Hotspur welcome back Emmanuel Adebayor in the nick of time to face Newcastle United at White Hart Lane on Saturday. The Togolese forward has not displayed his best form this season, but his absence at the Africa Cup of Nations was problematic for the Spurs, who are understaffed up front and failed to bring in a striker during the January transfer window. Although there are question marks over Adebayor's fitness, Andre-Villas Boas has stated he will be ready for the game, and it presents a fine opportunity for him to establish himself in the Tottenham side.
Tottenham go into the game having secured a 1-0 victory at The Hawthorns, with Gareth Bale coming up with the crucial goal as Spurs continued their quest for a top four position. Bale starred in a man-of-the-match performance for Wales on Wednesday night, getting on the score-sheet before setting up Sam Vokes’ winner in a 2-1 victory over Austria.
Tottenham are without Jermain Defoe (ankle), who picked up an injury in the 1-0 win over West Brom, so Clint Dempsey is likely to start up front. Sandro (knee) is out for the remainder of the season, though Younes Kaboul (also knee) will return to training next week and could be available within three weeks.
Meanwhile, Newcastle head to White Hart Lane coming off an emphatic victory against Chelsea, where new signings Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran showed why manager Alan Pardew was desperate to sign the French pair – Sissoko’s double giving Toon fans the belief that their current 15th place in the league will be short-lived. They will look to continue their rejuvenated form, boosted by the return of the likes of Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor, as well as the additions of Moussa Sissoko and Yoann Gouffran. All are likely to start against Tottenham, and will give Spurs a huge test as they continue in their campaign for Champions League qualification.
Newcastle have Cheikh Tiote available once more, with the midfielder’s Ivory Coast team having been knocked out of the Afcon by Nigeria, though he may have to settle for a spot on the bench. Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring) remains absent, so Jonas Gutierrez and Yoan Gouffran will keep their places either side of Moussa Sissoko, fresh from his man-of-the-match display against Chelsea. Danny Simpson (toe), Ryan Taylor and Dan Gosling (both knee) remain injured, while new signing Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is not expected to usurp Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor in defense.
Tottenham Hotspur: W/W/D/D/D/W
Newcastle United: L/L/D/L/W/W
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris (GK); Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto; Dembele, Parker; Lennon, Holtby, Bale; Dempsey or Adebayor
Newcastle United: Krul (GK); Debuchy, S Taylor, Coloccini, Santon; Perch, Cabaye; Gutierrez, Sissoko, Gouffran; Cisse
Where To Watch
Match DateTime: Saturday, 12:45 p.m.
Venue: White Hart Lane, London, England
TV: ESPN 2 (U.S. English), ESPN Deportes (U.S. Spanish), Sky Sports 2HD3D (U.K.), RDS (Canada)
Online: ESPN 3 (U.S. English)
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Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Newcastle United
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