and then be brought on early in the second half, depending how the game is going. Oba has been out with a groin problem, but is now anxious to get back in to help the team.

Midfielders Danny Guthrie and Joey Barton are both still suspended, and Mark Viduka and Habib Beye remain injured with Achilles problems. Jonas Gutierrez (shoulder) and Jose Enrique are also still out and will not play tonight.

Juande Ramos is expected to rest Russian striker Roman Pavlyuchenko (good) and it may be too early to include Luka Modric, who is still troubled with a knee injury.

We expect the Newcastle side to be at their strongest possible for tonight’s important game.

Shay Given
Habib Beye Fabricio Coloccini Steven Taylor Sebastien Bassong
Geremi Nicky Butt, Charles N’Zogbia Damien Duff
Michael Owen (c), Xisco
Subs: Steve Harper, Claudio Cacapa, Ben Tozer, Nacho Gonzalez, Oba Martins, Ryan Donaldson, SholaAmeobi

Surely Sebastien Bassong will be given a deserved start tonight, and we expect him to be at left back and continue his good looking partnership on the left wing with fellow French youngster Charles N’Zogbia.

We expect Owen and Xisco also to both start up front in a 4-4-2 formation, with Martins being used as a substitute, although interim coach Chris Hughton may decide to start Oba.

This is a game Newcastle can win, but the team will have to play substantially better than they’ve shown over the last 3 games, where their form has been relegation play, at best.

Newcastle need a win tonight if the gloom and doom currently on Tyneside is to be lifted anytime soon.

Comments welcome.

36 comments so far

  • Micky Toon

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #1

    Before the start of the season I never would have had this pegged as a game between the bottom two teams in the league. Spurs have spent, but they stupidly let their two star strikers leave and we are, well we all know what we are.

  • Callum

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #2

    Ed – Its the League cup 3rd round, FA Cup 3rd round isnt untill January 😉

  • adam

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #3

    i hate tottenham more than anything. nothing would please me more than seeing those muppets relegated.


    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #4

    Anyone interested in joining the supporter’s club register your interest for free on

    The more that register the less leaflets I need to give out on saturday !

  • Tom

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #5

    Ed, you said Habib Beye was still out injured, but then he makes your starting team! :p

    I’d go for (assuming Beye is out)
    Geremi, Coloccini, Taylor, Bassong
    Nacho, Butt, N’Zogbia
    Owen, Xisco, Martins

    Once again though, we will be severely lacking on the bench!

  • steve

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #6

    @ed – Beye’s injured as you’ve already pointed out in the article – however you’ve stuck him in at LB?

    If Edgar plays at LB I can only see a defeat

  • carabay

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #7

    im fan nufc beast manager back nufc hom out milke ashley out nufc keegan back nufc fan from somali hom im fan ufc
    newcastle utd fc vs totenham 3 1


    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #8

    Nacho also injured

  • greg

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #9

    edgar – colo – taylor – bassong
    geremi – butt
    xisco – martins

    a sort of 4-3-3, but more 4-2-1-1-2

  • xfer

    Sep 24, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #10

    Nice spot Tom, was about to say the same. I prefer Geremi as RB as well, and agree with your line up, because i remember reading somewhere he will start Oba.

    Given his past few selectsion, i wont be too surprised if he decides to play a couple of younsters.

  • Guinea Mag

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #11

    If Beye is injured, I expect the following team:

    Geremi -Coloccini-Taylor-Bassong

    Subs: Harper, Cacapa, Tozer, Martins, Donaldson, Ameobi, Edgar

  • k k forever

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #12

    mike ashley sez its not impossible that the club can be sold for the weekend sky sports news keegan renstated if keegan agrees

  • chris_toon

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #13

    SSN just said that a nigerian from nva is comin to newcastle tomorrow to be here for the Blackburn game n they r lookin 2 buy hopefully

  • Obafan

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #14

    My team would be:

    Geremi – Cacapa – Collcinni – Bassong
    Duff – Butt – Nacho – N’Zogbia
    Owen – Martins

    But I’m afraid that Taylor will play alongside Colocinni and then every attack of SPurs will be very dangerous, cause Taylor is really crap. Cacapa played a descent game last Saturday and therefor I would give him a chance next to Colo (who also was very bad at WHU). Bassong really deserves his chance and that could puch N’Zogbia more forward.

    I also hope to see Nacho play, but I’ve read he might be injured; hope not.

  • Karltoon

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #15

    “im fan nufc beast manager back nufc hom out milke ashley out nufc keegan back nufc fan from somali hom im fan ufc
    newcastle utd fc vs totenham 3 1”

    I tried my very best.. But nope.. what does this say? Who’s this beast manager i’ve heard so much about? Has he managed beasts before? Tell us more

  • Heavy hitters

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #16

    Neither Beye nor Edgar are LB’s. If Beye is injured I would play Taylor RB and either Cacapa or Edgar CB with Colo and definitely Bassong LB.

  • Karltoon

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #17

    If it was me.. i’d go with..

    Taylor, Cacap, Colo, Bassong
    Geremi, Butt, N’zog
    Owen, Martins

  • Karltoon

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #18

    Oh and get the 2 new lads on for at least half an hour a piece.. Circumstances allowing..


    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #19

    HELLO – Nacho injured – hamstring

  • nobbys trumpet

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #20

    bookies in toon are offering owen 1st scorer ,newcastle win 2-1 @ 41-1 …ladbrokes.

  • richie

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #21

    geremi colo taylor bassong

    lua lua butt zog duff

    owen martins

  • tom0104

    Sep 24, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #22

    does any1 no if the match is on the tele.

    or have any links so i can watch the match online cheers

  • Geordie Jayne

    Sep 24, 2008 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #23

    I think its on Sky – here is a link on the net

  • Geordie Jayne

    Sep 24, 2008 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #24
  • Lokes

    Sep 24, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #25

    Our midfielders are pathetic..
    Comon lads!

  • Lokes

    Sep 24, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #26

    Geremi taylor colo bassong
    Duff butt zoggy nacho
    Anyone agree????
    Pls reply

  • aaron d

    Sep 24, 2008 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #27

    Yeah game is live on Sky Sports 2.

    Would to see Cacapa and Collocini partnered together and see how they get on and Taylor at right back, as dont rate Edgar at all, Bassong at left back too.

    Geremi, Butt and N’Zogbia in midfield and then Duff just behind strikers with Xisco and Owen up front.

    Cameo from Martins, Nacho and LuaLua.

  • ToonRich

    Sep 24, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #28

    Yep, the game is on SYKSPORTS…2 i think!

    I thought Beye has returned to training late last week, so maybe he’s in contention to take back his RB position?
    I think with the players available we’d be strongest with:


  • xisco biscuits

    Sep 24, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #29

    if beye is injured i’d go with

    Gk – Given
    RB – Taylor
    LB – Bassong
    CB – Cacapa
    CB – Coloccini
    RM – Geremi
    LM – Duff
    CM – Butt
    CM – Zog
    FC – Owen
    FC – Xisco

    Subs – Harper, Tozer, Edgar…erm erm erm….. 🙂

  • HAMMY14

    Sep 24, 2008 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #30

    Toon Rich has a point with the line up of but i wouldnt have cacapa in the line up id have t like this should beye is fit.

    Beye —–Taylor / Bassong—–Colo—-Enrquie

  • toonfan67

    Sep 24, 2008 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #31

    hi everyone….

    if you havent already heard about this local group of north eastern business people, who along with a fan based stake in the club…are looking to revolutionize the way football clubs can be run. i am sick of the “sack the board” campaigns, McKeag then Fletcher. on top of that weve fought against being labelled as a “selling club” , or a “yo-yo club” add to that the swivel chair and revolving door antics of our managers (10 in the lasst 14 years…howay) well its crap innit….lets be honest….

    so take out ten mins to read and if that interests you then do plz check the NUFC forum at our local newspaper Evening Chronicle, the man with the plan is called MAD PETE i know wind up/scam/bull shitter …its an odd username, but Peter is one loyal and passionate business man whose commitment is second to none. heres the Vision of this consortuim, which is found on the webpage

    Top flight football clubs in England are becoming increasingly disconnected from their core fan bases. More and more clubs are being bought out by foreign individuals and investment groups which do not have any ties to the local community. Along with this disconnection between ownership and community rising ticket prices are pricing many of the clubs core supporters out of the stadium. Our foremost goal is to bridge this growing divide.
    Brief Plan Overview
    We are hoping to get 300,000 fans to purchase one share for £1,000.00 each. The proposed foundation would be set up similar to Barcelona’s with a European style President. Their would be a presidential election every 3 years. Each shareholder would have 1 vote in all elections. The fans would not directly run the club as qualified individuals would still be hired to run the club.

    Note: We are hoping to get backing from several corporations and rich individuals so we will actually be able to raise more than amount directly contributed by the fans. These wealthy individuals will not be given more than 1 share and 1 vote for their contributions.

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Sep 24, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #32

    toonfan67 – it is canny annoying to read that spam on every bloody blog. Please stop !

    Regarding tonight please please please do not pick Edgar – he has been shocking last two games

  • eltsacwen

    Sep 24, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #33

    beye collochini bassong
    —–geremi butt———-
    duff—- nacho——- nzog
    ——martins xisco——–

    bring on owen with 30 mins left

  • eltsacwen

    Sep 24, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #34

    got some bad news

    we’ve got another ameobi in the academy squad

  • Born Again Geordie

    Sep 24, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #35

    eltsacwen – He has been with us a while now !!!

  • Jinal

    Sep 24, 2008 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #36


    NUFC: Shay Given, Fabricio Coloccini, Claudio Cacapa, Steven Taylor, Sebastien Bassong, Charles N’Zogbia, Nicky Butt, Geremi, Damien Duff, Oba Martins, Michael Owen
    Subs: Steve Harper, Xisco, Shola Ameobi, David Edgar, Ben Tozer, Ryan Donaldson, Mark Doninger

    THFC: Heurelho Gomes, Gareth Bale, Didier Zokora, Aaron Lennon, Jermaine Jenas, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Vedran Corluka, Jamie O’Hara, Ledley King, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Jonathan Woodgate
    Subs: David Bentley, Darren Bent, Gilberto, Luka Modric, Giovani dos Santos, Fraizer Campbell, Ceasr Sanchez

    Referee: Chris Foy


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