Premier League Match-day One: Newcastle United takes down Tottenham Hotspur
Alan Pardew is hoping his Newcastle United club doesn't fall on their face after last years great showing. Andre Villas-Boas is hoping his club Tottenham Hotspur can catch on quick to his style to make a run at Champions League football. Two of the top clubs in league squared off in front of over 52,000 screaming fans in St. James Park Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
These clubs are evening matched up. You can just look at the stats and see that. Tottenham held a slight advantage on shots on target while Newcastle had a 52-48 percent possession advantage. The match started out sloppy with three yellow cards in first 19 minutes. Danny Simpson of Newcastle and Jake Livermore and Sandro of Tottenham were quilty of these fouls. Yohan Cabaye recieved a yellow in stoppage time to give both clubs two yellows apiece in one half of play.
Demba Ba put Newcastle ahead in 55th minute. Jermain Defoe struck back for Tottenham in 76th minute. They score stayed 1-1 for a very short time. Harem Ben Arfa scored the winning goal for Newcastle from penalty spot in 80th minute.
Both clubs should be at top of table when the year finishes. Tottenham could see Champions League football next year while Newcastle is a solid Europa club next year.