Tottenham Hotspur welcome Newcastle United to White Hart Lane on Saturday lunchtime looking to leapfrog Chelsea into third.
Spurs are currently sitting in fourth place in the Premier League table just one point behind their London rivals so victory tomorrow will see them move above the European champions for a couple of hours at least, with the Blues entertaining Wigan at Stamford Bridge later in the day.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will be hoping to continue his sides recent return to form following victories over Chelsea and Aston Villa in recent weeks, but will be mindful of the result the last time his side went to the Lane when Spurs hammered them 5-0 last season.
Spurs are without striker Jermain Defoe who has been ruled out for up to three weeks with an ankle injury picked up against West Brom last weekend. Emmanuel Adebayor has only recently returned to England following his exploits with Togo at the African Cup of Nations so Clint Dempsey is in line to start up front.
New signing Lewis Holtby is likely to play just behind the American after impressing in his first two outings for the club. Brazilian midfielder Sandro is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury but defender Younes Kaboul is closing in on a first team return and is expected to return to training next week.
Newcastle are able to call upon midfielder Cheikh Tiote after he returned from the Afcon following the Ivory Coasts loss to Nigeria, however he may have to make do with a place in the bench.
Jonas Gutierrez and Yoan Gouffran are expected to continue in support of Pappis Cisse up front with Haten Ben Arfa continuing to miss out with a hamstring problem.
Danny Simpson, Ryan Taylor and Dan Gosling are all also out while new signing Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is pushing for a place in the starting eleven.
Tottenham are in decent form of late and are unbeaten in nine League games but the Toon look like a different side to earlier in the season and they aren’t going to make life easy for AVB’s men tomorrow. However, we can see the home side edging this one. Tottenham 2-1 Newcastle
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