Newcastle vs Hull City – Match Preview


It seems more than two weeks since we had out last league game, but of course a lot of things, mostly bad, have happened since that time.

Kevin is gone, so the team tomorrow will be managed by Chris Hughton and Richard Money, with Alan Thompson also helping out.

The thing that Keegan was most worried about is already showing through, as we already have a number of injuries to some of our key players. Not playing tomorrow because of injury will be Damien Duff, Jose Enrique, Mark Viduka, Obafemi Martins and Jonas Gutierrez, who injured his shoulder in Peru while playing for Argentina on Wednesday night, in their 1-1 draw.

The bad news is that it looks like Mark Viduka will be out for another 6 weeks with his Achilles heel injury.

However, we still have some good players available to overcome both the bad 3-0 defeat at the Emirates last time out, and Chris Hughton will be pleased to welcome back Geremi and Claudio Cacapa from injury and we would expect Geremi to start.

The players missed the 3-0 defeat at Arsenal last month but are now back in contention, and coach Chris Hughton said today:

“They are two very experienced players and it is very good to have them back,”

We would expect the team to line up as follows:

Given
Beye Coloccini Taylor Bassong
Geremi Butt Guthrie N’Zogbia
Xisco Owen
Subs: Harper Edgar Cacapa Ameobi Gonzalez Smith Ranger

That’s not a bad team at all and many of the players are in good form, including Given, Coloccini and Michael Owen. It will be good to see how Xisco plays with Michael Owen, and that defense looks quite solid.

We expect Butt and Guthrie to start in central midfield, and new boy Gonzalez can be given a run-out in the second half. What we don’t want to see is Guthrie being played out on the wing, making way for Gonzalez in the center.

That’s a mistake Big Sam kept making by trying to play what he thought were the best 11 players, but playing some out of position – and that never seems to work very well.

Make no mistake, even though there is disarray at the Tyneside club right now, this is an important game for us, and we have to pick up wins at home, especially against the Hull’s of this league, who were hammered at home by Wigan 5-0, last time out.

That’s not meant to be disrespectful to Hull or to their fans, but if we are to really to finish in the upper echelons of the league this time out, a win is a must tomorrow.

One way to think of this game is that it’s the next step back on the road to recovery for the side, and 3 points will give us 7 points out of our first 4 games – not too bad at all.

Comments welcome.



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222 comments so far

  • spunki munki

    Sep 12, 2008 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #1

    lets stuff these crap n then get ashley outa toon

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  • izzy rocks

    Sep 12, 2008 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #2

    Newcastle to win 2-1.

    Izzy Magpies News

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  • Thump

    Sep 12, 2008 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #3

    It’ll be an interesting match, but I don’t think I’ll be giving any predictions yet.

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  • spunki munki

    Sep 12, 2008 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #4

    ill give u a prediction.. 7-0 to the toon you heard it here first and dont be suprised to see smithy starting

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  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 12, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #5

    Ed – Guthrie is a trained right winger, he played there mostly for Bolton and Southampton.

    Personally id go for:

    Given
    Beye-Coloccini-Taylor-Bassong
    Guthrie-Nacho-Butt-N’Zogbia
    Xisco-Owen

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  • ToonKing

    Sep 12, 2008 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #6

    Xisco will score tomorrow that’s for sure. This is the perfect game to get his first start.

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Sep 12, 2008 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #7

    ASHLEY MUST GO!! ASHLEY OUT!! ASHLEY MUST GO!!
    http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?DWMANUFC

    Lads If we are “UNITED” in agreement that Ashley and the board must go!! Why on earth is there a mere 5650 signatures to the petition!
    considering we usually have a full ground of 52K

    COME ON LADS GET SIGNING UP! ASHLEY OUT!!!!!
    ASHLEY AND HIS PUPPETS MUST BE FORCED OUT OFF OUR GREAT CLUB AND THE CITY!!
    COME ON LADS NEED TO BE ALSO UP FOR THE CHALLANGE TO GET “MR ARROGANT OUT!!!!

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Sep 12, 2008 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #8

    COME ON LADS AND LASSES WE NEED TO GET THE FAT MAN OUT!!
    LETS SHOW THE ARROGANT TW@T WHO HE IS DEALING WITH!!
    THE ONLY WAY HE IS GOING TO SELL IS CUT HIS MONEY!! KNOW MATTER HOW SMALL THAT MONEY IS! IT ALL HELPS!!

    ASHLEY OUT ASHLEY OUT!!!

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  • happy toon

    Sep 12, 2008 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #9

    thank god we aint facing a team with any footballing ability…this should be a walk in the park….that is what i’d be saying if i thought we stood a chance…

    we’re screwed no manager…these bastards are probably licking their lips….kk why did you leave us like this…did we mean that little!?

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  • Tom

    Sep 12, 2008 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #10

    If tom_toon is right (as he occasionally is :p) then I’d go for his 4-4-2 or a 4-3-1-2

    Given
    Beye, Colo, Taylor, Bassong
    Guthrie, Butt, N’Zogbia
    Nacho
    Xisco Owen

    Could operate as the diamond, if we tell Nicky Butt that on no account is he to pass the halfway line, and let Nacho play the role behind the front two that Owen played last season. That way Owen can play off Xisco, in the little and large combination that works well! 🙂

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  • Toon Timbo

    Sep 12, 2008 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #11

    who’s ranger :S?? And Nacho man to play from the start in place of geremi!!

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  • beyethegreat

    Sep 12, 2008 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #12

    i dont want to seem negative but hull are better than people think

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  • Dan13

    Sep 12, 2008 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #13

    is nacho available tomorrow?

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  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Sep 12, 2008 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #14

    beyethegreat-agreed, people seem to be writing off hull like they’re some sort of lower league nonsense, thats anything but the case.

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  • Dan13

    Sep 12, 2008 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #15

    anaaa
    look at derby
    also hull show heart and spirit

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  • beyethegreat

    Sep 12, 2008 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #16

    good to see someone agrees with me especially since our current situation isnt going to help

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  • xfer

    Sep 12, 2008 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #17

    With Boateng and Gardener back to the squad, I dont think they will fare worse than they did a couple of weeks ago. Certainly not walkover, but a “winnable” game.

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  • MarK

    Sep 12, 2008 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #18

    ranger is the squads resident gangsta (new guy from soton)

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Sep 12, 2008 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #19

    hope the lads have got plenty of banners! cant wait for tomorrow!! LARGE, LOUD AND PROUD!!
    LETS SHOW ASHLEY

    ASHLEY OUT!!!! AMBANI IN!!! COME ON LADS AND LASSES!!!

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  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Sep 12, 2008 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #20

    beye-they wouldnt be in the premier league/have made a decent start if they werent a good team.
    they will be well aware that we’re in complete tatters, and will look to take full advantage.
    i wouldnt be surprised if tomorrow goes pear shaped if im entirely honest.
    i’m not trying to be negative, just realistic.

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  • Tom

    Sep 12, 2008 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #21

    Nile Ranger is a new signing from Southampton, 17 year old striker, has been on the bench the last couple of games.

    I think if people think we are going to thrash Hull just by turning up, then they are mistaken!!!!

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  • Mick G

    Sep 12, 2008 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #22

    Tom your team selection should do well,but I don’t think they will allow us to start with 12 players

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  • Dan13

    Sep 12, 2008 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #23

    IS NACHO AVAILABE FOR TOMORROW???

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Sep 12, 2008 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #24

    THE LADS WHO ARE GOING TO THE MATCH TOMORA!!! SHOUT SING AND WAVE YOUR BANNERS!!!! MAKE THE BIGGEST LARGEST BANNERS YOU CAN!!! WE NEED TO USE THE MEDIA IN THE BEST WAY WE CAN!!!

    INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE GROUND!!!
    PROUD TO BE A GEORDIE!!!
    JUST HAVE TO GET THE FAT TW@T OUT!!!
    COME ON ASHLEY SELL!!! SELL!!! SELL!!!!

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  • micepie

    Sep 12, 2008 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #25

    It’ll almost certainly be better in the long term if we don’t get bought by Ambani or any other rich foreign consortium.

    It’s amazing how short-sighted everyone is. At least we have British owners and a long-term blueprint for the club’s future and we’re not involved in the unstable kind of ownership that, say, Man City and Liverpool are under.

    Also, if we did get bought up by Reliance fans’ expectations would hit the roof, and we’d be doubly disappointed if those expectations weren’t realised. Right now we don’t have particularly high hopes, which is probably a good thing. What we do have is short-term thinking, which I’m sure MA is sighing at behind closed doors now, though I doubt he’s surprised.

    I’m not at all sure about the individual characters running the club – including MA – but we should be thankful for their future planning if nothing else. If people we like and trust we’re part of the current set-up that would be perfect but sadly that’s not the case. MA two biggest flaws may well be a) not instigating the right people to carry out his plan and b) needs to communicate more, even if it’s just in programme notes or summat!

    By the way, personally I skip straight past any posts written entirely in block capitals as they’re usually irritating.

    Anyway, tomorrow – anyone think we should go with 4-3-3 if Martins is fit? It’d be tempting to play Owen, Martins & Xisco with, say, Geremi, Butt and Guthrie in mf?

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  • MarK

    Sep 12, 2008 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #26

    LOUD NOISES

    xisco to score a brace.

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  • Dan13

    Sep 12, 2008 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #27

    I had to do mine in capitals because i’m constantly being ignored

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  • Toon

    Sep 12, 2008 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #28

    gerimi over nacho??

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  • toooooonfan

    Sep 12, 2008 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #29

    MICK G TOM PICKED 11 PLAYERS YOU IDIOT

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  • toon head

    Sep 12, 2008 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #30

    ……………..given………………
    beye….colo…..taylor..bassong
    nacho…guthrie…smith….zog
    …………owen…xisco……..

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  • Dan13

    Sep 12, 2008 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #31

    i’m willing to give smith a chance now
    hope hes fit

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  • toooooonfan

    Sep 12, 2008 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #32

    no way toon head SMITH?????
    tom has the best one

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  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 12, 2008 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #33

    Id give Smith a chance upfront as 5th choice striker but NEVER in cm.

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  • Dan13

    Sep 12, 2008 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #34

    maybe a 2nd striker
    but not all alone up tops

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  • geordie bulldog

    Sep 12, 2008 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #35

    smith why???????
    has he not had enough chances
    has he actually scored for us

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  • Tom

    Sep 12, 2008 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #36

    I wouldn’t go Smith in midfield, not over Butt. Sooner we get Barton back the better! 🙂

    I really hope Xisco starts up front tomorrow, I’d like to see him play, see what kind of player he is!!

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  • Owen_10

    Sep 12, 2008 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #37

    Given
    Beye Tayls Colo Bassong
    Guthrie Butt Zog
    Gonzalez
    Owen Xisco

    If Beye is Injured:

    Given
    Geremi Tayls Colo Bassong
    Guthrie Butt Zog
    Gonzalez
    Owen Xisco

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  • 35yrsofhurt

    Sep 12, 2008 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #38

    toon head – are you for real, Smith in midfield?
    He’s not even good enough to be in the squad.

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  • Tom

    Sep 12, 2008 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #39

    Owen

    Would you choose Geremi over Edgar brother?

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  • beyethegreat

    Sep 12, 2008 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #40

    ………..given
    beye…colo…taylor…bassong
    geremi…nacho…guth…zog
    ……..xisco……owen

    also give zamblera or ranger a run out if we are in the lead

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