Newcastle vs Stoke City – Match Preview

Newcastle have an excellent chance to follow up their last two draws away from home against Chelsea and Middlesbrough, with a win tomorrow at home to Stoke City.

A win tomorrow will take us above Stoke in the league, and we just have to start winning games, and tomorrow is a good time to get our first win in 5 games.

We expect Kinnear to name an unchanged starting eleven tomorrow and the line-up could be as follows:

Beye Coloccini Bassong Enrique
Gutierrez Butt Guthrie N’Zogbia
Martins Owen (c)
Subs: Harper Cacapa Taylor Geremi Viduka Carroll LuaLua

The only change in the line-up from last week is to have LuaLua in place of David Edgar so we can concentrate more on attack as the game requires.

But these are the games we just have to win if we are to lift ourselves out of the relegation zone, and the keys to winning this game tomorrow seem straight forward:

  • The defense has to be as good as they have been in our last two away games and it would be good to get our first clean sheet at home since Joe Kinnear arrived. We’d also like to see Enrique play the easy ball more, and not keep giving the ball away – but there are signs the young Spaniard is gaining in confidence, which is very good to see, after a difficult season so far.
  • Continuing good displays from  Guthrie and Butt in central midfield, from which our attacks will come.
  • Attacking play from our two wingers Gutierrez and N’Zogbia who could give the Stoke defense everything they can handle.
  • A good strategy to overcome the throw-ins from Rory Delap, although we expect Bassong and Coloccini to again be dominant in the air.
  • Sharp finishing from both Oba Martins and Michael Owen, and especially Michael, after least week’s disappointing performance.

Joe talked about the game to nufcTV today:

“I think we’ll go very offensive and test them,” “We have enough firepower to get something out of the game and I’ll be telling the lads to go for the jugular from the off.”

“I have been delighted in all our previous home matches, other than the late equalizer we conceded against Wigan.” “But I’ve set two benchmarks; the home win over Aston Villa and the away draw at Chelsea.”

“We’ve watched the videos of those games and keep reminding the players that we have to recapture those performances and meet that standard every week.”

“If we get beyond that then we’re a match for anybody.”

It’s good that Joe is showing the lads the films of probably our best two performances this season, and they’ll know what they need to produce tomorrow afternoon.

We need a win tomorrow, and we must have a great chance of capturing all 3 points.

Howay The Lads!

18 comments so far

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 5, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #1

    is the game tomorrow

  • Shot Bru!

    Dec 5, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #2

    Have to be really positive from the start tomorrow and make sure Jonas and Nzog see plenty of the ball, that way Owen and Martins should get some good chances. The fixtures look good for us this weekend as most of the bottom sides play the top 4.

  • The best form of defence is attack 😉

  • Shanghaitoon

    Dec 5, 2008 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #4

    Ed… it will not be the 1st clean sheet at home… Villa game was 2-0… clean sheet then as well!! lets hope we can get the results we so desperately need.

  • Ausgeordie

    Dec 5, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #5

    i have a sneaky suspicion it could be a hiding. 4 -1 to us

  • Guinea Mag

    Dec 5, 2008 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #6

    Ed, your team looks spot on but concerned about the central midfield pairing especially if we pick up an injury.

    How good is Lua Lua; is he CM or a winger or both?

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 5, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #7

    Lualua is an AM/RW.

    I’d go with Ed’s team except Ranger for Carroll and Kadar for Cacapa (get Kadar primed for more action when Cacapa leaves in January).

  • torontoon

    Dec 5, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #8

    i rather have xisco on the bench than carroll or viduka. he’s a torres in the making

  • Teddy

    Dec 5, 2008 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #9

    spider man to score this weekend.

    i dont like the owen oba pairing, wat everyone else think?

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 5, 2008 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #10

    torontoon – he is injured and I doubt it, but he will be a good player.

  • Lars

    Dec 5, 2008 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #11

    Beye Coloccini Taylor Bassong
    Gutierrez Butt Guthrie N’Zogbia
    Owen (c) Martins

    Subs: Harper Edgar Geremi Viduka Carroll LuaLua Enrique

  • torontoon

    Dec 5, 2008 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #12


    think he’ll get a card for it though?

  • Karltoon

    Dec 5, 2008 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #13

    Read an interview where he said he wont be doing it.. Which i thought was weird cause afterwards i’ve read 2 or 3 interviews from Keegan saying he couldnt wait to see the spiderman mask..
    Unless he was just taunting FIFA for such a ridiculous rule

  • Karltoon

    Dec 5, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #14

    Teddy – I agree, but it’s not the fact they’re both small.. They just dont seem to play that well together.. Mind it must be hard to predict what Martins is going to do.. But for £100k a week i think i could develop a hellish partnership with him..

    Personally im all for Viduka when properly fit.. An unmatchable touch of class.. Shame we’ve got him at the wrong end of his career..

  • toonbully

    Dec 5, 2008 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #15

    I just think CLEAN SHEETS all the way if we have nil against then we put pressure on them and goals will happen, …i think….

  • carabay

    Dec 6, 2008 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #16

    im nufc fan
    from somali
    ilike nufc the best team premiership
    today game home nufc 6 0 Stoke City owen3 oba2 vuduka1

  • carabay

    Dec 6, 2008 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #17
    im fan nufc
    from somali

  • Heavy hitters

    Dec 6, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #18

    I would play Bassong at CB and have Taylor and Edgar as CB backup. I dont know why Cacapa is even on the bench he actually admitted last year he was too old. The same goes for Geremi, I wouldnt give him a place on the bench neither. As good a prospect Kadar is I dont think he’s ready for first team action yet. Edgar was awesome against Liverpool reserves last week but many fans have decided he’s not good enough after two games when he played out of position whilst carrying a bad hamstring injury, sooner the kid leaves the club the better. I feel we will get 3 points today !


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