Newcastle vs Tottenham – Match Preview


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Newcastle are going through a very poor spell at the moment, and  team has also been hit by injuries and suspensions recently, and in the last seven league games we’ve picked up only 4 points and failed to score in six of them and add to that the home defeat against 3rd bottom placed Cardiff City in the 3rd round of the FA Cup at home, and it has not been good.

And that’s four home defeats in a row for Newcastle too, so we are hoping things can be turned around tonight against Tottenham, who are currently 5th top of the league table and 3 points behind Liverpool, and are pushing for a Champions League position under new manager Tim Sherwood.

For Newcastle, Coloccini, Debuchy, Tiote and Cisse will all miss this game through injury, and there is also a doubt about goalkeeper Tim Krul, who picked up a knock in the 3-0 defeat at Stanford Bridge last Saturday, and Rob Elliot is on standby, in case Tim fails his late fitness test.

Loic Remy is also not available because this will be the third and final match of his three game suspension, and he will return for the next game at home to Aston Villa a week on Sunday.

Alan Pardew could well keep the same team as started last Saturday at Chelsea, with Yanga-Mbiwa replacing Mathieu Debuchy at right back, but a place has to be found for Yoan Gouffran, who is fit again.

However, the 24 year-old Yanga-Mbiwa must cut out some of his ridiculous challenges in and around the penalty box, and he again gave away a penalty on Saturday from a corner, even though the ball had already cleared when he brought down Eto’o in the box – it was a very soft penalty to give away, and Newcastle  cannot afford such mistakes tonight.

So this is the side that Alan Pardew could start today.

Krul
Yanga-Mbiwa Williamson Taylor (S) Dummett
Santon Anita
Gouffran Sissoko (c) Ameobi (Sa)
de Jong
Subs; Elliot Haidara Gosling Ben Arfa Marveaux Armstrong

We hope Sammy Ameobi keeps his place after his Man of the Match performance on Saturday, so it looks like Ben Arfa could find himself on the bench tonight.

And we hope Adam Armstrong is also on the bench tonight, and the recently turned 17 year-old has a chance of making his debut for his home side club.

Only 22% think we will win this game tonight and 55% think we’ll lose, which would be out fifth home defeat in a row and the seventh loss in the last nine games in all competitions – so that would not be good.

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The keys to the game are the lads starting the game well, and closing down the opposition, much as we did in the first 20 minutes on Saturday in London, but Newcastle  must be stronger in defense, and no stupid fouls in and around the penalty box.

There is a chance  we can get something out of this game tonight, but with four of our better players – Colo, Tiote, Remy and Debuchy missing – it seems we are a mediocre team at best  these days, and of course there’s no Yohan Cabaye either.

We hope the lads can pull out of the slumber they have been in since the end of last year and get a win tonight.

That would be fantastic.

Howay The Lads!!

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146 comments so far

  • mindshaft

    Feb 12, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #1

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  • DokToon

    Feb 12, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #2

    gmorning all,

    wonder what the odds of us scoring a goal today is? cant be good ones

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 12, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #3

    lawro has us down for a 2-1 win

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 12, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #4

    mindshaft //

    the company pay for it, 🙂

    but I have never heard of this giffgaff, im not to sure if there over here in Norway,, will check that out

    thanks

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Feb 12, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #5

    This would be my team
    Krul/Elliot
    Santon Williamson Taylor dummet
    MYM Anita
    Socks hba marv
    Ldj

    MYM in midfield to help Anita with physical battles, protect the defence and cover Santon when he gets forward.

    Sorry for anybody who disagrees but Sam ameobi defies not as good as marv. Sammy and gouffy can be on bench.

    Ldj target man with 3 creative men supporting behind him.

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 12, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #6

    ts

    oh shit 🙁

    quite sad when you see how many expect to lose this

    don’t worry though, we will have people on tomorrow to tell us the positives

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 12, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #7

    catchy

    why worry….lawro is never wrong 🙁

    but i’m not too bothered, i don’t expect much tonight but think we could get a draw.

    spurs haven’t won here for 10 years, but then again sunderland hadn’t won 3 in a row for 90, so this record is so small it’s not even worth it for pardew to break it…so we will not lose 🙂 positive spin?

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 12, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #8

    ts

    at the very least im hoping for a draw,

    if we finished 9th this season,, would you class it as failure ??

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  • asenski

    Feb 12, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #9

    ts and catchy
    who is lawro? i am sorry but missed your conversation
    i would go for a classy draw but not sure cause yesterday i was thinking the same for hull vs southampton but the saint literally outclassed hull

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  • 70TWO

    Feb 12, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #10

    Choosing the right playmaker will be the most important position tonight and ‘Sqwauka’ points out that Sissoko is our most creative player. Spurs matches against ManC and Everton have seen them having difficulty dealing with a player using the space in front of the defensive line. The choice for playmaker seems to be between Sissoko, Gouffron and HBA, but what about playing Anita further forward as he would seem to be the best passer of the ball.

    If Pardew went back to a basic 442 and put players in their proper positions, the team would look something like this:
    ———- de Jong – Gouffran
    Sammy – Anita – Sissoko – Santon
    Dummett – Saylor – Willo – Mbiwa

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  • geordie157

    Feb 12, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #11

    Santon has been out of form for a while, so surely out would make more sense to put gosling in from the start, box to box player. Or even mbiwa holding with Anita to try and allow the likes of sissoko, Ben arfa and Sammy to support de jong.

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 12, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #12

    asenski //

    he is a pundit

    he used to play for Liverpool and now works for the BBC spouting crap as a no thing

    he also had a spell as a coach at Newcastle in the 90s with keegan, as our defensive coach,
    didn’t work

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 12, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #13
  • bzak12

    Feb 12, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #14

    Another record about to fall to record breaker Percy. We’ve never lost 4 in a row at home in Premier league era another one for the Dork to rack up. Actually 5 home defeats in a row if you include FA Cup reverse.

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 12, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #15
  • SharpEnough23

    Feb 12, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #16

    Armstrong to start today

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  • asenski

    Feb 12, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #17

    thanks catchy
    but it seems that his oponent david badiel provides more reasonable predictions
    let’s hope lawro has mistaken and we snatch the win, not the draw 😉

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 12, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #18
  • Foxworth

    Feb 12, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #19

    My Team (4-2-3-1)

    Krul

    Santon MYM Willo Haidara

    Anita Sissoko

    Sammy HBA Gouffran

    De Jong

    HBA free role, Sameobi & Gouff helping out at the back!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 12, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #20

    catchy

    personally i would, i think we should be 8th with this team that started the season and if we hadn’t lost cabaye i’d say we should be roughly in the pack with everton and man utd.

    but now cabaye is gone i’d make do with 8th, think it would be ok providing we blood 1 or 2 kids in the side, just the odd game or 30 mins here and there.

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 12, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #21

    asenski

    david used to have a good footballing show on tv, I think around 96,

    he knows quite a lot

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  • asenski

    Feb 12, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #22

    my god deb’s stats look even better than ivanovic’s
    i have never expected to do so

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 12, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #23

    catchy

    i like debuchy, think he has settled well, gets caught out at times but all fullbacks do to that extent.

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  • geordie157

    Feb 12, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #24

    Agree with those comments, short on players, still think 8th would be a decent season. Be good to see Armstrong get a chance.

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  • asenski

    Feb 12, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #25

    TS
    you are very optimistic mate
    as we lost cabs my prediction was we are going to stick to 10-11th as we all know soton are stronger at the moment and will finish ahead of us, don’t know but maybe swansea will have also decent half of thecampaign

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 12, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #26

    Shadow shearer.

    our 3 available most creative players this season so far (stats wise) are Socks, Goofy and HBA. This includes key passes and assists. Cabaye and remy are second and third but neither will play tonight for us. Since goofy is also our top available scorer, we really should find a spot in the team for him tonight.

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  • geordie157

    Feb 12, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #27

    On the subject of prospects, anyone know how Alex gilliead is doing?

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  • asenski

    Feb 12, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #28

    is gouffran fit to face spurs?

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 12, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #29

    asesnski

    we have a 10 point gap between us and 10th, can see that being cut.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 12, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #30

    meant to say

    can’t see that gap being cut

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 12, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #31

    Asenki

    Last i heard goofy was available for tonight. Might have changed though. Someone else said he was getting a late fitness test.

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  • asenski

    Feb 12, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #32

    TS
    right 10 points but we have massively lowered our form . remember what happened when cabs was off last campaign – we just couldn’t handle with that
    and not to mention stats , records and so on when it comes to pardew’s records – everything is possible

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 12, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #33

    Foxworth

    I like that team. Just need hba to get his head up (and out of his arse 😀 ) i think we’d have a chance.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 12, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #34

    asesnski

    last year 49 points got 8th and 46 got 10th…..i’m sure we can manage to get 10-12 points between now and the end of the season

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 12, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #35

    T sage.

    3 wins and a draw eh? Starting tonight? 😀

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  • JAMSHA

    Feb 12, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #36

    NEWCASTLE 1-0 SPURS … THANK U

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 12, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #37

    markaccus

    definitely possible looking at our run of games coming, if we play well we can win a few

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 12, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #38

    T sage

    As long as we attack those teams. Caution has its place, and i sometimes think some fans want all out attack all of the time, but we should certainly go for it more against spurs at home, and man u ( who are struggling like mad). Who else is coming up?

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  • Oldgit1

    Feb 12, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #39

    Can anyone tell me if we have any AM in the under 21s or reserves that could step up to the first team. I can’t think of anyone except gosling.

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  • toon kk

    Feb 12, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #40

    JAMSHA
    Wishful thinking, we’ll be ripped apart by a far superior team. I can’t see us winning a game to we get our key players back.

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