With the Spurs game coming just 48 hours after the Man City game, there’s some bad news today that Jose Enrique is out with a hamstring problem.
Jose failed a fitness test today and will be replaced by James Perch, who comes in at right-back for his first Premier League start since mid-October.
Danny Simpson will apparently switch to the left-back position to cover for Enrique, but does that mean Perch will be up against Gareth Bale?
We certainly hope not.
And Alan Pardew is going with a more defensive 4-5-1 line-up and we have only Andy Carroll up front.
We have to say this is a disappointing line-up, with defensive midfielders Tiote and Smith both in central midfield sharing the duties with Joey Barton, and Gutierrez and Routledge are out on the wings, as they were on Boxing Day.
Kevin Nolan, who is always a goal threat, is serving his one match ban for getting his 5th yellow card on Boxing Day.
And both Xisco and Best, as well as Nile Ranger are on the bench this afternoon.
You have to wonder where the goals will come from this afternoon for Newcastle – yes we know – it will be a Barton cross into the penalty box headed home by big Andy – of course.
The game is being televised live around the world and surprisingly Seb Bassong is only on the bench for Spurs, along with another former Newcastle midfielder Jermaine Jenas.
What really worries us about this game is whether Newcastle can hold the Tottenham wingers Lennon and Bale – with Danny Simpson and James Perch.
It probably points to Pardew needing to bring in an experienced full-back next month.
But we have to hope the players are really in form this afternoon – because this is an important game and we have to get something out of it.
Howay the Lads!!
Tottenham: Gomes; Hutton, Kaboul, Dawson, Assou-Ekotto; Modric, Placios, Bale, Lennon; Pavlyuchenko, Van der Vaart
Subs: Pletikosa Bassong Corluka Kranjcar Keane Crouch Jenas
Newcastle: Krul; Perch, S Taylor, Coloccini, Simpson; Routledge, Barton, Smith, Tiote, Gutierrez; Carroll.
Subs: Harper Kadar Williamson Best Xisco Ranger Lovenkrands