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Pundit’s Bad News For Newcastle – Amid Ruthless Schedule

9:26 am, Friday, December 11th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 65 Comments

Paul Merson has some good things to say about Newcastle after our great display and win against Liverpool on Sunday, but he still thinks Newcastle will suffer defeat at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon.

Tottenham have  a good record in the league this season and at home they have four wins and four draws and have only lost on Premier League game all season – in the very first game at Old Trafford on August 8th when they went down 1-0.

So it’s obvious – they are due a defeat.

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Harry Kane in action at West Brom last week

And they had an easy home win last night in the Europa League and beat Monaco 4-1 with a hat-trick from Lamela coming after only 37 minutes.

They also rested Harry Kane for the Newcastle game and he was an unused substitute last night.

Spurs won their Group J with 13 points from 6 games – 3 points above Anderlecht.

While Spurs haven’t lost many games this season they also have only won six league games so far and drawn eight – so there may be a chance we can get a draw on Sunday.

This is what Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has said about the game in north London on Sunday:

“I know Liverpool were supposed to turn up against Newcastle and turn them over, the same as people expect Arsenal to do against Villa on Sunday. But Newcastle have a bit more about them.”

“It just shows how ruthless this league can be sometimes. Newcastle beat Liverpool and then have to go to White Hart Lane, against a Spurs side who have lost just once this season.”

“But I think Spurs are getting into that mold at the moment, they’re maybe a tad tired, and they look to be going out with the attitude of making sure they don’t lose the game before they go out to win the game.”

“Newcastle’s result was phenomenal, but I do expect Spurs to win this, they are a good side with in-form players. They need to break down the brick wall here after two draws.”

Paul predicts a 3-0 defeat for Newcastle – that wouldn’t be good.

Almost half of our fans think we can get something out of this game – that would be great!

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65 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ibizatoon // Dec 11, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Ed…I’d be interested to know of all the “How will Newcastle fare” polls, how many us fans have called correctly.

    I get the feeling, more often than not, we tend to get them wrong, like last week. Therefore, I have to ask the 45% who think we can get a result on here – why do it to us?

    Vote a loss, get a win.

    Also, vote for Pedro, and all your wildest dreams will come true.

  • 2 Jib // Dec 11, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    I wondered why Cissé was in the press saying nice things about McClaren , the team , and the Toon .
    All becomes clear when you read he and his agent are in crunch talks to extend his contract past June 2017.
    If they give him a years extension as they did with Colo , it will take him to just after his 33rd birthday.

  • 3 Our Toon // Dec 11, 2015 at 10:00 AM


    Under Pearson Mahrez wasn’t allowed to excel as he doesn’t like tracking back, Pearson more often than not used the lad as a sub, when he did play he was asked to do alot of babysitting. This season Mahrez is allowed to play with freedom, doesn’t have to track back and has a licence to thrill. That’s the biggest difference between most European coaches and all British coaches. The reason mahrez is flying is because Ranieri is allowing him to play with freedom

  • 4 SPRINGY // Dec 11, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    morning all
    i think if he signs a contract there will be no striker coming in january transfer window

  • 5 Our Toon // Dec 11, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    It would make more sense for Cisse to move abroad to usa, middle east, india or China and earn more money than to suck up to McClaren and get a new contract here

  • 6 SPRINGY // Dec 11, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    i would be surprised if the club extend his contract tbh…yes they did with colo but he’s club captain who was playing week in week out..whether thats good or bad… but cisse hasnt played much over the last year or so and strikers are worth a bit more money at 30 compared to 33

  • 7 Jib // Dec 11, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Their thinking is probably affected by having Arma lurking in the wings.
    We have ostensibly as true 9’s or false ones.

    De Jong
    Gilliead ( needs a scuba outfit to play at his loan club 😎 )

    Something has to give !!!

  • 8 Jib // Dec 11, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    I forgot Ivan Toney ffs

  • 9 SPRINGY // Dec 11, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    i think they myt move arma up to championship in the summer,have a look at riveirre,and go with perez mitro dejong rivvy and cisse till the summer..goofy has barely played as striker for us and personally think he will be away one of the the next 2 transfer windows….the rest are a few year away from 1st team football

  • 10 SPRINGY // Dec 11, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    shit so did i!lol

  • 11 Munster Mag // Dec 11, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Our Tn, Sky were highlighting the work ethic odf Leicester recently and Mahrez was featured for his closing down work. This chestnut that good players dont have to work back or close down is nonsense mate. Look at Messi. We still have fans inferring that we messed up with HBA, who was just a lazy bastard , end of.

  • 12 SPRINGY // Dec 11, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    hba is a talented player but hes not suited to the hard working premier league,the league he’s in now is more suited to his style,its up to every individual player to there game to the league they are in he would’nt do it…..good luck to him

  • 13 SPRINGY // Dec 11, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    where as mahrez has stepped up his game,but whether he can maintain such a work rate and skill level season on season is yet to be seen

  • 14 Lindisfarne // Dec 11, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    Leicester have really supassed us now, usually Novembers Manager of the Months goes to NUFC. Lets see if the accolades makes them fall by the way side.

  • 15 Rotonda heights // Dec 11, 2015 at 11:08 AM


    You really could bore for england couldn’t you.
    if that is your aim, you have succeeded royally my friend.

    There are many foreigners who have hit the ground running and made a great instant impact. Conversely many English players have moved clubs and failed disastrously.

    Let’s face it if the majority say white you’d say black. After all, that little argumentative, ”I’m always right and better than anyone else ” gene that likes to endlessly wind people up, especially after you’ve probably been drinking is what you get off on.

  • 16 Jib // Dec 11, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    Still being linked with Marcelo Diaz.

  • 17 Jib // Dec 11, 2015 at 11:44 AM

    Here is an interesting one
    Rubin Okitie was born in Pakistan but is an Austrian international. A 6′ 2″ striker.
    He plays for German 2nd division side
    1860 Munchen

    Apparently we had a spy at his latest outing when he scored a classy hat-trick.

    Graham Carr’s guy in Germany

  • 18 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 11, 2015 at 11:55 AM

    Munster…every player are not alike and nor should they be. You need different kinds of players..some track back and some don’t. They might offer something needed in the last third though. Some don’t get forward but are effective at the back.

    Some run around alot…some just run without adding to the game. It’s called negative running. Some pile on yellow cards.

    You have em all Munster, but it’s only in England you can love hard worker who’s just not good enough.

  • 19 Bobbybee // Dec 11, 2015 at 11:59 AM

    I’d be happy to see Arma finish his stint at Coventry and then bring him home for next season. As the old saying goes, you can only beat what’s in front of you and he’s causing devastation in League One. Neither are his goals simple tap ins, they’re generally goals worthy of any division. Even his training ground 50 yrd strike – a quick look up and a perfectly placed shot. Arma is this generations Rooney , Lineker, Shearer etc. The way we play now, is ideal for the Kid. He’s electric across the important first ten yards and there’s simply nobody in our squad better at scoring goals. He’s a natural. Born to it. With De Jong, Gini and Co picking out his runs through the channels, he’ll score a hatful. Like I say, let him finish his education at Coventry, with maybe a move up in January if necessary. He had a full page to himself as a future England star in the programme v France the other week and they know a thing or two. If we don’t offer him PL football next season, somebody else will.

  • 20 Jib // Dec 11, 2015 at 12:04 PM

    Not just the English admire hard working unskilled players.

    Remember Søren Larsen , he made Peter Crouch look like Fred Astaire 🙂

    What a donkey !

    Three years at Schalke 10 goals
    Three years at Toulouse No goals !!!!

    A regular in the Danish national side – oh dear.

  • 21 Our Toon // Dec 11, 2015 at 12:14 PM


    Mahrez helps to press as the team do it, he doesn’t track back though, watch them play and you’ll realise. Against us Mahrez occupied an area but never followed any runners.

    As for Arfa, if you watch Nice he presses high up the pitch as the team do, but doesn’t come back as they don’t want him to. You were alluding to pardew who prefers his wide players to sit back rather than press.

  • 22 Our Toon // Dec 11, 2015 at 12:19 PM

    As for Messi he presses players as that’s the barca way, Ronaldo on the other hand doesn’t press at all or track back. I like Sanchez because he works non stop on and off the ball, alot of his running, stamina is down to where he’s from and they play at a higher altitude level in Chile compared to most other places.

    Ronaldinho didn’t work back or track at all so Rijkaard put him on the left wing, a place that he said he’d cause the least amount of damage of they lost the ball!! A British manager would have dropped Ronaldinho for what he couldn’t do rather than what he can do!!

  • 23 midweek weekend // Dec 11, 2015 at 12:26 PM

    Our toon

    Totally agree but I don’t think anyone has said the words drop Ronaldinho before haha, that guy is a bloody legend

  • 24 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 11, 2015 at 12:39 PM

    Jeff…you are speaking monkey again!

  • 25 AncientC // Dec 11, 2015 at 12:39 PM

    Ben Arfa is an “attacking midfielder,” it’s not in job description of an attacking midfielder to track back.

    Asking Ben Arfa to track back and defend is the same as asking Tiote to get up the pitch, dribble past players and play a through ball.

  • 26 Jib // Dec 11, 2015 at 12:52 PM

    Our Toon

    I’m assuming geography is not your strong suite

    Alexis Sanchez although Chiean has never lived or played at altitude
    He was born inTocopilla a port
    Then played in Cobreloa another port
    Then Macul-Greater Santiago by the Pacific
    Then Udinese near the Adriatic
    Then River Plate
    Then Arsenal not far from the Thames
    Ports tend to be at sea level as do rivers especially near the coast .

    All Chileans play at altitude !!!! ha ha ha

  • 27 SPRINGY // Dec 11, 2015 at 12:58 PM

    vardy,mahrez and sanchez(arsenal) are all attacking players and they graft there arses off….dont necessarily track back granted but work hard,ben arfa didnt work hard enough but he may of at a different club with a different manager,but not many english clubs were trying to sign him so that says alot

  • 28 AncientC // Dec 11, 2015 at 1:02 PM

    It seems odd to me that an attacking player gets judged mainly on his defensive contribution. Are defensive players mainly judged on their attacking contribution?

  • 29 AncientC // Dec 11, 2015 at 1:03 PM

    Remember the good old days, when Robert and Ginola put in some great tackles…

  • 30 Our Toon // Dec 11, 2015 at 1:29 PM


    My geography is very good thanks, both Sanchez and Isla both commented on having good engines due to the altitude levels of when they grew up, sports scientists at both QPR and Arsenal have said it’s not something which can be replicated or taught but an added attribute these players. You just wanted to have a dig because I questioned you earlier unfortunately as per usual you do it with facts and without carrying out due diligence before speaking (typing)

    Westerham Heights in Bromley is the at 245 metres which I think is around 804ft above sea level. The club Sanchez moved to at 16 is 2,260 metres altitude. Big difference Jiber jabber

  • 31 SPRINGY // Dec 11, 2015 at 1:35 PM

    in the “good old days” players like ginola,robert and if ben arfa had been around then he would of been a superstar but that was just about 20yrs ago,same as 20 yrs before ginola and robert u had to be tough and be able to take a kickin…the league is different to then and the modern players have to do more to earn a place in a side,thats the way it seems nowadays in this league especially

  • 32 Our Toon // Dec 11, 2015 at 1:39 PM


    That’s should read without facts rather than with facts.

  • 33 Our Toon // Dec 11, 2015 at 1:42 PM


    It’s not mate, it’s a preference more than a requirement, Ozil is another who doesn’t track back. It’s down to managers preferences, some managers prefer players to occupy an area some prefer following a player tracking runners. Wijinaldum doesn’t track runners on the left but occupies an area

  • 34 SPRINGY // Dec 11, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    our toon
    ya probs right, but if a player is in a certain the manager will be expect him to work that area,close down and pressure which i dont think HBA would do.

  • 35 Jail for Ashley // Dec 13, 2015 at 7:33 AM

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    club ? )

    Something has to give !!!

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    his loan club ? )

    Something has to give !!!

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  • 40 Jail for Ashley // Dec 13, 2015 at 7:42 AM

    Gilliead ( needs a scuba outfit to play at his loan club ? )

    Something has to give !!!

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