Newcastle v Spurs
Sunday 19 April 4pm Live On SKY Sports
Newcaste v Spurs – it is quite surreal when so much of the pre-match build-up isn’t about the actual game.
Just in case you haven’t heard, fans are boycotting today’s match.
Whether it will be hundreds, thousands or tens of thousands, we’re about to find out, though we won’t be able to rely on Newcastle United giving us the correct crowd figure, the club will be announcing the number who have paid – not the ones whose bums actually touch the seats today
Judging by the daily emails I’ve been getting from Mike Ashley’s minions reminding me tickets are still available for today’s match, I don’t think there will be quite fifty two thousand coming through the turnstiles….
You’ll be disappointed if you are looking to get a lift from returning players etc.
Coloccini comes back after suspension whilst Sissoko starts his, though neither has done anything to shout about recently.
Otherwise, Siem de Jong won’t be ready and Rolando Aarons awaits the results of his latest visit to a specialist, before finding out if he’s out for the rest of the season, or just the next six games….
The visitors have a number of first team players doubtful for the match, with Adebayor, Vertonghen, Walker and keeper Lloris all unsure of making it.
Whilst Newcastle are currently on a run of 3 wins in their last 19 games, Spurs are in crisis after a win, a draw and two defeats in their last 4.
No doubt United fans are deluded for expecting better and the boys from White Hart Lane have every right to complain.
Man of the moment Harry Kane is having his own little goal drought with nothing for a month since a hat-trick against Leicester.
In the black and white corner, over the last nine weeks Newcastle have only managed two goals in total and they were scored by players (Cisse and Sissoko) who aren’t even available today.
Of course Newcastle are quite capable of causing their own problems these days without much input from the opposition.
Teams in a real slump such as Everton and the mackems have been given a real lift when they met Newcastle in recent weeks.
Even though Tottenham have failed to score against Villa and Burnley in their last two games I think we will all expect that to change today.
Whether you are inside the ground or watching it on TV, many fans will be interested to see which players have the character to put a performance in despite the pressure and depression surrounding St. James’ Park.
We have had some willing cheerleaders for Mike Ashley amongst the squad this week, players willing fans to turn up and support the team, or in other words – don’t boycott.
Hopefully some of those who have refused to play along will be able to stand up and play today, whether that is enough to prevent John Carver matching Alan Pardew’s record six defeats on the bounce remains to be seen.
To see the fans’ choice of today’s team go HERE.
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