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Newcastle United 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur: Dele breaks through 10-man Magpies

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  • Shelvey sent off
  • Scoreless at break
  • Dele with breakthrough
  • Davies adds insurance

Dele Alli drew a red card than scored the winner, and Ben Davies also scored as Tottenham Hotspur beat 10-man Newcastle United 2-0 at St. James Park on Sunday.

Jonjo Shelvey was sent off and will face a significant ban for stepping on Dele’s ankle after the midfielder delayed the match by holding onto the ball following a foul.

Spurs host Chelsea in one week’s time, while Newcastle visits Huddersfield Town on the same Sunday.

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Newcastle opened pressing very high, and Spurs struggled to get the ball in the first five minutes as a loud St. James Park.

Dwight Gayle flubbed a couple chances, and the crowd lustily booed ex-Magpies midfielder Moussa Sissoko when he got the ball.

Newcastle left back Paul Dummett needed to leave the match after six minutes, and captain Jamaal Lascelles subbed into the mix.

A Javier Manquillo foul provided a rare chance for Spurs, but Harry Kane‘s heading a free kick bounced harmlessly to Magpies backstop Rob Elliot.

Newcastle was sloppy with its touches and passing, but its relentless pressure allowed the hosts most of the ball through most of the first half and a significant amount of corner kicks.

Rafa Benitez was forced into his second substitution when new signing Florian Lejeune was injured from a rash tackle from Kane — the Spurs man saw just yellow — and a second center back came off the bench in Chancel Mbemba.

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Spurs found their footing around the 41st minute, and Elliot had a little work to do when Christian Eriksen curled a shot from outside the box.

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Jonjo Shelvey was given a red card after the break. Dele Alli handled the ball after a foul and would not release it. As Shelvey stepped over Dele to gather the ball, he stepped on the Spurs’ player’s ankle and was sent off.

Newcastle would have to play 42 minutes down a man.

Harry Kane made a sliding point-blank shot that Elliot foiled for a corner as Spurs mounted their attack.

It was Dele the villain who put Spurs ahead, rightly so, with a sliding finish off Christian Eriksen’s feed. Kane started the play, and Lascelles was victimized on the finish. 1-0, Spurs.

The Magpies held firm for less than 10 minutes, and this time it was Davies with a stylish finish of more fluid play from Dele, Kane, and Eriksen.

Christian Atsu put a shot into the outside of the netting in the 83rd minute as the Magpies sought a goal. A late free kick then saw Ciaran Clark hit a partial clearance right into Hugo Lloris‘ arms.

Kane, who doesn’t have a PL goal in any August, battered the post in the first minute of stoppage time then scored an offside goal in the second.

Vertonghen to miss 2 months with ankle ligament damage

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Jan Vertronghen is expected to miss at least two months while recovering from ankle ligament damage, and it couldn’t have come at a worse time, with Tottenham Hotspur currently second in the Premier League, seven points back of leaders Chelsea.

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Vertonghen suffered the injury in the 65th minute of Saturday’s 4-0 thrashing of West Bromwich Albion, when he went full-stretch to clear the ball along the sideline before landing on the outside of his left foot, causing the ankle to roll violently. The 29-year-old Belgian international was in clear, visible agony as he sat on the field at White Hart Lane and eventually limped down the tunnel.

The Guardian described the injury as “a tear lying between grades two and three, damage which had left Vertonghen in tears as he departed the turf at White Hart Lane and would normally rule him out at the very least until mid-March.”

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In the meantime, Kevin Wimmer and Ben Davies will be tasked with filling the void for a Tottenham side which has conceded the fewest goals in the Premier League this season (14 in 21 games). (As a small aside, 19-year-old American center back Cameron Carter-Vickers is likely set for a handful of appearances as well, perhaps in the Europa League round of 32 and FA Cup fourth round, with Wimmer and Davies called upon for additional PL service.)

Wimmer filled in for Vertonghen for nearly three months last season, at the exact same point of the campaign (Jan. 20 through April 2). In Wimmer’s 10 PL starts during that stretch (Vertonghen out with knee ligament damage), Spurs conceded seven goals (seven wins and two draws). The loss of Toby Aldeweireld, for nearly two months back in October of this season, proved a far greater blow (two wins in six PL games), and Spurs should once again manage just fine for as long as Aldeweireld remains healthy alongside Eric Dier, Wimmer and Davies.

Watch Live: Tottenham vs. Manchester City (Lineups and Live Stream)

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Manchester City looks to cement its place behind the likely champions Chelsea as they travel to London to take on Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane live on NBCSN at 11am ET or live online at NBC Sports Live Extra.

The visitors are struggling with injuries to a number of important players, but should they pull out a win they could go four points clear of Arsenal in second place, although well behind Chelsea who are all but secure at the top.

Most notably, Yaya Toure and Vincent Kompany are both missing from the Manchester City lineup, with the former picking up a hamstring injury against Aston Villa that could keep him out the rest of the season, although he surprisingly made the trip to London. Kompany will miss his third straight match due to an adductor tear.

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Those injuries mean Eliaquim Mangala will get the start along the back line, while Fernandinho and Fernando pair up in midfield along with James Milner and Frank Lampard. Sergio Aguero starts up front, with both Edin Dzeko and Wilfried Bony on the bench. Samir Nasri comes back from injury to make the bench.

For Tottenham, left-back Ben Davies has been shut down for the season with a dislocated shoulder, but Danny Rose does prove fit to play in his place. Those are the only injury issues for the home side, as Harry Kane again romps up front while supported by Nacer Chadli, Christian Eriksen, and Erik Lamela.

LINEUPS:

Tottenham: Lloris; Dier, Fazio, Vertonghen, Rose; Bentaleb, Mason; Chadli, Eriksen, Lamela; Kane
Bench: Vorm, Chiriches, Yedlin, Paulinho, Stambouli, Adebayor, Soldado

Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Mangala, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Fernando, Milner, Lampard, Silva, Aguero
Bench: Caballero, Sagna, Boyata, Clichy, Nasri, Dzeko, Bony

Swansea set to sign Sigurdsson, Montero, see Davies, Vorm leave for Tottenham

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Whatever void Michu may have left by moving to Naples has been filled, perhaps twice over. According to reports out of England, Swansea City is about to add former Swan Gylfi Sigurdsson to its attacking midfield, with Ecuadorian international Jefferson Montero set to join him out wide.

The deals, which are expected to be completed by the middle of the week, will leave manager Garry Monk with a glut of options in attacking midfield. Jonjo Shelvey, Pablo Hernández, Nathan Dyer, and Wayne Routledge were already options at Monk’s disposal. With the acquisitions of Sigurdsson and Montero, however, there’s new competition for starting spots.

That competition doesn’t come without a price. Linked with Tottenham Hotspur for weeks, defender Ben Davies is set to move to North London in a straight swap for Sigurdsson. Starting goalkeeper Michel Vorm is also reportedly going to White Hart Lane in a separate deal, with former Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski set to take over.

From The Guardian:

Negotiations with Spurs were being finalised on Monday night after several days of talks which paved the way for Sigurdsson to undergo a medical with Swansea. Davies moves to White Hart Lane to become the club’s first-choice left-back.

Vorm’s future has been in doubt ever since Swansea signed Lukasz Fabianski from Arsenal on a free transfer at the end of May. Fabianski agreed a four-year contract at Swansea and made it clear that he was joining to play first-team football. Vorm, who had claimed to be in the dark about Fabianski’s arrival, will join Spurs as understudy to Hugo Lloris.

Montero’s move is expected to cost Swans $6.8 million, a cut-rate that will give Monk a slew of choices; from the raw speed of Dyer and Routledge; to the more all-around skill of Hernández; to the passing of Sigurdsson; to the one-on-one ability of Montero. Particularly if both Wilfried Bony and Bafetimbi Gomis start up top, spots will be scarce in Swansea’s midfield.

But with a new wealth of attacking talent behind the strikers, Swansea may not end up playing Bony and Gomis together; instead, Monk may end up playing something closer to the single-striker set they’ve used over the last few seasons. If they do, Swans will go two deep at all four of their attacking positions.

Ben Davies on verge of move to Tottenham

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It looked as though Liverpool was set to hijack the transfer of Ben Davies, but reports now say his move to Tottenham is back on. According to the BBC, Davies is leaving Swansea’s preseason preparations and flying to London to undergo a medical with Spurs.

Swansea are currently on a pre-season tour in the United States, where they fell 2-0 to Minnesota United on Saturday evening. Davis did not feature in the loss. He did, however, play 45 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Chivas Guadalajara on Wednesday.

Davies came through the Swans’ youth system and was handed his debut as a 19-year-old in August 2012. Two months later, he was given his first senior cap for Wales. Since then, Davies has established himself as a regular in the Swansea side, notching 71 appearances over the last two Premier League seasons.

Should the agreement be finalized, Davies will ben Mauricio Pochettino’s first signing at the helm of Spurs. He may also land another Swans player in Michel Vorm,  who may also be included as part of the deal. The Dutch international’s starting spot between the sticks has looked in doubt since early in the summer, when Garry Monk signed Lukasz Fabianski from Arsenal.

Swansea won’t miss out, however. Gylfi Sigurdsson is rumored to be coming the other way as part of a proposed swap. The midfielder has been at Tottenham since summer 2012, but saw his opportunities limited last season. Swansea is familiar to Sigurdsson, as he spent half a season on loan there, joining from Hoffenheim in January 2012.