Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has decided to play an unchanged side against Spurs this afternoon, even though captain Fab Coloccini is fit, and he’s on the bench today.
But the side did so well last Saturday against Chelsea, that Pardew has shown faith in his central defense pairing of Mike Williamson and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, and they get another chance today to show they can again get the job done for Newcastle.
The Newcastle bench is strong – Rob Elliot, Fabricio Coloccini, Vurnon Anita, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Hatem Ben Arfa and Papiss Cisse
And there’s a bit of a surprise with the Tottenham side, as American Brad Friedel is in goal for his first Premier League appearance of the season, and Hugo Lloris is left out of the squad completely.
That follows some controversy last week when he was allowed to continue after apparently being momentarily knocked unconscious near the end the game at Goodison Park, which ended in a 0-0 draw.
Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1): Brad Friedel; Kyle Walker, Michael Dawson (c), Vlad Chiriches, Jan Vertonghen; Paulinho, Mousa Dembele; Andros Townsend, Christian Eriksen, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Andros Townsend; Roberto Soldado
Substitutes: Heurelho Gomes, Younes Kaboul, Sandro, Lewis Holtby, Aaron Lennon, Erik Lamela, Jermain Defoe
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Davide Santon; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote (c), Yohan Cabaye, Yoan Gouffran; Shola Ameobi, Loic Remy
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Fabricio Coloccini, Vurnon Anita, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse