Tottenham vs Newcastle – Match Preview – Newcastle Expects


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Newcastle’s game tomorrow afternoon against Spurs at White Hart Lane is one of only 6 games we have left, to save ourselves this season from the ultimate disaster of relegation.

Unfortunately Newcastle will go to London tomorrow with Spurs showing some good form in the league having captured 16 points from their last 7 league games, and it will certainly be a tough game for the Magpies.

But every game from now through the end of the season will be tough, and we only have ourselves to blame for being in such a perilous position in the league.  And it’s only our overpaid players who need to show the courage, fortitude and spirit to get us out of this situation, and we think they still can.

Good news for Newcastle is that whatever Alan and Iain have been doing to get our injured players back to playing, it seems to be working quite well and both Steven Taylor and Mark Viduka are back in the squad for tomorrow’s game.

Before Steven was injured during the recent Arsenal defeat, he had been Newcastle’s star man, and we’re looking for that to continue as the lad attempts to save his home-town club from relegation.

We need wins to save ourselves, and after 32 games last season we had 35 points under Keegan. But the lads had just captured 7 points from the previous 3 games with wins at home to Fulham and a 4-1 thumping of Spurs at White Hart Lane.

And the game before those two saw Kevin play a 4-3-3 system at Birmingham, and we came back well in the second half of that game to get a good 1-1 draw, and could have even won the game, having been behind at the break.

We will be hoping for something similar tomorrow, and we may even see Shearer play a 4-3-3 formation like we did last year at Spurs, but we think Alan will plump for two wide men and play 4-4-2.

Alan has a good choice of players this week and we think he will start the following eleven:

Harper
S. Taylor Beye Bassong Edgar
Duff Barton Butt Gutierrez
Owen (c) Carroll
Subs: Forster Coloccini Guthrie R.Taylor Viduka Ranger Lovenkrands

No room on the bench this week for Ameobi, Smith, Geremi or Cacapa, and we think the last three will leave the club in the summer, whatever happens. We think Oba Martins will be left out completely tomorrow.

That’s a more than decent team with a good defense on current form, and a very strong bench, which Shearer will need to use wisely tomorrow.

Alan and Iain did very well last week, reading the game well and the introduction of Gutierrez and Carroll in the second half was key to the lads getting a point.

We think Alan may want both Nile Ranger and Mark Viduka on the bench, players at different stages of their respective careers, but both of whom can help Newcastle, during the run-in.

We expect to see Mark play tomorrow at some time during the game , even though he is only around 70% fit, and we expect to see a good effort from the Australian, as he has been given an added incentive from Shearer, to get a one year extension this summer, if he can help save the team in the final 6 games of the season.

We expect Martins to be rested this week, to allow him to recover fully from his groin strain, since he doesn’t want to play with it still a little bit dodgy, and that’s fair enough.

We gave a good account of ourselves in the second half last weekend, but we have to start off a lot better against Spurs tomorrow, if we are to get anything out of this game. Another first half performance like we gave last week, and we could see the game beyond us, even before half time.

A win is what we really need tomorrow, but we’d be happy with a point, but another defeat would be yet another disaster, and make it very difficult for us to survive this season. We’ve had enough disasters already this season.

Wishing, hoping and praying – as always.

Comments welcome.



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106 comments so far

  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 18, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #1

    Probable line ups

    ______________Harper______________

    Beye______S.Taylor____Bassong____Edgar

    R.Taylor____Barton____Nolan___Gutierrez

    __________Carroll____Owen__________

    ________________Gomes_____________

    Corluka_____Woodgate____King_____BAE

    Lennon_____Bentley____Placious___Modric

    ___________Keane___Pavelychenko_____

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  • WELSHMAG

    Apr 18, 2009 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #2

    Barton isn’t back from injury yet.

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  • toonoholic

    Apr 18, 2009 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #3

    horrible horrible results !
    sunderland winning , pompey winning !

    only good thing is rovers will come back, hull are sure in for relegation battle and boro arent losing yet.

    DAMMNIT

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  • ObaFan2

    Apr 18, 2009 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #4

    Another must not lose game but even a point may not be enough now.

    If Barton is back that is good news.

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  • cosmicMini95

    Apr 18, 2009 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #5

    Duff has never had a good game for us on the right wing…

    I don’t think our midfield creates enough chances for Owen in a two man attack.

    I didn’t think Barton was in training yesterday was he?? I am pretty sure he wont be fit…..

    ————-Harper—————
    —–Taylor-Edgar-Bassong——
    –Beye——————–Jonas–
    ———-Guthrie—Butt——-
    —————Owen—————
    ——Carroll——Lovenkrands–

    Martins inplace of Lovenkrands if he is fit.

    Bench: Taylor, Smith, Nolan, Duff, Viduka, Ranger

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  • cosmicMini95

    Apr 18, 2009 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #6

    If we didn’t need a win this morning we definetely do as a result of todays fixtures!

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  • Gunners

    Apr 18, 2009 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #7

    Mark my words, 3 points for the Toon.

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  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 18, 2009 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #8

    We need to win a couple of games and I would say Boro, Hull and WB are down, lets say WB are already relegated

    Hull fixtures_____Boro Fixtures

    Liverpool_______Arsenal
    Aston Villa______Man United
    Stoke__________Newcastle
    Bolton_________ Aston Villa
    Man U_________ West Ham

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  • jimiley

    Apr 18, 2009 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #9

    All the other crap teams can pick up a win occasionally. We can’t. We need some sort of result tomorrow otherwise it will get dificult for us. The massive game is Portsmouth. If we don’t win that game, we are in big trouble. A draw withe the Spuds, defeat at Liverpool. A draw with Porsmouth and we will only have 32 points with 3 games left. We must beat Portsmouth to have a good chance of staying up.

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  • Hugh de Payen

    Apr 18, 2009 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #10

    Sunderland getting all 3 points isn’t good news. Neither is Portsmouth’s win over Bolton, although Stoke beating Blackburn probably helps a bit.

    If we assume WBA are down, it looks like any other two from Newcastle, Boro, Sunderland, Blackburn and Hull (and maybe Portsmouth although they’re looking a lot safer now).

    I suspect Newcastle and Boro are the most likely candidates from those.

    The pressure’s on because even a win tomorrow leaves us in the drop zone.

    I’m not sure tomorrow’s game is a ‘must-win’ but it’s getting pretty close to that. If we don’t take at least a point our chances of survival will look very grim indeed.

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  • jimiley

    Apr 18, 2009 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #11

    Toon Factor
    Hull might beat both Stoke and Bolton because they may now ease up feeling safe. Hull will be playing for their survival. We have to assume Boro are going down because if they finish ahead of us we are in deep trouble. I wish Big Al was playing rather than managing!!!

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  • jimiley

    Apr 18, 2009 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #12

    The sad fact is that with 6 games left we are relying on teams losing for us to stay up. In effect, our destiny is not in our own hands.

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  • jimiley

    Apr 18, 2009 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #13

    Hugh de Payen
    Those other relegation teams have 4 or 5 more points than us. This season it has taken us alot of games to accrue 5 points. We are favourites to go down with Boro without a doubt.

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  • magpies1

    Apr 18, 2009 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #14

    not sure if its such a bad thing sunderland winning today because hull are in free fall and have got the hardest run in, Im going to predict the next results.
    spurs 2-2
    Portsmouth 1-1
    Liverpool 1-3 loss
    Boro 3-1 win
    Fulham 2-0 win
    Villa 2-1 win

    Thats going to be enough, ive been quite negative but now im going to be positive and believe big al can get us out of this shit situation

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  • magpies1

    Apr 18, 2009 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #15

    not sure if its such a bad thing sunderland winning today because hull are in free fall and have got the hardest run in, Im going to predict the next results.
    spurs 2-2
    Portsmouth 1-1
    Liverpool 1-3 loss
    Boro 3-1 win
    Fulham 2-0 win
    Villa 2-1 win

    Thats going to be enough, ive been quite negative but now im going to be positive and believe big al can get us out of this shit situation

    west brom,Boro, Hull to go down

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  • jimiley

    Apr 18, 2009 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #16

    MA sells his some of his best players in January (not forgetting Milner in August) and replaces them with cheap jouneymen. We were in relegation trouble at the time. He pockets the money. He sacks KK because he will not get rid of Wise. Six months later he gets rid of Wise. Anybody think the owner runs the club like Fred Carno’s circus. Utter madness. MA is the reason this club is spiralling out of control. Big Al has come too late. But whose fault was that again, when we all knew Hughton was never good enough? The owner should be drummed out of the club. How he’s got the nerve to attend games I will never know. Worse, why do we let him?

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  • jonny

    Apr 18, 2009 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #17

    lads the results today wern’t as bad as first thought you know.

    ill refer you to what i said on 606:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/606/A50095271

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  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 18, 2009 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #18

    Imagine where Hull would of been if they didnt have their good start. BOTTOM!

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  • Doocey

    Apr 18, 2009 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #19

    We’re in trouble now, Tottenham game is a Must Must Must win now.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 18, 2009 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #20

    Jimiley – MA didnt pocket Milner and given cash as we aint got it yet.

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  • AndyNUFC

    Apr 18, 2009 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #21

    With the squad we have available there’s absolutely no reason why we can’t get a result. Edgar should be centre back though, not left back, Bassong for left back?

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  • Doocey

    Apr 18, 2009 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #22

    I really hope we can win tomorrow.
    Hoping Blackburn lose their next because they ain’t too safe either.
    We need all 3 points!

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  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 18, 2009 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #23

    Just looked at the table and yes its shite. But look at the positives. The wins today pushed other further down.

    3 Points tomorrow is a definate /must win / cant loose game.

    Tottenham will either be not arsed as they are safe or gan oot to kill we.

    Weve GOT to go out and kill them so to speak. Non of this last 30 mins bollox – 90 mins hardcore attackin football.

    HOWAY THE LADS!!!!!

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  • roscoe

    Apr 18, 2009 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #24

    Please make me happy tomorrow lads!! A draw will do but a WIN will be magical!!

    TOON TOON!!

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  • kizza

    Apr 18, 2009 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #25

    a friend of mine has noticed a pattern which proves very slight evidence that we will stay in the prem.

    keegan – good

    kenny – bad
    gullit – bad

    bobby robson – good

    souness – bad
    big sam – bad

    shearer – good

    NOTICE THE PATTERN
    roader and kinear were care taker managers so they dont count.

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  • bobby_ollox

    Apr 18, 2009 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #26

    Havent been as excited about a single match as this since the cup final. This is definitely winnable.

    We have players good enough to win a match like this – they only need motivation – shearer has had a couple of weeks now, and we should start to see his influence more and more in the attitude of the players. The thing they need now is confidence.

    One good result is all we need – either a win away tomorrow, or a resounding thrashing of portsmouth. then everything will fall in to place.

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  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 18, 2009 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #27

    kizza

    How has shearer done good?

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  • kizza

    Apr 18, 2009 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #28

    im saying that if the pattern is going to be followed…then he should be good

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  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 18, 2009 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #29

    Here one for you – watching two shite nufc managers commentation on Sky Sports for Champions League. Souness and gullit. Oh yeah give you pearls about Fergie etc.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 18, 2009 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #30

    I am seriously praying for 3 points. I was at SJP today (parked and walked under leazes). I walked past turnstile 83 (my usual) – touched the wall and gestured to god for a win.

    Sad? possible

    Deluded – never over til the fat lady sings!

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  • ganiyu

    Apr 18, 2009 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #31

    championsh

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  • ganiyu

    Apr 18, 2009 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #32

    championship here we go

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  • workyticket

    Apr 18, 2009 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #33

    kizza // Apr 18, 2009 at 7:40 PM

    a friend of mine has noticed a pattern which proves very slight evidence that we will stay in the prem.

    keegan – good

    kenny – bad
    gullit – bad

    bobby robson – good

    souness – bad
    big sam – bad

    shearer – good

    NOTICE THE PATTERN
    roader and kinear were care taker managers so they dont count.”

    Er, not really kizza. Kenny Dalglish came second in the Premiership, made the FA cup final and bought us Nobby Solano. Shearer has managed us in two games as a caretaker so far and Kinnear is still in position. Roeder was also appointed as a full time manager, so there ain’t much left there really! 😉

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  • ganiyu

    Apr 18, 2009 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #34

    dream of winning

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  • Alanmc09

    Apr 18, 2009 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #35

    Ganiyu-you are oviously a west brom fan with that attitude!!
    There is 6 games left not 6 minutes!!

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  • geordie deb

    Apr 18, 2009 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #36

    Workyticket – noticed in previous message you said you lived in North London. I lived there about 10 years – where abouts are you?

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  • Dragonera

    Apr 18, 2009 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #37

    Toon Graeme

    Not at all, mate. You are just a passionate and concerned fan.

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  • workyticket

    Apr 18, 2009 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #38

    geordie deb // Apr 18, 2009 at 8:48 PM

    “Workyticket – noticed in previous message you said you lived in North London. I lived there about 10 years – where abouts are you?”

    Crouch End Deb. Where were you in North London?

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  • geordie deb

    Apr 18, 2009 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #39

    Worky Ticket –
    “Workyticket – noticed in previous message you said you lived in North London. I lived there about 10 years – where abouts are you?”

    Crouch End Deb. Where were you in North London?

    NWest London really at Queens Park near Kilburn but I worked at the Whittington Hospital in Archway for about 5 years. Good times.

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  • geordiescot

    Apr 18, 2009 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #40

    something to cheer us up. I’ve just did the prediction on bbc sport and only with wins against portsmouth, fulham and boro, we stay up by 4 points. This includes defeats to Spurs, Liverpool and Villa. Lets hope my predictions are correct as I would hate for us to go down.

    Btw its west brom, boro and hull who i predict will go down.

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