Predicted Newcastle Starting 11 v Tottenham
Speaking to a Tottenham supporting friend this week, I said that when it came to his team it was all about getting those prima donnas to perform, however with the likely Newcastle starting 11 vs Tottenham there are different challenges to be faced.
Spurs have so many options, especially midfield and in attack, it is difficult to see any of their potential injuries as massive problems.
Kyle Walker is definitely missing as well as the suspended Fazio, while Bentaleb and Naughton face late fitness tests.
However, as Thursday night showed, when their flair players are given a chance to shine then they are a match for anybody, whether they are using first choice or supposedly reserve players.
Those contributions from Lamela and Kane in that 5-1 demolition, advertised their attacking threat. A recent 1-0 win over form team Southampton also showed they are capable of toughing a result out.
When you compare their ‘problems’ to Newcastle’s wafer thin squad then they hardly compare.
At his pre-match press conference, Alan Pardew simply listed a number of players who he wasn’t sure whether would be available or not this afternoon.
Whether this was an attempt to get Mauricio Pochettino guessing, only Pardew will know.
So at the minute, we don’t know whether Cisse, Riviere, Willliamson, Sammy Ameobi and Tiote will be available.
Pardew has more or less confirmed that Ryan Taylor will make the bench but even in the most testing circumstances it is surely hard to see him being thrown into the action at this point in his comeback, even as a sub.
More pressing problems are surely if Cisse and/or Tiote are missing.
Both are vital to our chances today, with Cisse needed to provide a threat and Tiote to give much needed protection to our less than convincing defence.
The Newcastle manager has also talked of possibly giving Cabella a start but after only a couple of minutes action (v Leicester) in the last month for the midfielder, that will be surely desperation if Pardew suddenly decides today is the day to bring him back from the start – rather than gradually through some substitute appearances when we are already two or three up….
However, Ayoze Perez must surely be creeping nearer to his first start, another very good half hour against Leicester suggesting he is quickly picking up the pace. I really hope he gets his chance ahead of Gouffran.
Other than that, I can only see Pardew persisting with as much of a safety first line-up as he possibly can.
To that end (depending on injuries of course) I can see him sending out the following Newcastle starting 11 vs Tottenham;
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