Welcome to our preview of this Premier League match-up between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at White Hart Lane. Spurs retain hopes of qualifying for the Champions League and perhaps even launching an unlikely title challenge, while Newcastle come into the game on the back of their best performance of the season in beating Chelsea.

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Previous Meetings

Premier League – 9th Feb 2013 – Tottenham 2 – 1 Newcastle
Premier League – 18th Aug 2012 – Newcastle 2 – 1 Tottenham
Premier League – 11th Feb 2012 – Tottenham 5 – 0 Newcastle
Premier League – 16th Oct 2011 – Newcastle 2 – 2 Tottenham
Premier League – 22nd Jan 2011 – Newcastle 1 – 1 Tottenham
Premier League – 28th Dec 2010 – Tottenham 2 – 0 Newcastle

What jumps out at me is that Tottenham have won all three matches when playing Newcastle at home. In fact in the 6 matches detailed above only one ended in a Tottenham defeat.

Goals Scored

Tottenham have scored 9 goals so far this season, whereas Newcastle have scored 14.

Goals Conceded

Tottenham have conceded 5 goals so far this season, while Newcastle have conceded 16.

Team and Selection News

With a shortage of goals in their recent fixtures, Tottenham must decide whether or not to recall Jermain Defoe to their starting line-up, given the diminutive forward’s excellent form in European football for Spurs this season. Elsewhere, Moussa Dembele may earn a recall to the Spurs starting line-up. Newcastle may stick with the team that beat Chelsea, but Hatem Ben Arfa will probably start, although Alan Pardew has the option of naming him as an impact substitute.

Conclusion

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