Matchpack: Newcastle United vs Tottenham Hotspurs
Injury-hit Newcastle face Tottenham at St James’ Park without a host of first-team regulars after more bad news for manager Alan Pardew this week.
Alan Smith could miss the rest of the season with the ankle injury he sustained in the 1-1 draw at Sunderland last weekend while leading scorer Andy Carroll is recovering slower than expected from his thigh strain.
Dan Gosling made his return from a serious knee injury last weekend but is now out again after the joint swelled up, and he joins Steven Taylor (hamstring), Sol Campbell (leg), Hatem Ben Arfa (double leg fracture) and Ryan Taylor (ankle ligaments) on the sidelines.
Captain Kevin Nolan has a throat infection but will start while midfielder Cheik Tiote serves the second instalment of a three-match ban following his sending-off in the FA Cup defeat by Stevenage.
Wayne Routledge is also unlikely to be involved after Newcastle accepted a bid from QPR to take him on loan.
Tottenham to follow…
Spurs have scored exactly one goal in nine of the last 12 Premier League matches against Newcastle.
None of the last 21 Premier League meetings between Newcastle and Tottenham has ended as a draw.
Newcastle have won the last four Premier League meetings against Tottenham at St James Park.
In the last 17 meetings, Newcastle have won all 10 matches where they have scored and lost all seven where they failed to find the net.
Newcastle haven’t kept a clean sheet against Spurs in their last 12 Premier League meetings.
Spurs have recouped more points (16) than any other team in the Premier League from losing positions this season.
Two of the four players to score double figures for Premier League goals this season play for Newcastle, Nolan and Carroll.
Tottenham have won more corners (160) than any other Premier League side.
52% of the goals Spurs have scored have been left-footed strikes, the highest percentage in the Premier League.
41% of the goals Newcastle have conceded have been left-footed, the highest percentage in the top division.
Newcastle 5/2, Draw 12/5, Tottenham 11/10
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