A look ahead to Newcastle v Spurs


With Tottenham still having only one recognised, Premier League striker (at time of writing), in the form of Jermain Defoe, it is hard to think of how they can score goals. Compare this with Newcastle’s Senegalese Pair, Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba, who banged in the goals at an alarming rate last season. But the first day of the season is always more of a lottery than simply who will score more goals.

AVB’s impact on Spurs will be crucial to the result of this game. Is he here as a rapid, desperate attempt to salvage his reputation in the EPL, or does he actually care for the club and their future? Is this just seen by AVB as an opportunity to perfect his crouching position and add another language to his repertoire? Tottenham fans will seriously hope not, as they want, no, actually, need, to finish above the Goners this season and end up in the Champions League. And Newcastle away is a good, but tricky, place to start for AVB.

He has added Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jan Vertonghen to his ranks, early on in pre-season. Now as a Spurs fan, I see that Gylfi has had an incredible pre-season and has EPL experience, whereas Jan has had a rocky pre-season and absolutely zero EPL experience. And, as a Spurs fan, I realise that this will probably equate to Jan being super and Gylfi being a little more average – well, there are bound to be a few surprises – it’s Tottenham, after all! But we live in hope. In terms of the game against Newcastle next Saturday, if Gylfi can hit the ground running and bag a goal or two for us, then even with just JD up front we could snatch the game. And let’s just hope that Jan is as solid as the Belgian national team and whoever gives out the Eredivisie awards seems to think.

Newcastle will be very dangerous, their midfield and strikers working in tandem will bring them goals, but I reckon that Big Younes and Jan the Man can nullify their threat, and with the speed of Gazza and Azza on each wing, we can surge to victory. But, at the end of the day, we could range from shambolic to super and average to amazing in the blink of the eye. Let’s just hope it goes how we want.

My Prediction: Newcastle 1 – 2 Tottenham


By Alex Beck

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  1. if in the next couple of days we get in that key striker, so he has at least a week to get to know his colleagues before the game. Only then will I be confident of a Spurs victory. St James (sorry Sports Direct…) is a tough place to visit and we only got a draw there last year when we were on good form. I think Newcastle will be setting up more or less as they did last year so they don't really need to bed any players in, whereas we have a couple new players and hopefully more, whilst playing a new system (with a high line which has me slightly worried). Realistically a draw wouldn't be a bad result, but I do have faith in AVB and would love to get a victory and make a statement to other teams early on in the season. COYS

  2. I think it will be a real test of AVB's tactical abilities and it will be interesting to see what happens.

    Even if we make signings this week it leaves no time for real integration. Obviously, Ade should know the system if it is indeed the one Harry used last season, (although most do not think Harry used any systems!), but any completely new signings would surely struggle.

    Our MF options are limited given Sandro's involvement with the Olympics, Parker's injury and Modric's unavailability. I am not sure how AVB will combine any of Huddlestone, Jenas, Livermore, Carroll, Sigi, Lennon and Bale but it will be interesting to see.

    The striker options will remain unresolved until the match probably.

    I think the lack of preparation time with key players will be too much to overcome against a good Newcastle team at home, where we rarely get a result. Prediction : Newcastle 3 Spurs 0.

    • This is what concerns me. With Parker's injury and Sandro playing throughout July. Sandro will never make the whole season without a rest. So do we play Sandro NOW and rest him when Parker gets back – OR rest Sandro now, play others until Parker comes back and later ease Sandro back in? As for those with hopes for Gio – he played through July too, and he would need a rest (or resume his bench role anyways)

  3. Think the press and media in general seriously under estimated Newcastle last year and they will be even tougher this year as they are now a settled team, hope i am wroung but i think a draw is as good as we can hope for. I f we get trounced AVB will be under the hammer from day one.

  4. Ill go for 2-1 with goals from bale and siggy. Their will be more pressure and expectancy on newcastle this season. Dont think they will make top 6 tbh.

  5. A draw would be an excellent result. Win would be bonus – but I am never confident up at St James'….especially with a new manager – who needs time to bed in.

  6. Will be an extremely tough task to go and win at Newcastle. History isn't on our side when it comes to this particular fixture, so a draw (0-0, with lots of chances for Tottenham preferably) seems likely. Would still be a good start to our campaign considering we have some winnable fixtures right after.

  7. As it stands we won't score a goal without a focal point to our attacks. Bale can win a game on his own , but not every game I'm afraid. As it stands I think Newcastle will be stronger than last year , have one of the best midfields and 2 strong forwards. We are the opposite at the moment. Both tiote and cabaye would start in our team without Modric and both of their forwards would start too.
    For that reason I have a horrible feeling that we could get beaten live on espn on the first bloody day of a new managers season. Unless. . . We sign a forward and Modric and Sandro are fit and play !

  8. Odds must favour a home win for a settled side and with the same manager up against visitors under new management and coaching, with several players recently or still involved in international competition, others absent, plus some new players and with an attack still uncertain. So defeat for Spurs will not reflect on AVB whatever anyone with a bone to pick may claim, no more than a draw or away victory will mean Spurs are on the road to winning the league. I'll be happy with a draw.


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