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:
Simpson Taylor (S) Coloccini (c) Taylor (R)
Obertan Cabaye Tiote Gutierrez
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!!