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Full Record of Spurs -v- Newcastle United

Prem         Pl   W   D   L    For-Ag  Pts
Home         25  14   1  10    37 -29  43
Away         24   7   5  12    32 -46  26
Total(Prem)  49  21   6  22    69 -75  69
Lge Div 1
Home         43  24   7  12    87 -48  59
Away         43  15  14  14    70 -76  45
Total(Div 1) 86  39  21  26   157 -124 109
Lge Div 2
Home          6   1   3   2     6 - 7   5
Away          6   3   0   3     6 - 4   6
Total(Div 2) 12   4   3   5    12 -11  11
Total(Prem)  49  21   6  22    69 -75  69
Total(Div 1) 86  39  21  26   157 -124 109
Total(Div 2) 12   4   3   5    12 -11  11
Grand Total 147  64  30  53   238 -210 188

Last Six Premier League results:-

Newcastle  -    WDWDLL

Newcastle  3-0    Sheff Utd
Newcastle  1-1    A. Villa
B'mouth    1-4    Newcastle
Newcastle  2-2    West Ham
Man City   5-0    Newcastle
Watford    2-1    Newcastle

Spurs      -    DWLWDW
Spurs      1-1    Man Utd
Spurs      2-0    West Ham
Sheff Utd  3-1    Spurs
Spurs      1-0    Everton
B'mouth    0-0    Spurs
Spurs      2-1    Arsenal

Pos             P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 8. Spurs      35 14 10 11  54-45   9   52
13. Newcastle  35 11 10 14  36-52 -16   43

The race for Europa League Football

Manchester City's reprieve on Monday brought the knowledge that seventh place will be required (in a best case scenario) to qualify for the Europa League. Spurs climbed to eighth with their win over Arsenal, but now need to win their last three games to give themselves the best chance of a place at the European table next season. The City result and the attitude towards FFP may assist Newcastle, whose takeover by Saudi Arabian influences has yet to be finalised or approved.

Like Arsenal, Newcastle are a team that has now played 7 games post-lockdown. They have had the misfortune to play Manchester City twice during this period - once at home and once away. The home game was the FA cup quarter-final, which they lost 2-0. In the away game, Steve Bruce's side faced a rampant City side who won 5-0. City repeated that dosage at The Amex Stadium on Saturday against Brighton.

Of course, I hope that, like Arsenal, Newcastle lose to Spurs, but "The Toon" have had some good days since the restart of the league programme, notably beating Sheffield United 3-0 and thrashing Bournemouth away 4-1. They have effectively been safe from any fear of relegation since that Bournemouth win, but generally their form in this calendar year has been much improved. Saint-Maximin, signed last summer from Nice, has become a key man with exciting wing-play and effective passing with the occasional goal thrown in. Even Almiron, who had to wait until last December for his first league goal, has scored a couple of goals since the restart, and if fans were allowed into St. James' Park, he would be one of the favourites for the home crowd.

It's a long time since we visited St. James' Park for Premier League action, because that was the opening game of the 2018-19 season when we won 2-1. All the goals in that game came in the first 18 minutes. Jan Vertonghen opened the scoring after 8 minutes with a header that hit the underside of the crossbar and was only confirmed as a goal by technology. Joselu equalised for Newcastle, before Dele Alli's 18th minute header from a Serge Aurier cross was enough to secure the points.

Spurs would have one more win in a sequence of four consecutive Premier League wins, but last August, the "Magpies" spoilt our hopes of a big win when Joelinton scored his first goal, and Newcastle gained their first win of the season. That goal also ended hopes of Spurs winning five consecutive league games against Newcastle for the very first time. Joelinton didn't score his second Premier League goal untl 21st June against Sheffield United, and he hasn't scored since either.

It is nearly 9 years and 14 Premier League meetings (plus one League Cup match) since we had a drawn match with Newcastle. That was a 2-2 in October 2011. Rafa van der Vaart gave us a 40th minute lead from the penalty spot, and after Demba Ba equalised Jermain Defoe scored our second goal. Shola Ameobi scored a late equaliser for the "Toon". We finished that season in fourth place, with Newcastle fifth. The team in sixth place took our Champions League place.

Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey was born in Romford in 1992 and started his professional career with Charlton. The first record I have found of him on Spurs Odyssey was in an under 18 game played at Charlton's training ground at Eltham in April 2007. Spurs won that game 2-1. Andros Townsend was in the Spurs side that day and has also played for Newcastle.

Shelvey was signed from Charlton by Liverpool, and first played against a Spurs senior side as a 64th minute substitute in a rare Anfield defeat by Spurs in May 2011, when Rafa van der Vaart and Luka Modric scored our goals.

Shelvey spent two and a half years at Swansea, before Newcastle signed him in January 2016. Shelvey had already made his last appearance for England in a friendly win against France in November 2015. That was the game in which Dele Alli scored his first England goal. Shelvey seems to have been in favour again recently and scored in the 2-2 draw against West Ham.

Danny Rose can't play against us under the usual loan terms, but we could face two ex-Spurs players. Nabil Bentaleb was signed in January on loan from Schalke, but has been in and out of Steve Bruce's side. De Andre Yedlin's only 90 minute game this side of lockdown was the 5-0 defeat at The Etihad. Andy Carroll is another familiar face of course, but he rarely starts any game in his second spell at St. James' Park.

Spurs will still be missing the suspended Eric Dier, and Jose Mourinho has said that Dele is unlikely to play, despite training yesterday afternoon, whilst Tanguy Ndombele also has another injury it seems. Jose Mourinho will give full support to Serge Aurier, whose brother was tragically shot dead this week in Toulouse. With a crucial game at home to Leicester on Sunday, there will be some shuffling of the side, but I am predicting a 2-0 win for Spurs. The game kicks off at 6pm UK time.

The match referee is David Coote, whose only previous games in charge of Spurs have been cup matches, the last of which was our 3-2 replay win over Southampton in February. Mr. Cootte has been in charge of two previous league games at Newcastle this season, both of which they won. The last game was their 3-0 win over Sheffield United.

Did you know? - Spurs met Newcastle in their first game of 2001. The game was played at White Hart Lane and Spurs won 4-2. Gary Doherty scored his first Spurs goal. Further goals came from Darren Anderton (penalty), Sergei Rebrov and Les Ferdinand. The game featured three penalties (one of which was saved by Harper from Anderton's shot) and three sendings-off. Both Newcastle scorers (Solano and Dyer) were sent off. Referee Steve Bennett had a busy day!

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