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  • 11 February 2012
  • • 17:30
  • • White Hart Lane, London
  • Referee: A. Marriner
  • • Attendance: 36176
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Tottenham - Newcastle Preview: Hosts have lost just one game in their past 29 home Premier League matches

Tottenham - Newcastle Preview: Hosts have lost just one game in their past 29 home Premier League matches

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Injuries to both squads make predicting the line-ups a tricky task this week, however the attacking ability of both remains strong and a goal-scoring affair should be expected


PROBABLE LINEUPS

Tottenham


Friedel
Walker, Dawson, King, Assou-Ekotto

Kranjcar, Parker, Modric, Bale
Adebayor, Defoe

Newcastle


Krul
Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon

Ben Arfa, Guthrie, Perch, Jonas
Ba, Cisse


It's as hard as ever to second-guess Tottenham's team selection. We do know that William Gallas and Tom Huddlestone are definitely absent (and David Bentley for that matter).

Problems arise when judging the availablity of Ledley King. He has featured in both of Tottenham's last two league games but his knee troubles are well documented. If he fails to make it in time for Newcastle, expect Younes Kaboul to return to action.

The return of Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe are all possible and so the attack could look slightly different, and infinitely more threatening. Rafael Van der Vaart looks set to remain on the injured list though with a calf strain.

As for Newcastle, Alan Pardew has a whole host of problems. Yohan Cabaye will be suspended, whilst Cheik Tiote is on his way to the African Nations Cup final with the Ivory Coast.

Injuries have curtailed the season of Steven Taylor and Sylvain Marveaux whereas Ryan Taylor and Leon Best both picked up injuries against Aston Villa and are therefore ruled out of the clash at White Hart Lane.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • This will be the 147th meeting in all competitions between the two sides, with Tottenham edging it marginally with 61 wins to Newcastle's 53. There have been 32 draws.
  • Newcastle have not beaten Spurs in their last four attempts, losing two and drawing the most recent two clashes.
  • But recent history is mixed: the six games previous to that all went Newcastle's way. The Magpies scored 18 goals to Tottenham's seven.
  • Demba Ba (pictured right) has scored the same number of Premier League goals as the rest of the team combined. The Senegalese has 16 so far this campaign, all in his previous 16 games.
  • The clubs have shared a number of players down the years including in more modern times - Chris Waddle, Paul Gascoigne, Ruel Fox, Les Ferdinand, Stephen Carr, David Ginola, Jonathan Woodgate, Jermaine Jenas, Scott Parker and Sebastian Bassong
  • Emmanuel Adebayor is suffering something of a goal drought having not scored in the last nine games he has been available for.
  • Newcastle's biggest win over Tottenham was the 7-1 thrashing in 1996 thanks to Les Ferdinand and Alan Shearer's inspired doubles.
  • Newcastle have won six times at White Hart Lane in the Premier League era - their joint-best record on the road against any side.
  • However, Tottenham have lost just once in their last 29 home Premier League encounters.
  • Spurs have also fired more shots at goal (155) than any other team in the Premier League.

Players to watch

G. Bale

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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Had a tough time at Anfield last time out as he was booked for diving before being clattered by Martin Skrtel. He didn't look happy and summed up his bad day at the office with a poor finish when through on goal.

However, the Welshman was in scintillating form in his last appearance at White Hart Lane, tearing Wigan's defence to shreds and bagging two good goals. Expect the winger to be back on his game on Saturday. He may well relish the chance to run at Danny Simpson.

D. Guthrie

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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He has slotted into the midfield and provided excellent cover for the absent Cheik Tiote and Yohan Cabaye but will perhaps face his toughest test on Saturday.

Luka Modric and Scott Parker form a diminutive but tough midfield. Modric's elusive manner will be tricky to shackle, but should Guthrie manage this, he will provide Newcastle with an excellent platform to get a result.

Editor's Prediction

It will be exciting to see the Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse partnership continue to grow in this fixture. It's not often you get a a club partnership mirror an international partnership - particularly in a foreign country. Nonetheless, Alan Pardew has teamed up Senegal's strikeforce and if Cisse is half as effective as Ba in his first six months, Newcastle will be in with a very good chance of claiming a European spot.

Despite this optimism, a trip to White Hart Lane is fast becoming one of the bleakest tasks for away teams searching for points. The crowd will be buoyant given Harry Redknapp's acquittal but also vociferous in their attempts to convince him to remain Tottenham boss after England interest. As such, I expect goals and an exciting match. Newcastle will have a go at Spurs but I think the home team prefer this scenario as spaces are found and exploited easier.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Tottenham Hotspur

Newcastle United

Wins
3
0
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT
Tottenham Hotspur FC Tottenham Hotspur
Draw
Newcastle United FC NEW
Newcastle United FC Newcastle United
59%
19%
22%

Top 3 Predictions

Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT
2 - 1
Newcastle United FC NEW
Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT
3 - 1
Newcastle United FC NEW
Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT
1 - 1
Newcastle United FC NEW

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