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Premier League: Newcastle United Vs Tottenham Highlights, Match Preview, Team News & Prediction

Andre Villas-Boas’s side travel to St James’ Park.

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Newcastle have doubts over the fitness of key quartet Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa, but new signing Vurnon Anita could feature.

Fabricio Coloccini should play despite a knock, while Sylvain Marveaux and Steven Taylor are back to fitness.

Tottenham are expected to be without playmaker Luka Modric, who is close to joining Real Madrid.
Jan Vertonghen and Gylfi Sigurdsson are set for their debuts, but Scott Parker an(BBC Sport)

Preview

Only four points separated these two sides last term as Newcastle United surprised the doubters and clinched a hugely impressive fifth place finish. Andre Villas-Boas takes charge of his first competitive match as Tottenham boss and a trip to St James’ Park could be a good test and a guide as to how the season may pan out for the North London side.

Luka Modric will not be available as he looks to complete his move to Real Madrid but new signings Jan Vertonghen and Gylfi Sigurdsson will add quality to their respective positions though the one big fear is that Tottenham lack much in the way of fire-power.

Jermain Defoe is the club’s only senior striker and efforts to bring in alternatives have thus far failed to bear fruit.

Alan Pardew doesn’t have problems in that area having managed to fend off any interest, real or imaginary, in Senegalese strike pair Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba. The Magpies boss has once against invested wisely in the transfer market bringing in Romain Amalfitano from Reims and Vurnon Anita from Ajax to beef up his squad as the Toon Army look to build on the successes of last term.

Prediction

Newcastle United 2-1 Tottenham

Highlights

Highlights of the match will appear on site after completion of the match.


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