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Preview Pack - Spurs v Newcastle - 14.03.04

Last Year's Game - Spurs 0 Newcastle 1
This season's game at St. James' Park - 4-0 to Newcastle
Spurs' last win over Newcastle - October 2001
Match 28 - last season

Full Record of Spurs -v- Newcastle United



Prem         Pl   W   D   L    For-Ag  Pts
Home         10   5   1   4    19 -14  16
Away         11   2   3   6    11 -23   9
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Total(Prem)  21   7   4  10    30 -37  25
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Lge Div 1
Home         43  24   7  12    87 -48  59
Away         43  15  14  14    70 -76  45
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Total(Div 1) 86  39  21  26   157 -124 109
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Lge Div 2
Home          6   1   3   2     6 - 7   5
Away          6   3   0   3     6 - 4   6
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Total(Div 2) 12   4   3   5    12 -11  11
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Total(Prem)  21   7   4  10    30 -37  25
Total(Div 1) 86  39  21  26   157 -124 109
Total(Div 2) 12   4   3   5    12 -11  11
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Grand Total 119  50  28  41   199 -172 145
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Last Six Premiership results:-


Spurs

Spurs      2  1   Liverpool
Fulham     2  1   Spurs
Spurs      4  3   P'tsmouth
Charlton   2  4   Spurs
Spurs      4  4   Leicester
M'brough   1  0   Spurs

Newcastle

Newcastle   3  1   Fulham
B'mingham   1  1   Newcastle
Newcastle   3  1   Leicester
Blackburn   1  1   Newcastle
Newcastle   2  1   M'brough
P'tsmouth   1  1   Newcastle

Pos            P   W  D  L  F - A    GD  Pts
 4  Newcastle  27 10 12  5  38- 28   10  42
10  Spurs      27 10  4 13  39- 43   -4  34

Last year's home game against Newcastle was played on a Wednesday evening, and stolen in the last minute by Jenas's strike. It was the start of a dismal period for Spurs, of 1 win in 7 games, largely due to the enforced absence of Robbie Keane who got injured in the first half-hour of the Newcastle game. Spurs failed to re-inforce their strike force in time, and Gary Doherty was one of our only two strikers for most of those games.

Strangely, I reported that Richards had a great game against Shearer and Bellamy, so perhaps Dean can reflect positively upon that rather than his recent struggle with form.

It's a couple of years since Spurs beat Newcastle, and that was at St. James' Park, so maybe we can put things to rights this week-end. We certainly do not want a repeat of the 4-0 defeat at their place before Christmas, when Robert scored a couple of dazzling goals, and Shearer bagged 2 as well. Robert's first volley will be a contender for goal of the season.

Newcastle though are in great form, having beaten Real Mallorca on Thursday night 4-1 in their UEFA Cup First leg tie.They are unbeaten in 8 league matches, and unbeaten away since 9th November, when they lost 5-0 at Stamford Bridge. The "Toon's" only other away defeat was at the hands of Arsenal. Pools' punters must love this team, who have drawn 12 games this season, 9 of them away.

Dyer is doubtful for the visitors after last night's European tie, but Lee Bowyer will be available in an otherwise pretty full strength team, which will include Shearer and Bellamy. Simon Davies does not return to training till next Monday, so misses out again, but Kanoute and Ziege are available for selection, and David Pleat says that Jamie Redknapp may take some part. I hope to be at Spurs Lodge tomorrow (Saturday) and will look for any clues.

Spurs will have to sharpen up considerably after Tuesday night's defeat at The Riverside, and their best chance may be if Newcastle feel some after-effects of their match against Mallorca. My prediction is for a 2-2 draw.

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