Newcastle vs Middlesbrough – Preview of Match

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In our last 6 Premier League games we’ve gained a solitary point, scored one goal and conceded 14.

There’s a few ways to look at those statistics, but one way to look at them is that Newcastle are due some goals and a win, and that’s what we think will happen tomorrow against Middlesbrough at St. James’ Park. The game has a 1:30 PM KO.

Middlesbrough have done reasonably in their last 6 league games, having won two, drawn 2 and lost 2 for a total of 8 points. They are certainly showing better form of late and are of course through to the 5th round of the FA Cup when they meet Sheffield United away on the 17th February.

Of course our last encounter at the Riverside in the second game of the season ended in a fairly even game finishing 2-2.

This is the 112th league meeting between the two teams. Newcastle have 43, Middlebrough have won 35 with 33 drawn. Middlesbrough are unbeaten in their last five games and have lost just once away from home since October.

Keegan has almost all the squad to choose, from except the injured Peter Ramage. Martins and Geremi, are also still on African Cup of Nations duty, until at least next week.

It also looks like Kevin will not use Faye or Beye tomorrow, after they have only just arrived back from the tournament after Senegal were surprisingly eliminated in group play.

They will both be available for next week’s tough game at Aston Villa, when N’Zogbia will miss that game through gaining his 5th yellow card against Arsenal on Tuesday night.

Mark Viduka is back fit again and Emre is available after his 3 match ban. We think Emre has a good chance to start the game and this is the team we’d like to see Kevin play tomorrow:

Given
Carr Taylor Cacapa Enrique
Milner Emre Butt N’Zogbia
Viduka Owen
Subs: Harper Edgar Barton Duff Smith

It will be interesting to see where Kevin plays Charles N’Zogbia tomorrow, because we think he wants to start Emre. We have Charles preferred to Duff on the left wing, but Kevin may see things differently since Damien has been playing quite well.

He may even start N’Zogbia in central midfield at the expense of Butt and play Duff on the left wing.

We really want a win tomorrow, and we think we can do it. We hope we play attacking play and take it to Middlesbrough from the very first kick of the ball.

Let us know what you think the team should be, plus any comments you have on the game tomorrow.