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Looking ahead to Wednesday evening and I am desperately trying not to focus on the negatives and grab any glimmer of hope to suggest Newcastle have enough to secure three points.
Statistically, recent performances indicate a tough night for Newcastle; Spurs boast the joint best away record in the division having only lost twice on the road (Arsenal and Man City), a run which also includes seven wins and two draws from their last nine travelling games.
Newcastle can only hope this dip in form is temporary and our class will shine through.
With Loic Remy serving the last of his three match ban, supporters will focus their attention on the availability of striker Papiss Cisse who has been absent from first-team duties since the away victory at West Ham due to a problematic back.
With no goals in the last 270 minutes, we have to go back to the Stoke match to find a match-winner who has a chance of being involved tomorrow – that’s over 700 minutes of football – Remy and Cabaye our only scorers since.
Post-match Chelsea, Alan Pardew was quick to confirm Papiss would make a return only for the manager to later hedge his bets, stating the striker was “touch and go”, however it is my understanding that Cisse will be fit, which under the current circumstances is just as well.
Newcastle did however lose another player at the weekend with Mathieu Debuchy being replaced during the first half at Stamford Bridge; the good news is the defender suffered a kick to the calf with no tear to the muscle.
Although the French international will miss Spurs he is expected to return against Aston Villa and could be joined by Cheick Tiote and Fabricio Coloccini who are both progressing well. Yoan Gouffran remains a doubt and is rated as 50/50 at best.
Tottenham travel to St James Park with a number of first-team members approaching full-fitness; defender Jan Vertonghen and midfielder Moussa Dembele both played 90 minutes on Sunday after recent ankle problems and were influential in the win over Everton.
Andros Townsend (hamstring) provided a lively second half appearance, his first since a man-of-the-match performance against our reserves in mid-January which saw the England winger grab a goal and an assist.
Vlad Chiriches (back), Erik Lamela (thigh) and Sandro (calf) are all expected to miss out.
Newcastle can take solace from a good record against Tottenham, particularly on Tyneside, which has seen only two defeats in the last 19 games in all competitions ……. Howay the Lads!
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