Predicted Newcastle Starting 11 v Tottenham
Tottenham v Newcastle
Sunday 10 November 12noon
I thought last season’s trip to White Hart Lane was one of our best performances of the season, even though it did end in defeat.
United went a goal down after a few minutes and we all feared the worst but Gouffran equalised and Newcastle were maybe then even edging the game. A nasty looking injury to our goal scorer followed and he was given oxygen on the pitch, thankfully the injury proved not as bad as expected but it did knock our lot off their stride and Bale ended up grabbing his second goal of the game and a slightly undeserved winner.
This season Spurs have managed three wins and a draw from five home matches, not a bad return considering they have only scored five goals and conceded four. Away from home they have the same points return and that is despite only scoring four goals on their travels, although they have only conceded a very impressive single goal.
I can see Alan Pardew being cautious and when you add that to Spurs’ record this season then you would imagine a game of very few goals is on the cards.
Spurs might have lost Gareth Bale but they do seem to have a lot of attacking flair, plus of course they have spent a relative fortune on incoming transfers as well.
I can see a strong possibility of this being the type of match for Alan Pardew to relaunch Hatem Ben Arfa’s season and him being played just behind Loic Remy to give us hopefully a real attacking threat even if defending will be most on our minds.
Spurs’ miserly defence will take some breaching and Ben Arfa could be just the answer, while for those who point to his workrate I can only say there is no way he could move around less than Shola did against Chelsea.
I expect to see Gouffran and Sissoko kept in wide positions to help stifle the threat of Tottenham’s attacking full-backs, with Tiote and Cabaye picking themselves so long as Cheick is available as the manager has hinted he will be.
In defence we could have the sight of Coloccini back available but sitting on the bench, surely the only possibility after the clean sheet against Chelsea.
A point would clearly be no bad thing but when you look at the home side’s stats you can’t help but think that if Newcastle score first then there is every chance United could see the game out.
An intriguing game and maybe one where we are left guessing both on what Pardew’s selection may be and of course what happens once they all step over that white line.
Confidence is a great thing though and our players have to believe they will bring something back after that win over Chelsea.
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