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    Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United: Match Preview

    By Tom Regan
    Tottenham Hotspur welcome Newcastle United to White Hart Lane this Sunday, looking to carry on their unbeaten run of 14 games in the Premier League.
    Spurs had already guaranteed their place in the last 32 of the Europa League before Thursday, but the emphatic 4-1 hammering of Monaco will give them real confidence going into the latter stages of the competition.

    The north Londoners will be seeded for Monday’s draw in Nyon, which allows the club a full two months to focus on their assault for a Champions League place in the Premier League.
    f there is one criticism, Pochettino’s side have drawn too many games this campaign which has prevented them from improving on their current 5th place position, however, they are only three points behind Manchester United going into gameweek 16.

    The Lilywhites are unbeaten in nine games in all competitions, but they had drawn three of five before they entertained Monaco on Thursday night. They are unbeaten in seven at White Hart Lane, winning 5 of those games, but could only manage a 0-0 draw with Chelsea in their last Premier League game on home soil.

    Not for the first time in his managerial career, Steve McClaren is under a colossal amount of pressure. A combination of heavy defeats and training ground bust-ups have only worsened matters, but the former England manager will be hoping the 2-0 win over Liverpool is a turning point for the club as they try to escape the bottom three.
    Sunday’s victory over Jurgen Klopp’s side moved the Magpies up to 18th. Only goal difference keeps them behind Bournemouth, but they will be delighted to be back above their North East rivals Sunderland as they head to North London to try and improve their dismal away record.

    Newcastle have not been helped by a mounting injury list which sees them without 10 first team players, but the facts don’t lie. They have lost four of their last five away games in the Premier League, conceding 16 goals in those games and scoring just three.
    The north Londoners were beaten 1-2 by the Magpies at White Hart Lane last term, but later earned revenge with a 4-0 win in the League Cup.

    The Lilywhites had won 4 in a row at White Hart Lane against Newcastle in the league, but have been defeated in their last couple of home encounters.

    Team News
    Tottenham’s Eric Dier is expected to shake off an ankle knock. The midfielder was taken off in the first half of Spurs' Europa League win over Monaco as a precaution. Mousa Dembele will try to overcome a stomach bug, but Ryan Mason and Alex Pritchard are both out with ankle injuries.

    Newcastle’s Steve McClaren will select from the same squad as he did for last weekend's victory over Liverpool.

    McClaren has no new injury concerns, and defender Jamaal Lascelles (hamstring) is back in training.  Midfielders Cheick Tiote (groin) and Rolando Aarons (foot) will hope to join Lascelles over the next few days.

    Tim Krul (knee ligaments) is a long term casualty. Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson (both hamstring), Massadio Haidara (knee cartilage), Gabriel Obertan (hamstring) and striker Emmanuel Riviere (knee) are all out through injury.

    Betting Odds (bet365)
    Tottenham: 4/11
    Draw: 9/2
    Newcastle: 8/1

    Match Prediction
    Tottenham have been in decent form recently, particularly at White Hart Lane, but they will be concerned that they have drawn eight times in the Premier League, and this must be addressed if they are to push on for a Champions League place finish.

    Pochettino’s side have a fantastic opportunity to seal three points against a side who have travelled badly all season. The manner of the defeats will be most worrying, with the Magpies conceding over three goals per game on average in their last five away fixtures.
    The north Londoners were allowed the luxury of resting some key players in the 4-1 win over Monaco on Thursday night having already qualified for the round of 32, so the rustiness shown against Chelsea last time here should not be an issue.

    The Lilywhites are playing some extremely slick football right now and I believe they will prove to be too good for their opponents. Spurs’ last three home league wins have all come by at least two goals, and despite Newcastle’s success in their last two games here, the quality and confidence in the Tottenham ranks will cause McClarens side too many problems.
    Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Newcastle United (11/1 with bet365)
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