Match Preview: Newcastle United v Spurs (a game we must win).
Venue: St James Park 4th April, Sunday at 4.05 pm.
Yes, it is on Easter day… so while you are nibbling on your chocolate egg and swilling down your pint or wine you can cheer on Spurs at the same time, that is to victory. How about that! And a win, well, you couldn’t ask for a better Easter! Cheers!
Our last match before the international break was against Aston Villa, a game we needed to win and win we did, so that we could have pleasant dreams through two weeks of no Spurs. There is nothing down hearting as going into a break with a loss. The same could not be said for Newcastle, who were beaten 3-0 by Brighton. Newcastle are struggling and are 4th from the bottom. Just two points above Fulham.
In my previous blog, I wrote that either Fulham or Newcastle will go down, and I plunged for Newcastle. But that doesn’t mean that they will be easy meat when we face them. Clubs that are struggling can easily surprise you. When we played them at home early this season, they managed to leave with a point, a game we should have won.
As for us, we need this win to keep pressure on the Spammers, Russians and Leicester Titty if we have any chance of getting into the top four.
TWO teams with very different Premier League priorities square off on Sunday afternoon at St James’ Park. Newcastle’s relegation fears have intensified following a miserable run of just two wins from their last 20 top-flight games. We, meanwhile, gave our season a much-needed boost with a 2-0 victory at Villa a fortnight ago, and that was after two terrible defeats (including being knocked out of the Europa League).
According to Wales’ caretaker manager Robert Page, Ben Davies had to withdraw from Wales’ squad for the international break due to a “significant” injury. He probably won’t be included in Sunday’s match.
Son suffered a hamstring injury just 19 minutes into the North London derby before missing the Europa League defeat against Dinamo Zagreb and the win against Aston Villa. He was removed from the Korean squad for their friendly against Japan, giving him time to recover over the two-week break hoping that he will be fit for the game against Newcastle.
Sergio Reguilon picked up an injury in the win at Villa Park, unable to play on after getting a kick on the foot. He posted on Instagram after the match stating: “everything is fine” with a thumbs-up emoji. He missed out on a call-up to the Spain squad for the international break, meaning he had two weeks to recover and should be back in contention for the trip to Newcastle, hopefully.
Matt Doherty picked up an early injury in Ireland’s shock defeat to Luxembourg, struggling for a while before eventually coming off at half-time. He returned to us on Monday because of the injury, the specifics of which have not yet been revealed.
Toby Alderweireld and Serge Aurier both missed the game against Villa due to illness but were able to leave on international duty and play complete parts for their countries.
Erik Lamela also missed the match at Villa Park, but that was due to suspension following his red card against Arsenal, and he should be back in contention for the trip to Newcastle.
I have no new information on Bale, but I hope that he will be fit (at least for the bench).
My thoughts and prediction
Not only do we face Newcastle this weekend, but the teams that we need to see fall are playing as well, they and their opponents are: Chelski v WBA, Leciester Titty are at home against City, while United are at home against Brighton. Out of these games, the only possible victory I can see is City beating Titty. Chelski should have an easy match, as should United. On Monday, the Wolves take on the Spammers. Our fingers are crossed for Wolves to win.
My Prediction 3-0
Games left for us:
After our game against The Toons, we face United at the Tottenham Stadium. Then Everton, Southampton, Sheffield United, Leeds United, Wolves, Villa, and finally Leicester Titty. Oh, and we mustn’t forget City in the League Cup final. Win these games (oh, we laugh!), and hope that Leicester Titty, Chelsea and the Spammers have a lousy run-in (simples!) and then we overcome City in the League Cup final to win our first trophy in 13 years (lucky 13), and we’ll be smiling all the way to the next season. If only life was that simple!
As for Mourinho! Well, you never know what Levy is thinking. He could smile on him and give him a magnificent war chest to fight all that comes before him next season; then again, his thoughts might be on his money belt, and Mourinho will just have to make do with the few crumbs that come his away. After all, he was brought to Spurs as a magician; to produce that rabbit out of his Top-Hat. BUT (yes, a big ‘But’); if he fails to get Spurs into the top four, he will have to face Levy’s wrath! You know what they say, “HELL HATH NO FURY LIKE A LEVY SCORNED” That is true; just ask 14 previous Tottenham managers that worked under him. Or asked Pochettino, who has kicked up the jacksie and out… now he is at a club that gives their managers funds and wants them to win trophies. As opposed to a director that wants trophies on the cheap.
Take care, be save, and fingers crossed… one game at a time.