Cheick Tiote

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

 

Newcastle United travel to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday afternoon in Premier League action (12.45pm kick-off).

The Magpies will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to three games, following important victories over Aston Villa and Chelsea.

In contrast, Spurs have won just once in five matches in all competitions - against West Bromwich Albion last time out.

When the sides met on the opening day of the current campaign, second half goals from Demba Ba and Hatem Ben Arfa handed United a 2-1 triumph at St. James' Park.

  

STAT ATTACK
Saturday's meeting is the 148th match between the two clubs and the 136th in the league. United have scored more goals against Tottenham - 60 - than against any other team in the Premier League.


TICKET NEWS
Newcastle's allocation for this fixture has sold out. However, tickets still remain for the upcoming home games against Metalist Kharkiv and Southampton. For more information, click here.


LAST MEETING
August 18th, 2012 - Newcastle 2 (Ba 55, Ben Arfa 80 pen) Tottenham 1 (Defoe 75)

Newcastle (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, James Perch, Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye (Vurnon Anita 71), Jonas Gutierrez; Demba Ba (Gabriel Obertan 85), Papiss Cisse

Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Brad Friedel; Kyle Walker, William Gallas, Younes Kaboul, Benoit Assou-Ekotto; Jake Livermore, Sandro (Harry Kane 86); Aaron Lennon, Gylfi Sigurdsson (Rafael van der Vaart 68), Gareth Bale; Jermain Defoe


FULL RECORD v TOTTENHAM
P147 W54 D32 L61 F217 A232


FORM GUIDE
(Last six games - all competitions, including pre-season friendlies)

Tottenham - WDLDDW
Newcastle - WWLDLL


LAST LINE-UP
Tottenham (v West Bromwich Albion, Premier League): Hugo Lloris; Kyle Walker (William Gallas 78), Michael Dawson, Jan Vertonghen, Benoit Assou-Ekotto; Scott Parker, Mousa Dembele; Aaron Lennon (Gylfi Sigurdsson 86), Clint Dempsey, Gareth Bale; Jermain Defoe (Lewis Holtby 39)
Subs not used: Brad Friedel, Kyle Naughton, Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore

Newcastle (v Chelsea, Premier League): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; James Perch, Yohan Cabaye; Jonas Gutierrez, Moussa Sissoko (Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 90), Yoan Gouffran (Sylvain Marveaux 84); Papiss Cisse
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Gael Bigirimana, Vurnon Anita, Gabriel Obertan, Shola Ameobi


TEAM NEWS
Tottenham - Striker Jermain Defoe has been ruled out for up to three weeks with an ankle injury, but Spurs are boosted by the return of Togo front man Emmanuel Adebayor from Africa Cup of Nations duty. Midfielder Sandro (knee) and defender Younes Kaboul (knee) both remain on the treatment table.

Newcastle - Cheick Tiote returns to the squad after missing five matches while away with Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations. Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring), Ryan Taylor (knee) and Haris Vuckic (knee) are all ruled out.


A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Andre Villas-Boas, Tottenham manager:
"Now, every game is important. There are lots of games still to be played but every single point can make a difference. Ideally, this is a game where we can continue our objectives, a win moves us into third place and we can then wait for the results. That's our focus for the weekend."

Alan Pardew, Newcastle winger: "We had three or four tricky days last year and (at Tottenham) was one of them. Spurs played very, very well that day and we caught them on a day when it was all coming together. This will be a different scenario. We have got ourselves on the up a little bit and hopefully we can turn the result around."


REFEREE
Phil Dowd (Staffordshire) - 2012/13 record: 25 games, 88 yellow cards, 3 red cards


PLAYED FOR BOTH TEAMS
Sebastien Bassong, Sol Campbell, Stephen Carr, Les Ferdinand, Ruel Fox, Paul Gascoigne, David Ginola, Jim Iley, Jermaine Jenas, Scott Parker, Kevin Scott, Chris Waddle, Jonathan Woodgate


FANCY A FLUTTER?
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DID YOU KNOW?
Tottenham have failed to win 50 per cent of their league games at White Hart Lane this season.