Newcastle’s French revolution will take on Tottenham in the early kick off on Saturday as they look to continue their mini revival.
Since the influx of French signings on Tyneside, Alan Pardew’s side have won back to back games against Aston Villa and Chelsea which has seen them move away from the relegation zone.
They will face a Spurs side who are currently unbeaten in nine Premier League games as they look to establish themselves as top four regulars.
Spurs will enter this game with confidence, having not conceded a goal against Newcastle at White Hart Lane since 2008. In this time, the home side have scored 8 goals without reply and manager Andre Villas-Boas will hope for more of the same as they look to extend on their current 3 point lead over 5th place Everton.
Newcastle though, have found some much needed confidence in recent weeks and have finally shown signs of replicating last years form which saw them challenge for Champions League places. Alan Pardew said prior to the game against Aston Villa that their season started then, and it’s been so far so good on that front as Newcastle have won both games since.
Spurs are currently facing a forward crisis with Defoe injured and Adebayor yet to return from international duty with Togo. Clint Dempsey has been tipped to lead the line for Spurs while Lewis Holtby looks set to make his first start for his new club after his move from Schalke.
Newcastle welcome back Cheick Tiote from international duty as his Ivory Coast side fell short of expectations in the tournament. Despite this, Alan Pardew may start with the same team that has won at Villa and Chelsea with James Perch impressing in the holding midfield role.
The Telegraph are also reporting that Hatem Ben Arfa has suffered a setback in his injury recovery as illness has ruled him out of a weeks training.
Newcastle: Moussa Sissoko
The midfield powerhouse has been a revelation since signing from Toulouse for under £2 million. An assist on debut was followed up with a match winning two goals against Chelsea last weekend which has made the rest of the Premier League stand up and take notice of the new star on Tyneside.
Tottenham: Gareth Bale
The flying winger has been in superb form recently with wonder goals against Norwich and West Brom securing four points for Tottenham in the last two weeks. A goal on international duty in midweek means the Welsh star will be raring to go this weekend.
These two met on the opening day of the season with Newcastle running out 2-1 winners. The goal scorers that day were Demba Ba, Hatem Ben Arfa and Jermain Defoe, none of which will be available to play in the return fixture on Saturday.
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