Tottenham vs Newcastle – Match Preview

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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.

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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.

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Nov 9, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #1

    Will annoy me if Mbiwa or Willo are dropped for this game they were animals at the back against Chelsea in that 2nd half getting in the road of everything their confidence will be high Spurs are not that great in the air Sissoko , Willo and Mbiwa shoud be able to trouble them at set pieces ?!?

    I hate how we always stand together and then run we should do set pieces the way Liverpool do it with players spread all over the box creating space they scored 2 goals against Fulham using that tactic

    Adam Lallana what a player just wish we had a youngster like that coming through our ranks

  • Graeme

    Nov 9, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #2

    Personally, I would leave Collo on the bench and show my faith in the back four who have been superb while Collo was off on his jollies. It will give a major boost to Williamson & M’Biwa – they simply do not deserve to be dropped, even for Collo.

  • mickg108

    Nov 9, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #3

    Pards wanted Lallana,,But Yet Again,,Couldn’t find ” The Line”,,to get him over…Google Maps can’t find “The Line”,,either lol.

  • Graeme

    Nov 9, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #4

    Mick, The line is in the car park near SBR’s statue – the Illustrious Owner had it painted in black, to match the tarmac and poor old Jokin Ear cant find it. Niether can Pardew though!!!

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 9, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #5


    Now don’t get me wrong, colo on his day is a top top CB
    But he’s just returning from an injury, he’s arguably not as committed as he once was and the current back four look full of confidence

    If he plays his way back into the squad, say cracks start appearing in the back four, then fair enough
    But the back four haven’t put a foot wrong and earned the right to play

    Also just want to say the “he’s playing for a WC” is a crock, hope that pardew doesn’t share that philosophy or our fringe lads might as well pack up, what targets have they got to play for? “Play as well as you can lads when our purples are out but once there back you need to accept that and go back to the bench”

    Let’s take Willamson for example, this time last year people were talking about Taylor for England, for me willo is a better CB, now I am in no way shape or form saying yay willo for England because he’s had a good game, but simply look at it from his POV, who do England have as CB’s, why shouldn’t he be thinking if I can find form maybe just maybe!
    And why would he be happy to roll over and let colo walk back in!

    Really hope for at least tomorrow pardews shows some faith in the lads who have upped there game and doesn’t simply start lads like colo and benny just because there the big names

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Nov 9, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #6

    Was Pardew not responsible for bringing Lallana , Lambert and Schneiderlin to Southampton ??

    Just a thought … cause if we had Lambert and Lallana in our team I think we could be nailed on top 7 this season


    Nov 9, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #7

    I would continue the in form CB partnership of Williamson and MYM. I think Ben Arfa has to start for us to get a result. Too good of a player to be benched week in and week out.

  • Toon Tang

    Nov 10, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #8

    snodgrass’s face is fcuked, i just saw it on a HD telly

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 10, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #9

    Why start HBA? Surely the same arguement as colo applies, you need to earn the right to play and not be in the squad on reputation, benny has been shocking the last 4-5 games and like cisse, when he’s not in his very top form he offers very little to the team overall

    Look at goofy and sissoko against chelsea, both played on the flanks and both turned defence into attack in seconds, no p*ssing around trying to skin people, no trying to take 3/4 players on simply get to the byline and get the ball in
    And when they weren’t doing that they were defending, they were pressuring the opposition and they grafted for the full 90
    Benny simply doesn’t do this and atm his best role looks an impact sub

    Our best team doesn’t nessicerally mean cramming our 11 best players into the line up

  • manxpie

    Nov 10, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #10

    lookin at southamptons fixtures they had quite an easy run so far but there next run will show how good they really are
    think we’ll see the same back four tomorrow and its just pardew keepin spurs guessin

  • manxpie

    Nov 10, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #11

    haha toon tang me too rare breed that like!


    Nov 10, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #12

    The point in benching Benny was to teach him a lesson. Benny can completely take over a game with his ability and we need that tomorrow. Tottenham doesn’t have the most potent attack so I think we won’t need that many people tracking back. We need Benny’s quality in the attack and hopefully he learned a lesson while warming the bench the last few matches.
    I agree with goofy and sissoko. I don’t agree with shola starting. Tottenham has one of the best central defenses in the PL

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Nov 10, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #13

    Play same 4-4-2 against Tottenahm we did against Chelsea. But have Sissoko playing left wing to double up on Townsend. We don’t want him to make Santon look like a complete fool.

    Play Shola upfront with Remy in the first half, 1 of them is there to score goals, and da other simply is not! Lol. Shola job is 2 hold the ball up and bring others in2 play. This will help us to get on the front foot.

    Second half or when we’ve settled in, Shola jumps off, and Benny comes on and plays upfront with Remy.

    Then Pardew can say 2 da AVB, let me introduce u to my little friend… And on comes Anita! Who will find an opening!

    Ohhhhh I cannae wait for this game!!

  • mattnufc

    Nov 10, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #14

    I think Ben Arfa will always give us more points than we lose due his lack of tracking back; Wouldn’t have won against Fulham or Aston Villa without him this season. Hopefully he has taken a look a Gouffran’s work rate – if he copies it then we will have a great team player along with a great individual player..

  • Graeme

    Nov 10, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #15

    If Benny could put in the same work rate as Gouffran, you would truly have a world class player. It would be amazing to see, but as likely as finding rocking horse droppings on the pitch at SJP!!!

  • mattnufc

    Nov 10, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #16

    Is that because they have all been punched when near the ground and scared away.. Right, definitely time to hit the hay 😉

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 10, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #17

    Sorry mate just disagree completely on benny, don’t think the lads anywhere near world class, the lads good but he doesn’t fit the team and simply doesn’t graft, his work rate is poor and he drifts out of games to much
    For me our best team doesn’t have him in the starting line up, the fact he didn’t even get on as a sub vs chelski speaks about how much he’s learnt from his lesson


    Nov 10, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    Comment #18

    I sure hope he does learn. If not we can get a large chunk of change for him. Maybe then we can wrap up remy.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Nov 10, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    Comment #19

    Arfa cant start on the wings in the premiership if he is going to be lazy these days it will just leave the fullback exposed we need Gouffran and Sissoko on the wings

    I would personally play Benny in a free role just behind the main striker which would be Remy I think that could be fantastic potentially but Arfa needs to do more its just not enough now to beat a few people and have the odd assist without working for it

    Look at other teams and look how hard their star player works look at Lallana for example has all the flair of Arfa but 100 times the work rate ! Same with Rooney and the likes of Suarez its no longer acceptable to not put the effort in !

    Also think Santon will defend well again he has his critics but has been pretty solid recently is timing his runs better and will mark Lamella/Townsend out of the game with the help of Gouffran !

  • AndyNUFC

    Nov 10, 2013 at 2:47 AM

    Comment #20

    Well we all know Ben Arfa does not defend. Keep the same defence; but have Tiote & Anita defensive mids, Ben Arfa left mid, Cabaye “CAM”, Sissoko RM, Remy upfront. 0-2 Toon? We’ll see come 2pm Sunday.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Nov 10, 2013 at 3:09 AM

    Comment #21

    we are very inconsistent. by the record books, we are supposed to be in for a horror show today. a good game followed by absolute garbage.

    i really hope pardew has the players fired up for a good performance again today and not just roll over.

    if we get consistency going, maybe even Cisse might start scoring.

    Lamela must be the player to watch today.

  • FinnBarr

    Nov 10, 2013 at 4:07 AM

    Comment #22

    I think the clean sheets against Chelsea and Man City do speak volumes… maybe the partnership between Willo and Mbiwa will be allowed to gel even further? In the end it may not matter- each week watching Newcastle play is like watching a schizophrenia patient- you don’t know which personality is going to show up….makes for exciting football at least.

  • zimtoon

    Nov 10, 2013 at 6:27 AM

    Comment #23

    Southampton are really impressive with their passing brand of football

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 10, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #24

    Zimtoon…passing is a luxury we cannot afford 😉

  • Slank

    Nov 10, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #25

    I agree with some others that despite how good Colo is I believe Pardew should show more faith in Mbiwa. Also I think Shola doesn’t merit a place ahead of Anita. My line up would be:

    Debuchy – Willo – Mbiwa – Santon
    Tiote – Cabaye – Anita
    Sissoko – Remy – Goofy


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