Tottenham vs Newcastle – Match Preview


Today’s game at White hart Lane is a massive game for Newcastle United.

And it’s not that we will be at full strength today either, since we’ll be missing Yohan Cabaye through suspension, Cheick Tiote because he’s still at the African Cup of Nations, and Ryan Taylor and Leon Best are both injured – with Leon likely out for the season with his knee ligament injury.

But Newcastle have won their last two league games at Blackburn and at home to Aston Villa without the two top central midfielders, and it would be something if Newcastle can get their third successive league win at Tottenham this afternoon.

That will be difficult because not only are Tottenham in good form, but they are very good at White Hart Lane and have 29 points from their 12 home games in the league so far this season.

And Spurs have only one single defeat at White Hart Lane – that 5-1 hammering by Manchester City in their very first home game of the season.

It’s not surprising that Tottenham are odds on favorites to get the win, but Newcastle have surprised teams this season with some of their top performances, and we are hoping that today could be one of those days.

Tottenham looked a good side when we managed that 2-2 draw with them at St. James’ Park in mid- October,  but we needed that fine equalizer after 86 minutes from Shola Ameobi to get the point,  and it’s surprisingly  Shola’s only goal of the season so far.

Spurs are in 3rd position in the league table with 50 points from 24 games, and are 5 points behind Manchester United and 7 points behind Manchester City, so they will be seeing this game this afternoon as 3 points to keep up with the big boys.

Newcastle are 8 points back with 42 points and are in 5th position, two points above Arsenal and 3 points above Liverpool.

For Newcastle, it is an opportunity to show just how good this new side Alan Pardew is building is right now, and whether they can beat one of the top sides in England on their home turf.

Ryan Taylor and Leon Best were both taken off in the first half last Sunday against Villa,  and both are not available for the game today, with Leon looking like he will be out for the rest of the season with his damaged knee ligaments, and Sammy Ameobi is also not available for this game through injury.

Steven Taylor and Sylvain Marveaux are probably both out for the season, and James Tavernier  (MK Dons) , Alan Smith (MK Dons) and Haris Vuckic (Cardiff City) are all out on loan.

But we think the team almost picks itself this afternoon, and we expect this eleven to start this afternoon at 5:30 pm in north London:

Krul
Simpson Coloccini (c) Williamson Santon
Obertan Perch Guthrie Gutierrez
Ba Cisse
Subs: Harper Ferguson Kadar Ben Arfa Gosling Lovenkrands Ameobi (Sh)

Whoops – I had initially missed out Ben Arfa as a sub – my error.

It’s hard to come up with the subs for today’s game, with so many of our players being unavailable.

10 players – Steven Taylor, Sylvain Marveaux, Cheick Tiote, Ryan Taylor, Leon Best, Yohan Cabaye, Sammy Ameobi, Alan Smith, James Tavernier and Haris Vuckic – are all not available today for one reason or another today.

Three of those – Ryan Taylor, Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye should be available for our next game in two weeks time at home to Wolves.

The keys to the game today are as follows:

  • The defense can be solid and not make any silly mistakes and keep compact, and not let top wingers Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon get around the back of the defense
  • Danny Guthrie and James Perch can hold their own in the center of the field against Spurs’ star midfielders Scott Parker and Luka Modric
  • Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse can continue scoring goals from half chances

If Newcastle can do the above three things adequately, then who knows,  perhaps we’ll shock everybody and get something out of this game.

When you look at the remaining 14 league games of the season, this is definitely one of the hardest fixtures the lads still have to play – but you never know.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.



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63 comments so far

  • Benry

    Feb 11, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #1

    Danny Guthrie is more than capable of taking the fight to Parker and Modric but it’s a 1v2 situation…. I think the midfield battle is gonna have a huge bearing on the outcome of the match and I really wished Pard would have played someone like Vuckic to go with Guthrie and try overload them. Perch (as much as I appreciate his effort compared to some others in our squad) just isn’t capable of playing o Modric level. All he can do is stand and hoof the ball to safety.

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Feb 11, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #2

    hope that is the team ed and with two lads up top they will have their hands full and arry will have an eye on our attack knowing its one of the best in the league!

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Feb 11, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #3

    benry this game would of been to big for vuckic ie the liverfool game

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Feb 11, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #4

    perch likes a tackle and we need someone like that today and 9/10 he wins them when he plays in the middle

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  • Benry

    Feb 11, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #5

    eastgeordie imo Vuckic was actually one of our better players vs liverpools. I duno why everyone here keeps saying he had a poor game, everyone played shite in that match and he was the only one who was actually trying to make things happen.

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Feb 11, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #6

    you must of had vuckic specs on mate he was poor the loan move is a good one for him

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  • Benry

    Feb 11, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #7

    Winning tackles against blackburn is different to trying to wrestle control of a talented ball playing midfield that Tottenham have. Obviously our options are limited without Tiote and Cabaye, but I just think Vuckic would offer more options and danger compared to Perch. Guthrie of course would have to hold deep if Vuckic were to play.

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  • Benry

    Feb 11, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #8

    No Vuckic specs m8, I know talent when I see it! 🙂

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  • seantoon

    Feb 11, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #9

    Why where’s HBA?

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Feb 11, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #10

    guthrie is good with the ball and will cause more threat than vuckic would with his balls to the front men perch has always had a good game when put in the middle and he helped with th threat of manure so i think he is capable of doing a good job against spuds

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  • Jesus1983

    Feb 11, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #11

    Looks as though he’s been dropped from the bench for a player who is getting released (Kadar) LoL

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Feb 11, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #12

    vuckic is a good player but against the big teams he would struggle he should of played in the cup game the loan will do the lad good next season he has to work hard

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Feb 11, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #13

    HBA will come on for cisse after 70 mins

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  • Widowmaker

    Feb 11, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #14

    Don’t think Pardew would fancy winning the battle in the mid of the park tonight, and I am expecting a physical and direct game. Put it simple, hoof balls.

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  • ShanghaiMag

    Feb 11, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #15

    I’m looking forward to this one.

    I think it IS the toughest game left, we’ve done Manu and Man city should be easier if title race is wrapped up. Also, Emirates/Stamford bridge are no longer the fortresses they once were.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 11, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #16

    what is wrong ED no HBA on the bench, get pardew of drugs

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  • Benton Toon Exile

    Feb 11, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #17

    We need all our best players to get anything today so Tiote and Cabaye will be missed.

    3-1 Spurs is probably the par score but we have upset that before! We need to get about them and get an early goal.

    I am going today with work, and in the Spurs end with lots of Spurs fans and one other Geordie, so should be able to give balanced view tomorrow.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 11, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #18

    I’m a fan of HBA,but it doesn’t look like Pards has got much time for him,I cant see him being here next season as it doesnt look as though he fits into the Pardew system,I know Pards sort of signed him but he hadn’t seen him and I dont think he likes what he sees.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Feb 11, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #19

    Vuckic is quality but was poor at anfield hes gone on loan now anyways.. If we played Guthrie and Vuckic who would do the dirty work ie tackling when they get behind us? We need Perch to play for his tackling and your wrong he doesnt just hoof the ball he always looks around for a pass he cant do nothin if all the other players dont know how to move but anyways you do not play 2 play makers against the likes of Tottenham we’d be dominated in midfield

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  • Oleg G

    Feb 11, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #20

    Can’t wait!

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  • Smule

    Feb 11, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #21

    Would love to see Benny being a first team regular but if he doesnt up his work rate he will never get in. Which is a shame cos he is a MASSIVE talent.

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  • Benton Toon Exile

    Feb 11, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #22

    Jail for Ashley – Ben Arfa is not a Pardew type player so surprised he signed him.
    Pardew demands hard work before silky skills, Ben Arfa is the other way round, the team do carry him, however he is still a great player.

    I hear Pardew is working hard with him to try to get him into the groove.

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  • poolytoon

    Feb 11, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #23

    HBA not even on the bench!!!

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  • gorgonzola

    Feb 11, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #24

    Obertan *Perch* Guthrie Gutierrez

    And ppl on here still wonder why so many still don’t Pardew. With a midfield like that Modric and Parker might just have a field day today.

    Like I said on some previous posts…HBA should just leave, and I think he is starting to see it as well. Its will probably be one of the biggest losses to the club. When we brought in players of “quality” like Xisco, Smith, Luque, to name a few, ppl are more concerned on some “work ethic” and whatnot, and refuse to see the big picture.

    Somebody posted a great post concerning the fact that Pardew feels very much so threatened by the likes of HBA ability and that could very much so be on the money.

    I will be watching the summer transfer window with great interest to see where the lad ends up…

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  • gorgonzola

    Feb 11, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #25

    “Pardew demands hard work before silky skills, Ben Arfa is the other way round, the team do carry him, however he is still a great player.”

    AI am glad to see STROLLA fit the bill….

    effign disgusting

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  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 11, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #26

    Gorgonzola,

    i really respect your posts.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 11, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #27

    as much as i love NUFC, i also like HBA and i feel his potential is being stifled at NUFC

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 11, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #28

    Cisse & BA are so good they can create their own chances, but I bet they wish they had Benny supplying the bullets, because the service from Jonas on the left is non -existent and they aren’t likely to get killer through balls from Perch and ”hoofer” Simpson.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 11, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #29

    Indian

    That’s English football for you!

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  • dimkinss

    Feb 11, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #30

    Guthrie is on top of his game. Have you guys seen the way he passes the ball? I bet he has been watching some arsenal games. He passes the ball like Alex Song does. Long balls in between two opposing players and it connects. I think santon should stay back a bit more and forget about attacking football this evening. We can always trust Jonas to provide some of his attacking runs. Obertan *sigh*, he too has to be a bit more defensive. But I think guthrie has to be very attack minded tonight. Guthrie and Jonas can provide the Demba boys with the chum. We either win this 1:0 or we loose 2: 1.

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  • toonruz

    Feb 11, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #31

    who sais ben arfa is not on the bench tonight , i think its bull cos pardew does not name in line up till 2 hours b4 kick off , some mackem trying to say couese troubble and ben arfa wont be going any where

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  • toonruz

    Feb 11, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #32

    numptys on here trying to make a problem thats not there about hba

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  • gorgonzola

    Feb 11, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #33

    Indian magpie,

    mate, I know your point of view mate, on all of your posts….. I am so depressed when I see this kind of lineup, and the utter rubbish two faced hypocrisy that goes on at the club at the moment, the only saving grace is we are doing well.

    But what ppl fail to realise some of the results ow so could have gone the other way this season and we would not be sitting where we are now.

    This “regime” that Pardew has setup is two faced and definitely shows a liking to the less able players, maybe we should just sign Nolan back too while we are at it…

    The day will come when everybody asks where is HBA. Or even a player of his ability. I think its a disgrace at what is happening, and I am really interested how Pardew will behave with OTHER players that loose the ball ie Perch, Obertan even Cabaye.

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  • toonruz

    Feb 11, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #34

    a pardew is not good enought to take nufc on the next level , he done very well up to now but this is as far as he will take us

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  • gorgonzola

    Feb 11, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #35

    Another thing:

    Going to Spurs with Perch in the middle shows we want to dumb the game down in midfield, what if Guthrie is kept quiet, what is plan B? by that roster?

    Yeap it doesn’t exist. Pardew is going to Spurs to get a draw, and with attitude like that you will loose.

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  • Hemel Mag

    Feb 11, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #36

    Benton Toon Exile
    Where abouts in Benton you from mate, I used to live in
    Beech Grove near the Metro
    I’m at the game too in a box with one of my suppliers- all spurs fans though so should be an interesting afternoon, especially if we score, I can never control myself.

    HWTL

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  • Ed Harrison

    Feb 11, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #37

    Whoops – I missed out Ben Arfa as a sub – corrected it – my error. 😀

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  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 11, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #38

    Loosing the ball is like an occupational hazard, jonas lost the ball last week, no1 has even mentioned it.

    no 1 has mentioned the chance HBA set up for simpson at BHA (brighton)

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  • gorgonzola

    Feb 11, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #39

    toonruz +1

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 11, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #40

    toonruz

    it”s what ed’s team is!!1

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