Venue: White Hart Lane, North London.
Date: Sat 9th February, 2013.
Kick off: 12.45pm.
Referee: Phil Dowd.
UK TV: Sky Sports.
Hello, good afternoon and welcome to our “match banter” feature for this afternoon’s early televised game against Tottenham Hotspur at their place, White Hart Lane.
Of course, Newcastle United should be going into this match with more confidence than they have in quite some time, coming into this game after their first two back to back victories of the season after a pretty horrendous losing streak which saw us sinking as low as 16th in the table. Alas, even the two abovementioned victories, against Aston Villa and Chelsea, has only raised us one place to 15th. However, a third victory could possibly raise us as high as 12th if the three teams above us, Norwich, Fulham and Blunderland, all lose their later games, or 13th if they all draw. Here’s hoping!
Of course, it would be nothing we haven’t done before, as we beat Tottenham 2-1 earlier in the season, albeit with home advantage on that occaision. One thing is certain though, with our latest batch of French fancies, and with our previous two victories on the trot, it is one of our most eagerly awaited matches of the season, giving us a chance to finally put a resectable distance between ourselves and the dreaded relegation zone.
Anyway, on that positive note I will take my leave for now, but not without my usual reminders that I will be posting the official team sheets for the game, some links to watch the games online, as well as posting the highlights, post match interviews, and probably a video of the whole match when one becomes available. Which only leaves it for me to say:
Howay the Lads!
Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1): Hugo Lloris (G), Kyle Walker, Michael Dawson (C), Steven Caulker, Kyle Naughton, Scott Parker, Mousa Dembele,; Aaron Lennon, Lewis Holtby, Gareth Bale, Clint Dempsey.
Subs: Brad Friedel (G), Benoit Assou-Ekotto, William Gallas, Jan Vertonghen, Jake Livermore, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Emmanuel Adebayor.
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul (G), Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Davide Santon, James Perch, Yohan Cabaye, Yoan Gouffran, Moussa Sissoko, Jonas Gutierrez, Papiss Cisse.
Subs: Steve Harper (G), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, Shola Ameobi.