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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Newcstle, 25.08.19

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Full Record of Spurs -v- Newcastle United

Prem         Pl   W   D   L    For-Ag  Pts
Home         24  14   1   9    37 -28  43
Away         24   7   5  12    32 -46  26
Total(Prem)  48  21   6  21    69 -74  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)  48  21   6  21    69 -74  69
Total(Div 1) 86  39  21  26   157 -124 109
Total(Div 2) 12   4   3   5    12 -11  11
Grand Total 146  64  30  52   238 -209 188

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    WLLDWD
Spurs      1-0    Brighton
Spurs      0-1    West Ham
B'mouth    1-0    Spurs
Spurs      2-2    Everton
Spurs      3-1    A. Villa
Man City   2-2    Spurs

Newcastle  -    WDLWLL

Newcastle  3-1    S'hampton
Brighton   1-1    Newcastle
Newcastle  2-3    Liverpool
Fulham     0-4    Newcastle
Newcastle  0-1    Arsenal
Norwich    3-1    Newcastle

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 6. Spurs      2  1  1  0   5-3    2    4
18. Newcastle  2  0  0  2   1-4   -3    0

Playing an unhappy "Toon"

It made a refreshing change to start our Premier League season at home when promoted Aston Villa came to town. Our opening game in the last two seasons was a trip to St James' Park, Newcastle and we won both games. Now Newcastle make their first visit to our new stadium. We won last season's home game thanks to Son Heung-min's 83rd minute goal. 41,000 attended that Saturday lunchtime Wembley game, where we played just three more games before the move back to our spiritual home. We can look forward to "Sonny" returning and hopefully scoring one of a few goals that Spurs put past "The Toon" on Sunday!

Those last two away games were sweet revenge for the last game we lost to the "Magpies" which was the embarrassing 5-1 at the end of the 2015-16 season when we surrendered second place on the last day to our hated rivals from the wrong end of the Seven Sisters' Road, where we will travel next week. It is interesting to note that Arsenal finished that season with 71 points, and we had 70. Last season those points tallies were reversed, and the positions were lower.

Newcastle only lost by a single goal at home to Arsenal, but Unai Emery was cautious with his team selection and the club left Ozil and Kolašinac at home over security concerns. Last week's 3-1 defeat at Norwich was a bigger concern for Steve Bruce and Newcastle's fans. Bruce's appointment was only confirmed in mid-July, after Rafa Benitez left for financially rewarding times in China, and because he lacked faith in the club's executive. Bruce had hardly got his feet under the table at his last place of work - Sheffield Wednesday. Newcastle are his tenth club as a manager in 20 years, which includes two spells at Wigan, and three seasons at Sunderland. Former Spur Stephen Clemence is on Bruce's coaching team.

A statement from a coalition of Newcastle protest groups said of Bruce's appointment: “Steve Bruce is an unambitious appointment by an unambitious owner. To go from a world-class manager in Rafa Benitez, who brought stability and unity to the club, to Steve Bruce, who frankly wouldn’t get a job at any other Premier League side right now, is beyond disappointing.

“Most Premier League clubs look to the continent or lower divisions for young, promising, forward-thinking managers in the mould of Pochettino, Gracia and Santo – who bring a new brand of football to a highly-competitive league. Bruce’s appointment is testament to Ashley’s mismanagement.”

We have won our last four games against Newcastle, which has finally given us parity in terms of Premier League wins and losses against a team who had a better overall record than us in this league for too long. This is the eariest we have played Newcastle since 7th September, 1996, when we lost 2-1 at home thanks to two goals by future Spur Les Ferdinand. Rory Allen, in whom we had placed so much hope, gave Spurs a 28th minute lead, but "Sir Les" equalised in the 37th minute, before securing the points in the second half. Newcastle finished runners-up that season to Manchester United. Spurs finished mid-table.

Newcastle also finished behind United in the previous season, which featured the famous Kevin Keegan "I would love it!" quote. Keegan didn't see out the 96-97 season which ended with Kenny Dalglish in charge.

Those were heady days for the Tyneside team, who are still without a major domestic trophy since the 1950s (apart from second tier titles, of course!) Even their last major win - the 1969 Fairs Cup - was a limited entry tournament with one team from selected cities around Europe.

Newcastle's major summer signing was Brazilian striker Joelinton (he has no International caps at any level) from Hoffenheim. Joelinton scored 7 goals in 25 Bundesliga games last season - hardly £40 million form I would have thought. He cost Newcastle £10 million more than they got from Leicester for Ayoze Perez. Joelinton has yet to score and missed a good chance at Norwich last week.

Andy Carroll (who was out of contract having been released by West Ham) has returned home over 8 years after his departure for Liverpool. Carroll has yet to play because of - ahem - injury. A statement dated August 16th said of Carroll, "He's done a bit of running on the grass. He's still four or five weeks away, but I'm sure he's going to have a big part to play."

Another signing - Swedish International Emil Krafth made his debut at right wing-back against Norwich. Newcastle do have other injury problems including former Spur DeAndre Yedlin ruled out, along with another defender Florian Lejeune. Midfielder Jack Colback is also unavailable. Christian Atsu faces a late fitness test and Dwight Gayle is also doubtful.

Whilst Mauricio Pochettino still has Juan Foyth and Ryan Sessegnon out, Dele Alli may be approaching fitness. Late team news indicated that Ndombele has a slight thigh strain and is unavailable this weekend. "Poch"'s main problem is going to be who to pick, and who to leave out. I am rarely as confident about a win as I am for this game. With Son Heung-min back and surely raring to go, in tandem with Harry Kane, I reckon they might score two apiece, and I am predicting a 4-0 win. However, you might think different and if you want further advice then check out this Tottenham vs Newcastle United prediction page at Spurs Odyssey.

Sunday's match referee will be Mike Dean, who is now 51. Once upon a time he would have had to retire by now, but clearly he keeps managing to pass the necessary fitness tests. Mr Dean has now refereed 484 Premier League matches and issued his 100th red card to Ashley Young at Molineux in March. He made his Premier League debut in September 2000, and his first Spurs game was a 3-1 home win against Derby in October 2000. Our VAR will be Anthony Taylor.

If you are on the Spurs Odyssey e-mail list and receive the requests sent after every game to cast your vote in the post-match survey, you will have noticed a little difference in my first two mails sent this season. Those of you not on the list should check out the sidebar regarding how to join. I am hoping to offer a little extra insight into every game with every request I send. Here's hoping I can keep finding original thoughts!

· "Ten Years After" - Spurs Odyssey reviews the season in which we first qualified for the Champions League. We beat West Ham at Upton Park on 23rd August, 2009 and stood top of the league! Very nice! Especially with Jermain Defoe on the scoresheet.

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