Tottenham travel to Newcastle this Wednesday to a ground that will bring back some bad memories for the boys, after the race for Champions League last season. Spurs are looking in a good position considering their 1-0 win over Everton this weekend, however Newcastle will be looking to capitalise on Manchester United’s slip up against Fulham and overtake David Moyes’ side.
Tottenham have not won a Premier League game at Newcastle in seven attempts since Thimothee Atouba gave them a 1-0 win in August 2004. Spurs were also victorious at St James’ Park in a League Cup third-round tie in 2008. Newcastle’s 1-0 win at White Hart Lane this season was the first time in nine games that the away side had prevailed in matches between these sides.
Newcastle have lost their last three league matches at St James’ Park. They have not lost four in a row at home since 1987. They have gone seven league games without a clean sheet at home. Alan Pardew’s side have only won one of their last seven league matches, failing to score in the other six. They have had just eight goalscorers in the Premier League this season, fewer than any other side.
Spurs have won six and lost just one of their nine league games under Tim Sherwood, taking 19 points out of 27. Only Chelsea have earned more points in the same period. Tottenham are two points better off than at the same stage last season, when they went on to record the most points (72) by a team finishing fifth in a 38-game top-flight campaign. They have lost just two of their 12 Premier League away games this season. Emmanuel Adebayor has scored six goals in 10 Premier League appearances this season, one goal more than he managed in 25 matches in 2012-13. Jermain Defoe has scored on his last two league appearances at St James’ Park.
Injury wise, Pardew has multiple injury problems, with central defender Fabricio Coloccini (knee), full-back Mathieu Debuchy (calf), midfielders Cheick Tiote (hamstring), Gabriel Obertan (knee) and Gael Bigirimana (ankle) and strikers Yoan Gouffran (muscle strain) and Papiss Cissé (back) all doubts, although Gouffran and Cissé are close to returns. For Tottenham, Sandro (calf) and Vlad Chiriches (back) remain sidelined and Sherwood also confirmed Erik Lamela has suffered a set-back in his recovery from a thigh strain. Gylfi Sigurdsson remains sidelined also.
Predicted team – Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Rose, Dembélé, Paulinho, Bentaleb, Lennon, Eriksen, Adebayor
Predicted score – Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham (Adebayor x2)