Newcastle will play Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, and the squad at Newcastle will be further strengthened this week with the return of Cheick Tiote, after the Ivory Coast were knocked out of the African Cup of Nations at the quarter-final stage by Nigeria.
Cheick Tiote - back from South Africa
And now we only need Ben Arfa to return – and the French International has now been out now since he came back too early at Fulham on 10th December from a hamstring injury, and although he scored an amazing goal, we still managed to lose the game 2-1 and Ben Arfa further damaged his hamstring.
It’s very likely that Alan Pardew will start the same team for a third game in a row – but then James Perch could be under pressure with Tiote’s return because he seems to be playing almost as a sweeper in front of the back four – but he’s been playing well and fitted right into the side and doing a good job.
But at least Cheick Tiote will be on the bench again – and it will likely be the strongest bench we’ve had all season – but it will need to be as well, since Tottenham are 4th top on 45 points, 18 points ahead of Newcastle, but a win would give us our first double of the season, and we’ll not get too many of those this season.
A draw would be a good result, but given all the defeats we’ve picked up since early November another win is really what we need – and it’s likely we’ll see another great game at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
For Spurs Jermain Defoe is out for a minimum of three weeks and it could be longer, after he damaged his ankle ligaments in their 1-0 win at West Brom on Sunday.
But Emmanuel Adebayor will be returning from the African Cup of Nations and will be available to play on Saturday, after Togo were beaten 1-0 by Burkina Faso in the quarter finals on Saturday.
It’s another tough game for Newcastle, but we’re sure the lads will be going all out once again for those three points – we need them.
Howay The Lads!!
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