Andre Villas-Boas expects Newcastle to be tough opponents for Tottenham
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas is expecting Newcastle to provide a tough test for his side on Sunday.
Last Updated: 08/11/13 1:47pm
Alan Pardew's side head to London buoyed by their 2-0 win over Chelsea last weekend which lifted them to ninth in the table.
"They are now picking up great results," said Villas-Boas. "They are always a team that want to be in the competition for the teams that qualify for Europe. That is probably their expectancy given the investment they do every year.
"They come here with a victory, the highest morale-boosting victory possible and they will come here full of motivation and it won't be in any way easy for us.
"They have lots of good, good players but overall I think they will have the motivation of beating Chelsea and coming now to play this game against us.
"We just have to make sure we are up to our level, we weren't for example in the game against West Ham, we hope to be solid and create as much as we can.
"I'm not sure what their strategy will be, Newcastle have a great team full of gifted, technical players so I expect them to play against us.
"They are a very, very difficult team to predict their starting XI, they have lots of quality options and they have been trying different types of formation, even with a false striker.
"Alan is a manager who prepares well for the games so it won't be easy for us."
Watch Tottenham take on Newcastle live on Sky Sports HD1 from noon during Super Sunday.