Tottenham v Newcastle: Magpies Unchanged
Written by Newcastle Utd
Newcastle United FC
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has named an unchanged side for Saturday's Premier League away game at Tottenham
By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
At White Hart Lane
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has named an unchanged side for Saturday's Premier League away game at Tottenham Hotspur (12.45pm kick-off).
The Magpies go into the fixture on the back of successive victories - first away at Aston Villa, before last weekend's dramatic 3-2 home win over Chelsea.
And so the boss has unsurprisingly kept faith with the same group of players who have grabbed six points over the last fortnight.
It means United will once again line-up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Senegalese front man Papiss Cisse playing the lone striking role.
On the substitutes' bench there is a place for Cheick Tiote, who returns after missing five games to represent Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations, and the midfielder joins French trio Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Dutchman Vurnon Anita, goalkeeper Steve Harper and long-serving striker Shola Ameobi among the replacements.
Tottenham include former Newcastle midfielder Scott Parker, while January signing Lewis Holtby makes his first start for the club.
Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1): Hugo Lloris; Kyle Walker, Michael Dawson (c), Steven Caulker, Kyle Naughton; Scott Parker, Mousa Dembele; Aaron Lennon, Lewis Holtby, Gareth Bale; Clint Dempsey
Substitutes: Brad Friedel, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, William Gallas, Jan Vertonghen, Jake Livermore, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Emmanuel Adebayor
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)