Newcastle United: Gael Bigirimana, Fabricio Coloccini, Mathieu Debuchy, Ryan Taylor & Cheik Tiote - Out; Papiss Cisse, Yoan Gouffran & Gabriel Obertan - Doubtful
Tottenham Hotspur: Vlad Chiriches, Erik Lamela & Sandro - Out
Newcastle United: Loic Remy
Tottenham Hotspur: None
Form - Last 5 matches
Newcastle United: LWDLL
Tottenham Hotspur: WWLDW
Newcastle come into this match in terrible form and an injury list as long my arm! Just as well they are coming up against a Tottenham side that has failed to win in their last five visits to Newcastle's ground and lost in their last encounter at White Hart Lane this season.
It must be noted Tottenham have changed a great deal since Newcastle played them earlier on in the season, they are no longer the shot shy team focused on retaining possession for the sake of it. In fact, under Tim Sherwood it is arguable Tottenham are now the most gung-ho side in the Premier League. Alongside Liverpool, they are only teams not to field a specialist defensive midfielder; but even Liverpool have a midfielder (Gerrard) who does not venture past the half way line.
Tottenham on the other hand, do not even do that. Their midfielders take turns screening the back four, but as none of them have particular tactical instruction to sit deep and as none of them are defensive midfielders by trade, at times no one is covering the defensive.
Except for the Manchester City thrashing, the gung-ho policy has not affected Tottenham too much, in fact they have flourished. Though this can be tempered with the opponents they have faced; therefore what do Newcastle have that can worry Tottenham?
The answer to that question is a great deal. Newcastle have the bane of many big sides, especially on their home ground. They have the pace on the counter attack to catch Tottenham out, especially if the game drags on and Tottenham's need for a win wears greater on their minds.
However, with Loic Remy, Mathieu Debuchy out and Yohan Cabaye at PSG, Newcastle's counter attacking capabilities are severely limited. In their place will be largely inferior players and as such they may resort the long ball tactic to forge many of their attacks and keep out a resurgent Tottenham side.
With a Tottenham defence that lacks protection, long balls may work on occasion but for the most part I would expect Tottenham's trio in midfield (Bentaleb, Dembele and Paulinho) to dictate proceedings as they all have the athleticism to match Newcastle's, as well as better footballing skills.
This should move Eriksen and Adebayor closer to the edge of the box where do can do the most damage to a depleted Newcastle defence.
Newcastle United 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur