Newcastle United vs. Tottenham Hotspur: How will we line-up?

Words by Kevin Doocey on .

Shola Ameobi rifles home Newcastle United's equaliser against Spurs

Ameobi - Likely to lead the line against Andre Villas Boas’ men tomorrow evening

The time has finally come. After months of gruelling pre-season Newcastle United finally get their 201213 Premier League campaign underway against a new-look Tottenham Hotspur, at half five, Saturday evening. Thankfully, the season starts at home in Newcastle, and against a side that Alan Pardew’s men will be looking to get one over on, following an embarrassing display in London in the return fixture last season; a game which Spurs won, 5-0. However, the task of gaining all three points won’t be any easy feat, and it’s likely that it’ll be quite a cagey encounter with either side unlikely to go all gung-ho - certainly in the early stages of the game.

NUFC enter the game with Papiss Cissé, Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye all doubtful to gain fitness in time for KO. Hatem Ben Arfa is also struggling and is the most likely candidate to sit the game out.

Without either Cabaye, Papiss or Demba, things get that little bit harder for us. People will wonder where our attacking prowess will come from without those key men, but we needn’t worry too much about that. With all considered, it might be worth taking a peek to see what offers the bookies have for our 1st Premier League game.

THFC on the other-hand will look to quite a beleaguered forward line to fire them to victory with just Jermain Defoe looking any bit threatening. Giovani dos Santos could be dangerous, but it’s unlikely that he’ll start from the off.

Indeed, I would expect just Defoe to start up top, with Bale and Lennon/Sigurðsson pushing further forward to support. Boas’ side boast pace, and NUFC’s back four will need to be on their toes to thwart any danger.

With all considered, I have compiled a NUFC Starting XI that I think could well start tomorrows game. My selections could be way off, but only time will tell.

Newcastle United vs. Tottenham Hotspurs

I honestly don’t think Cissé will make it, and I certainly hope he won’t be risked unless he is 100%.

Ameobi could lead the line, beside Demba Ba - should the Senegalese forward declare his fitness before KO.

Marveaux and Gutierrez will operate the wings, while Tioté will protect a back four behind Gosling (if Cabaye can’t make it).

Steven Taylor returns to CB almost unquestioned, while Santon and Simpson are expected to keep their respective positions in the full-back spots as well.

I think we’re in for a tight afternoon, with very, very little separating the sides.

I do expect us to score, but I would be very surprised if we kept a clean sheet. We usually start the season in a low scoring fashion, and with the squad doubts & threats considered, I’ve decided to place a small wager on the following: Newcastle United 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur.

Ameobi a couple of minutes from time to even things up at 1-1 would suit me fine! 😀

Comments welcome as always. Who do you think will start in midfield, or up front for us at 17.30?

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Daneola14: ⏱ 17/08/2012

As a Spurs fan I think your article is pretty fair, It was refreshing to see Newcastle up there last season along with Spurs, two teams who I think have worked hard to get where they are, not just bought their way to the top. It would be nice to see Newcastle up there again at the end of this season, 1 place below spurs of course :-)

Doocey: ⏱ 17/08/2012

I like everything you said in that comment, except the last line :D

Al_robson: ⏱ 17/08/2012

Nice piece, i actually think (given a fit midfield) Pards will try boss midfield by throwing Anita in and telling him to break up play and pass simple. I also think me may rest Simpson incase we do need to sell, if so santon moves to RB and Guti moves to LB.. Enough blabbering my team is.... Krul Santon Taylor Colo Raylor Tiote Anita Obertan Cabaye Gutierrez Shola Unless im forgetting someone...

Doocey: ⏱ 17/08/2012

You could be right. Pardew did say he was focusing on midfield this season.  Control midfield, you win the game - words from the man himself, if I remember correctly. Obertan was someone who I do think might be close to the first team tomorrow, but Marveaux has been brilliant all pre-season and deserves the chance. Gabby for the remaining 20 up against a tiring full-back would be ideal, for me at least.

Bullers: ⏱ 17/08/2012

 oooh eereerrrhhhhhh this is a tough one to call, as a spurs fan through and through i can only see a 2-nil loss coming our way and then after we lose the following two games then we will win 4 out of 5 and move into the top ten with the perennial uphill struggle in front of us. I like you mackems all in all, but please lord, just this once, let the gods shine upon us. I would give my right arm to be in the fight for the league with 4-5 games to go and last season we were in till the 5-2 atrocity we suffered at the immigrants. i am drunk - the end - fin 

Jarl Eirik Larsen: ⏱ 18/08/2012

Krul Simpson - S.Taylor - Coloccini - Santon Cabaye - Tiote - Jonas Ben Arfa - Cissé - Ba This is the best team when everyone is fit. Marveaux, Anita and Ameobi as subs. But I think maybe Simpson will struggle against Bale.. I doubt that Ben Arfa will start, and I guess Marveaux will play as left winger. I do NOT want Obertan in the team, he is shite.

Fuji: ⏱ 18/08/2012

Spurs have a plethora of talent in midfield. Therefore I expect Pardew to start with (dependant on fitness)  Krul Simpson Taylor Coloccini Santon Jonas Tiote Anita Cabaye Cisse Ba If we are getting overrun by Spurs (possible) 5-man  midfield, drop Cabaye back with Ba slotting in just behind Cisse. As was most often the case last season, us getting the first goal is vital. An early goal for the visitors could see us struggle to recover.

TOONY: ⏱ 18/08/2012

Mackems ?????? your either proper taking the piss or you have no idea about the north east of england

ameobi?lol: ⏱ 18/08/2012

Be more ambitious - newcastle 3-1  - sick of cautious comments, we are pushing on from 5th and villas boas is about to be handed his ass again, first manager to be sacked odds? got to be worth a shot. Tottenham will be found out this year i think and lucky to make top 6.Ameobi should not be let near the starting lineup, rather play anyone else - even ben arfa sitting behind one of the dembas better

ameobi lol?: ⏱ 18/08/2012

no - not anita as sub - start him and marveux instead of guti

GFH: ⏱ 18/08/2012

I'd move Jonas back to LB , and I'd suggest you are forgetting Marveaux on the wing.He'd be needed if Ba and Cisse are ruled out because I don't see many goals in your line-up.

Njsweet: ⏱ 18/08/2012

True and False!  Spurs WILL get found out, but only because of all things new, 13/14 will be our season!  Newcastle on the other hand Are going to be the Team who are going to be FOUND OUT  wouldnt you say?????  You shouldnt of been anywhere near where you finished last year!   YOU  WILL be found out........NOT  TOTTENHAM

Manveenm: ⏱ 18/08/2012