Newcastle United vs Tottenham Hotspur: Preview

14 Oct

Barclays Premier League
Date: 16 October 2011 Kick-off: 16:00
Venue: White Hart Lane (London)

You might have, but probably didn’t notice that I haven’t blogged on here for over 2 weeks, which means I wrote nothing about our game against Arsenal. For posterity, I may go back and do-so, if I can find a way of backdating posts. I did start to, but a few things got in the way. Firstly, my PC is burgered (i.e. about as good at accessing the internet as a burger.) secondly, I was so busy at work I barely had a lunch break and thirdly, I got a bit superstitious about it. I was at the Arsenal game though and saw us beat them in the flesh for the first time ever, which was nice! But I also got a bit frustrated with the whole blogging thing, so I thought a break would be useful. Had I remembered there were international fixtures, I suppose I could have waited for that! Anyway, boring bit over, on to the game.

Bogey team

Newcastle seem to be one of those teams who, despite largely finishing below us in the league (apart from a few seasons in the mid-nineties), we have never been able to beat convincingly. I can remember a 6-1 in the depths of history along with a string of home losses, which I have to admit I do find a little confusing. We seem to have even less luck at St. James’ Park and having broken our previous winless streaks against Arsenal and Chelsea it’d be nice to think we could carry on with another decent result on Tyneside.

4 wins in a row

All of a sudden, after an appalling start we are one of the form teams in the league with 4 wins on the bounce proving a better recent record than any other side. If we win again we will equal our best winning streak in Premier League history and move equal on points with Newcastle, currently in 4th, although we’ll need to score more than 4 to move ahead of them on goal difference.

Newcastle are a bit of a surprise package this season

Newcastle are a team who got a bit of a rep for playing buccaneering footie under Kevin Keegan, when he disappeared a steady decline set in, culminating in relegation to the Championship a couple of years ago. ‘Clipboard Chris’ Hughton steered them back into the Premier League with a record points total and unbeaten home record before he was given no money to improve the team and sacked for… well, not actually very much wrong really. Alan Pardew was appointed with a decent salary and a ridiculously long contract to consternation from football fans across the country. What’s interesting though is he hasn’t actually done too badly. Last season his side continued to achieve at about the same level as under Chris Hughton despite losing Andy Carroll and being forced to field Shola ‘Oh, so you actually wanted me to hit the barn door’ Ameobi and Leon Best.

This season, Newcastle somehow have the meanest defence in the Premier League. They’ve yet to play any of the really big guns, which helps, but it’s not bad going. Coloccini and Taylor are good centre backs. They have a bit more depth in midfield with Tiote still kicking people and Cabaye looking like a decent signing. All in all I actually think, as much as I hate to say it, that Pardew has been doing a good job. They won’t finish 4th, as much as they might be enjoying their position so far, but I’ll stick my neck out and say they won’t finish below 10th either.

Stuff I think about Newcastle

  • I wonder if they will ever try swapping from old-school barcode shirts to those new ones which you use with your mobile phone.
  • Fabricio Coloccini has the coolest hair in all the world… Except when Benny has a ‘fro.
  • Do Geordies not have jobs, or does the city just shut down when the fans decide to protest?
  • If Mike Ashley was the chairman on my club I’d either have shot him, or myself by now (probably) and I am a pretty placid guy, so as far as I am concerned every Newcastle fan, even the fat ones with their shirts off, are saints.

Spurs’ Team News

You heard it here last…:

Injuries: Vedran Ćorluka, Niko Kranjčar, Michael Dawson, Steven Pienaar, Tom Huddlestone, William Gallas.

Doubtful/Possible: Aaron Lennon, Emmanuel Adebayor, Sandro, Rafael van der Vaart.

Newcastle’s Team News




Newcastle are one of those teams you have to beat if you want to be Top 4. They are decent, but in reality we should prove that we are a level above them. They have some decent players and a good team overall, but I am going to go for a 2-1 victory. Al, my oft quoted barcode housemate fancies a 1-1 for this one, which is a very real possibility if we’re missing Adebayor, or don’t manage to reach top gear.



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