Tottenham 1 - 2 Newcastle Utd - 13/12/15

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Tottenham 1 - 2 Newcastle Utd - 13/12/15

Post by Cal » Sat Dec 12, 2015 8:01 pm

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This Sunday sees Newcastle travel to Spurs' White Hart Lane hoping to repeat last week's shock to steal a fourth win of the season.

However the chances of back to back results are extremely slim considering that Pochettino's side have not lost a league game since their season opener against Manchester United, and there shouldn't be any signs of a Europa League hangover — Tottenham were already through before Thursday's fixture, allowing a number of key players to be rested as Spurs still defeated Monaco with ease (4-1).

Although they have conceded in five of their last six, the Tottenham defence is the second tightest in the league, allowing just 12 goals in over 15 games. By comparison, Newcastle leak an average of two goals per game, a feat only matched by fellow strugglers' Sunderland.

We currently top the relegation zone on 13 points, only a win will grant us an escape by dragging us up to 14th or 15th, depending on goal difference. A draw will put us level on points with two two sides above us, Swansea and Norwich, but our inferior goal difference will keep us in the danger zone. A loss will only further damage our goal difference with no immediate impact on the table, although it would put Tottenham into fourth place.

"We need to follow (Liverpool) up at White Hart Lane. We need to put in a performance if we are to get anything. We have been reiterating what we did against Liverpool and what we need to do to give a good performance against Spurs. We had a terrible run of two games, so it's important we get back to where we were at before the international break. The players were on form and the crowd were on form (against Liverpool) - we need to follow that up at Spurs.

"One of the key ingredients is that you have to out-run your opponent and put the effort in. It's no coincidence that when you do that, the crowd get behind you and you get results.

"When you lack confidence it does stifle you, so it's just about freeing that up. One of the unanswered questions in sport is why players can't replicate their performance week after week. That's what makes football so frustrating for the managers, coaches and especially the fans. It's about finding that consistency week in, week out, and that's what we're looking to get now."

- Steve McClaren


Team News
There are no new injury returns or concerns at the club, so the list of absentees again includes Rolando Aarons, Massadio Haïdara, Jamaal Lascelles, Tim Krul, Gabriel Obertan, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tioté, and Mike Williamson.

Tottenham have a trio of doubts, Eric Dier is nursing a foot injury, Moussa Dembélè is returning from illness, and Ryan Mason should be getting back to fitness from an ankle injury.

Predicted Line-up
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<sissoko> <colback> <anita> <wijnaldum>
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I don't expect any changes from the side that started against Liverpool. They outworked Liverpool and got the points, so they'll probably be given that chance again. McClaren has talked up how having Siem de Jong and Papiss Cissé on the pitch against Liverpool brought a lot of experience to the team, so it looks like fan favourites Ayoze and Mitrović will be missing out again.

Prediction
We'll take the lead early on, but ultimately Tottenham will be too much and/or we'll shoot ourselves in the feet repeatedly, the hosts running out 3-1 winners.

Where to Watch / Listen
The match will be shown live on Sky Sports 1 with coverage starting from 15:30. Local radio commentary, as always, is on BBC Newcastle, with BBC Radio 5 Live covering the game nationally.

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Re: Preview: Tottenham vs Newcastle Utd - 13/12/15

Post by Chappy » Sat Dec 12, 2015 8:22 pm

We're gonna get pumped.
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Post by The Deluded Pablo Diego Jose Francisco » Sat Dec 12, 2015 8:36 pm

Chappy wrote:We're gonna get pumped.
This.

4-0 Spurs.

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Post by Toondes » Sat Dec 12, 2015 9:44 pm

1-1
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Re: Preview: Tottenham vs Newcastle Utd - 13/12/15

Post by Double Agent Bruce a.k.a DAB » Sat Dec 12, 2015 10:12 pm

When was the last time when we played two straight brilliant games? Can't even remember. Yesterday at least 0-3.

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Post by Mifune » Sat Dec 12, 2015 10:34 pm

Johnny from the block wrote:When was the last time when we played two straight brilliant games? Can't even remember. Yesterday at least 0-3.
We won 6 games in a row last season.

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Post by el héroe » Sat Dec 12, 2015 11:01 pm

If we can keep it to 0-0 at half time Spurs tend to tire in the second half so maybe <whistle>
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Post by Colly » Sat Dec 12, 2015 11:02 pm

You could argue Man Utd and Arsenal (with the Northampton win in between) for me, both decent performances and it was only a dodgy red and a jammy own goal that lost us the latter.

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Post by Colback's Orange Tufts » Sat Dec 12, 2015 11:03 pm

We'll get the stuffing most of us predicted last week
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Post by PFT » Sun Dec 13, 2015 1:59 am

If we can keep it tight till half time I fancy our chances. They played in the EL on Thursday night so hopefully fatigue will set in.
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Post by TJR » Sun Dec 13, 2015 2:45 am

Hopefully we'll be able to continue on from last week and Spurs will succumb to the physiological myth that playing twice a week effects your performance.

We're on Sky as well do the tossers like Sissoko who only turn up for TV games should be on form.

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Post by UlversToon » Sun Dec 13, 2015 10:15 am

Quietly confident that we can get a result today - 2-2!

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Re: Preview: Tottenham vs Newcastle Utd - 13/12/15

Post by Sime11 » Sun Dec 13, 2015 11:16 am

the toon are gonna win today, its gonna happen. then lots of geordies to get s*** faced :)

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Post by Toondes » Sun Dec 13, 2015 11:29 am

It's funny how many people are quietly confident after last week (myself included).
You have to love blind faith.
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Post by originallad » Sun Dec 13, 2015 11:37 am

We will lose. Back to earth with a bang. Optimism back out the window.

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Post by Chappy » Sun Dec 13, 2015 11:38 am

Toondes wrote:It's funny how many people are quietly confident after last week (myself included).
You have to love blind faith.
Please don't ruin my Sunday nufc.
We usually lose when people are confident.
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Post by Dr. Bishop » Sun Dec 13, 2015 12:17 pm

We'll lose 4-1.
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Post by Colly » Sun Dec 13, 2015 12:26 pm

Chappy wrote:
Toondes wrote:It's funny how many people are quietly confident after last week (myself included).
You have to love blind faith.
Please don't ruin my Sunday nufc.
We usually lose when people are confident.
Also when we aren't.

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Post by Blue & Maroon » Sun Dec 13, 2015 1:03 pm

3-1 defeat.

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Post by Ramone » Sun Dec 13, 2015 1:19 pm

5-2 loss
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