Tottenham v Newcastle (12:45)
By Dean Farley
Saturday 09 Feb 2013 10:13:00
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9th February
Referee - Phil Dowd

Newcastle received an allocation of 1,750 away tickets for this match and all have now been sold. East Coast confirm that there will be no alcohol restrictions on trains to and from Kings Cross all weekend.
    Achieving a second away victory of the season would complete a first win double, following a 2-1 home success last August that got Andre Villas-Boas off to a losing start in his new job as Spurs boss. 
    Almost five years to the day since United lost 5-0 at White Hart Lane, Pardews side look to continue the French Revolution and come back to the north east with all three points.
    Hatem Ben Arfa has been making good progress in his recovery from a hamstring injury. However, the Frenchman has been ill in the past few days and he has been unable to train, delaying his return even further. 
    Dan Gosling and Ryan Taylor are back in training but yet to make a playing return, leaving Haris Vuckic as the last long-term absentee. Danny Simpson's fitness is tbc.   
    Cheick Tiote will be available for selection after returning from international duty. He's missed the last five games in all competitions while away with Ivory Coast in South Africa at the African Cup of Nations.
    Jermaine Defoe will certainly be out of this fixture after scans on his ankle injury he was dealt against West Brom showed he will be unavailable for 2-3 games. 
    Kaboul, Sandro and Huddlestone are doubtful but Emanuel Adebayor's African Cup of Nations duty has now come to an end and he's expected back in England in time to be part of the matchday squad. 
    However AVB raised the possibility in his Thursday press call of fielding Gareth Bale and Clint Dempsey up front if Adebayor was deemed only suitable for a bench role. Whether that's truth or whimsy remains to be seen.
    On home turf this season, the Cockerels have won six of their 12 Premier League fixtures, drawing four and losing the other two. 
    Let's hope that Newcastle can recreate their performance against Chelsea and get a positive result. Howay the lads! 



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