Eden Hazard put three past Newcastle at Stamford Bridge and now it doesn’t get easier as the Magpies get to host a Tottenham side pushing for the last Champions League spot. Alan Pardew’s side have also failed to score in three consecutive games, ever since the departure of Johan Cabaye. This looks even worse when they are also without a clean sheet at St. Jame’s Park in seven consecutive home matches. The injury to Cheick Tioté means Davide Santon has to play center midfield alongside Vurnon Anita. New signing Luke de Jong will lead the line in the place of the injured Loic Remy.
Tottenham Hotspur (4-3-3): Lloris, Rose, Vertonghen, Dawson, Walker, Bentaleb, Dembélé, Paulinho, Eriksen, Lennon, Adebayor
Spurs managed to leapfrog Everton into fifth position and will be looking to stay there as well as keep pressure on Liverpool with a win at St.Jame’s Park. Manager Tim Sherwood could name an unchanged side for this fixture. Emmanuel Adebayor has been carrying the Lilywhites of late, scoring six in their last nine games and forcing summer signing Roberto Soldado onto the bench. Spurs also have the most away wins (tied with Arsenal) in the league and should be confident of a result.
If there has ever been a time when #Spurs need to win, It must be against Newcastle tomorrow! pwease!!!!
— Luke Croft (@LCroftyUK) February 11, 2014
Goalkeepers don’t seem to get the same credit as the players in front of him. They should, because earlier this year Tim Krul was a beast against Tottenham.
The Togo International’s form is difficult to ignore at the moment, and with Spurs the best away team in the league, Emmanuel Adebayor should be among the points.
Newcastle United vs. Tottenham Hotspur: An Alternative Preview
Newcastle United have lost their last three Barclays Premier League games at St James Park without scoring.
Tottenham have won seven and lost just one of their last 10 Barclays Premier League away games.
However, Spurs have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last seven on the road in the league.
The Magpies have gone seven Premier League games without a clean sheet on home soil.
Newcastle have won five and lost none (D2) of their last seven Premier League home games against Spurs.
Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has scored on his last two Premier League appearances at St James Park.
Spurs have scored on each of their last eight Premier League visits to St James Park.
Tottenham have not scored in the opening 15 minutes of a Premier League game since April 27th 2013 – nearly 10 months ago.
Newcastle have had fewer goalscorers in the Premier League this season than any other side (8).
Following their 0-3 defeat to Chelsea at the weekend, Newcastle have now failed to score in six of their last seven Premier League matches – this after failing to score in just one of their previous 16 in the competition.