Tottenham v Newcastle – Match preview.

Posted on December 28th, 2010 | 34 Comments |

White Hart Lane - Home of Tottenham Hotspur FC.
White Hart Lane - Home of Tottenham Hotspur FC.
Newcastle get back to footballing action today, just two days after they last took to the field against Manchester City.

Of course, it is the same for most clubs at this time of the year as the demanding festive fixture list kicks in, so in that regard we are all in the same boat.

Newcastle have had a habit of being Tottenham’s bogey team over the past few years, so that should give us hope as we head to White Hart Lane this afternoon. Another beacon of hope should our record in London this season. Usually we don’t get much joy from visits to the capital, but this season we are currently unbeaten after victories at West Ham and Arsenal in the league aswell as a victory against Chelsea in the Carling Cup.

Newcastle will be without Kevin Nolan this afternoon as he sits out the game after picking up his fifth booking of the season during the defeat to Manchester City. Andy Carroll is a slight doubt for the match but is expected to play despite picking up a slight ankle knock towards the end of that match against City.

Tim Krul, according to Alan Pardew, looks set to keep his place between the sticks despite the error he made that allowed Gareth Barry to score the opening goal on Sunday, Shola Ameobi is touch and go whilst Hatem Ben Arfa, Dan Gosling and Ryan Taylor all still battle their long-term injuries.

Using all of that information, I would like us to line up with a team today consisting of:

Newcastle: Tim Krul, Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Wayne Routledge, Cheik Tiote, Joey Barton, Jonas Gutierrez, Nile Ranger, Andy Carroll.

Jermaine Defoe will be missing for Tottenham today after being sent off in their last match against Aston Villa. Roman Pavlyuchenko or Peter Crouch are expected to deputise. Meanwhile, Luka Modric is expected to play despite showing signs of fatigue against Villa.

Tottenham won their last match against Aston Villa 2-1 where they played with a team of:

Tottenham: Huerelho Gomes, Alan Hutton, Younes Kaboul, Michael Dawson, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Aaron Lennon, Wilson Palacios, Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, Rafael Van der Vaart, Defoe.

Tottenham have only lost once at White Hart Lane all season, but they have conceded goals in all but one game so far this season – both of those events came way back in August.

Tottenham’s 1-0 win against Newcastle at White Hart Lane back in April 2009 ended a run of six consecutive league victories for Newcastle in this fixture. Newcastle scored a total of 18 goals in that six-game run.

It’s been five games since Tottenham managed to beat a newly promoted side. The last time they managed that feat was back in September 2009 when they beat Burnley 5-0.

Andy Carroll is the top English goalscorer in the Premier League with 11 goals so far this season. Of those 11, five of them have been headers, and all of those headers have come from Joey Barton crosses.

This is a tough fixture and Tottenham are now a very different proposition to what they once were. It will be a tough game and it will be vitally important that we cut out the defensive mistakes, the kind that cost us so dearly against Manchester City a couple of days ago.

I think we will suffer a defeat this afternoon against a Tottenham side that is full of pace and inventiveness. As much as it pains me to say it, but Tottenham are a very good side and play some cracking football at the minute.

My prediction: Tottenham 3-0 Newcastle.

Howay the lads!

Date: Tuesday, 28th December, 2010.

Time: 3:00pm.

Venue: White Hart Lane, North London.

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34 Responses

  1. Got to agree with you toonsy, can’t see us getting anything today but i hope it’s a little closer than 3-0.

    Hope we make them work for it and today will show if Pardew brings anything new after the City game.

    Going for a 2-1 defeat but still hoping for a miracle :)

  2. Dont forget Spurs had the late kick-off on Sunday and played away, so probably got back to London very late Sunday night. A big factor when recovery time is short. Spurs will probably have to ring the changes as a result – yes they have a big squad, but replacing the likes of Modric and Bale will disrupt their flow. Lay Newcastle rather than backing SPurs to win – the draw is more likely than the odds would suggest

  3. Worky
    A few days ago you questioned me for toeing the line with Routledge and Jonas when it came to their productivity in the final third.

    Can I just point out that our manager (a professional coach) agreed in regards to Routledge. Is he just following what everyone else says?

    “I said to him, you get a chance because our shape needs to make sure the centre of the pitch needs to be protected against this sort of opposition.

    “But you need to be more offensive and get crosses in and be proactive”

  4. off topic,now the taylor saga is put to bed the shitty rags are still at it,reporting that l/pool are trying to high-jack the ben afra deal this jan,they make you bloody sick

  5. I never bother reading the Bloids Ice, they are full of shit. will be interesting to see what happens with Hatem though once he is back. i suspect he will give us a go though first and ill certainly be thankful for that. cant wait to see him playing again.

  6. said the same in the summer icedog, wasn’t it Chelseas, Man U, Liverpool then??? Sad tossers man,

    No idea how they can hijack it since we have him contracted till the summer and we’ve got first refusal on a permanant deal.

    So the balls in our court, I reckon we’ll sign him up soon actually the way Pardew is going with these contracts.

  7. I reckon we will sign him in January to be honest. Just going by some of the sounds that are being made, plus it would be another high value asset secured, which leads me on to my next article coming soon ;)

  8. Its going to a very tough game and we will be very lucky to get something out of it, Im just hoping for a decent performance n not to get hammered.

    Think its getting close to ‘ silly season ‘ with the press and transfer rumors so wouldnt be worried about ben arfa going to liverpool

  9. Anyone else slightly concerned regarding the constant Carroll rumours?

    What will the club do if they get a 20m bid for him, which seems likely?

    Also, do we really think ee can keep him if a top four club comes in for him and if so why?

  10. stu
    they are only constant because journo keep on asking question regarding the same player. The club want to keep him and he wants to stay, so i’m not worried at all.

    He’s a Geordie, playing for Newcastle, wearing the no9 shirt, and you ask how we could keep him?

  11. any offer for Carroll that will tempt the toon chiefs will need to be over 30 million so i wouldnt worry too much about it tbh..

  12. not good news looks like Jose out tonight

    Josenufc3 José Enrique Sánchez
    But we have to look on the next games for me. Just i hope the team play very very good today and we get something here in totenham. Come on!
    6 minutes ago

    Josenufc3 José Enrique Sánchez
    Sorry lads i have a test this morning and we decide is better dont play if no im in 100×100. Im so hungry because this game is nice to play
    7 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply

  13. My source knows caroll and he is staying at the Toon. Even a huge offer and wage rise won’t change his mind. His ambition is to take over Shearers mantle as Geordie icon.

  14. ILM/TOONSY,i agree lads,these under-worked overpaid gits just get right up my nose,such is life in there world

  15. tbh Shinton the thought for anyone associated with the region to be the next Shearer, Milburn etc or take the cash theres no comparison. Local Hero everytime :)

  16. I think stuart that he recently signed a 5 year deal so his immediate future is with us , I cant think off anyone off hand who signed a long contract like that n moved next transfer window so i think he will be 100% a newcastle player after jan.

    After that is anyone’s guess really , we all know contracts arent worth the paper they r printed on and if a player wants to move on they generally do.

    Im hoping that after 2-3 years the club is challenging for europe n we can see the benefit of this 5 year plan and our key players like Carrol will stay but its anyone guess how it will pan out

  17. Yeah i did icedog , yeah its grand its philips one , happy enough with it , you have a good xmas yourself?

  18. If DZEKO is 30 Million, then caroll who is 3 years younger and english must be valued higher.

    Dont You Think?

  19. For any Toon exiles within range of Exeter: just confirmed that my local, the Saddlers Arms in Lympstone, is showing the match live. They told Murdoch’s lot to go play with the traffic and got Nova Sports (Greek) instead. Bless ’em. Anyone who fancies the trip – see you in there!

  20. Spurs 0 – 2 Newcastle

    Spurs only tactic appears to be to attack. They have the players to do this. If we try and defend, Spurs will score and win. We must attack Spurs. It is the only way to disrupt their play. Our team should be:

    Simpson, Taylor, Colo, Enrique
    Routledge, Tiote, Barton, Jonas
    Ranger, Carroll.

  21. Spurs 1 Newcastle 3 if we go 4-4-2 this time. That central midfield of Barton and Tiote will pose a formidable threat to our possession game. We’ll need to outnumber you in midfield to pass around you with any great effect. Van Der Vaart, by the way, probably won’t be fit enough to start. IF we do go 4-5-1, I’d expect Kranjcar to come in for Van Der Vaart, or Modric to push into his role and Jenas introduced to drop deeper. Pavlyuchenko up front. In that case, I’d wager it would be along the lines of 3-1 to the Lilywhites.:) Good luck for the season lads-AFTER today.

  22. I’m scared that the blue kits will make another appearance today. Altho I love those kits, the team doesn’t seem to share that enthusiasm and play like shite in them.

    Blue kits = Spurs will rout

    Home kits = no rout


  23. Indian…Dzeko is a great striker in the Bundesliga, but to be honest I’m not sure if he is suited to the PL.
    I wouldn’t swap Carroll for Dzeko to be honest, we just need to improve our squad to unlock Carrols potential (Ben arfa would be a great start), then watch Carroll AND the toon go !

  24. flippin heck I’m being too “honest” today !

    Howay the lads, hoping for a point today, shouldn’t be too difficult if we are up for the fight !