The next 48 hours is important for Newcastle United. First of all we’d like to see Abdoulaye Faye and Habib Beye sign for the club and then tomorrow we need all 3 points from the Wigan Athletic game and hopefully a clean sheet.
Wigan have made a good start under new manager Chris Hutchins and are 3rd top of the league with 7 points from their first 4 games. Top scorer is one Antoine Sibierski, an admitted Newcastle supporter, who had an excellent season with us last year.
Claudio Cacapa – expected to start tomorrow after great performance on Wednesday
Antoine Sibierski is touch and go for the game but we’re sure he’ll get a great reception from the crowd if he is able to play tomorrow â€“ he’s an extremely popular player and person on Tyne-side. We’ve never known a more upbeat player and it’s a pity we didn’t keep him, although he would have struggled for games this year. Antoine is joint top scorer in the Premiership with 3 goals.
One interesting aspect for tomorrow is who will make the starting eleven for Newcastle. With both Michael Owen and Oba Martins scoring on Wednesday night, they are both starting to hit their top form. We still think Oba will start and will be ready to go after his fantastic goal on Wednesday night against Barnsley.
With Carr out injured we think right back will be taken by either Solano, who played well there on Wednesday, or Steven Taylor. We expect Cacapa, who played very well on Wednesday to partner Rozehnal in central defense, with Charles N’Zogbia again slotting in at left-back.
Ir’s a toss up as to who starts in goal but we would expect Stephen Harper to keep his place after playing extremely well for the club this season. We expect Viduka to partner Oba up front so we expect the starting eleven to be:
Taylor Rozehnal Cacapa N’Zogbia
Smith Butt Geremi
Milner Viduka Martins
Subs: Given Edgar Owen Ameobi Enrique
We expect a 4-3-3 formation but when Enrique is ready to fit in at left back we’d like to see a 4-4-2 formation with Milner and N’Zogbia on the wings. Both youngsters are in great form this season with N’Zogbia looking unbelievable, wherever he plays.
Competition for places is heating up which is always the sign of a strong squad and that will heat up even more with the acquisition of Faye and Beye today. For Wigan Athletic, Antoine is doubtful with a hamstring injury but we expect Titus Bramble to be in the side. It will be interesting to see how Viduka and Martins match up against the former Newcastle center-back. Fans will be hoping for a mistake from Titus tomorrow â€“ let’s be truthful
We expect a 2-0 win â€“ but a win and a clean sheet have to be the priorities. Our next game is Monday 17th September at Derby so a win tomorrow will keep us all happy until then.
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