The Magpies eased the pressure on boss Alan Pardew with a narrow 1-0 win over Leicester City last time out and face a Spurs side hoping to get back to winning ways
Alan Pardew feels that Newcastle’s confidence is on the up as they seek back-to-back Premier League victories at Tottenham.
Pardew’s men finally claimed their first league win of the season last time out as Gabriel Obertan’s strike was enough to beat Leicester City 1-0.
Sunday’s visit to White Hart Lane promises to be a much sterner test of Newcastle’s capabilities but Pardew, whose team claimed a 1-0 away success at Tottenham last term, believes that there is a greater spirit among his players heading into the match.
“We went to Spurs last season and put in a fantastic performance. We will go back there with good memories,” he told reporters. “I can feel a little bit more confidence in and around the camp but we have to improve results, full stop, going forward.
“We go to Spurs and have to be disciplined and offer a threat. It’s about trying to attack the game and get a win.”
Newcastle will need to be wary of a Tottenham side looking to bounce back on the domestic scene having lost 4-1 at Manchester City in their last league game.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team hammered Asteras Tripolis 5-1 in the Europa League on Thursday – a victory lit up by Erik Lamela’s outrageous ‘rabona’ goal in the first half.
Both Pochettino and Lamela will hope that that goal can be the catalyst for a good run for the Argentina international, who forms part of a forward line that has scored just one goal in the Premier League this term.
Tottenham’s attack will have a good chance to boost their tally versus a Newcastle defence who are among the most porous in the division, shipping 14 goals in their first eight games.
Only QPR, Everton and Sunderland have conceded more than the Magpies, whose cause is not helped by a host of injury problems.
Pardew revealed in his pre-match press conference that top scorer Papiss Cisse is a doubt, while Chiekh Tiote and Emmanuel Riviere – both of whom missed the Leicester win with unspecified injuries – could also miss out. Full-back Paul Dummett is expected to feature despite picking up a hamstring injury against the Foxes, centre-back Mike Williamson is hoping to recover from a muscle injury and winger Sammy Ameobi has a knock.
Versatile defender Ryan Taylor is to be named in the squad, bringing a two-year knee injury nightmare to an end, but Siem de Jong (thigh), Rolando Aarons (hamstring) and Davide Santon (knee) are all still unavailable.
For Tottenham, Federico Fazio is suspended following his dismissal at City and midfielder Nabil Bentaleb may be absent with ankle injury that kept him out of the Asteras match. Kyle Naughton (ankle) and Kyle Walker (pelvis) remain sidelined.