Fabricio Coloccini - Newcastle United News

So it’s finally here. The new Premier League season kicks off in under 24 hours time and first up for Newcastle is a tough home tie against Tottenham Hotspur. The Londoners come to Tyneside under the stewardship of Andre Villas-Boas for the first time, after the Portuguese took over the reins from Harry Redknapp in the summer.
As we know, it’s been a pretty quiet off-season for the Magpies in terms of new arrivals, although their one and only real first team signing could be involved on Saturday evening. 23-year old Vurnon Anita will be in the squad and Alan Pardew will decide whether to start with the former Ajax left-back, or stick with the tried and tested pairing of Davide Santon and Danny Simpson.
Other new signings Romain Amaldfitano and Gael Bigirimana could also be involved; however the latter is more likely to miss out given his age and inexperience in the top flight.
One man the Toon Army will be desperate to see in the flesh is Sylvain Marveaux, who is just as good as a new signing, having missed almost the entire 2011/12 season with injury. The former Rennes winger has impressed many in pre-season and could burst onto the scene in the early weeks of the season should he stay fully fit.
Sammy Ameobi is the only definite absentee, while slight doubts remain over Hatem Ben Arfa, Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye. To be quite honest, we’re sure Cheick will shake off a slight knock and be the first man on Pardew’s team sheet come tomorrow evening.
Steven Taylor could also make his latest comeback from injury too, having played some much needed first team football in the latter weeks of pre-season. Papiss Cisse should be available after a slight problem, although his Senegalese strike partner Demba Ba could miss out with a shin injury.
For those worrying about a repeat of Ba’s early season form last time round because of Ramadan, this year it ends today, the day before the Premier League kicks off.
The main news for Spurs is that they will be without Luka Modric, who is in the final stages of completing his move to Real Madrid in the coming days. Scott Parker will also miss out on facing his former club after he underwent surgery on an injury, whilst blunder ‘keeper Heurelho Gomes is also out.
New boy Jan Vertonghen is set to start in the middle of defence, while England trio Kyle Walker, Jermain Defoe and Jake Livermore (wow) are all available.
There is something of a revenge feeling in the air with this clash too, as Spurs humbled the Geordies last time they met, running out 5-0 winners at White Hart Lane. This time round should be closer as the new season re-emerges back onto our screens at last.

By Chief Sports Writer, Marley Anderson

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