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Premier League

  • 10 November 2013
  • • 12:00
  • • White Hart Lane, London
  • Referee: C. Foy
  • • Attendance: 36042

Tottenham - Newcastle Preview: Lloris rested for Spurs

Andre Villas-Boas had claimed that the Frenchman would return after being knocked out against Everton but veteran Brad Friedel is recalled following controversy

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is rested for the visit Newcastle on Sunday after his concussion against Everton.

The Frenchman was knocked out following an accidental collision with Romelu Lukaku late in the game at Goodison Park last weekend but got up and finished the match - a decision that sparked huge controversy.

Despite condemnation from various quarters, manager Andre Villas-Boas defended the club and denied any wrongdoing, insisting that his keeper was fine to play the remainder of Sunday's 0-0 draw.

13/2 Tottenham are 13/2 to beat Newcastle 1-0 with Bet Victor
Brad Friedel stepped in for the Europa League triumph over Sheriff on Thursday as Tottenham secured their place in the last 32 with a 2-1 victory.

Villas-Boas said on Friday that Lloris would be back between the sticks for the showdown with Alan Pardew's men but he was nowhere to be seen on the teamsheet.

Jermain Defoe will hope to be handed his first Premier League start since the 3-0 loss to West Ham on October 6 after he became the club's all-time leading scorer in European competition with a second-half penalty against Sheriff.

Roberto Soldado, a £26 million close-season signing from Valencia, has been preferred since then but the Spaniard's six-goal haul is three shy of the total achieved by his English team-mate this term.

Newcastle have proved an unpredictable prospect for opposing teams this term, with their shock victory over Chelsea last time out underlining their threat.

That result came hot on the heels of a morale-sapping 2-1 loss to Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear derby - their third away defeat in five top-flight trips this season.

Newcastle have not generally enjoyed their visits to White Hart Lane, having returned empty handed from their last four, conceding 10 goals in the process.

But the triumph over Jose Mourinho's charges, which came courtesy of second-half goals from French duo Yoan Gouffran and Loic Remy, lifted Alan Pardew's side into the top half for the first time since mid-September and they will be in buoyant mood.

A defensive boost could be on the cards, too, with captain Fabricio Coloccini in line to return from a groin injury, though he may not be able to dislodge Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Mike Williamson following their efforts in keeping a clean sheet against Chelsea.

Midfielder Cheikh Tiote, who limped off eight minutes into the second half versus the Blues, is also likely to feature after overcoming a muscle strain.

The visitors will face a tough test in attack; Tottenham boast the second best defensive record in the top flight, having conceded just five goals - none of which have come against sides from outside London.

Tottenham continue to be without Danny Rose (foot) and Nacer Chadli (hamstring).

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