By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
Newcastle United travel to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon in the Barclays Premier League (noon kick-off).
Spurs picked up a midweek Europa League win against Sheriff Tiraspol and have been in fine form in domestic action as well, currently sitting fourth in the table.
When the sides met last season it was honours even; Newcastle triumphing 2-1 on Tyneside before Spurs gained revenge by the same scoreline at White Hart Lane.
Sunday's meeting is the 149th match between the two clubs and the 137th in the league. United have scored more goals against Tottenham (61) than against any other team in the Premier League era.
Newcastle's allocation for this fixture has sold out.
February 9th, 2013 - Tottenham 2 (Bale 5, 78) Newcastle 1 (Gouffran 24)
Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Hugo Lloirs; Kyle Walker, Michael Dawson, Steven Caulker, Kyle Naughton (Benoit Assou-Ekotto 74); Scott Parker, Mousa Dembele (Jake Livermore 90); Aaron Lennon, Lewis Holtby (Emmanuel Adebayor 69), Gareth Bale; Clint Dempsey
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; James Perch (Cheick Tiote 82), Yohan Cabaye; Yoan Gouffran (Sylvain Marveaux 59), Moussa Sissoko, Jonas Gutierrez (Shola Ameobi 86); Papiss Cisse
FULL RECORD v TOTTENHAM
P148 W54 D32 L62 F218 A234
(Last six games - all competitions)
Tottenham - WDWWWW
Newcastle - WLLDWL
Tottenham (v Sheriff Tiraspol, Europa League): Brad Friedel; Kyle Walker, Younes Kaboul, Jan Vertonghen, Kyle Naughton; Etienne Capoue (Paulinho 58), Mousa Dembele; Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen (Lewis Holtby 81), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Harry Kane 69); Jermain Defoe
Not used: Jordan Archer, Vlad Chiriches, Aaron Lennon, Roberto Soldado
Newcastle (v Chelsea, Premier League): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Davide Santon; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote (Vurnon Anita 53), Yohan Cabaye, Yoan Gouffran (Gabriel Obertan 84); Shola Ameobi (Papiss Cisse 62), Loic Remy
Not used: Rob Elliot, James Tavernier, Sammy Ameobi, Hatem Ben Arfa
Tottenham - Roberto Soldado (4)
Newcastle - Loic Remy (6)
Tottenham - Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is expected to be back in between the sticks, despite suffering concussion last weekend at Everton. Midfielder Nacer Chadli (hamstring) and full-back Danny Rose (ankle) are both likely to remain sidelined.
Newcastle - Captain Fabricio Coloccini is back in contention for the Magpies, after missing the last four games with a groin injury. However, Paul Dummett (hamstring), Massadio Haidara (hamstring), Steven Taylor (hamstring), Ryan Taylor (knee) and Jonas Gutierrez (personal reasons) will all miss out.
A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Andre Villas-Boas, Tottenham manager: "Newcastle are now picking up great results. They are always a team that want to be in the competition for the teams that qualify for Europe. That is probably their expectancy given the investment they do every year. They come here with a victory, the highest morale-boosting victory possible and they will come here full of motivation and it won't be in any way easy for us."
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "There are a lot of clubs who would envy our position and we have to always think that our glass is half-full rather than half-empty. I think we are in better shape than we have been given credit for. This is the end of a difficult period, in my view, of games for us because then we have got two home games and it could put us in a great position if we get a win against Spurs, or a draw even. So it's an important game for our league position."
Chris Foy (Lancashire): 2013/14 record - 8 games, 22 yellow cards, 2 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
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DID YOU KNOW?
Tottenham have had the most shots in the Premier League this season, with 133. However, they have only scored nine goals.