Tottenham vs Newcastle – Match Preview


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Newcastle fans will get a chance to see just how good the new Newcastle side is tomorrow afternoon, when the lads take on Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, and in the same fixture last season we were taken apart 5-0 by Harry Redknapp’s side.

And the Newcastle squad has been strengthened further this week with the return of Cheick Tiote from the African Cup of Nations, after last year’s beaten finalists were defeated 2-1 by Nigeria in this year’s quarter-final stage, and Cheick scored the only goal for his country.

But we doubt that Newcastle will want to change a side that has done so well over the last two games, and surprising as it may sound, the Brazilian James “Perchinho” Perch (just kidding) is likely to keep his place as the defensive midfielder player, as he allows the more skilled and creative Yohan Cabaye and Moussa Sissoko attack the opposition.

James is an unsung hero at Newcastle, and he reminds us a lot of Nobby Styles in the England World Cup winning side of 1966, James is not as talented as the rest of the squad, but he plays a vital role in the side nevertheless.

Ben Arfa is still out injured for a couple of weeks, and we are assuming Dan Gosling is not fit yet, and of course long term casualties Ryan Taylor and Haris Vuckic will not return until pre-season.

So we expect Alan Pardew to name an unchanged side for the third game in a row, for tomorrow’s early kick-off game (12:45 pm), and the questions will be about which players make the bench this Saturday.

Here’s the side we think Alan will start tomorrow and the subs:

Krul
Debuchy Coloccini (c) Taylor (S) Santon
Perch Cabaye Sissoko Gouffran Gutierrez
Cisse
Subs: Harper Yanga-Mbiwa Anita Marveaux Tiote Obertan Ameobi (Sh)

And that’s about the strongest bench we’ve had all season long and no place for Mike Williamson, Danny Simpson, Haidara, Sammy Ameobi or Gael Bigirimana.

Our next game against FC Metalist Kharkiv next Thursday night at home will probably see a very strong second team start at St. James’ Park, and we expect a decent crowd at that game too.

This is what the Newcastle manager has said about the tough game tomorrow in north London:

“We had three or four tricky days last year and at Tottenham was one of them. Spurs played very, very well that day and we caught them on a day when it was all coming together. This will be a different scenario. We have got ourselves on the up a little bit and hopefully we can turn the result around.”

For Tottenham, England striker Jermain Defoe picked up an ankle injury in the 1-0 win at West Brom last weekend, and is out for three or four weeks, but it looks like Togo striker and former Arsenal and Manchester City player Emmanuel Adebayor will arrive in London today, from the African Cup of Nations, but whether he will start tomorrow or not – we don’t know.

Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas is short of strikers up front, and he may even play winger Gareth Bale up front as a striker, and Gareth scored a terrific winner against WBA last weekend – and he will be the danger man for Spurs tomorrow.

Brazilian midfielder Sandro and defender Younes Kaboul both have knee injuries and will not play tomorrow.

It’s a tough test for our lads tomorrow, there’s no doubt about that, but we have to hope we can take something out of this game, and do a lot better than we did last season in the same fixture.

Let us know how you think the game will go tomorrow afternoon.

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159 comments so far

  • 89Norcal

    Feb 8, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #1

    Setting the alarm for 4:30AM, guess I won’t be drinking tonight 🙂

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  • cyprus

    Feb 8, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #2

    I’d start Anita ahead of Perch, although the lad has been playing well. It’s just that Anita can offer services both defensively and offensively, AND, he must be perplexed how he lost his place as he was our MOM in the last 3 games he played!

    Did you read that Carr doesn’t watch our games because he gets too nervous? 🙂 I know the feeling!

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  • WWYCD

    Feb 8, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #3

    No expectations and I will unfortunatley miss the match so all I will say is TOON TOON

    HWTLs

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 8, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #4

    Norcal…Will have to start drinking at 4.30am instead…oh the labours of supporting the toon 🙂

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  • 89Norcal

    Feb 8, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #5

    Ibiza
    There’s turning a frown upside down lol.

    Sub the coffee for beer 🙂

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 8, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #6

    Cyrpus….Didn’t know that about Carr. I suppose there is no great need to watch us play, it’s other teams we want him watching.

    On the Anita issue, it’s a tough one, but it’s going to be harder and harder as the team gets stronger.

    I think Perch was put in to provide a bit more bite to the midfield, as it was needed against Villa and since then hasn’t really put a foot wrong. Pardew now has what he wanted, although I’m sure he prefers this type of selection headache than the one he has been facing most of this season.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 8, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #7

    Norcal….Substitute the coffee for beer? Oh yeah, because people don’t normally drink beer in the morning…. 🙂

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  • cyprus

    Feb 8, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #8

    I feel that Lambias should’ve started talking big after we win another couple games… but, in truth, he has been saying good things.

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  • 89Norcal

    Feb 8, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #9

    Ibiza
    haha, you’d be surprised at the shock you get in the States for it.

    Apparently having a breakfast beer means I’m a raging alcoholic.

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  • geordiemark

    Feb 8, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #10

    I know how graham car feels after watching the toon for next to 50 years the nerves go alright, I would like us to play 3 at the back with wingbacks, man mark bale and I reckon we have a great chance tomorrow

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 8, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #11

    Cyprus…I have been hectic this week, so have only glimpsed at what he said. From what I took of it the general message was that they are building towards the future, that the future is not about mediocrity, it’s not easy and that they know they f*****d up in the summer.

    Don’t have any qualms with any of it tbh, positive and realistic. Two words not often associated with NUFC.

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  • cyprus

    Feb 8, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #12

    89, and it doesn’t? 🙂

    Must admit I put this up as a draw, scared shitless of this one, bad recent memories!

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  • cyprus

    Feb 8, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #13

    Ibiza, you summarised it well. That’s why I think it would be better if he’d waited a few weeks, as we need some more points…

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 8, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #14

    Norcal….Don’t Dennys do a pint with their grandslam breakfast? Beer and pancakes…breakfast of champions (and from the looks of it the staple diet of wor Steven Taylor).

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  • geordiemark

    Feb 8, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #15

    cyprus

    Id take everything they say with a pinch of salt, ive seen chairmans from lord westwood to sir john hall all talked a load of rubbish and took the money and ran.

    mike ashley had to be buy players he didnt have a choice it was either get them in or 100% relegation and were a long way from being safe yet

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 8, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #16

    Cyrpus…I thought you were saying as we had won a couple you expected more of a war cry from him 🙂 I’m just glad he’s actually come out and said something…and from what I saw not one mention of the colour purple…lessons learned or am I getting ahead of myself?

    I’m really not worried about tomorrow. I’d love a win to keep pushing on, but we’ve already done better than I expected in the last two games, so it’s all good.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 8, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #17

    geordiemark….100%? Surely with that sort of insight you can tell us now whether we’re safe or not with the additions made?

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  • 89Norcal

    Feb 8, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #18

    cyprus
    True you know how it goes. One breakfast beer turns into 3, then 8, then things get blurry 😆

    Ibiza
    Haven’t been there for a while, but yes Saylor is looking a little wide around the middle isn’t he.

    In terms of the match, I would expect us to be more dominant and feared over Tottenham. We are so dynamic now in our attack and our defense is performing well.

    The two goals from Chelsea were largely indefensible, just brilliant goals.

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  • cyprus

    Feb 8, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #19

    geordiemark and ibiza,
    I like your optimism. But, that bale guy is on fire. Still, I think the key is the other winger of theirs. If he has an off game we’ll be alright

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Feb 8, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #20

    I think we will win 2 – 1 with us taking the lead early then Spurs dominate us for a bit up till the equalizer and then we sucker punch them to steal the points!!!

    On the Tiote debate yes he has been great for us in some games but he has also been totally shite for us in a lot of games as well yes he is strong in the tackle but he does not offer anything else which if we are to evolve as a team we need our defensive midfielders to do more than just tackle and lose the ball

    He does better with Cabaye to pass to but do we just want a midfielder who will win the ball then pass it to Cabaye ??Perch can do that just as well if not better

    I think with Anita in midfield him Cabaye and Sissoko we would have 3 players who could shred teams and allow us to keep possession and dominate teams Anita has been one of our best players this season playing for a team that plays it long and has had injuries

    The boy was raised on pass and move football the Ajax way and it looks like we are now going to try play that way why would he not get a look in??

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  • cyprus

    Feb 8, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #21

    Talked of watching the game with a good buddy, a spurs fan. Recommended action?!

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  • robin

    Feb 8, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #22

    NUFC, should have for to much power in midfield, up against the likes of Parker who is vastly overrated. So its 1-3 to Le Toon! Gouffran to score the first!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 8, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #23

    Norcal…That pic of him and Debuchy is scary. Amazed he can get out of the box…i’m more amazed he doesn’t fill the whole box.

    Very true on the Chelsea goals, nothing Krul could do and little bits of spaces will always open up in a game and they took excellent advantage of that. Bale is a concern, but i’m sure Colo can handle him. Actually, joking aside, we need to be careful with cards, could do without playing with 10 men.

    Any news on Tiote? Is he back and ready if needed? Can’t imagine he’d start given the teams form, but would be a decent bench option.

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  • geordiemark

    Feb 8, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #24

    Ibiza Ill let you know in may hahaha naa ive seen the toon relegated a good few times just they didnt have any rythem, no self belief you know what i mean just was so soul distroying

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  • cyprus

    Feb 8, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #25

    Completely off subject.
    There are so many players in the banner, it’s beginning to look like that head-shrinking thing they do in the Amazon!

    (PS. Don’t read if you are squimish!)

    http://guides.wikinut.com/Head-Shrinking-and-the-Shuar-of-the-Amazon-Rainforest/2a3jw39o/

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  • croftus5678

    Feb 8, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #26

    i dont think he should be changing the team in honesty after all there hard work and winning the previous 2 with the same team.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 8, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #27

    geordiemark…. 🙂 We’re certainly not safe yet, but I think the doom has been lifted of the players and fans alike recently and that confidence is huge. I think we’ll be fine and talk of relegation will be a distant memory…I hope so at least. Soul destroying doesn’t even begin to explain the feeling. They can’t let it happen again.

    Santon…I really like the look of Anita, top player. He’s the future, Perch isn’t. Seems harsh, but it’s true. Saying that, I really have no problem with him playing, especially with performances like the ones we’ve had lately. I’m sure Pardew is talking to the lads and letting them know what’s going on. Surely they can all see the progress that’s been made recently and know what the story is.

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  • 89Norcal

    Feb 8, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #28

    Ibiza
    I haven’t found anything besides he may be in the lineup. Probably won’t know he’s starting until much later.

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  • eastend toon

    Feb 8, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #29

    agreed ibiza, 6 points out of 6 is more than i was expecting after the spurs game, the fact we got them after two is great, i’m usre the game will be great tomorrow and we’ll play well, any positive result tomorrow will be great but it’s not the end of the world if we come back form the big smoke with nothing… its the next batch of games that will define our season

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  • Jamiemac

    Feb 8, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #30

    I LOVE PERCH!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 8, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #31

    Norcal…But he is back and fit though?

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  • magpie6699

    Feb 8, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #32

    The bookies have Spurs odds-on and they know what they’re about. We are not suddenly world-beaters on form (yet). I’m not as optimistic as the vote would suggest a lot of people are. Bale is very dangerous but they are not a one-man team. To be honest, I had this down as a no-pointer so anything would be a bonus.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 8, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #33

    Croftus…I don’t see Pardew changing much. Maybe the international fixtures this week may have some impact though?!? General rule though, if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.

    Eastend…Sounds a bit like a loser mentality really, but I fail to see how anyone would feel hard done by with six points from nine against Villa away (relegation 6 pointer), Chelsea at home and then Spurs away. It would be a great return of points. Still, I suppose we can start being a little greedy, we’ve been far too generous this season giving points away. The Newcastle points charity is officially closed for business.

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  • geordiemark

    Feb 8, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #34

    your right ibiza 🙂

    about tiote id put him on the bench and stick with perch thought he had a good game against chelsea got stuck in reckon pardew wont make any changes really what do you lads think

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  • geordiemark

    Feb 8, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #35

    magpie bale is just a player fair enough hes got class but all in all shove someone with a bit of speed and steel on him and he will hobble off injured like hes done at st james a few times 🙂 nowt like a bit of dirty play at times its ok spuds do it all the time and get away with it

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 8, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #36

    Please no one else tell me I’m right. I struggle holding my head up as it is 😉

    I don’t think we need Tiote to start and having him sit on the bench and maybe not even getting subbed on should work to motivate him to up his game. Let’s not forget we have Colo to stick the boot in if needed (light hearted humour, not condoning people headbutting others shoes 😉 )

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Feb 8, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #37

    I would love to see Hatem in a Messi role upfront .. Exiting to watch .Defenders would need to double up on him =..more space… Using all that energy and magic he has in those feet without having to track back every 2 mins would be exiting .

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Feb 8, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #38

    115ONLINE GUY // Feb 8, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    If no Adebeyor.. Bale might be played as main striker

    Get your money on 2-3 or 2-4 to Newcastle United ,,really, Get it on.

    Friday night and the Wife wants to go to Ikea. see you later lad’s

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 8, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #39

    Online…Nah, Pardew has nearly turned him in to a great defender, would be a shame to see all that work go to waste 🙂

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  • Jonny

    Feb 8, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #40

    Newcastle v bale.

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