MATCH PREVIEW: Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur, St James’ Park, 12/Feb/14, KO: 7:45pm, Premier League.

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As most of us expected, United have managed to wreck the relative sense of calm, a bit of Sherwoodgoodwill and more importantly, a bit of momentum going into the new year. All of that has been shredded and even though it was expected, it is still disappointing.

Where do we go from here in terms of the remainder of the 13/14 campaign? Well, we’re obligated to fulfil our fixture list, but any sense of competitive edge to the games has evaporated. It would take something incredible to see us sink into relegation trouble from here, and you can right off finishing any higher than 8th. The squad now looks as threadbare as we feared. Let the good times roll.

So the next game to get out of the way, is Tottenham on Wednesday.

That’s a Tottenham side who still have plenty to play for, who Im sure will be eyeing up our soft touches for 3 points.

They’re coming into the game off the back of a good win over Everton on Sunday but also some eye catching away form. They’ve lost only twice on their travels to date, one of which was a 6-0 rogering by Manchester City and the other a derby defeat to Arsenal (1-0). They’ve won 8 times, at Crystal Palace & Cardiff, (1-0), Aston Villa (2-0), Swansea (3-1), Southampton (3-2), Man Utd, Fulham & Sunderland (2-1) and drawn twice at Everton (0-0) and Hull (1-1). Defoe and Soldado both have 10 goals although only one of the soon to depart, Defoe has came in the league whilst has team mate has 5 in the league with the rest in Europe.

Vlad Chiriches and Erik Lamela are their only injury concerns. They’ve no suspensions either.

Team News

If you’re looking for good news, then I’d probably skip this bit of the preview, as we’re in a right, fucking state.

Loic Remy completes his 3 game ban in this fixture and Mathieu Debuchy has joined a growing troop in the treatment room.

Cheick Tiote who had been looking fairly decent has gone down with a hamstring injury, Gouffran has put his back out, it’s been a while since we were given encouraging news on Coloccini, Cisse has been missing with an injury but the rumours of a bid from Russia won’t go away. Tim Krul will hopefully be ok.

Pardew has a decision to make at right back. He can either make the ‘Santon in midfield’ experiment a short one and slot him into right back or he can select Yanga-Mbiwa. Steven Taylor and Williamson can continue at centre back which would leave Dummett and Haidara as options for left back.

Anita will continue in midfield and sadly it looks as though Gosling might have to join him soon. Sissoko can add to the midfield number. It appears that either Ben Arfa has lost plot or Pardew hasn’t got a clue what to do with him. I have however, put him back where he was in the latter stages of the 11/12 campaign, on the right side of a front 3. Sammy Ameobi is an option for wide left, so, I suppose is Marveaux.

Luuk de Jong can probably continue up front but it seems a bit harsh to ask him to carry our goal scoring hopes at the minute, the kid looks way off the pace although that was to be expected.

Injured

R Taylor – Knee – out for the season

Coloccini – Hamstring  – Due back at some distant time in the future

Gouffran – Back

Cisse – Back

Debuchy – Calf

Tiote – Hamstring

Suspended

Remy – 1 game

Possible Team (4-2-3-1)

1.Krul: 2. Santon, 5. Williamson, 6. Steven Taylor, 3. Dummett: 4. Gosling, 8. Anita: 7. Ben Arfa, 10. Sissoko, 11. Sammy Ameobi: 9. De Jong:

Subs

Elliot, Haidara, Yanga-Mbiwa, Marveaux, Obertan, Shola Ameobi, Armstrong

 Referee: Neil Swarbrick

History vs Spurs at SJP

1985/86: Drew 2-2. With mid-table security on the cards, United entered the run in, in good form. We had also came up with the idea of having Gascoigne’s and Beardsley’s skill supply Tony Cunningham and Billy Whitehurst the latter had replaced George Reilly. Chris Waddle was making his return to SJP and this allowed those that seen him as a Judas the opportunity to let him know their feelings. The cunt would score of course as did Hoddle! Whitehurst and Anderson earned us a point.  Attendance, 31,028

1986/87: Drew 1-1. With our FA cup run ending at White Hart lane, attention turned to staying the 1st Division. A point at home to Spurs helped, with Hoddle notching for the visitors before ‘Sarge’ got our equaliser. Waddle would again be on the receiving end of grief. Attendance, 30,782

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6-o60FBmTo

1987/88: Won 2-0. United maintained their good start to 1988 with another win. Gazza runnijg the show with both goals. More ermmm, ‘love’ shown for the “Diamond Lights” wanker! Attendance, 24,616

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYBr-_m_7es

1989/90: Drew 2-2 First home game of the season and followed the Goodison Park massacre. We were showing off the new signings, but what this was really about was throwing Mars Bars at the returning Gazza! Andy “Rock” Thorn and Darren Jackson scored for us, Terry Fenwick and Judas for Spurs. Attendance, 33,508

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0FPtk3ZRLE

1993/94: Lost 0-1. Spurs ruined our dreams of a winning return to the top division, Teddy Sheringham poking home the winner. Attendance, 34,565

1994/95: Drew 3-3 With the season drawing to a close, we raced into a 2 goal lead through Darren Peacock and Keith Gillespie. Spurs hit back with 3 goals in 4 minutes before Peter Beardsley rescued a point. The surreal experience was capped by Mike Hooper saving a Klinsmann penalty! Attendance, 35,603.

1995/96: Drew 1-1 Final game of the season, title blown, (although mathematically possible) Les Ferdinand cancelled out Dozzell’s goal. Attendance, 36,589

1996/97: Won 7-1. Wonderful. Attendance, 36,308

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X96DeMz3mfY

1997/98: Won 1-0 Barton with the last minute winner as United returned to Premier League duties after a trip to Dynamo Kiev. Attendance, 36,708

1998/99: Drew 1-1 We had a double header with Spurs, a league game and then an FA Cup demi Final. Georgian radge packet Temuri Ketsbaia equalising after a Darren Anderton penalty. Attendance, 36,655

1999/00: Won 2-1 We returned from a UEFA cup trip to Roma to defeat Spurs with goals from Stephen Glass and Nikos Dabizas, although Chris Armstrong drew the visitors level with a goal just on half time. Attendance, 36,460

2000/01: Won 2-0 We’d seen an extended SJP open with a 302 win over Derby in midweek but gary Speed and Daniel Cordone made it 2 wins at Fortress St James’. Attendance, 51,573

2001/02: lost 0-2 And so, Gus Poyet converted his Chelsea jinx over to Spivs. The twat is still a jinx over us now, 12 years later. Attendance, 50,593

2002/03 won 2-1 During the hectic Christmas schedule, Spurs arrived to find United in good nick, goals from Gary Speed and Alan Shearer looked like we were well on our way, however, Dabizas thought we should have a nervous conclusion and planted a flying header past his own keeper! Attendance, 52,145

2003/04: Won 4-0 Wonderful II 2 for both Shearer and Laurent Robert . Attendance, 52,139

Robert’s crackers are here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfyty0_9Iyo

2004/05: Lost 0-1. Again we’d play Spurs in our first home game of the season. This time Tim Atouba would settle it. Sadly Bobby Robson would very soon be replaced by Graeme Souness. Attendance, 52,185

2005/06: Won 3-1 An April Fools Day win, with Michael Dawson seeing red. Lee Bowyer, Shola Ameobi and Alan Shearer hit 3 goals in 30 minutes, although Robbie Kean had added another to level things up temporarily. Attendance, 52,301

2006/07: Won 3-1 again. And once again all of the goals were before half time. Kieron Dyer and Obafemi Martins had us 2 up in 7 minutes. Steven Taylor managed an OG on 15 mins but Scott Parker settled it. Attendance, 52,079

2007/08: Won 3-1. Same again. 1-0 up at half time thanks to Martins we extended our lead when  Cacapa headed in a corner. Robbie Keane pulled one back but James Milner knocked in a 3rd to bag us the win. Attendance, 51,411

2008/09: Won 2-1. United made it a run of unbeaten in 6. But the wheels were about to come off, spectacularly. Charles  N’Zogbia poked in our first but Luka Modric equalised. Damien Duff in a rare moment of remembering what he was capable of netted the winner. Attendance, 47,982

2010/11: Drew 1-1. United were making a bad habit of conceding late goals and would do it again after it looked like Coloccini’s excellent finish would win it. Aaron Lennon drilled in Spurs’s equaliser although it was probably merited. Attendance, 51,010

2011/12; Drew 2-2 United twice came from behind to level as first, Demba Ba and then Shola Ameobi found the onion bag. Shola’s coming with just 4 minutes left on the clock. Attendance, 46,420

2012/13: Won 2-1. Yet another opening day fixture vs Spurs, this time a Ben Arfa penalty, 10 minutes from time settled it. Ba had given us the lead but Defoe had wiped that out on 76 minutes. Attendance, 52,385

Tottenham Fanzines

Fighting cock http://www.thefightingcock.co.uk/

“Come On You Spurs” is not only a shit chant, but a fanzine title too, apparently http://www.comeonyouspurs.com/

Danger Men

Adabeyor is in form for Tim Sherwood having been frozen out previously. The 2 full backs like to get forward, Lennon’s pace is a threat, Eriksen looks clever on the ball.

Predictions

I think we’ll get bladdered 3-0 again.

 

CHRIS BETTS TF_INITIALS_LOGO

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7 Responses to MATCH PREVIEW: Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur, St James’ Park, 12/Feb/14, KO: 7:45pm, Premier League.

  1. Midland Nic says:

    I’ve said to any ex-pat Mag who will listen that we are on 37 points now but how long will it take us to get to the required 40?? We will get there but these last 3 points will come with draws interspersed with many defeats. First defeat tonight by Spurs. Sorry for being a doommonger but us older Mags are simply realists

  2. Ian Summers says:

    We could do with some of those Robert style free kicks right now. Lots of fans used to slag him off when he was here, Souness was not alone in not rating him? We need support tonight and for de Jongh to be given a chance not dismissed by the crowd like we did Jon Dahl Tomasson years ago. De Jongh is all we have up front at the moment so get behind him. Surely there is a case for bringing Adam Campbell back from St Mirren instead of having a 16 year old on the bench? Chapeau to Ashley for killing the season, is it really only a month since we outplayed Man. City?!!

  3. Mikey says:

    Is Pardew taking the piss…

    Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has thanked the club’s fans and owner Mike Ashley for their patience as he approaches his 150th game in charge.
    The Magpies boss is the second-longest serving manager in the Premier League, behind Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger.
    Pardew reaches his milestone 150th game on Wednesday, when his ninth-placed side face Tottenham at home.
    “I’ve had days when the owner and fans could easily have made things even more difficult than they have,” he said.
    “Now I want to get to 200 games with some silverware.”

    What , a new silver hip flask ! he really is taking the piss to come out with the above shite when the club acknowledge it`s not interested in the cups….and we ain`t going to win the league any time soon

  4. myclubyourclubworclub says:

    I sit here watching the match the spuds have just got their second and to be perfectly honest I want to switch off and go to bed in an attempt to stop me catching a plane to the sunnier uplands of the home counties and performing a huge shite on the door step of Jabba the Hutt
    what a cunt !, slowly, like an under performing aggressive cancer he eats away at all that is good and proud about my beloved football club !!!
    My detestation of the odious, narcissistic CUNT has no bounds
    Again, rant over and urine well past the required temperature to alter it’s physical properties
    Peace

  5. Midland Nic says:

    De Jong isn’t even a busted flush as the boy is so young but hasn’t scored a goal all season. BM didn’t play him all year…there was a reason behind that….if you look at the footage of him coming through Newcastle Airport he looked like a little boy lost…I suggest this will be the case for the rest of the season….It’s so depressing but the end of this season is going to end the same as last….i didn’t like the odious little twat but Cabaye was by far the best player we have had for years, he was the glue that held the team together – who was the last player that did the same???? Not sure but you have to go way back…. the thing that is blatantly obvious there isn’t a player at the club who can do the same job….finally sorry chaps but I simply don’t get HBA – class on his day but as UB40 put it 1-in-10….and Sissoko…please??

  6. David Rutherford says:

    The only positive I can take from this evening is that I pulled off a masterstroke by wearing a pair of the missus’ tights under my jeans.
    Any tiny shred of sympathy I had for that tactically redundant clown Pardew has gone for good. Silverware? Please behave. Though the depressing thing is I still wouldn’t want him sacked because there’s no-one else dumb enough to take the job.

  7. Mikey says:

    Just seen us on Match of the Day….and we are fucked