Fabricio Coloccini
By Mark Hannen


Newcastle United will be looking to end their five-game losing run when they entertain Tottenham Hotspur in the Barclay's Premier League on Sunday (4pm kick-off).

A win for the Magpies would see them register their first double of the season in what will be their 400th Premier League home fixture.

United go into the fixture on the back of a 2-0 defeat at Liverpool, while Spurs also lost last time out - going down 1-0 at home to strugglers Aston Villa.

When the sides met earlier this season, Tottenham went ahead through Emmanuel Adebayor in the first half at White Hart Lane and looked firmly in control at the break.

But a left-foot strike within seconds of the restart from Sammy Ameobi, and an Ayoze Perez header saw Newcastle come away from north London with all three points for the second season running.

Follow Sunday's fixture right here on nufc.co.uk for on-the-whistle half-time and full-time reports and exclusive post-match reaction, or live updates on Twitter at @NUFC.

Sunday is the 153rd match between the two clubs, and the 140th in the league.

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17th December, 2014 - Tottenham 4 (Bentaleb 18, Chadli 46, Kane 65, Soldado 70) Newcastle 0

Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Michel Vorm; Vlad Chiriches, Federico Fazio, Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose; Benjamin Stambouli, Nabil Bentaleb (Etienne Capoue 80); Andros Townsend, Christian Eriksen, Nacer Chadli (Mousa Dembele 61), Harry Kane (Roberto Soldado 69)

Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Jak Alnwick; Paul DummettMike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Massadio Haidara; Moussa Sissoko (Vurnon Anita 73), Jack Colback; Remy Cabella (Haris Vuckic 80), Ayoze Perez, Yoan Gouffran; Emmanuel Riviere (Adam Armstrong 60)

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(Last six games - all competitions)

Newcastle - LLLLLW
Tottenham- LDWLWW

Newcastle (v Liverpool, Premier League): Tim Krul; Ryan Taylor, Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Vurnon AnitaMoussa SissokoMehdi Abeid (Adam Armstrong 75), Jack Colback; Gabriel Obertan (Jonas Gutierrez 67), Ayoze Perez (Yoan Gouffran 86), Remy Cabella
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Jamie Sterry, Sammy Ameobi, Emmanuel Riviere

Tottenham (v Aston VIlla, Premier League): Michel Vorm; Vlad Chiriches (DeAndre Yedlin 79), Eric Dier, Federico Fazio, Danny Rose; Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason; Andros Townsend (Erik Lamela 79), Christian Eriksen, Nacer Chadli (Roberto Soldado 62); Harry Kane
Subs not used: Brad Friedel, Ben Davies, Benjamin Stambouli, Paulinho

Newcastle - Papiss Cisse (11)
Tottenham- Harry Kane (29)

Newcastle - Captain Fabricio Coloccini returns to the squad having completed a three-game suspension, and could be joined by Siem de Jong, who came through 45 minutes for the under-21s on Wednesday night. De Jong had been ruled out since February by a collapsed lung. Winger Rolando Aarons is fit but unlikely to be risked against Spurs. Moussa Sissoko starts a two-match ban following his red card at Liverpool, while Papiss Cisse serves the fifth game of his seven-match suspension. Massadio Haidara (knee), Paul Dummett (knee), Cheick Tiote (knee) and Steven Taylor (Achilles) all remain sidelined.

Tottenham- Full-back Kyle Walker is expected to miss out with an ankle injury, but Spurs could be boosted by the return of influential goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and defender Jan Vertonghen after a knee injury and illness respectively. 

John Carver, Newcastle head coach: "I'm not bothered about performance - we need results. By hook or by crook we have to get some results. This weekend is important for the team and the Club and getting the right result, and I'm giving every single ounce to try and get that. We know that Tottenham haven't been on the best run lately and they haven't been scoring too many goals. Harry Kane, however, has been outstanding this season and I think he fully deserved to get into the England team. It's great to see such a good, young English talent doing well."

Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham head coach: "It would be a big thing for the club and for Harry Kane (to score 30 goals). It's very important for the team. If he arrives at 30 goals for the season, then it's an historic thing. It's always the case that a striker needs the ball to arrive so that he can shoot and score. He needs the chance to be created, for people to run and to give him the ball. When you show the stats from Harry Kane he is the best striker today in the Premier League."

Kevin Friend (Leicestershire): 2014/15 record - 29 games, 119 yellow cards, 4 red cards

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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Newcastle have scored more goals against Tottenham than against any other team in the Premier League - 64.