Tottenham have the chance to extend their club record unbeaten run in the Premier League to 15 games when they come up against a Newcastle United side which has won on its last two visits to White Hart Lane.
Despite taking the lead, coming away with victory last weekend away to West Bromwich Albion proved to be beyond Tottenham and so turned out to be a missed opportunity to close the gap on the top four, of whom two dropped points. But the manner of their goal in the West Midlands will have been of immense satisfaction to boss Mauricio Pochettino, with two of his best signings combining as Toby Alderweireld expertly picked out Dele Alli, who finished consumately on the volley.
The sight of Erik Lamela netting a first half hat-trick against Monaco in the Europa League on Thursday must have been just as pleasing. After struggling to adapt to English football, the Argentine has really begun to show why the club decided to splash out £30m to sign him from Roma in the summer of 2013 and here he will be one of the leading threats to the Newcastle defence. With the club in such good form, one wonders how far Spurs can go this season.
There were not many people who expected Newcastle to even threaten to come away with any kind of result against what had been a rampant Liverpool side, so for them to win and keep a clean sheet came as a huge surprise. But they thoroughly deserved it, defending manfully and with determination as well as finding a much-needed cutting edge going forward, with Georginio Wijnaldum adding to his respectable tally of goals in his first year in the Premier League.
It was a performance which showed that if they can all pull together in the same direction, the Magpies are well capable of being competitive at this level, but at present they only seem to raise their game when they take on the so-called bigger clubs. With that in mind, this encounter may also suit them as they endeavour to escape the bottom three and steer themselves clear of danger. The midfield battle between Alli and Jack Colback will be an intriguing one.
The in-form Mousa Dembele is likely to miss out for Tottenham through illness, but they have Nacer Chadli back from injury.
There are no new injury problems for Newcastle, who remain unable to call upon Rolando Aarons, Jamaal Lascelles and Cheick Tiote.
Last Meeting: A goal from Sammy Ameobi just seven seconds into the second half completely changed a game which Tottenham had overwhelmingly dominated. The young winger cancelled out Emmanuel Adebayor’s opener and that seemed to leave the hosts shellshocked and they eventually succumbed to an Ayoze Perez strike; the Spaniard scoring his first Newcastle goal to win it.
Played for both – Scott Parker: The hardworking midfielder moved to Newcastle in 2005 after a short-lived spell at Chelsea, making 55 appearances over the course of two seasons and scoring four goals. Later in his career, in the summer of 2011, Parker joined Tottenham and made an immediate impression to help them finish in the top four. Injury kept him out for much of 2012-13, in which they came fifth.