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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Newcastle v Spurs, 13.04.24

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Full Record of Spurs -v- Newcastle United
Prem         Pl   W   D   L    For-Ag  Pts
Home         29  16   2  11    48 -34  50
Away         28   9   6  13    41 -57  33
Total(Prem)  57  25   8  24    89 -91  83  1.46 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)  57  25   8  24    89 -91  83
Total(Div 1) 86  39  21  26   157 -124 109
Total(Div 2) 12   4   3   5    12 -11  11
Grand Total 155  68  32  55   258 -226 203

Last Six Premier League results:-

Newcastle   -     LWLWDW

Arsenal    4-1    Newcastle
Newcastle  3-0    Wolves
Chelsea    3-2    Newcastle
Newcastle  4-3    West Ham
Newcastle  1-1    Everton
Fulham     0-1    Newcastle

Spurs       -     WWLWDW
Spurs      3-1    C. Palace
A. Villa   0-4    Spurs
Fulham     3-0    Spurs
Spurs      2-1    Luton
West Ham   1-1    Spurs
Spurs      3-1    Nottm Fst

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
4. Spurs     31 18  6  7  65-45  20   60
8. Newcastle 31 14  5 12  65-52  13   47

Spurs looking to take an early hold on top four place.

St James Park, Newcastle

Thanks to Andy Park for capturing this image last year

We travel to Newcastle for Saturday's 12.30pm kick-off (TNT SPORTS) in the week following the passing of Joe Kinnear, who was a four-time trophy winner for Spurs in his playing career and more recently a charismatic manager of "Crazy Gang" Wimbledon and finally Newcastle. Joe was known as "JFK" following a foul-mouthed tirade at a presss conference, but he deserves to be remembered for his achievemments, generosity of spirit and wit. One of my favourite quotes from Joe's obituaries was this one regarding his time managing a club in the U.A.E - "I had a villa, a cook, a maid, a maintenance man, and as many camels as you like," he recalled.

Joe died from complications arising from vascular dementia, and the effects of the game of football upon its players also needs to be remembered. Despite his mixed record with the club, Joe received some 10,000 letters of support from Newcastle fans.

In what was their first Champions League campaign for 20 years, Newcastle played in the "group of death" and finished bottom below Borussia Dortmund, PSG and Milan. Significantly both the top two clubs have reached the quarter-finals of the elite European tournament, whilst Milan have progressed to the same round in the Europa League.

Since the investment of Saudi money and the appointment of Eddie Howe, Newcastle have reached last year's League Cup Final (where they lost to Manchester United), and beat both Manchester teams on their way to this season's quarter-final where they lost on penalties to Chelsea.

Newcastle also reached the FA Cup quarter-final, but lost to the Manchester City machine which reached a sixth successive semi-final - a record. One match report stated that made it 56 years since Newcastle won a trophy, but even that was the invitational "Inter-Cities Fairs Cup" in 1969 when they beat the Hungarian side Ujpesti Dozsa 6-2 on aggregate in a two-legged affair. Newcastle had finished 10th in Division One the year before, below 7th-placed Spurs, but Chelsea finished higher, so they got the London invitation for this short-lived competition.

Newcastle's last true major trophy was the FA Cup in 1955. The last of their four top flight league titles was in 1926-27. Incidentally they beat Spurs at home and away that season, which they did last season for the first time since 2015-16.

Both Newcastle's recent doubles over Spurs include high-scoring home wins. In 2016, disheartened Spurs had failed in their chase of Leicester for the league title and lost their last two games. There's no such excuse for last season's 6-1 thrashing when Spurs travelled to St. James' Park as so-called Champions League contenders. They left in total desolation with such ambitions in tatters. A poor run-in left us out of Europe completely.

In December we got some degree of revenge when we ended a poor 5-game run in style with a massive win over a decimated Newcastle side said to be "running on fumes".

Injuries have been a massive blow over the course of the season to "The Toon", and they also have to contend with the long-term suspension of Sandro Tonali. The reported £55million fee made him the most expensive Italian footballer of all time. Tonali shone and scored in Newcastle's opening day 5-1 thrashing of Aston Villa but is now banned (for breaching betting rules) until August and will be unavailable to feature at Euro 2024.

On January 28th this year, The FA said: "Sandro Tonali has been charged with misconduct in relation to alleged breaches of the FA's betting rules. It's alleged that the Newcastle United midfielder breached FA rule E8 50 times by placing bets on football matches between 12 August 2023 and 12 October 2023. Sandro Tonali has until April 5 to respond."

Newcastle's injury list is long, as it has been for so much of a season in which they might fail to qualify for another season in Europe. The absentees include Pope, Trippier, Lascelles, Botman (who injured his anterior cruciate ligament in the FA Cup defeat at Manchester City), Livramento, Almiron, Joelinton, and Wilson. They did beat Fulham away last week though, thanks to a Bruno Guimaraes goal, and their front line will include Isak and Gordon.

Botman initially sustained a knee injury in September and missed 17 games - including the final five of the Magpies' Champions League group games - before returning in December.

We are, of course, looking to take an early hold on our top four position with a win. Aston Villa are at The Emirates on Sunday, so with a good result we can enhance our position. Richarlison remains unavailable for this game, but should be ready for the Arsenal game in two weeks' time. I am optimistic and predict a 2-1 away win. Here's hoping!

This will be Tim Robinson's fifth game in the middle with Spurs, and the third time this season. He previously officiated at Bournemouth where we won, and at Molineux, where we lost. Mr Robinson's last game at St. James' was on 2nd March when the home side beat Wolves 3-0!

Did you know? - This will not be our last meeting with Newcastle this season. Both clubs will be jetting to Australia at the end of the season for a friendly at the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) on Wednesday 22nd May!

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