Fresh from their memorable win over Chelsea on home soil last week, Newcastle go in search of their second away win in as many games when they take on Tottenham in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off this weekend.

The midweek internationals haven’t helped the visitors though and two of their recent heroes played major parts for France on Wednesday night. Moussa Sissoko played 80 minutes in his country’s friendly loss to Germany, while Yohan Cabaye played the full game.

With the game being shown live on television, the friendly action means the pair – along with Tim Krul who appeared for Netherlands in their game with Davide Santon’s Italy – has less than 72 hours to recover and go again. A win would move Newcastle comfortably clear of the danger zone and alleviate all pressure from their season, allowing them to focus on finishing in the delights of mid-table mediocrity.

Alan Pardew will still be missing Hatem Ben Arfa, who remains a couple of weeks away from joining his French mates out on the pitch. Dan Gosling, Haris Vuckic and Danny Simpson all miss out too, the latter having been the victim of an assault last weekend and finding himself unconscious outside a fish and chip shop in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Cheick Tiote will return to the squad after exiting the African Nations Cup when Ivory Coast were eliminated by Nigeria on Sunday. Tiote put his country ahead in that game, only for his side to concede twice and be sent packing, while Nigeria progress to the final this Sunday.

Spurs will be boosted by the timely return of Emmanuel Adebayor, whose Togo side exited the African Nations just in time for the former Arsenal man to step into the side in the absence of the injured Jermain Defoe.

Brazilian midfielder Sandro will miss out through injury for the home side, along with Younes Kaboul and Tom Huddlestone.

Gareth Bale will be looking to continue his impressive form, having scored for Wales in the week as they beat Austria in a friendly. Mathieu Debuchy will be keeping tabs on him and may well have been tipped about Bale’s tendency to fall flat on his face.

A win for Newcastle could send them above bitter rivals Sunderland and leapfrog both Fulham and Norwich City too, while losing could only see them slip one place.

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  1. Catcher

    Only 3-0 to Spurs this season, 5-0 if we had a fit Defoe, love beating Barcodes, Why Ai bonnie Lads
    Come On You Spurs

  2. Boggart

    I think we have a few issues with players going on International duty and returning from AFCON, and of course we have Dempsey coming back from the USA's energy sapping defeat to Honduras. BUT this should be an opportunity to change a formation that is struggling to score and break down stubborn defences and we will come unstuck soon, so how about this:
    Parker (needs to keep a tight rein on Sissoko, he looks a proper player)
    Holtby (on the left)
    Bale (up front with Adebayor)

    Just a thought


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