The interesting thing these days with every Newcastle game is what the starting line up will be and itâ€™s no different for tomorrowâ€™s game with Reading at the Madejski Stadium.
Barton, Emre and Nâ€™Zogbia are all fit again although Viduka will not be risked for the game until he gets some training in.
With the good win on Monday night Sam is confident Newcastle have good opportunity to pick up all 3 points tomorrow afternoon but again this will depend on the performance of our defense which is looking better with each game. However itâ€™s now 6 games since we kept a clean sheet and thatâ€™s Samâ€™s biggest goal for the Reading game â€“ to keep a clean sheet. If we can do that weâ€™re pretty certain we can get a goal or two from our boys.
On the Reading side – Steve Coppell, after deploying a five-man midfield in last week’s 4-2 defeat at Blackburn Rovers, Coppell has blamed himself for the result. Steve has confirmed he will revert back to a more familiar 4-4-2 formation.
Leroy Lita, Brynjar Gunnarsson and Kevin Doyle all impressed as substitutes against Blackburn and could be rewarded with starting spots. Captain Graeme Murty has recovered from a bout of sickness, while Ibrahima Sonko should start after returning from a lengthy injury absence against Blackburn.
Newcastle will head to Berkshire after successive home wins against Everton and Spurs, but Newcastle have not won away since the opening day of the season at Bolton. Allardyce could stick with the starting eleven who beat Tottenham 3-1 on Monday night, with Charles N’Zogbia having recovered from the illness which forced him off at half-time. But we think Sam will find a place for Alan Smith up front and we’d like to see the following team start:
Beye, Cacapa, Faye, Enrique
Milner, Emre, Butt, Nâ€™Zogbia
Subs: Harper, Rozehnal, Geremi, Barton, Owen
Thatâ€™s the team weâ€™d like to see start but we think Sam will somehow find a starting position for captain Geremi. It may also be a surprise that Owen starts on the bench but if Smith plays, we think Martins deserves his starting place. He gave an excellent display on Monday night, when he scored a wonderful opportunist goal just before the break, a very important goal. It’s as simple as that. Also, look how strong the Newcastle bench is – unbelievable.
Sam could also spring a surprise by starting Joey Barton. We think Smith up front is a good move because the last time he started up front with Martins he played excellently as a target man, and held the ball up very well.
As weâ€™ve already stated we are big admirers of Reading and their manager Steve Coppell and clubs like Reading are what makes the Premiership tick. Weâ€™re sure itâ€™s going to be a cracking game but we still think we can get all 3 points and think weâ€™ll score 2 goals and hopefully keep a clean sheet for a change. So 2-0 is our prediction and out we biased – of course we are 😀
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