Newcastle vs Tottenham – Match Preview


Newcastle are in top form this season, and are still 4th top of the Premier League after Liverpool could only draw 1-1 with Manchester United at Anfield this  afternoon, and they welcome a strong Tottenham Hotspur side to St. James’ Park tomorrow.

If Newcastle can keep their unbeaten record tomorrow, they will stay in 4th position in the Premier League, but a win by Tottenham would see them equal Newcastle’s 15 points, and  a two goal win by Spurs would see them in 4th position tomorrow night.

But we’re quite sure that’s not what Alan Pardew will be telling his side for tomorrow’s game, because Newcastle will go all out for the win, and will do that in every single game this  season, with a little more emphasis on winning every game at St. James’ Park this season.

Newcastle have won four and drawn three in their 7 league games so far, and they are flying high, and these are the kind of games Newcastle fans and players look forward to.

Everybody other than Mike Williamson and possibly Shola Ameobi should be fit, but there are some doubts about Sammy Ameobi and Danny Guthrie,  and Alan Pardew is spoiled for choice, as has been the norm so far this season.

Last season Newcastle drew 1-1 with Spurs, but it took an injury time equalizer from Aaron Lennon to deny Newcastle a win, and in the nine fixtures before that, Newcastle have won eight of those and only lost one, back in the 2004-2005 season.

So this is a good fixture for Newcastle and they usually win the game, but of course Spurs have the best team they’ve had for some time, but so do Newcastle, as it turns out.

We expect Alan Pardew to stick  with the side that did so well at Molineaux two weeks ago, and the problems Pardew will have is which players to leave out of the 18 man squad.

Here’s our team and subs for tomorrow afternoon:

Krul
Simpson Taylor (S) Coloccini (c) Taylor (R)
Obertan Cabaye Tiote Gutierrez
Best Ba
subs: Harper Santon Guthrie Ben Arfa Marveaux Ameobi (Sa) Lovenkrands

We are assuming Sammy Ameobi and Danny Guthrie are both fit, and the one surprise in the starting line-up could be that Marveaux starts in Jonas Gutierrez’ position on on the left wing, simply because Jonas did so much travelling as part of the Argentina squad over the last two weeks.

And there is still no place on the bench for players like Dan Gosling, Alan Smith, Shane Ferguson, Haris Vuckic and Mehdi Abeid, such is the strength of the Newcatsle squad these days.

Steve Harper should be on the bench as back-up goalkeeper for this game, as Alan Pardew is rotating those duties between Steve and new boy Rob Elliot.

It will be a tough game for Newcastle tomorrow and there are several keys to this game, for Newcastle are to get all 3 points:

  • The Newcastle defense will have to be on top form, and hopefully can keep a clean sheet, which they nearly achieved in the same fixture last season
  • There will be a huge battle in central midfield between Cabaye and Tiote. and former Newcatsle player Scott Parker and Croation International Modric, and this is not the time for Cabaye to have one of his quieter games in a black and white shirt
  • Demba Ba and Leon Best up fornt have to be in good gaol scoring

There’s no doubt that Alan Pardew will be wanting all 3 points in this game, and a win will keep Newcastle in 4th position for another couple of weeks at least, and that has to be a huge g incentive to our boys to go all out for the win tomorrow.

It will be adifficult game for Newcastle, but it’s a game they can win if they can play anywhere near their top form.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.



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60 comments so far

  • PortsladeToon

    Oct 15, 2011 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #1

    i thought we had +5 goals and spurs have +1 so a 4 goal differance? i’ll go off and look again

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 15, 2011 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #2

    Sammy is injured Ed and Shola is fit again. Noticed u put (Sa) after Ameobi.
    A bit funny this, been reading som Spurs comments on various match previews and they also think it will be hard fought but expecting a 2-1 win.
    Must say i’m expeting the same. But in all fairness, Tottenham has more goals in them than we do. But then again, we’re the meanest defense in the league.
    So tough to call this, but expecting a win tbh infront of a fantastic home crowd.

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 15, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #3

    When i say expecting the same, i mean a 2-1 win to us, not Tottenham. Just the same ammount of goals, in our favor 😉

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  • PortsladeToon

    Oct 15, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #4

    yes i was right 4 goal differance ed not 2 🙂
    Hope your doing well, keeping all my fingers crossed for you chap

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  • Flood

    Oct 15, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #5

    PortsladeToon

    the difference is 4, but if they beat us by 2 their goal difference increases by 2 and our decreases. and then we’re tied. i imagine they’ve scored more goals and as such would go above us

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  • PortsladeToon

    Oct 15, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #6

    lol yeah!!
    i wasn’t thinking of that, i’ll go back to sleep now 🙂

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  • AMEOBI

    Oct 15, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #7

    Sammie went back to training on Wednesday mate, said on his twitter?

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  • Dai

    Oct 15, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #8

    Where’s Angry Man The Angry Fan lately.

    He only seems to come out when the going gets tough and we lose.

    Talk about a Dull Weather Fan.

    Where’s that rock he crawled under?

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  • davybtoon

    Oct 15, 2011 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #9

    not even worried one bit about tomorrow spurs dont travel well to the north east, harry won the cursed award n we are class at the moment n were only gonna get better win lose or draw tomorrow the boys r gonna do us proud

    pardew will keep the same team i think but i would b tempted to play santon instead rtaylor
    i can really see pardew getting obertan to limit bale down that flank

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  • branunited

    Oct 15, 2011 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #10

    my team.

    krul
    simpson taylor (s) coloccini santon
    obertan tiote cabaye marveaux
    ba best

    subs: harper, taylor (r), guthrie, ben arfa, gutierrez, ameobi (s), lovenkrands.

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  • davybtoon

    Oct 15, 2011 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #11

    i know were only 7 games in but is it to early for me to say i told you so when comes to us being a better team n summer signings r quality like i said they were

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  • toonbrother

    Oct 15, 2011 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #12

    Its time we started Marveaux ahead of Gutierex. Santon should be started as well

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  • AMEOBI

    Oct 15, 2011 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #13

    Davy, everyone knows that mate, we are a miles better side than last season

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  • AMEOBI

    Oct 15, 2011 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #14

    Toonbrother, really? You take guti for marveux? You’re an idiot

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  • davybtoon

    Oct 15, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #15

    ameobi yea i kno that its jus when i was telling ppl in the summer we would b i was getting slated ha it feels so good to b right

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  • davybtoon

    Oct 15, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #16

    santon only change i would make, n bring marveux n ben arfa on in second half, then next week v wigan id start marveux n benny

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  • Toon Tang

    Oct 15, 2011 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #17

    toonbrother

    Im with ameobi on that one. i think guti should start instead of marv purely for the more defensive qualities he possesses, and were gunna need em tomoz

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  • davybtoon

    Oct 15, 2011 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #18

    @17 agreed but i dont think that side will not b much trouble as van der vart been playing ryt wing not lennon, bale n adebayor will b the danger men n hopefully ade isnt fit n obertan is the one person who can stop bale with his pace

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  • toonbrother

    Oct 15, 2011 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #19

    Toon Tang, Marveaux is also better from a defensive standpoint because we keep possession better with him on the pitch. Going forward, he’s miles better than Gutierez more skillful, better vision in his passing and can actually cross the ball

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  • AMEOBI

    Oct 15, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #20

    Aye Davey its a class feeling haha, people aint seen gutierez’s work rate per game have they? He’s a top man

    Only change you could do is best for ben arfa and santon but guiterez is beyond me

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  • davybtoon

    Oct 15, 2011 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #21

    ameobi – i think jonas has raised his game knowing that marveux is ready to take his place if he dosent put a shift in every game

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  • AMEOBI

    Oct 15, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #22

    Yeah, he’s raised his game… Can’t wait for tomorrow!!!

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  • davybtoon

    Oct 15, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #23

    think the team really gonna giv it to spurs tomorrow u heard the players in there interviews they sound so pissed off by ppl saying we aint played anyone yet n they sound like they really stuff a top team to shut ppl up come on the toon

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  • Toon Tang

    Oct 15, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #24

    yea i think lennon would cause raylor big probs down that side. I just think we should stick with guti at least start him and see how it pans out. He does have the proven defensive mind and the added bonus of knowing that marvaux is reet up his ass if he dosnt perform !!

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  • Kris

    Oct 15, 2011 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #25

    Krul
    Simpson, S.Taylor, Colo, Santon
    HBA/Obertan, Cabaye, Tiote, Guti
    Best, Ba

    That is the team we should start with! Ba/Best has to be played week in and week out so long they scoring goals and we win! Obertan is in great form, so its hard to put him out of the team. R. Taylor should be on the bench, we need Santon´s pace in this game!

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  • davybtoon

    Oct 15, 2011 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #26

    dont think we need to worry bout lennon he hasnt been playing, n if he plays him that means just one striker with van der vart behind them think taylor n colo n cope with that

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  • davybtoon

    Oct 15, 2011 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #27

    rtaylor has done class but it is time for santon to play

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  • Toon Tang

    Oct 15, 2011 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #28

    agreed he needs a run out.

    anyways… lets get back to more pressing matters… harry redknapps face hasnt had a mention today

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  • magpie6699

    Oct 15, 2011 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #29

    Didn’t Harry Del Boy Redknapp get manager of the month? That’s the one good omen as it’s usually the kiss of death!

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  • davybtoon

    Oct 15, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #30

    stat today that spurs hav only won once in there last 20 visits to newcastle n sunderland or somthing like that

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  • Graeme

    Oct 15, 2011 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #31

    ‘Arry Redcrap will be going home tomorrow with the same points he headed North with. Only difference is he will have a worse goal difference and we will have 3 more points tomorrow night than we have right now!!

    He’s one of the few people I know of who really do have a face like a burglars dog!!

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  • boater

    Oct 15, 2011 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #32

    Yee what? ‘time to drop guti’ – would that be right after a solo wonder goal/much praised end-to-end performance. Great time yeah.

    Still not sure about santon being dropped in for this one. Surely,off the bench to get some minutes first. Maybe not…

    Part of me thinks, let’s rotate a bit to surprise spurs, plus it’s inevitable Arfa and Santon will become starters – possibly Marveaux.. better now than when we start dropping off.

    But then why change a winning team?… suppose I’m happy to back pardew on whatever call he makes. Just hope that Lovenk doesn’t get a loyalty vote off the bench instead of arfa/marveaux or sammi.

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  • AMEOBI

    Oct 15, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #33

    Harry looks like me father proper ugly fker haha

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  • WLtoon

    Oct 15, 2011 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #34

    The toughest game so far this season and we,ll see how we cope with a team who,IMO,will finish top four.
    If Cabaye has a good game then i think we will edge it.
    I think the midfield battle will be the telling factor.

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  • Toon Tang

    Oct 15, 2011 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #35

    redknapps face spontaneously combusted when he witnessed tiote verses arsenal last season

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  • brklyngeordie

    Oct 15, 2011 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #36

    Cannot freakin wait for tomorrow we have a great opportunity to show the doubters what we are made of and thats true steel..Cabye and Tiote will get a chance to show that they truely are 1 of the best midfield pair in the Prem.. Collo and Tayls will all prove there true value the backbone of the club is these 4 a good performance from them will give everyone else the belief that we belong with anyone and can see us taking this game and improving as it goes on.. I see the always overlooked Besty snatching the headlines though with a brace and a 2-0 win for us what do u think??

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  • Toon Tang

    Oct 15, 2011 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #37

    heres hoping brklyngeordie lad . besty double would do me nicely. Id be happy with a point if all else fails though – just wouldnt wanna loose unbeaten start at home like

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  • Thump

    Oct 15, 2011 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #38

    Regarding Pardew’s “I don’t expect us to keep a clean sheet” comment earlier on – read through his interviews of late; they’re all mind games to the players. He knows that the one way he can definitely get pressure on the lads and hype them up (hopefully without nailing them every day… but that said, thinking back to Colo’s “physio treatment” against Wolves…) is to get the fans raring to go. He knows that those words will get under our skin and definitely under the skin of the defensive line and King Krul – they all want that clean sheet and they’d prefer it if we knocked at least one goal in at the other end!

    You have to put yourself in ‘Arry’s position too. Here is a manager who is practically conceding a close knit game which ‘Arry will undoubtedly fancy himself to win. It’s all about pushing complacency into Spuds and giving us that little extra drive to play above our level. This run can’t go on forever but another game or two (though 31 would be preferable!)? Aye that’ll do me! 😀

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Oct 15, 2011 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #39

    cant wait for tha morra im confident we can turn the spuds over and then wigan big test for us will be stoke away

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Oct 15, 2011 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #40

    just been on stokes website they play liverpool on the wed then us on the mon then in europa on the thur

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