Newcastle vs Blackburn – Match Preview

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It’s an important and rather vital game against Blackburn at St. James’ Park tomorrow and a win is what we’d like to see to take us away from the relegation zone.
Newcastle still have injuries unfortunately and we’ll still have both Emre and Viduka missing for the game tomorrow. Defenders Stephen Carr and of course Peter Ramage are both still not available.

The team selection will again be important and this is the team we’d like to see Kevin filed in this important game:

Beye Taylor Faye Enrique
Milner N’Zogbia Geremi Duff
Owen Carroll
Subs: Forster Cacapa Butt Barton Martins

However, we’d be highly surprised if Kevin picks that team, but we think Jose Enrique and Andy Carroll both deserve a start, simply because they cannot do any worse than others who have already been given a start.

Enrique must be given a chance at left back against David Bentley, and we can then use Charles in midfield as the attacking part of a midfield partnership with Cameroon International Geremi.

Both Butt and Barton have been out of form recently and could do with a rest. The same goes for Alan Smith up front and we’d like to see Andy Carroll start with Owen. When Andy did get on last week he looked impressive, and set up our only goal for Abdoulaye Faye, due to his aerial capabilities.

On the Blackburn side of things Rovers beat Bolton 4-1 at Ewood Park on Sunday to end a winless run of four games. David Dunn (calf). Andre Ooijer (hamstring) and Ryan Nelsen (hamstring) are all doubts for the game.   Martin Olsson (ankle), Keith Treacy (back) and Sergio Peter (thigh) are all out and will miss the game.

The referee is Rob Styles, who can be sometimes very strange with his decisions, depending on how he is feeling.
We need a win – that’s all we want tomorrow – all 3 points. But it will in no way be an easy game against a rugged and hard to beat Blackburn Rovers side.

What do you think? What team should Kevin play?

Please let us know – comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • Hadji

    Feb 29, 2008 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #1

    Hey guys i need your opinion if you have time off course.
    Could you tell me 4 games for this weekend from any league where there will be 2 goals at least.
    They dont have to be from the same league.
    So i need a total of 4 games from any league.
    Thank you.

  • jj

    Feb 29, 2008 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #2

    Beye Taylor Faye Enrique
    Milner Butt Barton Duff
    Owen Martins
    Subs: Forster Cacapa N’Zogbia Geremi Carroll

  • tdt

    Feb 29, 2008 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #3

    jj – change butt n barton for geremi n N’zog then ur onto a winner mate 🙂

  • briss

    Feb 29, 2008 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #4

    Beye Faye Cacapa Enrique
    Milner Geremi N’Zog
    Martins Owen
    with Duff – Lingering over the midfield and Geremi hanging back.
    Subs: Forster Taylor Butt Smith Carrol
    Thats perfect man HAWAY!

  • Whitt

    Feb 29, 2008 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #5

    Geremi Beye Faye Enrique
    Milner Barton N’Zogbia
    Owen Carroll

    subs: Martins, Edgar, Duff, Butt, Forster

    an attacking lineup w/ Geremi and Enrique overlapping from RB and LB to swing in crosses. Milner and N’Zogbia running with the ball. with the work rate of Smith and Carroll, their defense won’t have time on the ball to build up attack.

  • scott9

    Feb 29, 2008 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #6

    barton cant play can he

  • scott9

    Feb 29, 2008 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #7

    i agree with the team ed has put on the article

  • Mac

    Feb 29, 2008 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #8

    This seems to be what happens every Friday night. Ed tells us how important the game is how we’re desperate for points and how he thinks we’ll get something from the game. We then spend hours saying which team should be picked and then come match day KK picks the team we all new he would,we then get hammered

  • nate dawg

    Feb 29, 2008 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #9


    beye taylor cacapa enrique
    milner zog
    owen martins

    forster carrol edgar smith duff

    dont think we should play carrol is inexperience would show against the likes of samba think we need to play behind and with pace

    barton was playing crap when he got back from his injury for 5 or 6 games then was getting good when got nicked think he a bit like owen.

    i think duff on the bench because if we are drawing or losing and need a new spark or someone fresh he would do a good job and feel people are trying to shoe horn duff and zog in same team


    Feb 29, 2008 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #10

    we just have to save ourselfs from relegation

  • Graham

    Feb 29, 2008 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #11

    Put this on the previous page and everyone came here so here it is again……..

    Does anybody think that it might just all come together at some point and theres a team out there who is gonna get a hiding?

    We are not gonna be world beaters with this squad but if Keegan plays the right team (and that means putting a left back in a left backs position, putting Zog at inside left next to Barton and either Carroll (1st choice) or Viduka (2nd and fat) next to either Owen or Martins with the other on the bench) ive a funny feeling that someone is in for a kicking.

    Or is it the fact ive been drinking Stella since 4pm?

  • Mac

    Feb 29, 2008 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #12

    Got to be Stella

  • Graham

    Feb 29, 2008 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #13

    Thought so…..where’s the fridge???

  • Graham

    Feb 29, 2008 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #14

    Mac – be positive….getting drunk does that to you! try it again at 5pm tomorrow night

  • Mac

    Feb 29, 2008 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #15

    Good idea. Just opened a bottle of wine

  • Graham

    Feb 29, 2008 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #16

    Me too – ran out of wife beater!


    Feb 29, 2008 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #17

    aye that looks a good team ed but it is unlikely unfortunatly because smith butt and barton cant be dropped somehow

  • Jamie

    Feb 29, 2008 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #18

    Id like to see Geremi, Martins and Enrique in for Butt, Smith and Duff.

  • Gallowgate Channel

    Feb 29, 2008 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #19

    Not worried about Viduka not being fit as Smithy has been playing well up front and we have Martins and Carroll available too.
    Expecting us to win tomorrow…..

  • obafemimartins

    Mar 1, 2008 at 2:52 AM

    Comment #20

    gallowgate how can you say smith has been playing well up front? have you been to or watched any newcastle utd games.

  • sohic

    Mar 1, 2008 at 4:06 AM

    Comment #21

    if u judge smith on the basis of goals,
    he doesnt deserve a position.
    but currently hes doing the hold up well up front, and make space for mainly owen and duff.
    i think we should have different arrangement this week. the old one doesnt work.

  • magpie malaysia

    Mar 1, 2008 at 5:15 AM

    Comment #22

    dont need to let barton play..he sucks

  • Shanghaitoon

    Mar 1, 2008 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #23

    This would be my team of choice


    Geremi—– Beye —-Edgar—- Enrique


    Milner —–Duff/Lualua ————Zog

    ——–Owen —–Martins/Carroll——

  • paddyq

    Mar 1, 2008 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #24

    anybody know any live streaming for todays match? myp2p are uncertain if theres any coverage of the game, not looking good anyways….

  • tom

    Mar 1, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #25







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