NEWCASTLE VS TOTTENHAM
KRUL, R. TAYLOR, COLOCINNI, WILLIAMSON, COLBACK, ANITA, ABEID,
CABELLA, OBERTAN, AMEOBI, PEREZ
ERIKSEN, CHADLI, TOWNSEND,
ROSE, DIER, FAZIO, CHIRICHES,
Newcastle were beaten 2-0 at Liverpool on Monday, their fifth Barclays Premier League defeat in a row and worst sequence since this time last year when they lost six. The Anfield defeat also saw Moussa Sissoko sent off for two yellow cards, and as a result, the Frenchman will miss the visit of Tottenham Hotspur.
Overall, Newcastle have won just one of their last eight league games, against Aston Villa in late February, but in 2015 they have experienced just one home league win, the game against Villa.
At St James' Park this term, Newcastle have won just six games, but Spurs arrive with one win in four following the surprise 1-0 home defeat by Villa last Saturday.
Already this season, Newcastle have conceded 31 goals, equal to the number they shipped in over the whole of the last campaign. And they have won just nine games, compared to 15 out of 38 a year ago.
The Magpies have four more St James' Park games in which to improve on their six wins; their fewest home wins was five set in the 2008-09 season when they were relegated. In 2010-11, they also won just six.
And their overall goals tally is poor; Newcastle have scored just 33 goals. They need to move from their last six games to avoid matching their worst-ever Premier League tally of 35 set in 1997-98.
When these teams met at White Hart Lane in October, Newcastle won 2-1 with a winner from Ayoze Perez, who should continue in attack with Papiss Cisse serving the fifth of a seven-game ban for spitting. But Fabricio Coloccini is available after a three-game suspension.