Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle Utd 17:30 Sat
Tottenham will play host to Newcastle this weekend with William Hill making Spurs heavy odds on favourites, despite the speculation linking Harry Redknapp with the England job, as both sides look to tie down a top four spot that will see them featuring in European football next season.
Third placed Spurs managed to earn a point at Anfield on Monday but will be hoping to return to winning ways on Saturday at the expense of fifth place Newcastle United, as Harry Redknapp attempts to divert all the attention on himself and the England job by taking three points at White Hart Lane.
Redknapp has already stated that all his attention is concentrated on this encounter with Alan Pardew’s Newcastle at the Lane but he will no doubt have one eye on the pinnacle of every English manager’s career, and that is taking the reigns of the National side.
Newcastle will provide stiff opposition for any side at the moment, and with the returning Demba Ba in the side goals are expected.
If Everton are able to hold Chelsea out from winning at Goodison Park on Saturday, a win at White Hart Lane would mean Newcastle swapping places with the West London outfit and sneaking back into the top four once again.
These two teams played out a tight 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture of this match in October but will hope to go one better if they are to attain the targets laid before them come seasons end.
While Newcastle can be happy that Ryan Taylor is fit to play following some soft tissue damage, Spurs are certainly the more fortunate outfit in terms of injury luck and see several key players returning to action this weekend.
After short periods on the sidelines, Rafael Van der Vaart, Jermain Defoe, Younes Kaboul and Aaron Lennon will all be fit for Saturday’s clash at White Hart Lane and will be welcomed back with open arms.
It was evident that Harry Redknapp’s side were missing a certain edge in Monday’s game in Merseyside but will be hoping to get back into their groove once more against Newcastle.
Alan Pardew may hand January signature Papiss Demba Cissé his first start for the club after his goalscoring display against Aston Villa, especially after it was revealed that Leon Best will be out for around six weeks through injury.
With Spurs claiming the second best home attack this season and Newcastle boasting the fifth best away offence, this match promises to be an exhilarating encounter and would certainly be one to watch this weekend.