Newcastle v Tottenham Hotspur Match Preview

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Andre Villas-BoasTottenham travel to Newcastle for their opening game of the new Premier League season and both sides will want to build on last season’s successes. The corresponding fixture last season finished 2-2 when Spurs (13/8 to win the match) hit the Toon last October, and if it's half as good a game this time as then the season will be off to a belting start.

The two sides last met back in February, when Spurs won 5-0 at White Hart Lane to inflict the heaviest defeat of Alan Pardew's reign. The Magpies (9/5 to win the match) lost three of their final four league games last term, conceding nine goals. Defeat today would mean they lose back-to-back Premier League home games for the first time under Alan Pardew.

Tottenham have failed to win their last six league matches away to Newcastle. And new manager Andre Villas-Boas won just three of his last 12 Premier League games in charge of Chelsea. Spurs have lost one Premier League game outside of London since January - that was the 1-0 defeat to Everton in March.

TEAM NEWS

Newcastle have doubts over the fitness of key quartet Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa, but new signing Vurnon Anita could feature. Fabricio Coloccini should play despite a knock, while Sylvain Marveaux and Steven Taylor are back to fitness.

Tottenham are expected to be without playmaker Luka Modric, who is close to joining Real Madrid. Summer signings Jan Vertonghen and Gylfi Sigurdsson are set for their debuts, but Scott Parker and Heurelho Gomes are both ruled out.

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