Tottenham will look to keep pace with the chasing pack when they face Newcastle United at White Hart Lane today, with the latest odds suggesting punters are favouring the home win.
As you would expect from a side that introduced a large number of players to the squad over the summer, the club have taken time to gel as a unit.
Andre Villas-Boas maybe fourth in the table, five points off leaders Arsenal but they have been solid if unspectacular so far this season.
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Key to their success has been their defence. The club have conceded just five goals all season, the second best in the league however they have managed just 9 goals, three of which have come from the penalty spot.
One of the stars of the campaign so far for the club has been Andros Townsend and the young winger believes his side are capable of mounting a serious title challenge.
“Last season, Gareth Bale was the star; this season we have a team of stars,” the 22-year-old told Standard Sport.
“We made seven top signings in the summer and we’re more well-rounded. We can play two sides – one in the league and then make eight or nine changes for a cup game.
“Is it realistic to aim for the title? I can’t see why not. We’re in touching distance of the top and we’re still fighting for that top space.
“Four of the top six changed manager in the summer but we’ve kept continuity and that gives us a massive chance this year.
“Last season, we looked to Gareth a lot, but this year we’ve got great depth in our squad. The squad will come into it more between January and March and hopefully that depth will give us the upper hand.”
Erik Lamela will hope to feature after he opened his Spurs account with a goal in the 2-1 win over Sherriff while Jermaine Defoe will hope his penalty sees him keep his place in the side ahead of Roberto Soldado.
Hugo Lloris should return in goal on Sunday after being rested on Thursday however Danny Rose (toe), Sandro (hamstring), Zeki Fryers (groin) and Emmanuel Adebayor (foot)
Newcastle meanwhile will welcome back skipper Fabricio Coloccini while Cheick Tiote, who limped off against Chelsea last weekend with a muscle strain, is expected to play at White Hart Lane.
The Northerners will head into the clash full of confidence after last weekend’s stunning victory over Chelsea when goals from Yoan Gouffran and Loic Remy clinched victory.