The upwardly mobile St James' Park side hope to continue their impressive early season form, while Spurs look to close the gap on their Tyneside hosts
Simpson, Coloccini, S Taylor, R Taylor
Obertan, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez
Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto
Van der Vaart, Modric, Parker, Bale
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew should be able to call upon midfielder Yohan Cabaye and frontman Demba Ba, as both players look to have recovered from ankle and knee injuries, respectively.
Shola Ameobi and young midfielder Haris Vuckic are both close to making returns to the side having shaken off their injuries, but Danny Guthrie will definitely be on the sidelines, were he will join long-term injury victim Mike Williamson.
Harry Redknapp goes into the North-East fixture with doubts over the fitness of Emmanuel Adebayor (hamstring), Sandro (calf) and Aaron Lennon (groin), while midfielder Rafael van der Vaart should be fit after recovering from a hamstring problem.
The Spurs manager will definitely be missing Niko Kranjcar with a thigh muscle injury and Vedran Corluka with a foot injury, the pair having suffered their knocks during Croatia’s Euro 2012 qualifying victory over Latvia in midweek.
They join long-term casualities Michael Dawson, William Gallas and Tom Huddlestone, who all remain sidelined for the White Hart Lane outfit.
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- Newcastle come into the game with an undefeated record, having won four and drawn three of their first seven fixtures.
- If selected, Leon Best (pictured right) will make his eighth appearance of the season, having only participated in 12 games throughout all of last season.
- This fixture has failed to produce a goalless draw since 1971.
- Tottenham keeper Brad Friedel should record his 282nd consecutive game when he starts in goal for Spurs.
- When the sides last met at St James’ Park it took a late Aaron Lennon goal to snatch a point for the visitors after Fabricio Coloccini had put Newcastle ahead.
- Spurs' only defeats this season have come against sides from Manchester, suffering heavily at the hands of both United and City.