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  • 16 October 2011
  • • 16:00
  • • St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Referee: L. Probert
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Newcastle United - Tottenham Hotspur Preview: Top-four Magpies aiming to extend their unbeaten start

Newcastle United - Tottenham Hotspur Preview: Top-four Magpies aiming to extend their unbeaten start

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


PROBABLE LINEUPS

NEWCASTLE UNITED

Krul
Simpson, Coloccini, S Taylor, R Taylor
Obertan, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez
Ba, Best
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
 
Friedel
Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto
Van der Vaart, Modric, Parker, Bale
Adebayor, Defoe

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. 
 

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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.

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Available Squads
1Tim KrulGoalkeeper
27Steven TaylorDefender
2Fabricio ColocciniDefender
16Ryan TaylorDefender
25Danny SimpsonDefender
6Yohan CabayeMidfielder
24Cheikh TioteMidfielder
15Jonas GutierrezMidfielder
25Gabriel ObertanStriker
9Demba BaStriker
20Leon BestStriker
21Rob ElliotGoalkeeper
3Davide SantonDefender
10Hatem Ben ArfaMidfielder
22Sylvain MarveauxMidfielder
15Dan GoslingMidfielder
23Shola AmeobiStriker
-Peter LovenkrandsStriker
24Brad FriedelGoalkeeper
20Ledley KingDefender
4Younes KaboulDefender
32Benoit Assou-EkottoDefender
2Kyle WalkerDefender
28Scott ParkerMidfielder
14Jake LivermoreMidfielder
11Gareth BaleMidfielder
19Luka ModricMidfielder
23Rafael van der VaartMidfielder
10Emmanuel AdebayorStriker
23Carlo CudiciniGoalkeeper
5S. BassongDefender
3Danny RoseMidfielder
17Andros TownsendMidfielder
18Jermain DefoeStriker
9Roman PavlyuchenkoStriker
17Giovani dos SantosStriker
Players to Watch
Demba Ba
Demba Ba
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The former West Ham striker is starting to find his form for the Magpies, having added to his impressive hat-trick against Blackburn with a goal during the victory at Wolves.

The Senegalese frontman should be a handful to the Tottenham defence as he looks to build on that start in the black and white jersey.
Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Wales winger returns after an impressive week for his country, scoring in the victories over both Switzerland and Bulgaria, and as such he will be looking to translate that form into his league performances, having only scored once so far this season.
Prediction
Both sides like to go forward and attack, which should lead to an enjoyable game as the forward thinking players will be handed the freedom to create by their managers. This should lead to a fascinating encounter.

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