It’s Premier League match time at St James’ Park when Newcastle take on Tottenham on Tuesday, December 28, in match week 20.
Newcastle’s last home game was against Liverpool in match week 17, a game won by the hosts, with a 3-1 score-line.
Though Nolan put the Magpies ahead on 15 minutes, much of the first half was dominated by the Reds. The persistent pressure on the Newcastle goal paid off when five minutes after the interval, Hodgson’s squad drew level and appeared to be taking the game by the scruff. Barton and Carroll gave their side goals in the last minutes to underscore their value to their squad.
Tottenham’s last away game came in match week 16 against Birmingham, a game that ended in a 1-1 stalemate. Spurs took the lead on 18 minutes and kept Birmingham on a leash in the first half.
Spurs were left to rue lost scoring chances, especially by Crouch and Defoe, as the Blues fought back valiantly to level the score.
Head to head in the last 20 league games between Newcastle and Tottenham, the Magpies have established a 12-8 advantage. Interestingly, none of the games ended in a draw. The last meeting at white Hart Lane in April 2009 ended 1-0 in Spurs’ favour.
Newcastle, currently eighth placed in the points table, have three wins, draws and losses each in nine home games. Tottenham, engaged in a serious bid for a top four finish, are in fifth place, and have won three of eight games on the road this season, with two draws and three losses, in the remainder.
On current form, with the explosive attacking talent in both teams, football fans are in for an enthralling contest between well-matched sides.
The following players comprised Newcastle’s starting eleven against Liverpool: Krul, Simpson, Taylor, Campbell, Jose Enrique, Barton, Nolan, Tiote, Gutierrez, Carroll and Ameobi. Smith, Ranger and Routledge were used as substitutes
Tottenham’s starting eleven against Chelsea in match week 17 had the following players: Gomes, Hutton, Dawson, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Palacios, Modric, Bale, Pavlyuchenko and Defoe. Keane and Sandro were used as substitutes.