Newcastle v Tottenham Match Preview
Newcastle United v Tottenham
Saturday 18 August 2012 5.30pm (live on ESPN)
Newcastle v Spurs rarely fails to deliver a decent match and the St.James’ Park fixture has never seen a goal free match in the Premier League era.
With the Euros, and especially the Olympics, this has been one of the most understated lead-ups to a Premier League season since its formation.
That will all change at 5.30pm on Saturday as the real thing kicks off again and we’ll all be reminded once more that Newcastle United matters far too much to be healthy.
Scott Parker is out injured while it would be a canny surprise to see Bassong or Jenas sighted on the pitch on Saturday. On the transfer front it looks like that cruel (but very funny because it wasn’t us!) Champions League blow in May has hit the transfer budget for our cockney friends.
I despise Redknapp but you have to accept he did an excellent job in keeping Modric at Spurs, with the Croatian now looking a knocking bet to sign for Real Madrid. No permanent deal for Adebayor either which is great news for us as even though I don’t rate him as a person, he can be a real handful.
A bit of a strange one on the striker front as they also lost Pavlyuchenko in the January window and Jermain Defoe hasn’t exactly racked up the matches over the past couple of seasons.
While Tottenham are on the verge of losing their biggest asset, Newcastle have held on to all their elite players….so far so good. Just hope that if they rake in £40m for Modric they don’t case their eyes north (east).
Two players they have recruited are Vertonghen and Sigurdsson, both linked with Newcastle over the course of the Summer….along with half of the planet.
Be interesting to see what we’ve missed out on, they might have found two relative bargains, especially when you see the mackems quoted £12m or more for Fletcher from Wolves.
Sigurdsson is especially interesting with his goal record as an attacking midfielder, if he can repeat that in the Premier League he could be some asset. On the other hand they might have just been duped into buying the next Kevin Scott and Ruel Fox!
Newcastle have only lost once in the last eight encounters on Tyneside and I’m confident that run will continue, though whether it’s to be one point or three could rest on how many of our walking wounded are available.
Coloccini and Cisse are expected to play but question marks hang over Tiote, Ba, Cabaye and Ben Arfa. I expect our new signing, Vurnon Anita, to start from the bench unless both Tiote and Cabaye don’t make it.
Hopefully these injury concerns will prove to be just pre-season knocks that are shaken off when the Premier League adrenaline starts coursing through the veins once again.
We need to hit the ground running and get in the right frame of mind from the off, a positive start to the campaign normally equals a great season, let’s drink to that on Saturday night.
The following six matches have already been confirmed as televised live, with no doubt many more to follow.
Spurs (H) – Saturday 18th August but moved to 5.30pm (ESPN)
Chelsea (A) – Saturday, 25th August but also moved to a 5.30pm kick-off (ESPN)
Everton (A) – Monday 17th September 8pm (was Sat 15th Sept) (SKY)
Manchester United (H) – Sunday 7th October 4pm (was Sat 6th Oct) (SKY)
Mackems (A) – Sunday 21st October 1.30pm (was Sat 20th Oct) (SKY)
Liverpool (A) – Sunday 4th November 4pm (was Sat 3rd Nov) (SKY)
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