Newcastle vs Wigan – Match Preview


We have a very good chance tomorrow of picking up all 3 points at home to Wigan Athletic, and if we can do that it will be 9 points from our last 4 games.

We wouldn’t be surprised to see Joe Kinnear make some changes to the side that played so poorly and beaten 2-1 last Sunday at Fulham.

We expect Steven Taylor to be fit again from his slight groin strain, and he will replace Cacapa at center-back, who had a disappointing display in London. Michael Owen should be ready too, but we’re not sure if Joe will start Owen with Martins, because that doesn’t give us much height up front.

We believe Joe will again go with Martins and Ameobi as the starting front two, and tell Oba to give it everything he has in the first half, with Michael Owen maybe given a run out in the final 45 minutes, depending on how the game goes. It’s possible also that Owen could start with Shola up front, and Oba on the bench.

We expect our midfield to be unchanged, even though Gutierrez and Duff didn’t particularly have good games last week in London.

This is the side we think Kinnear will put out tomorrow:

Given
Beye Taylor Coloccini Enrique
Jonas Butt Barton Duff
Ameobi Martins
Subs: Harper Bassong Cacapa Guthrie Geremi N’Zogbia Carroll

Joe may decide to give Bassong a game at left back in place of Enrique, and we’d like to see young N’Zogbia given a run out at some time, maybe tomorrow in place of Duff.

However, we don’t think Kinnear will leave Duff out of the starting eleven tomorrow, but Geremi may be able to sneak into tomorrow’s line-up as a starter.

The key to winning tomorrow is fairly simple for the Magpies, and like any other game recently, the defense has to have a good game and cut out any silly mistakes. We look to the excellent Coloccini to again be commanding in the center of our defense, and Steven Taylor supporting him solidly at the back, playing things simple and safe.

We’d also like to see a better defensive performance from left-back Jose Enrique, who seems to be caught with the ball far too much when in possession.

If we can have a tight defensive display tomorrow, we must have a good chance of winning the game, and making up for last week’s disappointing display and result at Fulham.

But of course this is also a special game for Wigan’s Geordie manager Steve Bruce, whose family live in  High Heaton, and he will have his players ready for tomorrow, that’s for sure.

We should have been flying this week, if we had turned up in London last week and taken 3 points, because we’d be going for our 4th win on the trot.

But we’re not, and last week is now water under the bridge, it’s gone, and all we can do tomorrow is to win the game, which will get us right back on track.

Howay The Lads!!



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56 comments so far

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 14, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #1

    Given
    Beye-Coloccini-Bassong-Enrique
    Jonas-Barton-Guthrie/Butt-N’Zogbia
    Ameobi-Martins

    Subs: Harper, Taylor, Geremi, Guthrie/Butt, Duff, Owen, Ranger

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  • murphy

    Nov 14, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #2

    Does anyone know if the match is on tv anywhere? to stream.

    If we lose we’ll be bottom after Chelsea, please lads lets get a comfortable win under our belts.

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  • Ben

    Nov 14, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #3

    RANGER must be on the bench tomorrow!even if he comes on for like 10 minutes!People should be picked on form…..even if he is playing in the youth team he still deserves a chance in reward for his goal scoring performances.

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  • Kevin Nichol

    Nov 14, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #4

    ED…..You do realise you do not have MO in your match day squad at all there????

    Not in the 11 and you have Carrol as the only striker on the bench.

    I believe Joe will play;

    Given

    Beye Colo Taylor Enrique

    Jonas Butt Barton Duff

    Ameobi Owen

    This is not to say i fully agree with this…I would have charlie in at left back to handle the pace of valencia! I fear he might give jose the run around tomorrow as he is a touch of quality for wigan!

    But despite that i fell we will run out with a comfortable 3-1 victory as i have watched wigan recently and they really are shocking!

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  • kevtoon

    Nov 14, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #5

    It’s hard to say about Ranger, having never seen him play – Andy Carroll used to score at that rate in youth and reserve team football…..

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  • Spyro

    Nov 14, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #6

    Andy Carroll lacks pace. He will never make it in the PL

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  • ToonKing

    Nov 14, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Dunno lads, we couldn’t beat Fulham and Wigan are a much better team…..anything could happen.

    We should drop Cacapa, Butt and Duff and bring in Taylor, Guthrie and Zog. Then we have a winning team right there (although Taylor is crap, but we only have Bassong and this is an important game.)

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  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 14, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #8

    He seems to be more of a hold-up player!..
    …But i agree!..No pace!..

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  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 14, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #9

    KevToon – But Carroll has a shocking attitude, no work rate he is slow and not technically as good as Ranger.

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  • AO

    Nov 14, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #10

    Zog needs a game badly

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  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 14, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #11

    Punk – Ranger can do both, hes about 6ft 1/ 6ft 2 I think.

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  • AO

    Nov 14, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #12

    whose posting as me? Zog is pants.

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  • AO

    Nov 14, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #13

    Is that you tomtoon you cheeky devil.

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  • Spyro

    Nov 14, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #14

    I agree AO

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  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 14, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #15

    No, how could i post as 2 people at the same time you dimwit.

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  • Spyro

    Nov 14, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #16

    Well not that Zog is “pants”.

    Anyway, Drogba is banned for 3 games i think. He has been charged with improper conduct.

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  • Spyro

    Nov 14, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #17

    I think AO has just revealed himself as a double poster. One blogger is a Spurs fan and the other is a Toon fan. He obviously forgot to change to his other name before making the Zog comment and is now back tracking.

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  • AO

    Nov 14, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #18

    tomtoon- haha i havent heard the words dimwit used since i was at school. your making me chuckle today. now dont blow it by getting all cross and telling me to die.

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  • AO

    Nov 14, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #19

    spyro- talk about giving yourself away. why didnt you just put the username as AO(spyro) ? idiot!!

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  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 14, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #20

    Aye TT,
    Ranger before Carroll, any day!..

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  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 14, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #21

    When was that? This morning.

    Muppet.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 14, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #22

    Also, If i post as you, it awaits moderation, so you are 2 different personas you wierdo.

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  • Gunnar from Iceland

    Nov 14, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #23

    I’d like to see Owen and Martins upfront. Wigan could not at all cope with the speed of the arsenal youngsters in midweek and I think Martins and Owen would be able to trouble wigan’s defence with their pace.

    Given

    Beye Colo Taylor Enrique

    Jonas Butt Barton Duff

    Martins Owen

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  • Spyro

    Nov 14, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #24

    lol Nice try

    However, i am afraid it is too late for you to try and switch it on me AO, it is clear for everyone to see that you are a double poster.

    Also, you haven’t exactly helped your case by all of a sudden turning agressive with the over use of exclamation marks

    “Idiot!!” lol.

    Do one you child.

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  • Surly Amoeba

    Nov 14, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #25

    Despite hammering from Arsenal kindergarten the other night, I thought Wigan’s forwards looked dangerous – especially Get Ridder, Valencia and Palermo or whatever they were called. What price Bramble scoring at both ends?

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  • AO

    Nov 14, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #26

    syro- yeah good one. fool!

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  • sweendog

    Nov 14, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #27

    Its another must win game as our away form is bad.
    It’ll be a good test to see if we’ve progressed from the west brom game .. I’m expecting a 2-0 or hopefully 3-0.. anything else and we’re back in relegation form

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  • Stevo

    Nov 14, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #28

    AO – Stooping so low man

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  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Nov 14, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #29

    I had some kind a intuition last night about Juventus that they will beat Genova 4-1 so i went to the bookies and i put 500 euros which was kind a weird cos i normaly put no more than 20 euros on couple of games.
    But this time was different,i put my 500 euros that the final score will be 4-1 with the coeficient 40 if i menage to win.
    Juve won 4-1 last night with a 92 minute own goal from Sokratis which made my pleasure even more cos he’s Greek(MAcedonia-Greece=big enemies)

    I was celebrating till early dawn and i still feel tipsy and shaken from last night.
    I won 20 000 euros last night with my Italian Newcastle…YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!

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  • ronaldeano

    Nov 14, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #30

    nice one Rasko!

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  • Stevo

    Nov 14, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #31

    Rasko – Nice one!

    You should ask Ed if you can have your own column down the side of the page….’Rasko’s Predictions’

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  • Nonni Smith

    Nov 14, 2008 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #32

    Given
    Beye-Coloccini-Bassong-Enrique
    Geremi/N’Zogbia-Barton-Guthrie-Duff
    Jonas/Owen-Martins

    Subs: Harper, Taylor, Butt, Ranger, Ameobi

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  • Karltoon

    Nov 14, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #33

    The Chronicle insinuates that the team is

    Given
    Beye-Colo-Bassong-Enrique
    Jonas-Butt-Barton-Duff
    Martins Ameobi

    Martins and Ameobi are def starting and Bassong is def starting if Taylor fails his fitness test today..

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  • michael12

    Nov 14, 2008 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #34

    Zog over Duff is a joke. Duff has been our engine going forward. Zog has disappointing me. He has potential but potential is nothing until realised. Players have gone their entire careers on potential alone and never realising it.

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  • Obafan

    Nov 14, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #35

    My team would be:

    Given
    Beye – Colo – Bassong – Enrique
    Guti – Barton – Duff
    Owen
    Ameobi – Martins

    But it will be:

    Given
    Beye – Taylor – Colo – Enrique
    Guti – Barton – Butt – Duff
    Ameobi – Martins/Owen

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  • Matt

    Nov 14, 2008 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #36

    Taylors out so hopefuly it will be.

    Given
    Beye Colo Bassong Enrique
    Jonas Barton Guthrie Duff
    Martins Owen/Ameobi

    No doubts Butt will get the nod over guthrie though even though he’s been a bit slap dash over the past few weeks/years.

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  • bruTOOON

    Nov 14, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #37

    zoggy,guthrie and bassong need to at least play 15 mins from end….

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  • rooks

    Nov 14, 2008 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #38

    Zog has been disappointing me n all – by not being given a a game. Duff for all his running hasn’t actually acheived much these last few games

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  • NE1

    Nov 14, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #39

    Rumours abound that Keane has walked (probably with his dog) at Stadium of Sh*t

    You heard it here first

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  • AO

    Nov 14, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #40

    just looking at matts team for saturday and this has to be the worst newcastle side since they were promoted. Only given would make the spurs starting 11 and maybe collocini and owen on the bench. Truly woeful.

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