Match Preview – Newcastle (H)

Tottenham look to push on from Thursday’s 5-1 thrashing of Asteras Tripolis with the visit of Newcastle United to the Lane. With current Premier League form far from impressive, Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping to take advantage of Newcastle’s recent dry spell.

Tottenham have won on four of the last five occasions they have hosted Newcastle.
However, they were beaten 1-0 in last season’s corresponding fixture. The two sides have not drawn a Premier League match at White Hart Lane in 17 meetings since 29 October 1995.

Stats (via BBC Sport)

Tottenham have lost two of their previous three league games at home. Prior to this they had won five in a row. After scoring four goals in their opening home match of the season, they have only found the net once in their subsequent three games. They have only won one of their last six league matches (W1, D2, L3). Mauricio Pochettino’s side have five fewer points after eight games than they did last season. Their tally of 11 is their worst at this stage for six years. Spurs have conceded nine penalties in 2014 – the most in the Premier League.

Opposition focus

Newcastle are without a win in nine league matches away from home since they won 4-1 at Hull on 1 March. They have only won twice on their travels in the league in 2014 (W2, D3, L9). This season the Magpies have scored in just one of their four away matches in the Premier League – when Papiss Cisse scored twice in the 2-2 draw with Swansea. Those are the only goals scored by a Newcastle player away from home in nine matches. Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel’s own goal was the only other time they’ve found the net. Cisse has been involved in five goals in his last four Premier League appearances for the Magpies (four goals, one assist).

Team News

Federico Fazio misses out after a red card received against Manchester City. Nabil Bentaleb remains sidelined through an ankle injury, whilst the injuries concerning Kyle Naughton and Kyle Walker lack any progression.

Predictions

Starting XI – Lloris, Dier, Vertonghen, Kaboul, Rose, Capoue, Mason, Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli, Kane

Score – Tottenham 1-1 Newcastle

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