Newcastle vs Tottenham – Match Preview


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We have a feeling that our game tomorrow against Tottenham could be a crucial game for the club, because if we win it, we’ll have got 10 points from our last six games, and not only will that take us up the league, but it will do the players a world of good for their confidence.

But as we’ve mentioned more than a few times this last week Tyneside is buzzing after our great performance last Sunday at Portsmouth, and if it’s one thing we are not good at, it’s consistency, and especially at home this season.

We think it’s a potential banana skin against Tottenham, but we want the lads to be completely concentrated on the game tomorrow, and a win would be terrific for both the Newcastle club and the Newcastle fans in particular.

That’s especially true because of what we’ve had to put up with this season, plus the fact that it’s the last game before Xmas.

We expect Joe to field an unchanged side if  Martins is fit, and if he isn’t (and we don’t think he will be), we expect Shola Ameobi to be drafted into the side.

And it would be a wonderful time for Shola to score his 50th goal for the club, as he’s showed under Joe Kinnear that he’s more than a decent striker for Newcastle, and certainly should remain as one of our four strikers.

So we expect the following side, assuming Martins doesn’t make it – with a very strong bench once again:

Given
Beye Coloccini Bassong Enrique
Gutierrez Guthrie Butt N’Zogbia
Ameobi Owen (c)
Subs: Harper Cacapa Taylor Geremi Duff Viduka Carroll

We include young Carroll on the subs bench following his excellent hat track for the Reserves in their 6-1 mauling of Carlisle United at Brunton Park last  week.

It’s not hard to say what Newcastle need to do tomorrow, and the first thing is for the defense to keep up their sterling form of the last few games.

If the lads can put another good piece of good defending, that will set us up for Owen and others to get the goals, that could give us the 3 points.

Both defenses have been surprisingly good of late with Spurs having 4 clean sheets in their last 7 games and the Magpies having 3 in their last 4 games – something Newcastle are not used to.

Spurs have lots of injuries, which is another reason we must take our chance tomorrow.

Alan Hutton, Giovani Dos Santos and former Newcastle player Jermaine Jenas will all miss the game tomorrow.

There are  concerns about Ledley King, and Jonathan Woodgate, another former Newcastle player, may not be ready yet after his back strain against Manchester United last weekend.

Luke Modric suffered a hamstring twinge on Thursday night, and Aaron Lennon has a groin strain –  so Spurs may well be down to the bare bones.

Of course this would be good for Newcastle, and if we can indeed get that all important win tomorrow, there will be lots of Newcastle fans over the moon tomorrow night, that’s for sure.

The lads in black and white have to go all out tomorrow to give the fantastic Newcastle fans the Xmas present they deserve – a win.

We’ll not predict anything about this game – but have just one thing to say:

Howay The Lads!!



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28 comments so far

  • Turkish Magpie

    Dec 20, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #1

    COMON!

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  • wilko

    Dec 20, 2008 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #2

    We deserve a strong finish to the year come on lads, let’s do it happy christmas everyone

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  • najikhin

    Dec 20, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #3

    wheres the news owen signing the new contract??

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  • GOERDIE IN NORWAY

    Dec 20, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #4

    i think your wrong about shola. he has done ok but just ok. and if you think that shola is good enough then we are in the right place in the league. i would prefer viduka start than shola… he has had long enough to prove what he can do…. martins owen viduka and one of the young ones ranger or lua lua. shola should not of been offerd a new contract in my opinion

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Dec 20, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #5

    najikhin-

    Where did you here that?

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  • Danish_Magpie

    Dec 20, 2008 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #6

    Kenwyne Jones and Cisse are looking a decent partnership for the unwashed.

    If Oba is not fit, it’s Shola and Owen for me tomorrow. Bring on Viduka for Shola after 70 minutes. Duke is not fit for 90 and Shola has done well for JK.

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  • ELFER

    Dec 20, 2008 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #7

    I think he asks for the news about owen signing the contract…nothing yet, unfortunately.

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  • 51times

    Dec 20, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #8

    Woodgate is injured? What demonry is that?

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  • liquid ice

    Dec 20, 2008 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #9

    Tottenham’s team:

    Gomes
    Corluka King Dawson Bale
    Lennon O’Hara Huddlestone Bentley
    Campbell Pavlyuchenko

    Thats still a very strong team but imo we should defonately win 🙂

    Cumon the geordies!!!

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  • TonyGreenSupreme

    Dec 20, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #10

    Viduka to start ahead of Ameobi for me.

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Dec 20, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #11

    our team has already dealt with these this season

    Pavlychenko(Tottenham lc)

    Campbell (Man U)-

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  • TonyGreenSupreme

    Dec 20, 2008 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #12

    Is the Xisco Kid fit?

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  • liquid ice

    Dec 20, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #13

    no

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Dec 20, 2008 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #14

    he is

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  • MDS

    Dec 20, 2008 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #15

    The good news is that the match is FSC here in the States. The problem is that its on delay.

    Will I be able to avoid the checking the updates on the internet tomorrow? Doubtful

    Get the 3 points!!!

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  • King-Habib

    Dec 20, 2008 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #16

    Hopefully the lads can get us into the Christmas spirit with a win tomorrow.

    Merry Christmas Ed – you’re doing a great job. 🙂

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Dec 20, 2008 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #17
  • hanzowen

    Dec 20, 2008 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #18

    It might be a tight match. Nevertheless a WIN, any how, is always welcome simply because Sunderland won today. Go for 1-0 win with Owen scores.
    Howay the lads!

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  • 9 Shearer

    Dec 20, 2008 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #19

    What is the news with Martins is he fine. there is nothing they have said.
    All i want is a win we need to look at that sixth spot we dont deserve to lose and look back at relegation. This is our month. Manager of the month, JK. Player of the month, Owen.

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  • belfastoon

    Dec 20, 2008 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #20

    is hs match on tv anywhere i can’t find it on the listings ???????

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  • Doocey

    Dec 20, 2008 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #21

    I’m sure they’l be streams everywhere.
    It isin’t a muts win game but a win again against Spurs would put us in a somewhat healthy position =)
    I think we’l beat them and hopefully tie Owen up, resulting in bigger name signings

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  • 9 Shearer

    Dec 20, 2008 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #22

    Its according to ur area. Go to nufc.com and see the list of TVs that will show the match.

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  • NE1

    Dec 20, 2008 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #23

    Woodgate 100% out the morrow – hasn’t even travelled
    Straight from the horses mouth.

    Reoccurence of problems that have blighted him for years – lower back nerve spasms

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  • Robbo

    Dec 20, 2008 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #24

    Really nervous but really excited about the game tomorrow, If we win then a gap will start to open up between us and the other strugglers if we don’t win tomorrow then the result may work in an adverse way. Witht the supposed injuries that have blighted Tottenham this week I really think we can get at there defence, particularly Vedran Corluka who is quite slow, with any luck Charlie should be wise to that and should use his pace and ammunition to supply Micahel and co. for a good stuffing at White Hart Lane.
    3 points for Xmas please Newcastle
    and Howay The Lads!!

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  • Spyro

    Dec 20, 2008 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #25

    I doubt Martins will play. Modric, Lennon and King will all be risked due to the importance of the game. However, i still think we will get at leadt a draw from the game.

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  • Ausgeordie

    Dec 21, 2008 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #26

    Well with Jenas and Woody out at least we wont have a former player scoring against us! I would not think that Modric will come out except as a sub but Harry is bringing him for the psycological aspect

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  • bruTOOOON

    Dec 21, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #27

    must win. if we are 3-0 by 70 mins then bring ranger,caroll and kadar in !

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  • AO

    Dec 21, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #28

    I think you boys will win today

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