To be played on Sunday 10th November 2013 at 12:00. Venue: White Hart Lane, London.
Odds: Tottenham 6/11, Draw 17/5, Newcastle 6/1
Last season 2-1
Match Preview/Injury news
All the talk surrounding Spurs this week has been focusing on the welfare of their goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and whether or not he should have stayed on the pitch, even though they had a Europa League tie against FC Sheriff to negotiate their way through. The Premier League table at the moment sees them fourth only by virtue of goal difference as they are tied with Chelsea and Liverpool immediately above them on 20 points.
For Newcastle they will be coming into this game on a massive high having beaten Chelsea at home in their last match, and will be licking their lips at the prospect of upsetting another one of the top four or title hopefuls. However, they have shown they can be a bit of a Jekyll & Hyde team this season. Sometimes they can be scintillating, other times they can be dreadful. Their results so far mean they sit ninth with 14 points from their 10 games.
On the injury front there should be no problems for Hugo Lloris passing a fitness test for this game so long as there are no effects from Thursday’s Europa League tie that means he’d need to miss Sunday’s clash with the Magpies. Kyle Naughton could be available for Spurs whilst Danny Rose is still a couple of weeks away from returning to first team action.
For Newcastle there is a possibility that Fabricio Colocinni could return to bolster their defence whilst Cheick Tiote could also feature for the Toon after picking up a muscle strain. Newcastle look like they will be without Steven Taylor, Paul Dummet and Massaido Haidara who all have hamstring problems.
Roberto Soldado is Tottenham’s top scorer in the league this season with 4 goals
Loic Remy is Newcaste’s top scorer in the league this season with 6 goals
Tottenham had 48% possession in their last match, a 0-0 draw away against Everton
Newcastle had 39% possession in their last match, a 2-0 home win over Chelsea
Five players to watch
People are still going to be talking about Lloris’ welfare after his collision with Lukaku last weekend at Goodison Park. It will be interesting to see if Lloris is a little more cautious in terms of coming for the ball when it could result in a collision. Doubtful, but he’s certainly worth keeping an eye on.
He has been linked with a move away from Newcastle yet again, and no doubt we will see the significance of Cabaye to the way Newcastle play. If he plays well on Sunday, expect Newcastle to be in with a chance of getting something at White Hart Lane.
Sigurdsson has proved to be a real threat going forward so far this season against opposition defences and has shown his finishing ability in the final third. Newcastle may want to watch him closely.
Remy is proving to be one of the best pieces of business done in the summer window, having scored six goals since his arrival and has been at the centre of a lot of Newcastle’s good attacking play. Don’t be surprised to see him get amongst the goals this weekend – even if Spurs’ defence has been very good this season.
Some may criticise him for finding the net mostly from the penalty spot, but his movement and habit to get into dangerous positions against a Newcastle defence that has been changed a bit due to injuries means Soldado will surely get a couple of opportunities, here.
Last time they met
Tottenham 2-1 Newcastle – Premier League February 2013
Gareth Bale was the difference as he scored twice in this game to give Spurs all three points. He opened the scoring in the fifth minute with a free-kick from 25 yards out before Newcastle levelled the game up midway through the first half courtesy of a deflected effort from Yoan Gouffran. Bale won the game in the 78th minute after he latched on to a through ball from Kyle Walker and slotted the ball beyond Tim Krul.