Newcastle face another tough test tomorrow afternoon against Tottenham Hotspur, and White Hart Lane is not a particularly lucky place for Newcastle to visit, and we have lost five of our last seven games there.
In last week’s great win over Chelsea, Newcastle had to defend well in that first half and got to half time with the scores still level at 0-0, and a similar rearguard effort will be required tomorrow, if Newcastle are to get anything out of this game.
On the injury front it seems like captain Fab Coloccini is fit again after training all week, and there’s a decent chance he will lead Newcastle out at White Hat Lane in the early noon time kick-off tomorrow.
Steven Taylor is not fit, but should be ready for our next game in two weeks time against Norwich City who beat West Ham 3-1 at Carrow Road.
Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara are still suffering from hamstring injuries for this game.
Alan Pardew and the team go into this game in a confident mood, but they would do well to remember what happened in February of last year, when we were in a similarly confident move, but were 4-0 down at half time, and we just didn’t turn up in that first half and the game was over.
This is how Alan described that game today:
“Particularly two years ago, we really got caught in the headlights there.” “It’s an early start for us so we’ll have to get up early, have a little walk around to get the cobwebs out, get some porridge down us and make sure we’re ready.”
There’s unlikely to be many changes made in the side that did so well last time out against Chelsea, but we have a feeling Pardew may recall Colo to the side, even though Mike Williamson and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa have been playing well in Colo’s absence in central defense.
This is the side we think the Newcastle manager will start tomorrow:
Debuchy Williamson Coloccini (c) Santon
Tiote Cabaye Sissoko Gouffran
Remy Ameobi (Sh)
Subs: Elliot Yanga-Mbiwa Anita Ben Arfa Cisse Ameobi (Sa) Obertan
And as many as 66% of Newcastle fans think we can get something out of this game tomorrow.
And with a two week International break, it’s important Newcastle get a result tomorrow.
But at the very least, Tottenham will be a decent test of this Newcastle side, to measure just how good we may be this season.
We’d be very happy with a draw tomorrow – and a win would be another fantastic result for the Magpies, who will play in their new Brazil strips for the very first time.