Match - Sat 9 February, 14:45, White Hart Lane
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Spurs, Magpies to kick-off EPL weekend
Newcastle United will aim climb up the table whilst Spurs are in pursuit of a Champions League place
Kick-off from White Hart Lane is at 14h45 (CAT).
Andre Villa Boas is in his first year as Tottenham head coach and the young Portuguese tactician has done a good job in getting the players to follow out his plans.
The addition of French number one Hugo Lloris is proving an exceptionally good choice as the goalkeeper has been terrific of late.
With Gareth Bale in scintillating form on the wing and the return of Scott Parker from Injury Spurs are getting healthy at the right time.
The only notable problem for Tottenham is the injury to forward Jermaine Defoe and the lack of depth up front with Emmanuel Adebayor only returning from the 2013 African cup of Nations in South Africa.
Clint Dempsey and Gylfi Sigurdsson will be expecting to contribute more goals from midfield and Villa Boas will continue to work his system which up until now has been very good for Tottenham.
Newcastle, on the other hand, had a fantastic win last weekend at home against Chelsea. Papiss Cisse, Yohan Cabaye and Jonas Gutierrez all impressed last weekend along with new signing Moussa Sissoko who made an immediate impact with a brace including the winner.
Newcastle are unpredictable, on their day they can match any team in the league but up until two weeks ago they had not won an away game all season.
Last weekend’s win has pushed the magpies out of the direct relegation battle spots but they could end up back in a relegation scramble if they don’t pick up a few points more on their league journeys.