Venue: St James’ Park, Newcastle.
Date: Sun 9th Nov, 2013.
Kick off: 12.00 noon.
Referee: Chris Foy.
UK TV: Sky Sports 1.
Well this one will certainly test the commitment of our away fans.
A 12.00 noon kick off down in the big smoke should see a couple of thousand Geordies or so waking up to pitch darkness with a long dawn trek before them. Something which isn’t an issue for myself as being a Geordie in North London, Arsenal’s stadium is but a leisurely walk away and White Hart Lane a mere tube or mini-cab ride away.
Of course, the Magpies will probably go into this one with more confidence than usual, having just beaten another London giant 2-0. but can they repeat that performance away from home?
Well it could be very difficult. Although Tottenham have a derisory amount of goals for a team who are currently fourth in table (only 9 in 10 games), the other side is that they have been as tight as a gnat’s chuff at the back, only letting in 5 goals. This is the second lowest in the Premier League behind Southampton’s even more miserly 4 goals conceeded. In their 17 games in all competitions this season, they have kept 13 clean sheets. Hence, they could be VERY tough to break down and unlike Chelsea they will also have home advantage of course.
as I mentioned, the Magpies beat the mighty Pensioners of Chelsea last time, though it could be said that we have become something of a ‘bogey’ team for them, having won three of our last four games against them (all Premier League). However, the same cannot be said of their fellow London giants, Tottenham.
Though we won our last but one game against them 2-1 at home at the beginning of last season, that has been our only victory in the last seven. Looking just at Newcastle’s games at White Hart Lane, we have lost the last four. The one before those four away defeats was a truly memorable game though as they were soundly thrashed 1-4 in their own back yard back in March 2008. Tottenham subsequently gave the Magpies an ever bigger thrashing the season before last though with 5-0 victory at their place in February 2012.
Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United last six Premier League games (most recent first).
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas confirmed that goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will return after getting a nasty bang on the heed and getting concussed in their last League game against Everton, missing Tottenham’s Thursday Europa League game against Sheriff as a precaution.
Injured: Danny Rose (toe), Zeki Fryers (groin) and Emmanuel Adebayor (foot)
Doubtful: Sandro, Nacer Chadli (both hamstring).
Alan Pardew confirmed that Fabricio Coloccini and Cheick Tiote should be available for selection with Captain Colo now recovered from the groin injury he picked up on international duty a few weeks ago, and ditto for Tiote who picked up a bit of a calf strain in the last game against Chelsea.
Injured: Steven Taylor (hamstring), Jonas Gutierrez (family leave or something like that), Ryan Taylor (Anterior Cruciate Ligament).
Doubtful: Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara (both hamstring)
What the managers have been saying…
Andre Villas-Boas looks forward to the Newcastle game.
Alan Pardew’s pre-match press conference.