Fabricio Coloccini - Newcastle United News

After the back pages of the national newspapers being dominated by a certain Scouse striker in the past week, attention returns to the Premier League this weekend as Newcastle look to extend their 6-game unbeaten start to the season with their toughest test to date, against Harry Redknapp’s Spurs.

St James’ Park has undergone something of a minor makeover in the international break, with fans now greeted by yet more ugly advertising of Mike Ashley’s cheap-as-chips sports brand. The famous “Newcastle United” sign on the top of the East stand has been replaced by a new design, flanked by two ominous advertising slogans.

With many of the squad representing their countries in the international break, Newcastle have been boosted by the fact that none of their key players have come back injured. There was an initial fear about Yohan Cabaye as he was hauled off early in France’s game against Albania with an ankle injury but the playmaker recovered in time for his country’s crucial game against Bosnia and played an hour for Les Blues.

Newcastle have no new injury worries ahead of the clash with ‘Arry’s men, so Alan Pardew can be expected to field a largely similar side to the one that beat Wolves two weeks ago. Haris Vuckic has recovered from a dislocated finger and is available and Shola Ameobi is expected to play some part after declaring himself fit. Mike Williamson is still out with injury sustained in the Scunthorpe Carling Cup game and is the only long-term injury for Pardew to contend with.

Spurs have a much busier treatment room coming into the game and are without a number of first-teamers for the long trip north. Emmanuel Adebayor is struggling with injury and isn’t expected to play and Tom Huddlestone, William Gallas and Michael Dawson are all out. The injury news doesn’t stop there for the Londoners though, with star man Rafael Van Der Vaart rated doubtful with a hamstring injury and Sandro, Vedran Corluka and Niko Kranjcar all not expected to come to Tyneside.

Scott Parker will make a return to SJP after quitting the north-east in favour of the much more ambitious West Ham a few years ago and will hope his new side will do better than his last side did, when a Leon Best-inspired Toon sent the Hammers to a 5-0 defeat.

A win for Newcastle, coupled with a defeat or a draw from Chelsea would lift the Magpies into third in the table and if all results go as expected this week, there could be clear daylight between the top four and the chasing pack come Sunday eve.

 

 

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  1. Tempo man

    This makes me laugh not long ago Newcastle where in disarray selling there best players and we are suppose to except they have got weaker yet they are going too stay in fourth. I will have a little bet very soon this team will nose dive down the table with Burn out it happens every year a team overachieve Hull Blackpool West Brom the list get bigger every season. The reason is the FA and Gordan Taylor are ignoring Tempo tampering i wont go in too detail except too say Toure was not a lone Wolf. Newcastle and Norwich cover the most ground in the premiership so they must have the best trainers in the premiership,. if Newcastle and Norwich have the secret to more miles then they will stay near the top and they wont plummet like the Scots man said i have me dew'ts

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