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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Newcastle - 30.03.08

Last Year's Game - 3-2 to Newcastle
This season's away game - 3-1 to Newcastle
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Full Record of Spurs -v- Newcastle United

Prem         Pl   W   D   L    For-Ag  Pts
Home         14   8   1   5    22 -17  25
Away         15   3   3   9    15 -32  12
Total(Prem)  29  11   4  14    40 -49  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)  29  11   4  14    40 -49  37
Total(Div 1) 86  39  21  26   157 -124 109
Total(Div 2) 12   4   3   5    12 -11  11
Grand Total 127  54  28  45   209 -184 157

Last Six Premiership results:-


Derby      0-3   Spurs
B'mingham  4-1   Spurs
Spurs      4-0   West Ham
Man City   2-1   Spurs
Spurs      4-4   Chelsea
Spurs      2-0   P'tsmouth


A. Villa   4-1   Newcastle
Newcastle  1-5   Man Utd
Newcastle  0-1   Blackburn
Liverpool  3-0   Newcastle
B'mingham  1-1   Newcastle
Newcastle  2-0   Fulham

Pos           P  W D  L  F -A   GD  Pts
11 Spurs     31 10 9 12  60-51   9  39
13 Newcastle 31  8 8 15  33-57 -24  32

When Spurs last played Newcastle on 22nd October, at St. James' Park, they lost 3-1 in what was Martin Jol's last league game as Spurs manager. I wrote the following at the head of my match report:- "A Spurs team bereft of any creative spark (after the early departure of the injured Gareth Bale) and lacking innovation and solutions from the coaching staff fell to an all too predictable 3-1 defeat at St. Jamesí Park, which leaves Martin Jolís side firmly in the relegation mire. Jol was totally flummoxed by any probing questions in his post-match interview, and with high-flying Blackburn visiting White Hart Lane on Sunday, some much-needed Premier League points look ever harder to obtain. The Spurs board will surely be poised to react quickly in the next few days."

The Spurs Board did react, but Jol had to endure the embarrassment one more night at White Hart Lane the following week, when we lost at home to Getafe.

After that victory, Newcastle were comfortable in the top half with 17 points, whilst Spurs languished in the relegation zone, ten points behind. How times have changed, as Juande Ramos has invigorated the Lilywhites, avoided relegation, and already won a trophy, whilst despite the appointment of "King Kev", Newcastle still flirt with the threat of relegation.

"The Toon" will fancy their chances against us though, after gaining 4 points from their last two games, and also having won their last 4 games against Spurs, scoring three goals in each game. The corresponding game last season was won by a Glenn Roeder team full of inexperience, and despite Spurs' domination and a 2-1 lead. Newcastle also won last season's game at St' James Park by 3-1, as they did on April Fools' Day, 2006. Spurs' last league win against them was on New Year's Eve 2005, thanks to goals by Tainio and Mido.

Gus Poyet has this week promised plenty of effort from the team for the rest of the season, stating that there is no reason why the team should not play more relaxing and entertaining football.

With our goal-scoring record and the goal-conceding record of both teams, there ought to be entertainment and goals galore on Sunday. I feel confident that Spurs will bring an end to Newcastle's recent run against us and thus prolong their relegation fears, not that the "Magpies" are really one of the favourites for the drop.

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