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St. James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne

Sunday 21st December 2008, Kick Off 15:00

Premier League, Match 18

 

 

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@ St. James Park (recent)

 

 

2008/09: lost 1-2 Owen (LC)

2007/08: won 3-1 Martins, Cacapa, Milner

2006/07: won 3-1 Dyer, Martins, Parker

2005/06: won 3-1 Bowyer, Ameobi, Shearer

2004/05: won 1-0 Kluivert (FAC)

2004/05: lost 0-1

2003/04: won 4-0 Shearer 2, Robert 2

2002/03: won 2-1 Speed, Shearer

2001/02: lost 0-2

2000/01: won 2-0 Speed, Cordone

1999/00: won 6-1 Shearer 2, Speed,

Dabizas, Ferguson, Dyer (FAC)

1999/00: won 2-1 Glass, Dabizas

1998/99: drew 1-1 Ketsbaia

1997/98: won 1-0 Barton

1996/97: won 7-1 Shearer 2, Ferdinand 2, Lee 2, Albert

1995/96: drew 1-1 Ferdinand

1994/95: drew 3-3 D.Peacock, Gillespie, Beardsley

1993/94: lost 0-1

 

 

 

Newcastle (from): Given, Harper, Beye, Enrique, N'Zogbia, Bassong, Coloccini, Taylor, Cacapa, Edgar, Butt, Guthrie, Duff, Gutierrez, Geremi, Owen, Martins, Viduka, Ameobi, Carroll, LuaLua.

 

Tottenham (from): Gomes, Cesar, Corluka, Dawson, Woodgate, King, Bale, Assou-Ekotto, Modric, Boateng, O'Hara, Zokora, Bentley, Huddlestone, Lennon, Bostock, Parrett, Obika, Pavlyuchenko, Bent, Campbell.

 

 

 

 

 

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Joe Kinnear:

 

 

"The league is that tight at the moment we cannot let up.

 

"We're unbeaten in five matches now, three of which were away, but we must carry on with that run into the New Year.

 

"I'm delighted with how things are going at the moment and confidence is very high.

 

"We can't wait for Spurs and hopefully we'll be sat here talking about a six-game unbeaten run come Sunday night."

 

 

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Harry Redknapp

 

 

"At the time I was surprised when Joe Kinnear got the job at Newcastle, everybody was surprised.

 

"But Joe has proved what you can do if you know what you are doing. He has gone in there with a bit of common sense, got on with the job and he's turned it around.

 

"They have got good players and I would love to see Joe get the job permanently."

 

 

 

 

 

BIG-MATCH FACTS

 

Two clubs on equal points hovering just above the Premier League's relegation zone face each other at St James' Park.

 

Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear, with three wins from 11 games in charge, faces the club he once played for; Harry Redknapp, with nine wins from 14 games on the Tottenham touchline, travels to the club he turned down in January.

 

The Magpies are the Premier League's draw specialists (seven of 17), and have not beaten a London club in the top-flight since defeating Spurs 1-4 at the Lane on 30 March.

 

Tottenham travel in search of a third victory on the road, to equal their total for the whole of last season.

 

Newcastle, who are looking to beat Tottenham for the sixth successive time in the Premier League, have scored more Premier League goals against Tottenham than any other club (53).

 

The last three home league games against Spurs have all been 3-1 victories for the Magpies.

 

Distance between the clubs: 284 miles (458 kilometres)

Tottenham make their longest journey of the Premier League season.

 

CLUB FORM

 

NEWCASTLE UNITED

 

 

Going into the weekend: 14th 19 points

Best & Worst categories in 2008-09 Premier League

(all statistics are ahead of this weekend's round of Premier League fixtures)

 

1. Chasing back-to-back wins after gaining a first victory in six outings with last Sunday's 0-3 triumph over Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

 

2. Unbeaten in five Premier League matches; drawn four and won one since losing 2-1, away to Fulham on 9 November.

 

3. Six points down on the same stage last season when they just climbed into the top-half, but level on points with the previous campaign when 14th.

 

4. Undefeated in five home league games; won two and drawn three since losing 2-1 to Blackburn on 27 September.

 

5. Drawn two and lost four of the last six Premier League fixtures against London opposition.

 

6. Their Christmas fixtures are away to Wigan on Boxing Day and home to Liverpool two days later.

Fixtures

 

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

 

 

Going into the weekend: 15th 19 points

Best & Worst categories in 2008-09 Premier League

(all statistics are ahead of this weekend's round of Premier League fixtures)

 

1. Won nine of 14 matches under Harry Redknapp, and lost one of the last seven (all competitions), following Thursday's 2-2 home draw with Spartak Moscow in the Uefa Cup.

 

2. Boast a 50% Premier League win rate since Redknapp was appointed permanently; four of eight.

 

3. One point up on this same stage last season when 12th in the table, but six points down on the previous campaign, when in the top eight.

 

4. Won the last three league and cup games on the road, against NEC (Uefa Cup), Watford (Carling Cup) and West Ham.

 

5. Picked up one point out of the last available 12 against North-East opposition, since beating Sunderland 2-0 at White Hart Lane on 19 January 2008; their only triumph in eight top-flight fixtures against sides from the region.

 

6. Won only one of 10 visits to the North-East since beating Newcastle 1-0 on 21 August 2004; lost five of the last seven.

 

7. Chasing successive victories away from home, having prevailed 2-0 against West Ham at Upton Park on 8 December; their first Premier League clean sheet away from home this season.

 

8. The Christmas fixtures are home to Fulham on Boxing Day and away to West Brom two days later.

Fixtures

 

KEY PLAYER NOTES

 

NEWCASTLE UNITED

 

 

Shay GIVEN and Fabricio COLOCCINI have played every minute of every one of Newcastle's Premier League matches this season.

 

Obafemi MARTINS has scored in each of his four Premier League appearances against Spurs.

 

Michael OWEN has scored four of Newcastle's last seven goals, including three in the last two.

 

If he scores:-

 

Shola AMEOBI will take his total of goals for Newcastle to 50.

 

If selected:-

 

GIVEN will be making his 350th league appearance in the Newcastle goal.

 

Nicky BUTT will be making his 100th Premier League appearance in Magpies colours.

 

Njitap GEREMI will be playing the day after turning 30.

 

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Squad profiles

 

Heurelho GOMES is the only remaining player to have been on the field for every minute of every one of Tottenham's Premier League matches this season.

 

If selected:-

 

Aaron LENNON and Jermaine JENAS will both be making their 100th Premier League appearances for Tottenham.

 

Tom HUDDLESTONE will be making his 100th appearance in a Tottenham shirt.

 

JENAS will be facing a former club. The 25 year old England international midfielder made 152 appearances (110 in the league) and scored 12 goals (nine league) for Newcastle between February 2002 and August 2005.

 

Jonathan WOODGATE will also be opposing former clubmates. The 28 year old England international made 37 appearances (28 in the league) for the Magpies between January 2003 and his £13.4m move to Real Madrid in August 2004.

 

HEAD TO HEAD

 

Tottenham have already knocked Newcastle out of this season's Carling Cup; winning a third round tie 2-1 at St James' Park on 24 September, courtesy of goals from Roman Pavlychenko and Jamie O'Hara.

 

Newcastle have scored at least three goals in each of their five successive straight league wins over Spurs.

 

There have been some high scoring matches between these clubs over the years - most notably Newcastle's 7-1 win in this corresponding fixture on 28 December 1996. It was Tottenham's record defeat in the Premier League.

 

Home and away

League (inc PL): Newcastle 46 wins, Spurs 54, Draws 28

Prem: Newcastle 15 wins, Spurs 11, Draws 4

 

at Newcastle only

League (inc PL): 26 wins, Spurs 21, Draws 17

Prem: Newcastle 9 wins, Spurs 3, Draws 3

 

LAST SEASON'S CORRESPONDING GAME

 

Newcastle United 3-1 Tottenham Hotspur

22 December 2007 - Ref: Steve Bennett

Newcastle scorers: Martins 45, Cacapa 51, Milner 73

Tottenham scorer: Keane 57

REFEREE

 

Andre Marriner (West Midlands)

 

 

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:D

 

 

Newcastle 7 -1 Tottenham Hotspur

 

 

Newcastle 3 -1 Tottenham

 

 

Tottenham Hotspur 1 - 4 Newcastle

 

 

Robert scores a cracker

 

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It all depends what we are up to, Tottenham are nothing special so I think we can get the result we need.

 

However we have a penchant for throwing games away and Martins will be missed if he is not starting.

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An interesting opening post, Tom. Shame I couldn't be arsed to read all that info!!!

 

As long as we don't get beat, I'll be happy. I'm hoping Spurs will be tired after their game in midweek and Martins is playing.

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You may remember a dream I had about our last league match v. Spurs that came true.

 

I had another one - Jonas to score in the 90th minute to give us a 1-0 victory. Why do I always dream about us beating Spurs? Must be obsessed like.

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I think it's a case of having Saturday's free from footie , but I might try and make a habit of it <_<

Well we'll see. I did the match threads for the Wigan and Stoke games (which were catastrophes) Jimbo did it last week for the Pompey glory... we'll see how you get on :lol:

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I think it's a case of having Saturday's free from footie , but I might try and make a habit of it :good:

Well we'll see. I did the match threads for the Wigan and Stoke games (which were catastrophes) Jimbo did it last week for the Pompey glory... we'll see how you get on <_<

 

The pressure is on :friends:

 

I'm at the game tomorrow so I will simply leave the thread to it's own devices :lol:

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Win and we're 12th a few points off 7th, lose and we'll probably finish the weekend back in the relegation-zone. Big game for both clubs. I reckon we'll win it 2-0.

 

Spurs fan here, yeah I think Newcastle will win too. We always shit ourselves at SJP. It must be the geordies pissed up on dog! A draw would be nice.

 

Our lineup:

 

----------------Gomes------------------

----Corluka, Dawson, King, Ekotto---

Lennon, Jenas, Huddlestone, Bentley

---------------Modric-------------------

----------------Bent-------------------

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Hopefully we can bully Modric, he could be dangerous if we let him play.

 

We will see how it goes today, I'm hoping for the win but with Newcastle you never know!

 

+ does anyone have any news on Martins?

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Win and we're 12th a few points off 7th, lose and we'll probably finish the weekend back in the relegation-zone. Big game for both clubs. I reckon we'll win it 2-0.

 

Spurs fan here, yeah I think Newcastle will win too. We always shit ourselves at SJP. It must be the geordies pissed up on dog! A draw would be nice.

 

Our lineup:

 

----------------Gomes------------------

----Corluka, Dawson, King, Ekotto---

Lennon, Jenas, Huddlestone, Bentley

---------------Modric-------------------

----------------Bent-------------------

 

its odd that most of the spurs fans I know are sure they'll lose today, bit of confidence lad or it makes for shit banter

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