Newcastle vs Middlesbrough – Latest Team News

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Gareth Southgate has concerns over the fitness of Jeremie Aliadiere (groin), who played in Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Wigan, and Emanuel Pogatetz (ankle), who missed the midweek game.

Turkey striker Tuncay Sanli (hamstring), who was said to be a Newcastle target in the summer, will definitely miss the game. Tuncay has played well this season and already scored some memorable goals for the Tees-side team.

Egyptian Mido, who was signed from Tottenham Hotspur and seems to have gained some weight, could start for the first time this year. There are also Middlesbrough doubts over the fitness of former Arsenal striker Jeremie Aliadiere (groin), who played in Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Wigan, and Emanuel Pogatetz (ankle), who missed out at Wigan.

On the Newcastle side of things midfielder Emre returns to the squad after completing his three-match ban for being sent off against Stoke City.

Former Middlesbrough striker Mark Viduka could return from the calf injury which has seen him miss the last several games, and full-back Jose Enrique is still very doubtful with a calf strain, and will probably not be risked.

Joey Barton could figure at St James’ Park for the first time since his latest altercation on 27th December, and Senegalese Habib Beye and Abdoulaye Faye, are on their way back to Tyneside, from the African Cup of Nations, and apparently not in time for the game this afternoon.

With Enrique not being fit we think Keegan will now field the following team:

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

The game is just a little more than two hours off now, and hopefully it will be a turning point for Newcastle this season, we certainly hope so.

Comments very welcome.

22 comments so far

  • roscoe

    Feb 3, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #1


  • Jeff

    Feb 3, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #2

    Must win game today,hopefully the lads will be well up for it….The fans need to stay behind them and hopefully that will see us through…We are yet to score under Keegan and Boro are unbeaten in five games,That tells me one thing we’ll score and win .
    Come on the toon

    2-1 Owen and Emre to get the goals

  • ToonKing

    Feb 3, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #3

    oh man i can’t wait!!! We’ll crush them !!!!

  • wind

    Feb 3, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #4

    please play barton instead of butt!
    And zog at leftback never convinced me
    Hopefully enrique will fit and move zog to midfield alongside with emre

  • Toon_Under

    Feb 3, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #5

    Won’t be too annoyed with that team Ed, but what I am hoping is something more like:

    Carr Taylor Cacapa Edgar
    Duff Emre Barton N’Zogbia
    Ameobi Owen

    And Harper, Milner, Butt and Lua Lua on the bench with one of Carroll, Smith and Viduka.

    Milner needs a rest, I’d like to see what Emre and Barton can do together, and N’Zogbia is not a left back. As for the forwards, I just think Shola is a bit more mobile than Clydesdale Viduka, and either he or Carroll can’t be any less effective than Smith surely??

    At any rate, lets go gun-ho for the win lads. Who know’s, a good thumping of the smog’s might just be what we all need!

  • daiv

    Feb 3, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #6

    Must win game. I f we lose we are unbelievably in a relegation fight. Have you seen our run in? It does not make good reading.

  • malaysian toon

    Feb 3, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #7

    i also think its best that barton star ahead of butt and owen parther ameobi/carroll with smith/viduka on the bench.

  • david bulman

    Feb 3, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #8

    agree with toon under,nzogbia not a left back,think edgar should be brought on,keegan didnt use youth last time,needs to start trying them when short of players.we have to win this game ore we are in trouble with our next six tough fixtures coming up sterting with villa next week then man utd.would like to see barton and emre.

  • scott9

    Feb 3, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #9

    agree with the team apart from barton for butt hopefully cant see it happening though

  • AltaBatalJoneN

    Feb 3, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #10

    And I too think that Milner needs a rest..

  • sparetheman

    Feb 3, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #11

    I’m amazed at the amount of Toon fans who don’t believe Viduka is the best man to partner Owen. Smith hasn’t scored all season, Carroll couldn’t even get into the bloody Preston team and Ameobi, although I think he’s criticised a bit too harshly sometimes, hasn’t been playing for a long time now and doesn’t (nor will he ever in all likelihood) have Viduka’s scoring record.

    He knocks them in whenever he gets a run in the team. How anyone can give a reasoned argument against him starting today is beyond me. Owen isn’t any good at playing the lone role.

  • The black in the blacknwhite

    Feb 3, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #12

    me too viduka is class- more strength and skill than Ameobi or Smith and can hold the ball and hey he scores!!!!

    the laxy claim has shocked me- he was never the quickest player and he is over 30- bar injuries hes done a decent job

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 3, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #13

    Id love it, just love it:

    Carr Capaca Taylor Kadar
    Duff Emre Barton N’Zogbia
    Owen Viduka

    Subs: Harper, Edgar, Lualua, Zamblera, Carroll

  • scott9

    Feb 3, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #14

    sparetheman completely agree viduka is definatley the best man to partener owen he is world class when he wants to be its just sometimes he cant be arsed or he is injured

  • The black in the blacknwhite

    Feb 3, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #15

    what free program can i download to open sopcast?????.

  • Toon_Under

    Feb 3, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #16

    Good points Sparetheman, and all perfectly valid. Here’s my issue with Viduka – As he always has been at Boro, the Toon and more so for Australia, he is too lazy. There, the simple answer.

    He only moves when he can be arsed moving, and even then all you get is a slow, Clydesdale-like gallop with his hands flapping out sideways like an overweight seagull trying to defy gravity for the first time.

    That isn’t the player you need alongside owen, as owen needs on the ground passes that break the line while he’s on the shoulder of the last man. Tell me how Viduka, a player who likes aerial balls to hold up with his back to goal can be good for owen when owen is on the shoulder of the last guy behind him? And again, lets not mention mobility. You get better movement and acceleration from a brick wall than with Viduka.

    Make no mistake, he’ll score some goals over time, and most will be top drawer, but his goals are very few and far between. And they are always scored on his terms, when he can be bothered pitching in. At least someone like Shola or Carroll can play facing goal, with mobility, and have something to prove.

  • Toon_Under

    Feb 3, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #17

    Having said all that, you watch Viduka start tonight and score a bloody hat trick, just to spite me..

  • Tez131

    Feb 3, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #18

    I think Sopcast is the actual program you need to download.

    Does anyone know if Alfonso Alves got everything signed and completed in time to face us today for Boro? Or is he still waiting for premier league clearance?

  • Steve_48

    Feb 3, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #19

    @ The black in the blacknwhite


    Download and install SOPCAST

    Recommend that about 20 minutes ahead of KO you then visit:

    I’ll be using the first link: True Visions: Sports Channel 1 [EN]

    Make sure you don’t click the link on 13:30 or you’ll experience difficulties, about

  • sparetheman

    Feb 3, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #20

    Toon_Under, I understand where you’re coming from but I still disagree. I think he has a case of the Shola syndrome. People think he’s lazy when they watch him because his style of play isn’t all guns blazing, like Alan Smith. He doesn’t dive into tackles (recklessly in Smith’s case) or run about a lot, but that’s not what his role in the team is for. As you say, he holds up the ball (ala Shearer) and this lets the midfielders come into play further up the pitch. Though that sounds quite trivial, in recent matches we’ve had massive problems just getting near the box. We’re crying out for a guy like Viduka to hold up the ball, allowing the wingers time to get forward and make attacking runs. This will help Owen too, since he’s been lacking service and support.

    That is what we need to do better more than anything in my opinion – keep the ball better; and generally when the ball gets to Viduka it will stick. Sometimes though, it can be getting the ball to him which is the problem and so he can float in and out of games. I’d rather have that sort of player in my team though over players who lose the ball whenever they’re given it (*cough* Smith *cough*).

    Having said all that, I hope Carroll or Ameobi can eventually prove their value in the squad and realise their potentials. Lord knows with been waiting long enough in Ameobi’s case (though there’s definitely been an element of bad luck there).

  • Toon_Under

    Feb 3, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #21

    Fair call – either way, whether it be through the wingers or through the middle we have got to get the service to Owen. Viduka will help to keep possession but we need Barton and Emre to push up and either chime in with some shots or get it out wide.

    If we played Butt though, then I would be more inclined to rest Viduka and go for Ameobi because we’d then need to play more through the middle. And one more thing – agree on Smith. At best, put him on the bench as the utility player. But get the kids out there when we are short. This is how we brought N’Zogbia, Milner and Taylor on, and it hasn’t harmed them much..

  • Martins

    Feb 3, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #22

    Please not Butt i will cry if he plays


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