Owen Starts and Enrique Retains Place


Newcastle captain Michael Owen returns to the side for his first start since injuring his groin several weeks ago in training.

It’s local boy Shola Ameobi who makes way for the captain, and Owen will partner Oba Martins in attack, with both players have 6 goals to their credit this season.

Danny Guthrie, as expected, replaces Joey Barton (knee) in central midfield, while Sebastien Bassong continues in the center of our defense, in place of the injured Steven Taylor (groin). It will be a big test for the 22 year-old Frenchman, who will up against Nicolas Anelka.

And Jose Enrique surprisingly keeps his place at left-back after having a poor game against Wigan Athletic last week.

17 year-old Kazenga LuaLua is named among the Newcastle substitutes for the first time since the final day of last season, with Cameroon star Geremi not even on the bench this afternoon.

For Chelsea, English Internationals Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard are passed fit and both start.

TEAMS

Chelsea: Petr Cech, Jose Bosingwa, Ashley Cole, Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry (c), John Obi Mikel, Frank Lampard, Joe Cole, Florent Malouda, Deco, Nicolas Anelka
Subs: Michael Ballack, Scott Sinclair, Wayne Bridge, Paulo Ferreira, Salomon Kalou, Carlo Cudicini, Mineiro

Newcastle United:
Shay Given, Habib Beye, Jose Enrique, Sebastien Bassong, Fabricio Coloccini, Danny Guthrie, Nicky Butt, Damien Duff, Jonas Gutierrez, Oba Martins, Michael Owen (c)
Subs: Steve Harper, Charles N’Zogbia, Claudio Cacapa, David Edgar, Kazenga LuaLua, Shola Ameobi, Andy Carroll

Referee: Phil Dowd



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78 comments so far

  • Tom4Nufc

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #1

    Zoggers should be playing…. a mistake.

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  • Darling27

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #2

    Not a bad line up. Good to see Lua Lua on the bench

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  • Obafan

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #3

    Not a bad line-up and we should be able to counter quite sharp with both Oba and Owen.

    One thing that is missing in this team is a centra

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  • Obafan

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #4

    One thing that is missing is a central creative midfielder. Butt will have a very hard game today against Lampard.

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  • Daniel

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #5

    Guthrie is fairly creative, he’s no Deco but he’s not bad either. Wish Zog was starting but apart from that its not bad.

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  • Spyro

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #6

    no Zog 🙁

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  • Nsam115

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #7

    Anyone got links to watch the game?

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  • Alex

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #8

    well Oba & Owen up front means no long ball tactics 🙂

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  • We only have 1 option to change this game but Chelsea have 3. No point playing Ameobi in this game Terry will have him for breakfast so its not suprising he is the one who makes way. At least we are going to attack them not park the team bus infront of the goal.

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  • TonyGreenSupreme

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #10

    I admire the optimism, however our team is crap and devoid of any creativity/flare in the midfield.
    This will be a severe test.
    Prediction; Chelsea 4 NUFC 0………………

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  • Dom.

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #11

    Can’t believe the Zog isn’t playing. Give Lua Lua a run out!

    Anyone got a link?

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #12

    Alex- thats good 😀

    Ranger for Edgar and Geremi for Carrol

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  • benn..

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #13

    yess lualua on the bench, he will come on and score today.

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #14

    Alex- i meant Zog should play, sorry

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  • michael12

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #15

    I do not know about that. I think we can take all three points. It seems like one of those days to me. Just one of those days.

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  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #16

    anyone got that justin tv link?

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  • cc

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #17

    ne1 got any mtch links?

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  • Daniel

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #18

    Tony, Guthrie can pick out a pass and with attacking wingers who’ll happily run at them you can’t say we don’t have any flare. Chelsea will probably outclass us today, but at least it looks like we’re going to have a go.

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #19

    It’s not on tv i dont think even justin tv

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  • ObaFan2

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #20

    sop://broker1.sopcast.com:3912/6029

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  • TonyGreenSupreme

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #21

    Daniel,
    We are unable to retain the ball for any length of time and our passing is awful.
    The team/squad is simply not good enough.
    We will be chasing Chelsea’s shadows all afternoon.
    If we can somehow scrape a point i will be ecstatic.

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  • GOERDIE IN NORWAY

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #22
  • Jinal

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #23
  • Here is a few links for the game:

    1)http://livefooty.doctor-serv.com/sat22.11/Chelsea_Newcastle.html

    2)http://livefooty.doctor-serv.com/sat22.11/Chelsea_Newcastle2.html

    3)http://livefooty.doctor-serv.com/sat22.11/Chelsea_Newcastle3.html

    You might have to download some stuff to play them.

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #25

    Werent we all like this for the villa game? and look what happened !

    Lets stay optimistic

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  • beyethegreat

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #26

    atoon fan on justin.tv said the game will be on this

    http://www.fokrul.com/channel4.html

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  • beyethegreat

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #27

    turk mag

    i like your spirit

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 22, 2008 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #28

    Beyethegreat-as always 😀

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  • Ganiyu

    Nov 22, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #29

    Same old story we would loose with duff and chicken head enrique playing match score 2-0.but something strange is going to happen.

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  • Spyro

    Nov 22, 2008 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #30

    we have started brightly

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  • Nick Cotton

    Nov 22, 2008 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #31

    Ganiyu and spyro neeeargh.

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  • Rob Lee

    Nov 22, 2008 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #32

    Anyone got a decent link to the game? just tried that fokrul.com but dont get it!

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  • nate dawg

    Nov 22, 2008 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #33

    433 with martin owen and jonas up top not to bad least we havin a go

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  • SKY

    Nov 22, 2008 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #34

    why has joe started with duuf,instead off the zog,prat

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 22, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #35

    All you can hear is

    Newcastle,Newcastle,Newcastle,Newcastle,Newcastle,Newcastle,

    Talk about the best fans!

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  • Spyro

    Nov 22, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #36

    Bassong has been good so far

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  • SKY

    Nov 22, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #37

    its all chelski

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  • Rob Lee

    Nov 22, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #38

    Anyone? the match? live? internet? anyone?

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  • cc

    Nov 22, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #39

    rob lee follow post 22

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  • Nick Cotton

    Nov 22, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #40

    Rob comment 22, I have that and its ok.

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