It’s going to be a difficult game today for our lads, and of the 13 games remaining in the league, manager Alan Pardew has said the game at Manchester City is the only one tougher than this one.
Gareth Bale – the danger man for Newcastle today
And we haven’t fared well away from home at all this season, and the last game on the road at Aston Villa was our first win – but things work in strange ways, and maybe we can get our second away win on the trot today, against what is a good Tottenham Hotspur side.
In our match preview yesterday we said that Gareth Bale would be the danger man, and he scored a superb winner last week at the Hawthorns, when he fired in an unstoppable shot from just outside the penalty area to win the game 1-0 at West Brom, and gain 3 points on Chelsea, who Newcastle beat 3-2 last weekend.
Tottenham are now in 4th place and only one point behind Chelsea in the league table.
Alan Pardew certainly thinks Gareth Bale is the danger man Newcastle must watch today:
“Gareth Bale is definitely amongst those top five or six players in the world right now.” “If anyone picked a World XI, you would have Bale in at left midfield for sure. I can’t think of anyone who would dislodge him from there. That’s the level he is playing at.”
“There are not too many in the Premier League who could get in that World XI team, but he would be one of them.” “I think what you have to do is make sure you contain him to the best of your ability and shape. But you can’t take your eye off the fact they also have Mousa Dembélé, Aaron Lennon and Emmanuel Adebayor.”
“They have some really offensive players with great technical ability.” “But we did pretty well against Oscar and Juan Mata last weekend in the Chelsea game, so we can cope.” “Any away game is a test. I have said all along, since the day I walked in here, that we should win our home games. I don’t care who the opposition are.”
“But away games are much more difficult and this one, with no disrespect to Chelsea, is much more difficult than last week.” “AVB has done a good job there. He’s gone quietly about his business, as he does, he’s a very thorough coach and I’ve got a lot of admiration for him.”
Those last two sentences from Alan seem to be setting us up for a loss today, but we’ve done so poorly in the league this season, that we must try to win every single remaining game, and that includes today’s game at White Hart Lane, where our new look side with be in for a tough test – but we still can win this game.
What do you think?
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