Premier League Match Previews: 10th November
Tottenham v Newcastle (12:00 GMT)
Head coach Andre Villas-Boas has said that Hugo Lloris will start in goal after sitting out Thursday’s Europa League match in the wake of being knocked unconscious at Everton.
Several first-team players will return, but Sandro and Danny Rose are absent.
Newcastle are hopeful that captain Fabricio Coloccini will return to the side after missing the last four games with a groin injury.
Cheick Tiote is also expected to be fit, but Steven Taylor is again out.
Newcastle were great against Chelsea last week. They let Chelsea have the ball then, when the Blues started to tire, they kicked on.
Tactically they were spot on which was great for Alan Pardew because he is another manager under a bit of pressure.
This should be another good game. I don’t think Tottenham are going to score enough goals to have a chance of winning the league but they are still a strong side.
It is up front where Spurs have limitations. Out of the two expensive Spanish strikers that came to the Premier League in the summer, Manchester City definitely got the better one in Alvaro Negredo.
Tottenham paid £26m for Roberto Soldado but he does not look like scoring. He does not seem to get on the end of anything and you can see why he has only got one goal in open play in 10 games.
Tottenham do not have too many other options, though. Emmanuel Adebayor is out of favour, while Jermain Defoe is a great finisher and would score goals but you cannot play him up front on his own.
Keeping clean sheets, certainly in matches against Tottenham, isn’t something Newcastle have specialised in over recent seasons. They haven’t managed to do so in any of the last 17 encounters.
Alan Pardew’s team haven’t won at White Hart Lane for just over five and a half years but they will be in good spirits after the 2-0 win over Chelsea last week.
ABW prediction: Draw 17/5 with Bet Victor
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