Chelsea vs Newcastle – Match Preview

The game tomorrow, at Stamford Bridge, is one of the most difficult we have had since Joe Kinnear took over as interim manager in late September.

And unfortunately we are coming off a couple of rather poor displays and results against Fulham and Wigan, when we had hoped to pick up two wins, but came away with a single point from those games, and are rooted at 4th bottom of the league, although just 2 points out of 11th place.

Newcastle are still without Viduka, Smith, Gonzalez, Taylor and Barton, but we expect captain Michael Owen to start the game. If we are to do anything at all tomorrow in London, we will need to take any half chances we get, and Michael is our best player at that.

We expect Oba Martins to also start up front with Michael with Shola Ameobi dropping down to the bench.

Joe Kinnear still is mulling over his options in defense, but we think we’ll line up with the following team:

Edgar Beye Coloccini Bassong
Guttierrez Butt Guthrie N’Zogbia
Owen Martins
Subs: Harper Enrique Cacapa Ameobi Carroll Geremi Duff

We’d like to see Beye at the center of our defense, with David Edgar coming in at right-back and Bassong reverting to left-back. Not sure if Joe will risk playing David Edgar, whom he’s never used since he’s been at the club, but David can be a solid player at full back.

One difficulty with the back four is that it shows 3 changes from last week, but we need the strongest back four we can muster tomorrow, and we think Beye and Coloccini in central defense would be a good move, because it puts the experience where we need it.

We’d also like to see Charles N’Zogbia given a run out on the left wing, in place of Duff, after the Frenchman’s sparkling form, when he was brought on last week against Wigan Athletic.  With Duff having played for Ireland in mid-week he can start on the bench.

Danny Guthrie and Nicky Butt will need to be at their very best tomorrow, if we are to have any chance of winning the midfield battle, against Chelsea’s world class midfielders.

Felipe Scolari has announced that goalkeeper Petr Cech and Joe Cole are back in the Chelsea squad, with Cech having recovered from a calf strain and Cole from a hamstring problem.

Ashley Cole, who was on the bench at WBA but not fully fit, will also be available, although Scolari thinks that both Ashley Cole and Joe Cole are still not yet fully fit.

Frank Lampard returned to training yesterday, and should be okay to play, following a rib injury.  Alex, who suffered a groin strain against Burnley, is rated possible but Juliano Belletti is definitely out.

If Newcastle are to get anything out of the game tomorrow, we will need some luck, and our defense will need to play at their very best. Our game plan should and will be to attack the opposition, to keep Chelsea honest. N’Zogbia and Gutierrez on the wings will ensure quick breaks for Newcastle.

If we can get something out of this game, it will be an excellent result for the lads, and we desperately need some good news – from anywhere – right now.

Fortune always favors the brave, and we’ll need plenty of that tomorrow if we are to a get a result.

Howay The Lads!

134 comments so far

  • NotAGhostToon

    Nov 21, 2008 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #1

    I seriously think after Fulham and Wigan were definate wins and we lost and drew and this is a definite loss, were gonna get a draw.
    If owens back in the side i have faith.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 21, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #2

    We wont win with that formation

  • Jon

    Nov 21, 2008 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #3

    OMG….Left back might be a problem but there is no way we should use Beye as a central defender. Of course we must play with Bassong and Coloccini in the heart of defence.

  • obano9

    Nov 21, 2008 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #4

    no way should beye play centre back.
    we should play:
    beye coloccini bassong enrique
    guttierez butt guthrie n’zogbia
    owen martins
    2-1 victory tomorrow
    cmon the toon!

  • dan

    Nov 21, 2008 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #5

    It will be strange if we have Riise and Smith at the same club. It was Riise’s shot( for liverpool) that broke Smith’s leg( for Man U).
    Riise would be better than Enrique but his form has been poor for about the last year. Joe is the sort of manager that could build him up tho. He is a wicked dead ball specialist aswell and maby Joe has this in mind. Nicky Butt should not be taking a clubs free kicks!
    I loved Robert for his set pieces but not much else.

  • beyethegreat

    Nov 21, 2008 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #6

    why do i have a bad feeling for tomorrow

    a bad result would be getting hammered
    an expected result would be a loss
    a draw would be an over avhievement
    a win would be unbelievable

  • dan

    Nov 21, 2008 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #7

    This will be the team Ed 😉

    Beye Bassong Coloccini N’Zogbia
    Jonas Butt Guthrie Duff
    Owen Ameobi

    Since when has JK not played Duff. And it is his old team 😉

  • Geordie69

    Nov 21, 2008 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #8

    Church is are only chance tomorrow!!!!

  • A.L 9

    Nov 21, 2008 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #9

    I just hope he doesnt drop martins, if he does it will prove he is 1 dimentional in believing that a tall striker is needed.

  • Tommy_PA

    Nov 21, 2008 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #10

    Beye Coloccini Bassong
    Jonas N’Zogbia Duff
    Ranger Martins

    Blaze of glory anyone…..

  • geordie bulldog

    Nov 21, 2008 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #11

    remember man u first game we could do it again
    oh forgot thats when we had a decent manager with passion and a good style of football and played players in correct positions
    cant see us scoring so two nil i think would have said more but drogba is suspended

  • craig chisholm

    Nov 21, 2008 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #12

    it doesnt matter who we play in the team, we will get the same result. i predict we have a good go at them in the first half, even get the better of them, they will score just before half time and we will go into the break at 1 nil down, this because we missed our chances. we will come out in the second and get hammered, prob around 4-1 to chelsea with owen getting the consolation. guthrie will see red and we will finish the game with 10 players and be faced with a selection nightmare for the next game. Dan……..i reackon your selection is about right.

  • O'Hurley

    Nov 21, 2008 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #13

    3-5-2 all the way. I totally believe in that formation. Use your two DMs as extra defenders to fill the box, put Martins in as a CAM and let a 5 man attacking front (2 wings, CAM, and 2 strikers) keep the ball out of center midfield. We will get destroyed if we even try to keep the ball anywhere near center midfield. We need to keep the defense tight and the counter attack strong. The full backs should play all out defensive the whole 90 mins. Let the DMs set up the counter attack, and then rely on Martin’s pace and finesse to wreak havoc on some Chelsea CBs and either shoot or get the ball to Owen or Shola. Then use Jonas and Zogs to terrorize the flanks and hopefully drop a bomb or two to our strikers inside the box. I don’t even think we should try to play the ball through midfield, as that’s giving Chelsea the advantage from the start. From defense to attack in the blink of an eye. That should be our goal. Cut out Chelsea’s midfield and we have a chance.


  • Davey

    Nov 21, 2008 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #14

    Sorry it’s all crap, know one knows who will be next manager. Some want Kinnear to remain in charge; others would like to see Shearer at the helm. For me personally, the last thing I would want is for Shearer to lead us at this time. In my opinion he is a risk not worth taking at the moment with the drop in view. My money would be (is) on Keegan returning – I was one of those worried about him returning previously, that was until I witnessed the teams turn around, no I’m not referring to results, but actual team performances – Again in my opinion, it was fantastic to watch slick fast passing and the pressing of opponents. Regardless of what views are on here, I side with the experts, Such as Sir Booby Robson, Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsen Wenger, Sir Bobby Charlton, Alan Shearer, Gary Lineker to name but a few who confirmed that Keegan was in no way at fault, furthermore done the right thing….! Well done KK, I support you for your principles and love of the club by you actions..!

    I know there are those who disagree and there are those who agree. Either way I want Ashley and Co out!

  • Alex

    Nov 21, 2008 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #15

    433 is the way to go tomorrow
    Edgar/ geremi Beye colo bassong
    Jonas butt Nzogbia
    Owen Ameobi Martins

    Lets just attack and go for their throats

  • james L

    Nov 21, 2008 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #16

    nout to losee the morra lads. were expected to get beat so lets give it a real go. id rather lose 8-3 knowing we have give it a shot than lose 4 – 0 and us not even having a shot.

  • Geordie69

    Nov 21, 2008 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #17

    Ranger is playing for the academy tomorrow! Tommy PA that is the team ive been going on about for days! Geremi for Guthrie though!

  • Tommy_PA

    Nov 21, 2008 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #18

    Geordie69 … 16
    I’d rather start with Guthrie, he has more of the legs, but it’s a worrying position. We need someone to break/hold up the play and we’re stuck between a youngster who can’t quite read it and Butt/Geremi who maybe can but might not get there. We need to fix that soon. Though it has to be said the defence needs to be strengthened and settled, fixing this issue would help.

    I really had visions of them throwing Ranger in, an unknown quantity for Chelsea, and watching him do something like Rooney in his first game against Arsenal! Dreaming. I just don’t know if using a battering ram approach with Carroll or Ameobi woud work.

    I live in the US now, like Ed, so any up and comers you’ve seen that would do a better job than Guthrie/Butt/Geremi or for that matter Carroll/Ameobi?

  • Shearerbliss

    Nov 21, 2008 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #19

    steve bruce for NUFC!

  • UTD111

    Nov 21, 2008 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #20

    The pressure is on Chelski tomorrow – and the longer it goes without them scoring the more the pressure will build……all their rivals are playing tomorrow….
    Yes we can expect a hammering – but the one thing I’ve learned about United over the years is we are never predictable :0))

  • Heavy hitters

    Nov 21, 2008 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #21

    Doubt Edgar will be even in the squad as he was on duty last night in Jamaica for the Canadian full international squad. Obviously Kinnear doesnt rate him anyway !

  • hitman

    Nov 21, 2008 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #22

    reet lads what yous think aboot shearer as our new manager,me id be owa the moon as im a fellow geordie,but i think who eva buys the club might look for someone with experince,thats why ive just stuck 20 quid on houllier,got to edge ya bets…

  • Geordiefan

    Nov 21, 2008 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #23


    Beye Coloccini Bassong Enrique
    Gutierrez Guthrie Butt Duff
    Owen Martins

  • hitman

    Nov 21, 2008 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #24

    the zog for duff

  • Brutooooon

    Nov 21, 2008 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #25

    beye at centre back would then make us without a good right back. edgar is not good enough except if u play reliable geremi there…..

    i still prefer zoggy and jonas on the wings and duff supporting martins the lonely striker. dont play cross ball but more on dribbling

  • belfast toon

    Nov 21, 2008 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #26

    when you think about it we have nothing to lose if we try out beye in the center this is not a game we are expected to win he is one our very best players and who knows it sounds crazy but it just might work

  • beyethegreat

    Nov 21, 2008 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #27

    hitman the main thing is that who ever gets the job is given time by both the new chairman and the fans

  • hitman

    Nov 21, 2008 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #28

    belfast,the only place beye can play is reet back,hes becoming one of the best in the prem there…we need him there

  • big al

    Nov 21, 2008 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #29

    he needs to play zog tomorrow in midfield got feeling he will play at left back wat a waste of a player

  • hitman

    Nov 21, 2008 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #30

    beye,of course,us geordies arnt daft,we know we need to give a manager time.

  • TonyGreenSupreme

    Nov 21, 2008 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #31

    We will get stuffed tomorrow against top quality opposition!
    Our team at present is simply not good enough, there are to many average players “A LA” Duff, Guthrie, Ameobi, Enrique, Butt, Geremi et al.
    I have previously witnessed 2 relegations and feel that we are heading in that direction once again. I honestly never thought we would ever be in this sad position again………

  • beyethegreat

    Nov 21, 2008 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #32


    are you sure coz i remember people chanting you dont know what your doing to big sam though the protests against souness were justified

  • big al

    Nov 21, 2008 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #33

    would like houllier to get the job but can see jk being here till end of season thats why hes talking about january transfers he wouldnt be saying all this to the press if he didnt know what was going on cant see anyone buying us when we look like where fighting a relegation battle has anyone got 250 million to chance on us staying up

  • hitman

    Nov 21, 2008 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #34

    beye, big sam played,the worst football ive seen at chateau shearer in a long geordies arnt deemanding just want us to play good footie…owt wrong with that like,us geordies would go home happy if we got beat but played well,the rest of the country think where deluded,but where not

  • Geordie69

    Nov 21, 2008 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #35

    Tommy_PA There’s nothing in our academy that could fill our DM position! Im off to watch them tomorrow again I’ll let you know how we did! Apart from Tozer, Lua Lua,Kadar and Ranger there aint really anyone that could make the break through to our first team. Tozer is at probably a year away! As for Lua Lua he’s just coming back to reserve level from his injury. I think we do have a good chance of winning the F.A Youth cup with Ranger in our team. He really is that good! The last time we won the FA youth Cup Joe Allen and Gazza played I remember watching us play Watford in the final back in 1986 I think it was!

  • Nick C0tt0n

    Nov 21, 2008 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #36

    Naaaaagh. You lot will get stuffed at the Bridge

  • beyethegreat

    Nov 21, 2008 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #37


    i agree the football was bad and i was against him coming in the first place coz of that style but i felt he was our manager and we could have stuck by him better (though it should be memtioned the sacking of allardyce had nowt to do with us)

    and about the deluded point your spot on and i think its to do with the media for example when we drew with man u chris kamara said that our expectaions had sky rocketed to champs league which was a load of bollox that was then paul merson looked in disgust as if to say what the fluff are they thinking also my teacher (who is a liverpool fan )had the nerve to criticize us when they were doing the same thing

  • Norn Iron Magpie

    Nov 21, 2008 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #38

    Hated big sam in charge meself. Negative football all the time the players must have thought they were not good enough under him. Shearer, Lee and Carver excellent. Dont have much hope for tomorrow imo but you never know with us.

  • Davey

    Nov 21, 2008 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #39

    @ Hitman It would be Keegan for me with Shearer as his number 2 and if not Shearer (as he thinks he has a god damn right to the managers position with out first proven himself!) i would opt for Liam OBrian as number 2..

  • hitman

    Nov 21, 2008 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #40

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