Newcastle United are in desperate need of a win. John Carver hasn’t guided them to a single win in 5 games, and he recently described the Newcastle job as the “hardest job in the world”. Tottenham drew a dire game away at Burnley and lost last week at home to Aston Villa, so as per usual for Tottenham, the play the out of form team in the league who are in need for a win. It makes me think of the intro to “The A-Team”, “If you have a problem, if no one else can help and if you can find them, maybe you can hire, the Spurs team”.
Regardless of the lack of hope shown by fans on Social Media, the team can pick up the 3 points up at St. James’ Park similar to last year where a 4-1 victory was enough to take home the point. With a few players missing such as Hugo Lloris, Kyle Walker, and Jan Vertonghen, it seems that a few players will be able to showcase their ability in front of the Sky Sports cameras this Sunday.
Jan Vertonghen, Hugo Lloris and Kyle Walker all remain doubts for the trip to Newcastle.
Predicted Line-Up (4-2-3-1):
Goalkeeper: Michel Vorm:
With Lloris a doubt yet again, it seems likely that Vorm will keep his place in the line up. Despite not picking up a win In his 2 games in goal, he has put in relatively good performances that kept the score down against Villa last time out and picking up Spurs’ 7th clean sheet in the Premier League season. With a misfiring Newcastle strike force I wouldn’t be surprised that, if Spurs picked up any points this weekend, Vorm would most likely keep another clean sheet.
Defence: DeAndré Yedlin, Eric Dier, Federico Fazio, and Danny Rose:
Providing that Kyle Walker and Jan Vertonghen are still out, it is possible that Yedlin would make his full debut for Spurs after what seems like forever. Fazio will most likely continue to deputize for the missing Vertonghen, despite his poor performance against Villa last week. With Eric Dier and Danny Rose growing into their roles, the only thing to do is to have them continue in the defense.
Defensive Midfield: Nabil Bentaleb; Ryan Mason:
After making this position their own this season, it is down to them to show why they deserve to retain it for next season. After some shaky and lifeless showings recently, this weekend is the perfect opportunity to show their class and their tough mentality that has reared its head rarely this season.
Midfield: Christian Eriksen; Moussa Dembele; Andros Townsend:
These three could prove to be the key if Tottenham are to win this Sunday, as each possess that spark that is a handful to deal with at the best of times. With Townsend putting in a Ok performance against Villa, it is vital he puts in a good performance to keep up his England place. With Eriksen seemingly one of the first names on the team sheet each week, the final place could go to Moussa Dembele. Without a start recently, being dropped for Paulinho and Lamela, Dembele would love to show everyone his true ability with a key role in the center of the park.
Striker: Harry Kane:
The “HurriKane” would love to cap off a brilliant week in which he was nominated for both PFA Players’ Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year by scoring at St. James Park. Missing the previous fixture, being dropped for Emmanuel Adebayor, he will be looking to show the Geordies what its like to be on the back end of a “Kaneing”.