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Newcastle visit White Hart Lane, the scene of their last league defeat inside the M25, 7 games and almost 2 years ago. Spurs are on form, but can the Magpies steal the points?

These two clubs share a lot of recent history, with players moving either way and speculation raging about which might be making the opposite journey during the transfer window. The manager who rejected Ashley hosts the manager who couldn`t get to the North East quickly enough and who played 4 Inter Toto games on loan at Spurs in the 1990s under coach, Chris Hughton.

Harry Redknapp brings his team into this encounter unbeaten in 7 league games since early November with an average of 2 goals per game since. Home form sees then with just one defeat, against lowly Wigan. He is without the suspended Defoe following the Boxing Day boxing match against Aston Villa.

As potentially the next England manager, Redknapp will rely on the unpredictable Gomes who has not kept a domestic clean sheet since the opening day fixture against Newcastle`s last opponents, Manchester City. He will be torn between a 4-5-1 and 4-4-2.

Tasked with taming Redknapp`s alleged striker transfer target are likely to be English international Dawson, alongside Frenchman Kaboul. On the right we expect rumoured Newcastle target, Scottish international Hutton, with Cameroonian Assou-Ekottu on the left. Newcastle refugee, Bassong, will be eagerly anticipating the opportunity to try to shackle his one time training buddy.

Midfield is probably the strongest area for this squad, with England international, another former Toon target, Lennon on the right. Modric rejected Keegan for Redknapp, with top scorer van der Vaart always likely to pose a threat. The emergent wide player of the season, having taken Europe by storm, is Welshman, Gareth Bale. Honduran Palacios provides an extra option with ex Magpie, Steve Guppy (aka Jenas) likely to be on the bench.

The challenge for the Newcastle defence is between two strikers, England wind turbine lookalike Peter Crouch, who could play up on his own or with the deftly subtle Russian, Pavlychenko. The Toon will have to be prepared to cope with the onrushing midfield support.

Alvin Pardew`s best result in 4 attempts as a manager against Spurs has been a 1-1 draw while at West Ham. He also has to make a choice between a 4-4-2, a formation which proved effective against Liverpool, or a 4-5-1 which failed against Man City. Despite a couple of errors against City, the goalkeeping choice should be to stay with Krul.

With Simpson assured of a wide berth Perch may be drafted in for the doubtful Enrique, Coloccini and Taylor might be expected to continue the partnership which thrived at the start of last season, although Williamson could be brought in to counter the aerial presence, former Spur, Campbell also and option should he have recovered from illness.

Devoid of options on the left of midfield, Jonas should continue, Nolan`s suspension causing a headache. Tiote is a certainty in the centre, and could be joined by either Guthrie or Barton, maybe both if Spurs reject Routledge keeps his place. Smith offers a holding alternative.

If fit, after a slight concern at the weekend, Andy Carroll should lead the line. Without his landlord, and usual partner in goals, this could be an opportunity for the in favour Ranger to start a Premier league game. Lovenkrands is also at hand.

eferee for the occasion is Manchester`s Anthony Taylor, making only his 7th Premier League appearance. He is new to Spurs, but managed the Toon`s 3-0 home win against Reading as well as the 3-0 away defeat at Derby.

After a good run against London clubs, in the league at least, Newcastle will fancy their chances. Spurs will however be favourites to maintain their assault on the European places. After draws in his first 5 games of the season, referee Taylor has not seen one since during a run of 11 games. His last draw was in the League Cup at Anfield, with Northampton the guests, showing that he is no respecter of favourites.

As for Alvin Perdew, with his predecessor winning this season at the Emirates, Upton Park and Stamford Bridge, anything less than a victory will be a poor reflection on the owner`s choice of team custodian.

Newcastle at White Hart Lane:

P71 W21 D13 L27 F86 A121

remier League

P16 W7 D1 L8 F21 A27


Tottenham (from): Gomes, Hutton, Dawson, Bassong, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Palacios, Van der Vaart, Modric, Bale, Pavlyuchenko, Keane, Sandro, Crouch, Cudicini, Bentley, Giovani, Corluka, Jenas, Gallas.

Newcastle (from): Harper, Krul, Simpson, Perch, Ferguson, Enrique, Coloccini, Williamson, S. Taylor, Campbell, Kadar, Barton, Tiote, Smith, Routledge, Gutierrez, Guthrie, Vuckic, Tavernier, Donaldson, Carroll, Lovenkrands, Ranger, Xisco.

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Writer: Rexn  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday December 28 2010

Time: 8:00AM

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28/12/2010 10:00:00

Morning, Geordie nutters! My concern in this match is the possibility of watching Crouch for the whole match.( It may be Pav but Crouchies link up play with Vdv may swing it. At least it's effective... and you'll get to see Carrolls' replacement at SJP, lol. 12-0 Spuds.
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28/12/2010 10:04:00

Obviously you guys won't be up yet. That Brown stuff is difficult to shake off, even with lots of practice. Gomes, Hutton, Dawson, Kaboul, Lennon, Palacious, Modric, Bale, Van der Vaart, Pav, hopefully. COYS!
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28/12/2010 10:07:00

Just going to use the 10 players then Jerkin just to save the ref the bother?
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28/12/2010 11:15:00

Lol, Harry Kari!
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28/12/2010 11:56:00

good to see spurs teach your boys a lesson today. some of your players need to learn how to play real football.
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28/12/2010 17:15:00

jolly good game that was old chap, lovely to see free flowing football against a team trying to do the same, lovely goals from that lennon and bale chappy, shame we have to see 10 men running riot over the barcodes though. still happy days...
spu 4 life
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28/12/2010 17:22:00

So how did your Northern Monkey thugs, get on today??. I lost my stream to the game and have no idea what happened? Please tell me what happened. Did we win? Did you win?. Did you bribe the ref but still lose?. Did your fat supporters take their tops off?.
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28/12/2010 17:37:00

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28/12/2010 17:39:00

10MEN you cannot beat 10 men ,you cannot beat 10 men ,10 MEN you cannot beat 10 MEN ..............Always knew barcodes were only useful in tescos
big cockeral
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28/12/2010 17:39:00

so where's the toon 'army'? some one needs to at least attempt to defend newcastle's diabolical play today.
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28/12/2010 17:54:00

That one was, in a small way, justice for Chris Hughton. The bigger way of justice will have unravelled by the season's end (unless Alvin Peardrop goes).
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28/12/2010 18:03:00

Wow...only Yids on here...forgot how relatively lifeless the other vital sites were in comparison to Vital Spurs...;) No offense meant. Enjoy the season Geordies.
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28/12/2010 18:18:00

WELCOME TO ''VITAL TOON HOTSPUR'' they can't spell or string a sentence together, unless it's for smashing some bar up, then they get a sentence together, but someone has to fill the form in, ON BALE, ON BALE, ON BALE,,,,, MY LENNON FRIEND...
spu 4 life
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28/12/2010 18:36:00

Wai ai man, wor boyz tried tha best but your boyz are ganna win da league. Wai ai....
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28/12/2010 18:46:00

OK, so my Geordie impression aint the best, but it's a damn site better than that shower of $hit, bunch of thugs, you call a football team. COYS..
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28/12/2010 18:47:00

Shame on you Spurs fans. There might be a day when the tide has turned and then you wont find things so funny. Of course i will prolly be dead by then, and my kids and there kids...but still....
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28/12/2010 18:59:00

LOL asher ;-)... I guess it's true? They REALLY do only sing when they're winning. All I can say is they must have one hell of a $hit choir!!
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28/12/2010 19:10:00

Nice to see you all enjoying your victory over a newly promoted side so much. You might as well while it lasts, only 04 when we were fifth and you were bottom half. I love it that you think you've got a chance this year though, when there are still 3 better teams in the league and one of them are your local rivals, I'd have thought that wouldn't be too hard to miss. They call us deluded!
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28/12/2010 19:47:00

if you don't think we have at least an outside chance northathatoon, you must have your head as far up your rectum as joey barton last night. and what difference does it make that one of the top 3 is our local rival? either way, the league is getting increasingly competitive and any team towards the top should be happy. especially having wiped the floor with carroll's mop hair, with just ten men.
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29/12/2010 07:39:00

Tottenham in Arsenals shadow forever. xxx
El Toro
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29/12/2010 11:27:00

pardew is obviously in agreement. "With that spirit and a bit of luck here and there they may well pick up a trophy." ha
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29/12/2010 11:30:00

Pardew is a cockney tit rather like yourself hk. It makes no difference that Arsenal are close to you I just thought you might have noticed that there's a far superior team just down the road like. I wonder if we'll be hearing as much from you spuds when Harry *****s you over for his England payday.
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