Chasing. A tough draw last week against Everton has Spurs drifting further behind their surging North London rivals and league leaders Arsenal. Goals have been a bit of a struggle for Spurs to score in the league of late. However, the Lilywhites' defense has been absolutely dominant, posting clean sheets in eight of ten league matches this season.
Loic Remy will be looking to end that defensive supremacy as Newcastle travels to White Hart Lane. The Toon sit in 11th place pushing to stay far away from last year's disaster season that saw the team fighting relegation. The aforementioned Remy has led Newcastle, tallying six league goals already on the season. A key to their performance comes in their central midfield duo, as the squad has been much better with Chiek Tiote and Yohan Cabaye playing together. The duo even helped inspire a victory over Chelsea last week in a convincing 2-0. The vulnerabilities may come in the defense, as the Toon have allowed multiple goals at times this year.
As for the Prediction League, Mechanick is tied with Sleep atop the leaderboard after last week's perfect prediction. The rules remain the same in the Prediction League--one point for a correct prediction and a bonus point for getting the score correct. Here are the current standings:
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This week's predictions:
Kevin: I'm feeling very Negative Nancy at the moment, but Newcastle are annoying and I want to beat them. 1-0 Spurs.
Mechanick: A set piece proves the difference. 1-0 Spurs
Ryan: Watch out please. Fresh meat coming through. 1-0 Tottenham.
The Roosevelts: This is the first try out for my new strategy for predictions this year. It's a very cutting edge strategy I call "copy off the smart kids". So thanks Ryan. 1-0 Spurs.
Ashlock: I'm adopting the Petrilli approach. If I predict the same thing every week, I might be right eventually. 3-0 Spurs
Ed: I once saw a woman knock a man out with one punch in Newcastle. 0-0 Draw
Lennon's Eyebrow: If by "woman" you mean "man" and by "man" you mean "horse", then ok Ed. Spurs 2-0.
Petrilli: All 1-0 and no 2-1 makes Petrilli a dull boy. 2-1 Spurs.
Uncle Menno: I'm already on record for this, so I better stay consistent. 1-0 Spurs, Soldado penalty, 94th minute.
MCofA: Most likely scores are 1-0 (13%), 2-0 (12%), 2-1 (10%) and 1-1 (10%). I want to live on the edge. 2-0 Spurs.
The Sleeper's Sleep:
Skipjack: 2-0 Spurs, safe from the Newcastle rain thanks to Lamela-ela-ela-ela-ela.