Sunderland vs Newcastle – Match Preview

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from the team that started against Man City on Monday evening, given that Habib Beye’s unfortunate red card has been rescinded and he will start at the Stadium of Light.

Shay Given
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!

179 comments so far

  • cause I got the girth

    Oct 24, 2008 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #1


  • tdt

    Oct 24, 2008 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #2

    c’mon the toon!!!!

  • skin d

    Oct 24, 2008 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #3

    can,t see us getting beat to be honest.

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 24, 2008 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #4

    Ed – You haven’t even got Xisco on the bench.

    Also after Carrolls performance v Man City he does not deserve to be in the squad, Ranger does!

    I’d love to see this team:


    Subs: Harper, Cacapa, Enrique, Geremi, Butt, Ameobi/Ranger, Xisco.

    I wouldn’t normally put Taylor in my team but he played well v Man City and he needs to be in he derby.

  • Nufc_DC

    Oct 24, 2008 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #5

    I really hopes he starts Jonas
    —————- Given————————-


    ————-Martins—Super Shola——–


  • beyethegreat

    Oct 24, 2008 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #6

    good team tom toon

  • chuck CHUCK

    Oct 24, 2008 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #7

    Want to see, Starters
    Beye*** Taylor*******Coloconni ***Bassong

    Becoming ***if Jonas and Barton flag

  • Cooper

    Oct 24, 2008 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #8

    I dont know what i would enjoy seeing most out of:

    1.Oba doing his flips infront of the mackems
    2.Colo netting a header
    3.Jonas getting his 1st goal for us
    4.Barton scoring off the bench

  • Toon Army

    Oct 24, 2008 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #9

    Nile Ranger’s in hot scoring form 12 in 12 now after his brace against the Mackem under 18’s tonight? You gonna do a piece on this Ed?

  • nate dawg

    Oct 24, 2008 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #10

    my team would be
    taylor beye colocini bassong
    guthrie barton
    jonas duff
    martins shola

    harper cacapa zog xsisco gerimi ranger enrique

    i swapped beye with taylor mainly cause i worrid about the pace of cisse and cause thought he played very well against everton in the same position , wa ya think?

  • Robby Bobson

    Oct 24, 2008 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #11

    Butt has apparently picked up a slight knock so needs a fitness test. This will mean that Jonas or Barton will start, but personally i would swtich Geremi in the middle and put Jonas out right :D.

    Also Ranger is at it again…bagged another two. Isn’t that 3 games and 6 goals in one week?

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 24, 2008 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #12

    ToonArmy – Its more like 12 goals in 8/9 games.

  • sweendog

    Oct 24, 2008 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #13

    Robby Bobson .. heard that to .. I’d expect him to be replacd by barton then so the team will be
    Beye*** Taylor*******Coloconni ***Bassong

    Mind you I’d like The spiderman on instead of geremi but sure we’ll just have to see

  • Shot Bru!

    Oct 24, 2008 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #14

    I can’t wait to see the Jonas/Beye partnership develop over the season, i reckon they can turn out to be one of the premierships finest right sided combinations. It now looks like the excellent Bassong has staked a claim for the LB berth, and hopefully Duff is fully recovered from his injuries so we can have serious attacking threat from both sides.

  • Craigg

    Oct 24, 2008 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #15


    Shola did well against City but looked knackered when he came off and as we know he changes from hot to cold like bathtaps.

    Tom_Toon youre being way too harsh on Carroll as he was half fit and was chucked into a game he shouldnt have played in, Xisco has shown absolutely nothing to suggest the damage on the club his signing has caused was worth it.

    Also Carroll has scored much more frequently for the reserves than Ranger has so i cant understand the clamour personally.

    Is it only me who thinks that we could have finished 5th or 6th if we had put fair money down and signed Inler and Warnock as well as kept Milner as the improvement under KK was evident and such a shame we now have to start a fresh yet again when the new owners surface.

    Anyway rant over 2-0, Oba will leave Tampon Ferdinand on his ass for the first and as i said last night Barton will score I feel it in my fingers, I feel in my toes…


  • Spidey

    Oct 24, 2008 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #16

    I agree with Nufc_DC’s team. Would start Jonas, I think he will be fit enough and will cause them all kinds of trouble. And with Butt being uncertain, it’s a good excuse to get Barton in there! Come on lads!!!

  • Ganiyu

    Oct 24, 2008 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #17

    Does any one know the name of the patch to install football manager 08 manually

  • Ben_BKK

    Oct 24, 2008 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #18

    Aye Tom_Toon I noticed that Xisco wasn’t there, I’d have him in instead of Andy Carroll for sure, he was definitely poor last Monday

  • Kiven Geegan

    Oct 24, 2008 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #19

    cockney mafia out!

  • Ben_BKK

    Oct 24, 2008 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #20

    It’s contributions like that that get the comments removed from this site… please leave.

  • micknufc

    Oct 24, 2008 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #21

    well aint that a lovely opinion

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 24, 2008 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #22

    …Tumble weed…rolls by…

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 24, 2008 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #23

    Craigg – My Nan who is 97 would have made more effort and run more than Carroll did against Man City.

    Did I mention my Nan is blind, half-deaf and has lost sensation in one leg.

  • norn iron magpie

    Oct 24, 2008 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #24

    Fcuk off. What has someones skin colour got to do with football. Ed ban this scum bag.Wonder what sort of reception Barton will get.Heard his interview on sky. Very honest.

  • beyethegreat

    Oct 24, 2008 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #25

    i agree with ben bkk

    ed please ban him

  • Shot Bru!

    Oct 24, 2008 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #26



    apologies if this comment comes up twice.

  • Gonufc

    Oct 24, 2008 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #27

    It should be “Their Bodies”.

    I thought i’d start with the grammer then let everyone else take care of the abundant racism.

  • Ally

    Oct 24, 2008 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #28

    Got to play ur best players so thats include Jonas!

    id go with


    Beye Taylor Coloccini Enrique

    Jonas Barton Guthrie N’Zogbia

    Martins Ameobi

  • beyethegreat

    Oct 24, 2008 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #29

    leavy are you a toon fan ( i hope not )

  • Ben_BKK

    Oct 24, 2008 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #30

    Gonufc – it’s spelt ‘grammar’ mate 😉

    Seriously though leavy, is it really necessary? I mean you’re welcome to your own opinion, even if it is bigoted and racist, but there’s no need for it on here, especially as it’s a football site…

  • sweendog

    Oct 24, 2008 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #31

    leavy .. some ridiculous comments there .. either your 12 or you need locked up .. mate our strip is black n white .. so f**k off you twat.

  • norn iron magpie

    Oct 24, 2008 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #32

    Its strange we have three ok left backs N zog is maybe better on the left wing but i think Bassong will turn out to be a good buy for us. He’s big,strong and young. Plenty of time to gain prem experience.Enrique hasn’t been up to much but would be ok for cover if injurys happen.

  • Turkish magpie

    Oct 24, 2008 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #33

    score predictinos 4 2moz?

    safc 0-2 Nufc


    (beye will play amzaing to show he shouldnt have been sent off)

  • beyethegreat

    Oct 24, 2008 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #34


    it has nothing to do with skin colour

  • Shot Bru!

    Oct 24, 2008 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #35

    Agree with you there Ally about playing Jonas, if JK thinks he is over his shoulder injury, then he should play him from the start. The lad is fit as a fiddle so would cope easy enough regarding match fitness. Jk’s only concern that it’s a derby match and the mackems will target him for some rough treatment.

  • sweendog

    Oct 24, 2008 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #36

    You weren’t born in 1976 ..viatnam is spelt vietnam .. and you are just either racist or drunk and full of sh*te either way you are a f**kin disgrace .. obviously a spurs supporter then eh??

  • norn iron magpie

    Oct 24, 2008 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #37

    Thought the Falklands was in 1982. Score prediction- 0-8 (ha ha) i wish. I think it will be a tight match. 0-1 maybe.

  • Ally

    Oct 24, 2008 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #38

    agree shot bru with ur comments mate, he is fit as a fiddle, so if he is on the bench i will be dissapointed.

    my view would be if he is fit enough to be on the bench then he is fit enough to start.

    this is arguably our biggest game of the season so we have got to play our best players that is the best chance of winning the football match

  • Craigg

    Oct 24, 2008 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #39

    Tom_Toon nice to see sarcasm isnt dead

    I hardly see what your Nan could have done more than Carroll, City kept the ball really well and as we were boxed in all Carroll could do was chase a few clearances pumped out from the back, He won the odd free kick and wasted a minute or two exactly what he was sent on to do.

    He showed some class with that lobbed pass to Zog who mistimed his run, If he was onside and had scored we would all be saying what a great assist it was and most would want Carroll to start tomorrow.

    Give him a break it took Drogba 2 seasons to look good in the premiership in a team that won back to back titles, Carroll has had one start and a few sub appearances in a very frustrating inconsistant team.

  • beyethegreat

    Oct 24, 2008 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #40


    racism is exactley the opposite of what this country and nufc (if youre a fan )stands for

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