Tottenham perspective: Matt Harris, TottenhamBlog
Jermain Defoe has been ruled out for three weeks after picking up an ankle injury at the Hawthorns last weekend but Emmanuel Adebayor should be back from AFCON in time to take his place. The big question for Andre Villas-Boas is whether to include Lewis Holtby after the German looked sharp in two substitute appearances. The man who could give way is Clint Dempsey but the American’s knack of claiming important goals should see him keep his place.
Last weekend’s victory at West Brom made it nine games unbeaten in the league but there is concern over the striking issue at the club. With Defoe injured, Adebayor becomes the only senior centre-forward and Spurs are relying heavily on Gareth Bale’s goals at the moment. Form may look fantastic but recent performances haven’t been completely convincing.
Last season’s corresponding fixture ended in a 5-0 home win, with Adebayor scoring twice and Spurs have won the last three matches at White Hart Lane. You only have to go back to August for Newcastle’s last win over Tottenham, but have been dominant on home turf.
Both teams to score at 1.67. Newcastle’s new signings look impressive and should test Tottenham’s excellent defensive record.
Over 3.5 goals at 2.80. Over 2.5 at 1.74 would be safer but Adebayor may thrive on his lone striker role and perform as he did last season.
Aaron Lennon to score anytime at 5.00. The winger is back to his best on the right and that’s an excellent price.
Score prediction: Spurs 3-1 Newcastle (14.00)
Newcastle perspective: Mark Jensen, The Mag
Hatem Ben Arfa won’t make this one but Alan Pardew now has to decide whether to change a winning team with the return of Cheick Tiote from the African Nations. I feel that Tiote will play at the expense of James Perch, who has filled a couple of gaps in our side of late.
The defeat against Reading looked like it could be a season breaker but consecutive wins against Villa and Chelsea have restored confidence. We now look unrecognisable from the side of a few weeks ago.
The last three visits to White Hart Lane have brought three defeats - and zero goals to Tottenham’s eight. Newcastle did win the previous two, though, so we won't be quaking in our boots. Plus, of course, Newcastle beat Spurs at St James’ Park earlier this season.
Moussa Sissoko to score first at 15.00. The midfielder is playing in such an advanced role that this price stands out.
Newcastle to win at 5.25. We're now travelling now with confidence so this is decent value.
Yohan Cabaye to score at 6.00. The Frenchman has been magnificent since his return and scores goals.
Score prediction: Spurs 1-2 Newcastle (17.00)