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Writers Prediction League: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Newcastle United

The writers at Cartilage Free Captain predict the result for Tottenham Hotspur's match vs. Newcastle United.

Mark Runnacles

HurriKanes and Rabonas. No, that's not a new hot pop duo, it's what happened on Thursday to turn around Tottenham Hotspur's momentum. A Harry Kane hat trick (minus a soft goal he allowed while forced into playing goalkeeper) and Eric Lamela's unbelievable rabona goal lifted Spurs to massive 5-1 win over Asteras Tripoli in Europa League play. The goal scoring duo provided great hope for an improvement from Tottenham's inconsistent attack so far this year, as neither have shown their best form yet in league play. Tottenham are suffering after a difficult 4-1 loss away to Manchester City last Sunday, so can Spurs bounce back at home today?

Coming to White Hart Lane is Newcastle United, sitting 18th in the table with just just 7 points so far. The attack has struggled, as no player other than Papiss Demba Cisse has scored more than once in league play. The Toon's form has improved though, positing a crucial win over Leicester City in their last league match. Can the under-fire Alan Pardew find Newcastle the same luck on the road at Tottenham?

As for the Prediction League, Michael Caley's correct prediction moved him sole ownership of first place.  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:

Michael Caley 5
Mechanick 4
Ryan 4
Skipjack 4
Brett Rainbow 4
Kevin 3
Ben Daniels 3
Salmon Chase 3
Uncle Menno 3
Dominic Wood 2
Ed 2
Bryan A.


This week's predictions:

Uncle Menno: Newcastle are not good. We just had a huge win in the Europa League. Let's keep the good stuff going, shall we? 3-0 Spurs

Kevin: Newcastle sucks, 3-0 Spurs

Mechanick: Two rabonas for Lamela. 2-0 Spurs

Ryan: Hands in, a-ca-bitches! 2-1 Spurs.

Bryan A.: Harry Kane finally starts. He doesn't score, but Spurs win anyway. 2-1 Spurs.

Ed: 2-2 Draw

Salmon Chase: You really have to love how much masthead groupthink there is

Newcastle are shit!

Newcastle are a dangerous attack!

Newcastle are shit

2-2 Draw. This is the league we are talking about, we always disappoint, like oatmeal raisin cookies.

Ben Daniels: Newcastle are not good. Any numbers that say otherwise are dumb numbers. Dumbers. Spurs 3-0.

Dominic Wood: 3-0 Spurs, because there are reports of a HurriKane approaching the coast of England.

Michael Caley: Newcastle are pretty good, at least as an attacking side. 5th most shots attempted, 4th most xG. The finishing will come. But we're at home and we're still better. 3-2 Spurs.

Skipjack: 3-1 Spurs, c'est la vie.

Brett Rainbow: Attack clicks but the defending is still shaky. 3-1 Spurs.