Tottenham Hotspur will be hosting a revamped Newcastle United lineup on Sat. Feb. 9 at White Hart Lane in London in one of the weekend’s most interesting English Premier League fixtures. Spurs will head into the weekend’s games in fourth place in the table with 45 points from 13 wins, six draws and six losses. They’ve scored 42 goals on the season so far and have allowed 29 against. Newcastle sits in 15th position with 27 points from seven wins, six draws and 12 defeats. They’ve managed 33 goals scored and 44 against.
Newcastle will be confident heading into the match after coming from behind to beat Chelsea 3-2 at home last week while Spurs are coming off of a 1-0 away win at West Brom. Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas realizes Newcastle is a different team from the start of the year due to all of their signings in the January transfer window. With two straight victories under their belt, Newcastle will be a handful for Tottenham as the northeast club tries to put more space between themselves and the relegation zone.
Newcastle are also getting some injured players back such as Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor and new signing Moussa Sissoko from France has already paid off in a couple of goals. Spurs, on the other hand, were more or less satisfied with their current roster and weren’t very busy during the transfer window as they signed just one player, Lewis Holtby from Schalke in Germany. One of Spurs’ biggest problems heading into the game is that 10-goal scorer Jermain Defoe is out for the next three weeks with an injury.
This has the potential to be an exciting game with plenty of scoring chances. Gareth Bale is now the leading scorer at Spurs with 11 goals and he’ll be relied on for offence with striker Defoe sidelined. Both teams could use the points as Spurs want to solidify their grip on fourth place for a Championship League berth and Newcastle need to make sure they don’t slide down to the relegation zone.
Newcastle managed to beat Spurs 2-1 at home early in the season, but have beaten them just once in the last five outings with Spurs winning two and the other pair ending in draws. In their last five matches overall, Newcastle has two wins, a draw and two losses while spurs have just a lone win against three draws and a loss. Tottenham will also have striker Emmanuel Adebayor back as he’s returned from South Africa and playing for Togo in the African Cup of Nations.
Spurs have a well-balanced offensive team and can be quite hard to contain when they’re at their best. Newcastle will be hoping Sissoko and Papiss Cisse can lead their attack. After a hard-fought match I’d look for Newcastle to leave London with a draw at best.
Sportsbook Bet365.com has the latest odds of a Tottenham win at 6/10 with a Newcastle victory at 18/5 and a draw at 13/5.