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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Newcastle, 02.02.2019

Last season's game - Spurs 1 Newcastle 0 - 09/05/2018
This season's away game - Newcastle 1 Spurs 2 - 11/08/2018
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Full Record of Spurs -v- Newcastle United

Prem         Pl   W   D   L    For-Ag  Pts
Home         23  13   1   9    36 -28  40
Away         24   7   5  12    32 -46  26
Total(Prem)  47  20   6  21    68 -74  66
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)  47  20   6  21    68 -74  66
Total(Div 1) 86  39  21  26   157 -124 109
Total(Div 2) 12   4   3   5    12 -11  11
Grand Total 145  63  30  52   237 -209 185

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    WLWLWW
Spurs      5-0    B'mouth
Spurs      1-3    Wolves
Cardiff    0-3    Spurs
Spurs      0-1    Man Utd
Fulham     1-2    Spurs
Spurs      2-1    Watford

Newcastle  -    LDLLWW

Liverpool  4-0    Newcastle
Watford    1-1    Newcastle
Newcastle  0-2    Man Utd
Chelsea    2-1    Newcastle
Newcastle  3-0    Cardiff
Newcastle  2-1    Man City

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 3. Spurs     24 18  0  6  50-24  26   54
14. Newcastle 24  6  6 12  21-32 -11   24

A cheerful Toon!

The Toon Army have every right to be cheerful this week! Firstly they beat Premier League Champions Manchester City on Tuesday night, amd now Newcastle have confirmed a club record signing of midfielder Miguel Almiron from American Major League side Atlanta United for 20 million.

Almiron is an attacking midfield left side player aged 25 and he is a Paraguay International with 14 senior caps. Almiron was involved in 31 goals in his last full season, scoring 17 and making a further 14. Newcastle have also signed 23 year old left back Antonio Barreca from Monaco until the end of the season, with an option sign him permanently.

The only thing I will say about Almiron is that this is the Premier League and not the American Major League. Almiron is also without match action for nearly two months, so one wonders how close he is to match fitness. In any case, he hasn't got a visa yet, so will not be seen tomorrow. Barreca is in contention for a place, together with Joselu, who missed the City game with an ankle injury.

The 2-1 win over Man City was achieved with goals from West Brom loanee Salomon Rondon and a penalty by Matt Ritchie, once of Bournemouth. Rondon wears Newcastle's iconic number 9 shirt, and has scored 7 club goals in all competitions this season. Apart from a major trophy (which the club has been without since the 1969 Inter Cities Fairs Cup), Newcastle have missed having a consistent goalscorer such as Alan Shearer, who retired 13 years ago now. Such players don't come around too often though, and whilst Rondon has the pace and physicality of such a player, the most league goals he has scored in the last 10 seasons was 14 with Malaga in 2010/11.

Rondon clearly can be a handful for our defence and Ayoze Perez can pop up with a goal at any time too. Newcastle scored against City with their only two shots on target (one from the penalty spot remember), and their strength in some games under Rafa Benitez has been to defence in an organised fashion. That could frustrate Spurs, who are often tentative in their build-ups.

The "Magpies" gave themselves some vital breathing space with that City win, putting them five points above the bottom three. Even if they lose tomorrow, and as a Spurs fan I obviously hope they do, they have winnable home games to come later this month against Huddersfield and Burnley. I think we will be facing that long trip to the North-East again next season! You might think differently, and perhaps want to bet on a different outcome, in which case you could consider this offer code when signing up for what is available on the market.

Spurs, of course, have to carry on without Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Ben Davies. Eric Dier sat out Wednesday night's game and I would expect him to start. I would also expect us to play four at the back, rather than three, which I think hampered us somewhat against Watford, but what do I know? Perhaps a team of Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Dier, Winks; Sissoko, Eriksen, Lamela; Son? One player who had been expected to leave us in January, Vincent Janssen, did not go, and Mauricio Pochettino has indicated he will be named in oir 25-man squad for the remainder of the season. That does not mean his involvement in games will increase though!

Last season's game was the penultimate game of our season and a tight 1-0 win for Spurs with Kane scoring our goal. We can't say we have dominated Newcaastle in recent years despite two consecutive away wins against them. They beat us at White Hart Lane as recently as December 2015, but February has been good to us in such meetings with consecutive home wins in 2012 (5-0) and 2013 (2-1) before a 4-0 away win in February 2014! I'll take us to win 2-0 tomorrow. Remember, the game kicks off at 12.30pm - weather permitting!

Match referee Andre Marriner had no time for Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha at Southampton on Wednesday night, showing him an immediate second yellow card when the Palace winger sarcastically applauded the first one he was shown. Mr. Marriner was in charge of our 7-0 Cup win at Tranmere, and the away defeat at Watford in September.

"It was Twenty Years ago today!" - On this day (February 2nd, 1999), Spurs beat Wimbledon 3-0 in an FA Cup fourth Round replay.

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