Overall the news is good for Newcastle as Jonas Gutierrez and Joey Barton return to the squad for the Sunderland game, although Michael Owen will miss this important game.
Looks like Michael will also miss the game against WBA on Tuesday evening, but will be back on the following Monday evening against Aston Villa at home. That should be a great game with Aston Villa having made great strides under Martin O’Neil these last two seasons.
We don’t think either Jonas or Joey will start tomorrow but expect both two players to make up a strong Newcastle bench.
We fully expect the side to be unchanged from the team that started against Man City on Monday evening, given that Habib Beye’s unfortunate red card has been rescinded and he will start at the Stadium of Light.
Habib Beye, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Sebastien Bassong
Geremi, Nicky Butt (c), Danny Guthrie, Damien Duff
Oba Martins, Shola Ameobi
Subs: Steve Harper, Claudio Cacapa, Joey Barton, Jose Enrique, Charles N’Zogbia, Jonas Gutierrez, Andy Carroll
That’s quite a bench, which shows our lads are returning from injury, and there’ll soon be good competition for places.
For Sunderland, Kenwyne Jones (knee) made a return to action on Wednesday nights for Sunderland reserves, but the best he can probably expect is a place on the bench tomorrow.
This will be a tough game and for once Sunderland have to be the favorites and will probably look on this as their best chance to win a derby game at home against Newcastle, since way back in the 1979-1980 season.
If Newcastle are to get a result tomorrow the defense will need to play as well as they did on Monday night, when they had extreme pressure put on them, but with good organization and not a little fighting spirit they played magnificently.
Oba Martins and Ameobi up front both looked in form last Monday evening, and the central midfiled pair of Guthrie and Butt both had solid games in the center of the field, and they must have covered miles during the game.
We basically hope that we can play as well as we did on Monday, and hope the extra man will be enough to win the game. Joe Kinnear has again promised to have the players in the right frame of mind, and we can almost rely on that being true these days.
Joe has been successful in getting the lads playing together as a team with not a little enthusiasm, much like Kevin achieved towards the end of last season.
A win tomorrow is exactly what the lads and the fans need, and if can get those 3 points, we’ll look for a great crowd and a possible 3 more points on Tuesday night against WBA at home.
Six points in two games – it’s probably more possible than we think – let’s hope so anyway.
Howay the Lads!