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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Newcastle v Spurs, 23.04.23

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Full Record of Spurs -v- Newcastle United Prem Pl W D L For-Ag Pts Home 28 15 2 11 44 -33 47 Away 27 9 6 12 40 -51 33 ========================================== Total(Prem) 55 24 8 23 84 -84 80 1.45 Pts per game ========================================== 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) 55 24 8 23 84 -84 80 Total(Div 1) 86 39 21 26 157 -124 109 Total(Div 2) 12 4 3 5 12 -11 11 ========================================== Grand Total 153 67 32 54 253 -219 200 ========================================== Last Six Premier League results:- Newcastle - WWWWWL Newcastle 2-1 Wolves Nottm Fst 1-2 Newcastle Newcastle 2-0 Man Utd West Ham 1-5 Newcastle Brentford 1-2 Newcastle A.Villa 3-0 Newcastle Spurs - LWDDWL Wolves 1-0 Spurs Spurs 3-1 Nottm Fst S'hampton 3-3 Spurs Everton 1-1 Spurs Spurs 2-1 Brighton Spurs 2-3 B'mouth Pos P W D L F-A GD Pts 4. Newcastle 30 15 11 4 48-24 24 56 5. Spurs 31 16 5 10 57-45 12 53

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"The great fallacy is that the game is first and last about winning. It's nothing of the kind. The game is about glory. It is about doing things in style, with a flourish, about going out to beat the other lot, not waiting for them to die of boredom." - Danny Blanchflower

Spurs travel to high-flying Newcastle for Sky's 2pm Sunday offering. Both teams would have loved to have been involved in this weekend's FA Cup semi-finals, but both were knocked out of England's premier cup competition by teams from lower leagues - both Sheffield clubs. Newcastle had the consolation of a League Cup Final but lost that game to Manchester United. Quite amazingly, until that game, Newcastle were one of a handful of Football League clubs who had not played at the new Wembley stadium, apart from away league games against Spurs between 2017 and 2019. Newcastle's 2005 semi-final (also lost against Manchester United) was played at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

Newcastle beat Spurs in the 1999 FA Cup semi-final at Old Trafford, then lost (to Manchester United) in the final at the old Wembley Stadium. Remember, Newcastle are still lacking a senior domestic trophy since 1955!

Saudi ownership and some decent signings have brought real fervour to Tyneside, and with Eddie Howe providing an exciting brand of football, their feverishly excited fans fancy Champions League football for the first time in 20 years. Newcastle's last game in the Champions League proper was a 2-0 defeat at home to Barcelona in March 2003. That Newcastle side included future Spur Jermaine Jenas. There is currently talk of a few "elite" signings in the coming summer. To some extent that might depend upon the success or otherwise of this campaign.

Newcastle are seeking their first league double over Spurs since the 2015/6 season. Newcastle had beaten us 2-1 at White Hart Lane in December 2015, and the last game of the season was a 5-1 debacle defeat for Spurs who finished "third in a two-horse race". Incidentally, that was the last time Arsenal finished above Spurs. Sadly, we cannot catch our local rivals, despite the fact that Arsenal only drew their Friday night home game against Southampton. This season's home game against Newcastle was played exactly 6 months ago, when we lost 2-1. We counted Richarlison, Kulusevski, Lucas Moura, Romero, Davies and Hojbjerg among our missing starters. That game followed a defeat at Old Trafford. Tomorrow’s game precedes the return match next Thursday night.

Newcastle first achieved a league double over Spurs in the first season in which we met in the Football League in the 1909-10 season. Future Spurs manager Peter McWilliam played for Newcastle in both those games. McWilliam, who was born in Inveravon, Scotland in 1878, was a Newcastle stalwart and played 242 games for the Tynesiders. He became Spurs manager in December 1912 and led us to the 1921 FA Cup victory over Wolves. After managing Middlesbrough, McWilliam had a brief spell in charge at Spurs again before World War 2. Peter McWilliam passed away in 1951.

The last time Newcastle finished above Spurs was nearly 20 years ago in the 2003-04 season. Managed then by Sir Bobby Robson, "The Magpies" had finished third in the previous season but failed at the Champions League qualifying hurdle. They subsequently reached the UEFA Cup semi-final but lost to Marseille and finished fifth in the league. Spurs were in another transitional season with David Pleat our caretaker manager and finished a poor 14th. The next season heralded the Frank Arnesen, Jacques Santini and Martin Jol era, and in August 2004 we won 1-0 at St James' Park when Timothee Atouba scored "that goal"!

We last visited St. James’ Park 18 months ago when there was a party atmosphere in the first home game after the Saudi takeover. Eddie Howe had yet to be appointed and this was Steve Bruce’s last game as the Newcastle manager. Bruce subsequently had a short spell in charge at West Brom but is probably not going to be seen in any team’s dug-out in future. Spurs were the party-poopers and won 3-2 with goals by Ndombele, Kane and Son. It was Ndombele’s last goal for Spurs, although despite loans at Lyon and Napoli, he remains our player, contracted until 2025.

Former Spur Kieran Trippier is now 32 and is the Newcastle club captain. Trippier’s last game for Spurs was the Champions League Final against Liverpool in 2019. That game was played in the Atletico Madrid stadium and Kieran signed for the Madrid club later that summer. Trippier was born in Bury; began his career with Manchester City, but was signed by us from Burnley in June 2015. He appeared in 69 Premier League games for Spurs, scoring twice. His last Spurs goal was against Fulham in August 2018. Trippier was signed for £12 million by Newcastle in January last year, by which time Eddie Howe had been inducted as the manager. In 36 Premier League games for his new club, he has scored three times.

Trippier was one of Newcastle’s five World Cup players. They were Bruno Guimaraes (Brazil), Fabian Schar (Switzerland), Nick Pope, Kieran Trippier, Callum Wilson (all England).

Newcastle recalled goalkeeper Martin Dubravka from his loan with Manchester United in January. Dubravka made two League Cup appearances for the Old Trafford side. Nick Pope remaimns the number one keeper. Newcastle also signed Everton's Anthony Gordon for a fee of £45 million and 21-year-old West Ham defender Harrison Ashby for up to £3 million. Ashby was born in Scotland and has been capped at U-21 level. He had told "The Hammers" he would not be seeking to renew his contract which was due to expire this summer.

Newcastle crashed last week at Villa Park and had a narrow win at Brentford the week before. The first of three consecutive away games was a 5-1 thrashing of West Ham. Home fans will be eager tomorrow and will be baying for a win which would surely give the “Magpies” too much of an advantage over Spurs, for whom this is another “must win” game. Newcastle's form remains far better than that of Spurs.

Cristian Stellini is hoping that Clement Lenglet will be able to play, despite his injury last week. Ben Davies has also started training, but this might be a game too soon for him. Lucas Moura has to serve the third match of his suspension, but Richarlison is fit, and I would suggest will be needed, although of course Dejan Kulusevski’s wing-back abilities might be deployed to help Pedro Porro. Sorry, Spurs fans, but I’ve predicted a 2-1 defeat. Look out for tomorrow's 3pm National Alert alarm being relayed to your (UK) phones!

This will be referee David Coote's 13th game in charge of Spurs and the third this season. Each of his three games this season have been away fixtures for Spurs. The two previous games at Brentford and Everton ended in scoring draws.

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