Newcastle v Tottenham preview

The form of unbeaten Newcastle United has been one of the big surprises in the Premiership so far. However, they will be tested by another side in good form when they host Tottenham at St. James Park on Sunday

Spurs have risen to 6th after winning their last four and will be looking to replace the Magpies in the top four with a victory on Sunday.

Trips to Tyneside have traditionally been a problem for Spurs, the London side have not been able to record a victory there since 2004.

They will find it tough to change that against a Newcastle side that has overcome many obstacles to find themselves in this position.

Gone are the days of a well funded under performing side packed full of stars on Tyneside to be replaced by a side that is performing at a level well beyond expected

Manager Alan Pardew’s has turned the side around and they boast the best defensive record in the premiership having conceded just four goals in 7 games.

They have managed all of this despite being forced to sell stars such as Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton and Jose Enrique in the off-season.

Up front striker Demba Ba is on top form having scored four goals in his last two games and he will look forward to the challenge of facing Tottenham whose defence is shorn of Vedran Corluka as well as the still injured duo of Michael Dawson and William Gallas.

Spurs will also have to wait on Emmanuel Adebayor who will face a late fitness test to see whether he has overcome his hamstring injury. Sandro and Aaron Lennon are also doubts.

Newcastle (from): Krul, Harper, Simpson, R Taylor, Santon, Ferguson, Coloccini, S Taylor, Tiote, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Marveaux, Obertan, Gosling, Guthrie, Ben Arfa, Abeid, Vuckic, Ba, Lovenkrands, Best, Sammy Ameobi.

Tottenham (from): Gomes, Friedel, Cudicini, Bale, Kaboul, Bassong, Walker, King, Assou-Ekotto, Rose, Parker, Modric, Livermore, Townsend, Carroll, Lennon, Falque, Sandro, Pienaar, Pavlyuchenko, Defoe, Dos Santos, Adebayor, Van der Vaart.

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