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Newcastle tactics for out of form Spurs, Liverpool and Manchester City

7 years ago

While Alan Pardew and his players are already preparing us for a big fall after the dizzy heights of the scrappy win over Leicester.

It might be surprising for you to discover that Spurs, Liverpool and Manchester City have all been in relatively dismal form.

Tottenham have won only two of their last nine matches.

Liverpool winning three of their last nine (in 90 minutes – they also beat Middlesbrough in League Cup extra time).

Manchester City victorious in four of last ten.

That making a total of nine wins in twenty eight matches (without extra time!).

In fact bizarrely, the bare statistics of Newcastle winning three of their last ten matches (one after extra time!) hardly look out of place.

Newcastle aren’t as good as this time last season but neither are Liverpool, Man City and Tottenham!

You don’t need to be some kind of form expert to see that these three teams aren’t exactly at the top of their games.

Tottenham in particular are surely worth having a right good go at.

My own worry is that Alan Pardew will approach these three matches with his usual caution, that caution will be conveyed to his players, they then hand the initiative and most of the possession to the opposition, then it is only a question of when they will score.

If this is what happens against Spurs, then it will only increase the caution and negative play when Newcastle face Manchester City next Wednesday, with that domino effect continuing on to Liverpool in nine days time.

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It is all very well having out of form teams in opposition but at the very least you have to carry a goal threat and give them something to worry about, otherwise I can just see United handing particularly Spurs and Liverpool the chance to help play themselves back into some form.

At least if Newcastle have a go in these three matches and still end up losing them, at least they will have gained something from trying different stuff going forward and seeing if there is a way with the current players to increase creativity and find more goalscorers in the team.

Hoping the opposition won’t score is surely not a tactic for these three matches.

If negativity does rule, then I can see a potentially much more worrying factor, as the following match is West Brom away in the Premier League – almost certainly a pivotal match if we hope to climb away from the relegation zone.

Attack (in a calculated way) is definitely the best form of defence for Newcastle in these next three fixtures but does Alan Pardew have the courage to go down this route?


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