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Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur match preview.

Posted on January 21st, 2011 | 27 Comments |

Can we beat 'Spurs again at home?
Can we beat 'Spurs again at home?
Tomorrow’s game against the undoubtedly tough opposition of Tottenham Hotspur sees Newcastle United going into the battle with something of an injury crisis amongst the troops.

Andy Carroll’s thigh injury saga continues, Alan Smith looks like he will be out for the whole season with a nasty ankle injury, Dan Gosling’s knee has flared up again just after returning from nine months on the sidelines, Hatem Ben Arfa’s long recovery from a double leg break continues, as does that of Ryan Taylor (another ankle injury). Meanwhile, Steven Taylor’s hamstring remains a doubt, and Sol Campbell’s illness has now turned into a very minor calf / shin injury so he’s aso doubtful. Finally, captain and second highest goalscorer, Kevin Nolan is also rumoured to have a throat infection.

Besides injuries, Tiote will serve the second of his three suspensions picked up for a sending off in Newcastle’s F.A. Cup fiasco against Stevenage Borough. Winger, Wayne Routledge will also be going out on loan back to his old club, Queen’s Park Rangers and is probably unlikely to feature.

However manager, Alan Pardew, has been defiant in pre match interviews, with the manager telling The Shields Gazette:

“We’re in a win business – nothing else,”

“We’re Newcastle United, and I expect us to win – I don’t care who the opposition is.

“It would be brilliant, but it’s a tough ask. We’ve had some terrible news this week about Alan Smith, and we’ve lost Dan Gosling as well this week.

“We’re going into the game with a depleted squad, which is far from ideal, but having said that, we’re off the back of a great performance.

“We’ve got a strategy to beat them. It is difficult, but they have shown away from home that if we can create enough pressure, which we didn’t do in the first game, you can trouble them.

“Put Stevenage to one side, because we didn’t perform that day, in the Premier League games I can’t fault the attitude of the squad players that have come in.”

He has an ally in the BBC’s “Match of the Day” pundit, Mark Lawrenson, who also fancies a result for the Magpies. He told BBC Sport online:

“Newcastle are very unpredictable at the moment. They should probably have taken all three points at Sunderland last week because they were the better side but what you always get from them under manager Alan Pardew is a team willing to battle.

They get their foot in and they press the opposition, and they do both of those things extremely well.

“Tottenham have been on a great run but they lost at Everton and drew at home to Manchester United in their last two league games, and I think they might be in for another frustrating time here.

“I still think Spurs are heading in the right direction, though. Steven Pienaar is an excellent signing from Everton, and he is a really useful player because he can play in any position across the midfield – he’s a good footballer, runs at people and commits defenders.

“Pienaar is another attack-minded player to add to the long list at Tottenham and it’s another clever buy by Spurs boss Harry Redknapp.

“Redknapp has let David Bentley go out on loan to Birmingham, made Robbie Keane available and is probably thinking about allowing Nico Krankjar to leave as well. He is changing his options around in that department and has such great competition for places.

“Prediction: 2-1.”

There is also more grounds for optimism for the Magpies in looking at previous results too, with Newcastle winning the last four matches at St James’s Park. However on the other side, ‘Spurs have won the last two matches between the teams.

Meanwhile, looking at things from the Tottenham point of view, manager, Harry Redknapp, will be welcoming new signing from Everton, Steven Pienaar, to the squad.

On the Tottenham team news front, Ledley King, Jamie O’Hara and Tom Huddlestone are all out with longer term injuries, with Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Wilson Palacios both doubtful after picking up minor knee knocks in training. The seemingly permenently injured Magpie’s old boy, Jonathan Woodgate, played a practice match in midweek as he recovers from his latest injury.

In the light of all the Newcaste United injuries mentioned above, it could be a very tough game against a Champion’s League side, but here’s hoping for a repeat of our last four home games against the North London club.

Howay the lads!

Newcastle Squad: Harper, Krul, Simpson, Perch, Ferguson, Enrique, Coloccini, Williamson, Barton, Nolan, Gutierrez, Guthrie, Vuckic, Donaldson, Ameobi, Lovenkrands, Best, Ranger.

Tottenham Squad: Gomes, Pletikosa, Cudicini, Hutton, Corluka, Dawson, Kaboul, Gallas, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto,
Sandro, Palacios, Jenas, Bale, Lennon, Modric, Dos Santos, Van der Vaart, Crouch, Pavlyuchenko, Keane, Defoe, Pienaar.

Venue: St James’s Park, Newcastle.

Date / Time: 22nd January, 3PM.

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27 Responses

  1. With what we,ve got left of the squad, we hav,nt got a snowball,s chance in hell of getting anything from this game so we,ll probably win 2-0. Howay the Lads.

  2. Shame were so depleated however at least the defence is pretty much first choice – Fook that Lawro lad anyway I dont like when he predicts us to win.

    Sayin that Ive a seaky feeling we’ll turn em over tomorrow..

  3. a draw at best… just depends how much we are up for it and get in their faces from the off. a win is a long shot though as this yids side are full a top draw players and have a winning mentality.

  4. We need to be more clinical with the stuff we do create tomorrow, or we’ll suffer similar/worse than last week at Doubtfire’s Dynamo’s.

  5. Routledge Returns – QPR have now announced (offical site) that Routledge has gone back on loan til end of season.

    Hope we have someone in soon as we are getting a bit low on numbers.

    Any more news on Ireland or any other players?

  6. no ni toon not a dicky bird , its bad business so far by pardue , we desperatly need new players , guthrie and nolan tomorrow have got a hell of a task tomorrow against pienarr and modric , sum of our players are simply not gud enuf! how does it take so long 2 buy or loan sum1???? i really do hope we get a couple of players cos we dont belong in the championship!!!

  7. Just read on another blog that Vince McMahon has chucked his hat into the ring( pardon the pun )to buy the club.
    Any takers.. ?

  8. porciestreet says:
    January 21, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    “Just read on another blog that Vince McMahon has chucked his hat into the ring”

    Let’s get ready to rumble!

  9. Worky – heard a few rumours about Vince McMahon earlier in the week. To be honest can’t see it, does not seem to have much substance to it.
    If we were being bought over it could be putting a hold on buying players, but then again it should also stop up moving players out until sorted.

    See Chimbonda is also away to QPR..

  10. NI_Toon says:
    January 21, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    “Worky – heard a few rumours about Vince McMahon earlier in the week. To be honest can’t see it, does not seem to have much substance to it.”

    NI_Toon, we’ve even been linked with the Bin Ladens in the past. I hope that we’re not returning to all those silly stories again.

  11. Dont be silly, vince mcmahon :lol:

    Liking the prediction, hopefully things will turn out right for us tmr though we couldn’t even score with Carroll at WHL the last time, not even a shot on target if i remember correctly

  12. Worky – one thing though, you can’t saying its ever boring being a Toon fan :)

    All this talk recently but if you go by the last few transfer windows, we get linked with loads of names then all of a sudden someone signs that was not mentioned…

    Hard game tomorrow, just hope we dont just role over and without even giving them a fight!

  13. i dont care who we get as it wont be any worse than this lot. i am starting to think that pardew will be gone before long too as he is gobbing off too much in the press about needing players and that ashley has to cough up etc. that we need players and we cant let anyone go and that he is not scared of going after ashely for cash blah blah… he will be out on his ear very soon with another ten million compo payment. all the money this fat turd has chucked away in compo we could have bought the players that we needed ffs.

  14. Mr McMahon has sh!tloads of wonga and wouldnt it be nice to see cashflaps blown out of the water

  15. Vince McMahon :lol:

    The possibilities are endless :lol:

    As for his money……. it would be larghely irrelevant when these new rules come in anyway.

  16. McMahon the wrestling guy? What would he want with a PL football team?
    At least none of our players would ever be light weight, he’d have them all on steroids down the gym on the weights.

    I remember years and years ago he tried to set up the XFL. If I remember correctly it was a more extreme version of the NFL with helmet cameras, and probably less rules or something. It’s probably on wikipedia somewhere.

    Who we going to be linked with next? Pappa Doc? He could probably buy us using diamonds or something.

  17. Micky Toon says:
    January 21, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    “Who we going to be linked with next? Pappa Doc?”

    Micky, he’s been deed for 40 years, but that probably won’t stop ’em!

  18. Newcastle Squad: Harper, Krul, Simpson, Perch, Ferguson, Enrique, Coloccini, Williamson, Barton, Nolan, Gutierrez, Guthrie, Vuckic, Donaldson, Ameobi, Lovenkrands, Best, Ranger.

    Tottenham Squad: Gomes, Pletikosa, Cudicini, Hutton, Corluka, Dawson, Kaboul, Gallas, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto,
    Sandro, Palacios, Jenas, Bale, Lennon, Modric, Dos Santos, Van der Vaart, Crouch, Pavlyuchenko, Keane, Defoe, Pienaar.

    Is this the real Line-up??? 8O