Alan Shearer makes three changes from the side which drew at Stoke last weekend with Andy Carroll, Steven Taylor and Jonas Gutierrez coming in to the starting eleven, for this afternoon’s crucial game at White Hart Lane. Shola Ameobi, Danny Guthrie and David Edgar make way, and are all on the bench this week.
It may be that Newcastle will keep the 3-5-2 formation with Steven Taylor replacing David Edgar in the center of the back line of three. David is very unlucky, to say the least, to be left out of the starting eleven, after last week’s solid performance at the back for the Magpies.
But Alan could also play a back four with Beye S.Taylor Bassong and R.Taylor (Damien Duff) at the back.
Gutierrez takes the place of Danny Guthrie in a three-man central midfield alongside Butt and Nolan, while Andy Carroll, scorer of that brilliant headed equalizer at the Britannia Stadium last Saturday, starts in attack alongside skipper Michael Owen.
That’s what most Newcastle fans were hoping for. We have to say we hope we start with a back-line of four, because playing three to us, leaves to much space for the skilled Tottenham forwards. It looks like Robbie Keane and Darren Bent will be the Spurs two strikers.
It also seems that Alan has considerable faith in Ryan Taylor, who he has started in every game since he’s been at the club this month.
Oba Martins, who missed last week’s game at Stoke returns, but only to the bench, and has presumably lost his place after Andy’s terrific performance and goal for Newcastle in those last 20 minutes last week – a good move by Alan.
As expected Mark Viduka is on the bench for the first time for a while, but no place for promising youngster, Nile Ranger, as Shola is preferred as a sub today – that’s a pity.
Tim Krul is preferred as substitute goalkeeper to Fraser Forster, and since Tim was the substitute goalkeeper last week, and they usually rotate, we assume Tim is now the official back-up to Steve Harper.
Forget draws – we need a good win today – Howay The Lads – we can do it!!
Tottenham Hotspur: Heurelho Gomes, Tom Huddlestone, Aaron Lennon, Darren Bent, Wilson Palacios, Luka Modric, Robbie Keane, Michael Dawson, Verdan Corluka, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Jonathan Woodgate
Subs: Alan Hutton, Gareth Bale, Didier Zokora, David Bentley, Frazier Campbell, Carlo Cudicini, Jermain Defoe
Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Habib Beye, Steven Taylor, Sebastien Bassong, Ryan Taylor, Damien Duff, Kevin Nolan, Jonas Gutierrez, Nicky Butt, Michael Owen (c), Andy Carroll
Subs: Tim Krul, David Edgar, Danny Guthrie, Shola Ameobi, Oba Martins, Mark Viduka, Alan Smith
Referee: Mark Halsey