Predicted Tottenham Starting XI To Take On Newcastle – Townsend To Start?

By on February 11, 2014

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Tottenham Hotspur travel to the north east to take on Newcastle United at St James Park on Wednesday night looking to close in on the top four, and here is our predicted Spurs line-up for the game.

Tim Sherwood is expected to stick with the majority of the side that beat Everton 1-0 on Sunday afternoon. The Spurs boss confirmed today that Vlad Chiriches is set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering a set back in his recovery from a back injury and with Younes Kaboul still lacking match fitness, it means Michael Dawson and Jan Vertonghen will continue at the back.

Mousa Dembele returned to the starting eleven at the weekend and came through the game unscathed so should retain his place alongside youngster Nabil Bentaleb in midfield, while Paulinho and Christian Eriksen are also expected to keep their places in the starting line-up.

Andros Townsend made a return to action from the bench against the Toffees and he could come in to make his first start in two months with Aaron Lennon likely to drop out. Emmanuel Adebayor is expected to keep his place ahead of Roberto Soldado after scoring a fine winner on Sunday, but Sandro and Gylfi Sigurdsson are still working their way back to full fitness.

Here’s the line-up Sherwood could go with:

Spurs head into the midweek fixtures sitting three points adrift of fourth-placed Liverpool so will be desperate to pick up a win at Newcastle to keep the pressure on their top-four rivals as the race for Champions League qualification hots up.

What team would Spurs fans like to see start the game? Share your suggestions below.

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3 Comments

  1. Garbonza

    February 11, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    So after nearly two seasons totally out of action, how is Younes Kaboul supposed to gain match fitness without actual playing time?

  2. DanSpurs

    February 11, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Personally I think Townsend should be on the left, Lennon on the right Dembele and Paulinho in centre and Eriksen in number 10 role behind Ade.
    Defensively i cant see taking Dawson out for Kaboul after missing so much of the season is a great idea and Chiriches is injured. Shame we don’t have Caulker really, another bad AVB decision. Kaboul needs games in the reserves or in europa league to build fitness and strength levels not in important games like this one. Perhaps against teams in the lower half of P.L. If brought back too soon and gets injured again you just as well right off his career, unfortunately Kaboul can be a great player but needs to be fit first. Does needs games but not in such an intense match as it will be against Newcastle away. Maybe if we are winning instead of bringing on a defensive midfielder he could be brought on as extra defensive cover.

  3. Oliver Clark

    February 12, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Townsend on left wing, Eriksen on right but with license to drift inside please. If playing with only 1 out and out winger we are naturally going to leave one full back exposed and I would prefer it was Walker to Rose.

    Slightly concerned that TS is morphing into AVB with these conservative yet largely effective selections… therefore am hoping for a switch back to 442 tonight with Bobby S up top with Ade to give their defenders more problems throughout. Maybe play 2 more robust/hard working midfielders in the middle to add balance?

    Walks Daws Verts Rose
    Eriksen Paulinho Capoue Townsend
    Soldado Adebayor

    Soldado and Adebayor taking turns to come deep. Press high up the pitch. Swap the industry of Paulinho for the finesse of Dembele around the 60 minute mark if we need to open up a bit.

    Easy.

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