Match Preview – Newcastle (Home)

We take on Newcastle United this weekend at White Hart Lane in a game that should provide a reasonable balance of difficulty and ease against a side that on their day can rattle the big boys (as shown in their 2-0 beating of Chelsea) and on a bad day, can look rather dismal.

The game is live on Sky Sports with kick off at 12pm.

This is the 150th meeting between the sides. Tottenham have won 63 matches, Newcastle 54 and there have been 32 draws. Newcastle’s last four visits to White Hart Lane have all ended in defeat, with Tottenham scoring 10 goals to Newcastle’s one. However, the Magpies have won six away games at White Hart Lane in the Premier League – they have only won more at Villa Park (eight).

There have only been 14 goals in Tottenham’s 10 league games this season. Spurs have scored one goal fewer (nine) than struggling Fulham but have twice as many points. They have also scored 19 goals fewer than Man City but are one point above them. Spurs have kept seven clean sheets in the league this season, more than any other side prior to this weekend’s fixtures. They are yet to concede a goal to a non-London side in the top flight this season.

Thirteen of Newcastle’s 14 league goals this season have been scored by Frenchmen. An Englishman has not scored any of their 33 Premier League goals in 2013.One of those Frenchmen and a former target of Tottenham, Loic Remy, now has six goals in his last six league games. As previously mentioned, their 2-0 win over Chelsea ended a run of six league games without a clean sheet. The Magpies are the only team outside of the bottom three to have conceded more than 10 goals away from home this season.

Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will start the match despite suffering concussion against Everton last week. Danny Rose and Emmanuel Adebayor will miss out due to injuries. Sandro picked up a knock against Everton and his start is debatable. With a good game against Sheriff, the returning Etienne Capoue could start. Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini could return to the side after the missing the club’s last four games with a groin injury.

Recent form:

Spurs: WDLWWD

Newcastle: LLWDLW

Predicted Lineup: Lloris, Walker, Chiriches, Dawson, Vertonghen, Paulinho, Capoue, Sigurdsson, Holtby, Townsend; Soldado

Predicted Score: Tottenham 2-0 Newcastle (Sigurdsson x2)

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