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Tottanham – Newcastle 09.02.2013


Tottanham – Newcastle 09.02.2013

Tottenham would climb to the third place in the standings with three points from this match and that should be enough incentive for Spurs to try and extend their good run of results.

Back to back wins over Aston Villa and Chelsea acted as a huge boost for Newcastle, with Magpies now aiming to make it three on the bounce.

Following some scintillating showings during the festive schedule and four straight victories, Tottenham have suffered a small dip in form as they embarked on a four-match winless run in January. That had to do something with the fact that Emmanuel Adebayor was away on Africa Cup of Nations and that there was too much pressure on Jermain Defoe. That eventually resulted in an injury to the England international that will see him miss next three weeks of action, but at least Adebayor is now back after his Togo crashed out of the Africa Cup of Nations. With Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon both in scintillating form and new signing Lewis Holtby showing signs of promise, Tottenham have reason to hope they can continue the good run of results with three points from this match.

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With a number of star players missing through injury, Newcastle experienced plenty of problems during the opening exchanges, but the club chiefs did really well to help the team get out of trouble. The return of influential midfielder Yohan Cabaye from injury was obviously a huge boost, just as the arrival of a new French contingent during the January transfer window. It was the January signings that played a key role, together with Cabaye, in victories over Aston Villa and Chelsea, with the Magpies now finally back on track. A couple of good results in a row was everything Alan Pardew’s side needed to turn this season around, and that is why I expect them to play with a lot of confidence at White Hart Lane. Having lost 5-0 last time they visited that ground, the Magpies will have an extra motive to record their third successive league victory but i think that goals will rise in first plan.

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