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Prem         Pl   W   D   L    For-Ag  Pts
Home         14   8   1   5    22 -17  25
Away         14   3   3   8    14 -29  12
Total(Prem)  28  11   4  13    39 -46  37
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)  28  11   4  13    39 -46  37
Total(Div 1) 86  39  21  26   157 -124 109
Total(Div 2) 12   4   3   5    12 -11  11
Grand Total 126  54  28  44   208 -181 157
Last Six Premiership results:-


M'brough   2-2   Newcastle
Newcastle  1-0   Wigan
Derby      1-0   Newcastle
Newcastle  3-1   West Ham
Man City   3-1   Newcastle
Newcastle  3-2   Everton


Man Utd    1-0   Spurs
Fulham     3-3   Spurs
Spurs      1-3   Arsenal
Bolton     1-1   Spurs
Spurs      4-4   A. Villa
Liverpool  2-2   Spurs

Pos          P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 8 Newcastle 8  4  2  2  13-10   3  14
18 Spurs     9  1  4  4  16-18  -2   7 
Last Five Corresponding games

23.12.06 - Newcastle 3 Spurs 1 - Game lost in 7 minutes
01.04.06 - Newcastle 3 Spurs 1 - Game lost in first half
21.08.04 - Newcastle 0 Spurs 1 - Atouba! I wanna know how you scored that goal!
13.12.03 - Newcastle 4 Spurs 0 - Double bubble for Robert & Shearer
29.12.02 - Newcastle 2 Spurs 1 - Another bad day in December

After enduring another International break longer than most, Spurs fans make the long trek to the North-East for a Monday night game with Newcastle. Newcastle are yet another team against whom we have a relatively poor Premier League record, with just two wins in our last 15 visits to St. James' Park. The last of these was in August 2004, when Thimothee Atouba scored that goal!

Spurs travel in the bottom three again, following the week-end's results, and whilst a win would be precious to lift us as high as 12th in the table, even a point would be helpful, as that could take us up to 13th. Whatever the position after this game, it's not good enough for Spurs, currently 18 points behind Arsenal, who we hoped to squeeze out of the top four at the start of the season.

Paul Robinson's calf injury is surely a convenience to give the beleaguered guardian a much-needed breather from his trials and tribulations. However, as much as I have faith in his deputy, Radek Cerny, with Ben Alnwick away on loan, we would be vulnerable should Cerny be injured, as rookie keeper Tommy Forecast must have to make the trip.

None of the other Spurs absentees (Stalteri, Boateng, Rocha, Assou-Ekotto) are vital to our hopes, with the notable exception of course of Club Captain Ledley King, who we are told is two weeks away from full training.

Sam Allardyce will have the luxury of Michael Owen, Mark Viduka, and Obafemi Martins being available for selection, along with a pretty full squad apart from longer term injuries to Ramage and Duff. Allardyce has assembled some new International names to try and shore up his defence such as Brazilian Claudio Cacapa, and Jose Enrique, whilst still giving reign to young talents N'Zogbia and Milner in the midfield. You are also likely to see Nicky Butt and Emre.

The Toon are unbeaten at home this season and have won their last three at St. James' Park against Wigan, West Ham and Everton.

Spurs have not won a League game since August 18th, and that was against a poor Derby team. If they can find the passion they displayed when coming back from 4-1 down at home to Villa, and when taking a surprise lead at Anfield, then maybe they can bring back at least a point from Newcastle. I fear though that they will return empty-handed.

For those of us who support England, then after the triple whammy of the football defeat in Moscow, the Rugby loss in Paris, and Lewis Hamilton's one point loss of the World Championship, defeat at Newcastle would be an unbearable quadruple whammy.

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