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.
Yanga-Mbiwa Williamson Taylor (S) Dummett
Gouffran Sissoko (c) Ameobi (Sa)
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.
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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