Venue: St James’ Park
Television Coverage: Sky Sports 1
Dr. Tottenham travels to Newcastle this weekend, and will undoubtedly provide the cure for the Toon’s recent woes. However just 7 points off fourth with Manchester City to play, Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping for a positive result on Tyneside.
Recent weeks have been bleak for Spurs. Victories over Burnley and Aston Villa could have put the North Londoners just a point behind Manuel Pellegrini’s side, however they haven’t picked up the necessary points.
Stats (via BBC Sport)
- There have only been three draws in the last 35 league matches between the sides.
- Tottenham’s 4-0 win against Newcastle last season was only their fourth in 20 visits to St James’ Park in the Premier League (W4, D5, L11).
- Newcastle won the reverse fixture at White Hart Lane in October, which was their first away win in the league since March 2014.
- However, Spurs gained revenge with a 4-0 victory in a League Cup quarter-final in December
- Tottenham’s only victories in the last 11 matches in all competitions have been against Swansea, QPR and Leicester (W3, D3, L5).
- Spurs are two points worse off after 32 games than they were last season.
- Tottenham have gone 202 minutes without a goal away from home in the league.
- Mauricio Pochettino has kept just two clean sheets in 13 league matches so far in 2015 – conceding 22 goals in the process.
- They have conceded seven penalties in the Premier League this season, more than any other side.
Newcastle have lost five consecutive league matches. Their worst Premier League losing streak is six games between March and April last year. They have picked up just nine points from a possible 39 in 2015 (W2, D3, L8). If the season had started on Boxing Day, Newcastle would be only one point clear of the relegation zone. They have scored just four goals in their last nine fixtures. Newcastle have picked up 11 Premier League red cards since the start of last season, more than any other team in that period.
Hugo Lloris, Jan Vertonghen and Kyle Walker remain doubtful for the trip to Newcastle, with training on Friday the final assessment of their availability. With his involvement in the USA squad this week, DeAndre Yedlin is unlikely to feature, despite making his debut last weekend.
Starting XI – Vorm, Chiriches, Dier, Fazio, Rose, Mason, Bentaleb, Townsend, Eriksen, Chadli, Kane
Score – Newcastle United 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur