After an impressive 5-1 home Europa League victory during the week, Spurs seem to have got their previous Premier League defeat off their back instantly as they welcome Newcastle who have failed to win on the road since their 4-1 win over Hull on March 1 of this year.
Mauricio Pottechino will look to put Jan Vertonghen into the Tottenham side almost immediately after dropping him. Federico Fazio saw red at the Etihad last week and now will pay the price with a suspension, therefore the Belgian will expectedly stand in.
Nabil Bentaleb is also expected to miss the match after missing the previous two with an ankle injury.
Last week, Alan Pardew could finally exhale as he snatched his first win of the season in front of a pleased home crowd although the win didn't come easily. Pressure mounted after an hour delay due to a faulty screen. Then Leicester hit the woodwork and even after Gabriel Obertan's goal, the Foxes were severely unlucky to pinch a point
But Newcastle will have to be on a whole different level if they are expecting anything from their away tie at White Hart Lane on Sunday with Spurs in desperate need of a Premier League victory to sustain their chances of European football next season.
However, the Magpies could welcome back Mike Williamson, Chiek Tiote, Sammy Ameobi and Emmanuel Riviere; all key players who can provide that extra bit for the squad. But their talismanic striker Papiss Cisse is a major doubt for the game with a knee issue. And also returning to the side is long term absentee Ryan Taylor who returns after an incredible 26 months on the sidelines with a double cruciate ligament injury.
On their previous visit to north London, Tim Krul was the star of the show, making a magnificent 14 saves, the pick of the bunch being an almost impossible stop from a hugely deflected Christian Eriksen free kick. Consequently, the Magpies took a well earned 1-0 victory, however their recent away form suggests they may suffer a decent fate.
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