Newcastle vs Tottenham – Match Preview


For the very first game of the season tomorrow at St. James’ Park between Newcastle and Tottenham, both sides seem to have injury problems and it’s difficult to know what the starting elevens will be.

Tottenham’s new manager Andre Villas-Boas will hope he fares better than he did at Chelsea a year ago, when he finally was sacked by Romain Abramaovich in early March, and then Roberto Matteo took the side to a European Champions victory at Bayern Munich and an FA Cup win against hapless Liverpool.

But Tottenham have lost some of their big players over the summer, with Luka Modrich finally about to move to Real Madrid, and he will not play tomorrow, and Emmanuel Adebayor is no longer on loan at the London club.

For Newcastle we have a number of injury concerns and lack of match practice with our top stars and they include Hatem Ben Arfa, who has picked up a knee injury and will not play tomorrow or on Thursday in Greece.

Cheick Tiote is recovering from a slight calf injury but he should start tomorrow, but both Senegal strikers Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse are still doubtful,  and there will be last minute fitness tests for them, but Yohan Cabaye is short of match fitness and is unlikely to start, although he could be on the bench.

And Alan Pardew will need to decide if he starts new boy Vurnon Anita from Ajax, who has already looked impressive in training.

We’ll assume only that Ben Arfa and Sammy Ameobi are not fit and that Yohan Cabaye is not match fit, so with those assumptions here’s the team we think will start tomorrow:

Krul
Simpson Taylor (S) Coloccini (c) Santon
Taylor (R) Tiote Gosling Gutierrez
Demba Ba Cisse
Subs Harper Perch Williamson Anita Cabaye  Marveaux  
Ameobi

It’s hard to find even places on the bench for some good Newcastle players, but players like Obertan, Tavernier, Abeid, Vuckic, Amalfitano and Bigirimana will start next Thursday in Athens against Atromitos in the Europa League.

We’ve included Ryan Taylor on the right wing, which is probably his best position, so we have him for the corners, and for free kicks and even for his long throw-ins.

We have new boy Vurnon Anita on the bench, but it’s almost certain he will make his debut tomorrow.

That’s a very strong bench for tomorrow, and  Yohan Cabaye could get some playing time tomorrow afternoon, in the late kick-off game.

For Spurs, Gareth Bale is a doubt after suffering a knock during Wales’ 2-0 defeat to Bosnia-Herzegovina on Wednesday night, but we think he will play.

Luka Modric is expected to be left out of the squad and has not played in pre-season after he foolishly refused to go on tour in the US earlier this summer.

New boys Jan Vertonghen and Gylfi Sigurdsson are likely to make their debuts, and both are excellent players, but former Newcastle midfielder and captain Scott Parker is out with an Achilles injury, after having an operation to repair the damage.

Danny Rose is serving the second game of a three-match ban after he was sent off in the second last game of last season against Aston Villa.

This is the 147th match between the two clubs and the 135th in the league and the game is the late kick off game and starts at 5:30 pm local time.

And of course – dare I mention it – the last time we played Spurs we were hammered 5-0 at White Hart Lane, and it was one of those games Newcastle keep having, when they simply don’t turn up for the game.

But in the same fixture last year we got a good 2-2 draw with a fantastic late equalizer from Shola Ameobi, who should see some playing time tomorrow, and has looked good in pre-season.

Newcastle will be hoping to get another good start to the season as we did last year, when we won seven of the first 11 games and drew the other four, to pick up a terrific 25 points from those first 11 games.

We will be happy enough tomorrow even with a draw, after last week’s 4-1 defeat at Cardiff City, when we looked simply awful in those first 30 minutes of the game, but a win would be great and give the lads some much needed confidence at the start of the season.

Howay The Lads!!

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216 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 17, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #1

    Getting stuck in qiucksand on Easter island and getting photographed off of American tourists instead of helping him is too good for Ashley.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 17, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #2

    Get this negger off the blog! ^^^ Boooo 🙂

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  • Beattie25

    Aug 17, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #3

    Greatest timing ever!!

    By the way I’ve held off Posting anything for 2 minutes for JFA.

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  • Beattie25

    Aug 17, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #4

    Yes!!!!!

    This is the single greatest moment in log history!!!

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Aug 17, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #5

    Cant wait to here local hero blasting when the lads come out tomorrow

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  • WWYCD

    Aug 17, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #6

    JfA
    See even Ed is a fan of ur lines haha

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Aug 17, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #7

    Hear ffs

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  • toon1707

    Aug 17, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #8

    Can’t wait to get back to my seat at the gallogate end as for the team ed has put up I disagree I think marvaux will start he has looked really good in pre season come on the toon 3 poins to start off the season

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  • pbNcl

    Aug 17, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #9

    Nice one Ed, was gettin mental for me phone refreshing thst feed haha

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 17, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #10

    Beattie…Log History? Little heavy on the sarcasm? 🙂

    Wizard…Is this our chance for the Lumberjack Song? I don’t see another one quite like it coming anytime soon?

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  • pbNcl

    Aug 17, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #11

    We signed scharner yet

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 17, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #12

    WWYCD

    I swear, I still have nightmares about Defoe’s goal at St James’ last year. He did it for England the other day too. He can turn on a sixpence and absolutely leather it from a standing position. Quality player, shame Redknapp sidelined him for Half-Season-Adebayor.

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  • SupaToonKid

    Aug 17, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #13

    So really are Cabaye & Benny both out? Who’s going to fill in for Yo, is Amalfitano ready to take it on?

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  • gallowgate mag

    Aug 17, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #14

    @eaststandgeordie
    ahmen to that mate, i make it 19 hours till our wait is over. Can u tell i’m a tad excited?

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Aug 17, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #15

    valle

    going home..

    gang or gan…still derived from Danish/ Norwegian.
    Newcastle has loads of Scandinavian words in the dialect.
    I live in West Scotland and loads of words here are Scandinavian.

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 17, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #16

    Krul
    Simpson Taylor (S) Coloccini (c) Santon
    Marveaux Tiote Anita Gutierrez
    Demba Ba Cisse

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Aug 17, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #17

    Jail – good to have them back.

    Really think Anita will start in cm alongside tiote. Also, think Pards might be a bit cautious and play 5 in midfield?

    Anyway, Im not sure what it is, I just think there would be a more effective player to stick in cm than gosling. I cant help but feel that he is not quite ready for first team yet. If we make group stages of EL then he should see lots of game time and will come on leaps and bounds.

    Anyway. Think we will easily beat spuds tommorow and cant wait to get back to sjp. I was going through withdrawal symptoms from st james, so i plastered my house in sports direct signs and paid a drunken fat man to scream obscenities at shola. 🙂

    Cant wait

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Aug 17, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #18

    Anyone seen this?
    http://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Austria-ends-Paul-Scharner-s-international-career-3796017.php

    seems scharner is a nuaghty boy. Just anothter reason we wouldnt sign him. Sorry kets, you cant even watch him for austria now.

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  • pbNcl

    Aug 17, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #19

    That’s a good realistic team Toon1978

    We can dominate with that I truly believe

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  • WWYCD

    Aug 17, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #20

    TDS
    I must admit I rate Defoe not sure what happened to have him slide so far down the Spurs pecking order

    And yeah that goal last season was pretty special and it took a Shola stunner to draw us back on terms and its not like we can count on that to happen again. That goal against Italy was pretty special so hopefully he is spent for the week eh 😉

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  • SupaToonKid

    Aug 17, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #21

    I’m not liking the look of Ed’s XI with Jonas & Raylor on the wings. Marv has got to start & if Cabaye’s not able to start then Anita has got to go in.

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Aug 17, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #22

    Gallowgate

    Butterflies will kick in tomorrow big time, i miss the days when they played simply the best every game

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  • Beattie25

    Aug 17, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #23

    That last time I heard such positivity about an upcoming result we got beat by Wigan.

    It’s good for it all to be back to normal!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 17, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #24

    TDS,
    Really can’t even begin where to predict our finishing this year,top six and out of the group stages of Europa and I think I’ll be happy especially if we get that young French kid cheap in January.

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 17, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #25

    Will be a tough game tomorrow. Both Spurs and ourselves have bad injuries that we could do without at the start of the season. It is really important not to lose our first game especially at home. I think we have a strong enough team to compete with Spurs but we must watch Defoe, he’sa sneaky little sod and likes scoring up here . Fingers crossed that we have both our strikers fit and a good weekend to boot.

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 17, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #26

    pbNcl

    I hope so mate. That team is the best we have with the resources we have imo 🙂

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  • pbNcl

    Aug 17, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #27

    Then paul scharner will play for england

    Let it be so

    Well give them terry, austria that is

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  • WWYCD

    Aug 17, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #28

    Anyway lads am off have a good un

    Bring on Spurs tomorrow cant wait to see the real Toon agian HWTL

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  • Beattie25

    Aug 17, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #29

    I think the first 2 results, whilst important, won’t define our season

    On September 1st when we know our full squad that’s when the season really begins in earnest.

    I have a feeling that we’ll have 2 points after the first 2 games and then push on with the best team we’ve had since 2002-2003. 10 years in the making and potentially the best ever squad.

    C’mon let’s get what we deserve, silverware back at the toon!!

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  • gallowgate mag

    Aug 17, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #30

    same here mate, the standing ovation when collo leads the lads out is what gets me lol.
    Think i’m gonna stick a cheeky fiver on 3-1 to the toon ba first goalscorer, what do you reckon?

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  • 1892

    Aug 17, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #31

    MagpiesFlyHigh

    I think you are searching for “gå hjem” (going home/walking home).
    Anyway, really excited about tomorrows game. Will be at a festival all day and will rely on updates from friends. Hoping we get up to a good start this season.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 17, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #32

    WW…
    I can’t sleep I’m like a kid at Christmas.

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Aug 17, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #33

    Gallow

    My mate used to put 3-1 every game hes won alot from that score, first goal to saylor from a corner, cant wait to get in the strawberry.

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  • Super Magpie

    Aug 17, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #34

    The spectacular summer of sport continues on BBC One as Gary Lineker and Colin Murray bring fans the full weekend’s round-up of Barclays Premier League action.
    They return with Match of the Day (Saturday, 22:30 BST) and Match of the Day 2 (Sunday, 22:25 BST) in its new BBC One slot.
    After a busy summer, Gary returns to his familiar home on Saturday nights with some new additions to the punditry line up.
    Popular members of the BBC’s Euro 2012 team Harry Redknapp and Mick McCarthy will appear alongside familiar faces Alan Hansen and Alan Shearer throughout the season.
    Former Tottenham manager Redknapp and ex-Wolves boss McCarthy will bring their considerable managerial expertise and experience to the country’s most popular football programme.
    On Sunday, Colin will continue to bring his irreverent style to proceedings as he looks back at the day’s games alongside a mix of these four big names – plus special guest pundits.

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  • JTOONJ

    Aug 17, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #35

    Whys the game at 5.30 i thought first day tradition was 3

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 17, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #36

    Would love to know what it feel like to play for NUFC and walk out in front of fifty thousand mad Toon supporters on a CL night with the CL tune blaring through the stadium….what a buzz that would be.

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Aug 17, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #37

    1892

    that looks like it.

    Aye. First game of the season last year was a bit anxious just like this one…and we did okay then…even of it wasn’t our finest hour and a half

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 17, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #38

    MFH,
    We have stotty cake here in the North East which I think you can only get here and the Nordic word for bread is stot,so this blog isn’t only about football.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 17, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #39

    It is also a learning centre…

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Aug 17, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #40

    JfA

    People don’t realise the amazing culture in the north east, not even some of our Scandinavian friend supporters.
    Can’t get stotties anywhere else….

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