Hull City vs Newcastle – Match Preview


The match today against Hull City at the KC Stadium affords Newcastle the opportunity to put right the mauling we received last week against Liverpool.

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It also allows Newcastle to get off to a decent start to the year, if we can get a win today, against what will probably be a weakened Hull City side, we will go a long way to getting past last Sunday’s defeat.

Hull City have already said they will concentrate all their efforts on staying in the Premier League this season, so expect a number of changes to the side that were unluckily beaten 1-0 by Aston Villa earlier in the week in the league.

Joe Kinnear still has some injuries to contend with at Newcastle, as usual, with Nigerian striker Oba Martins (abdominal/groin) missing for another two weeks, and Habib Beye (ankle ligament) will be out for at least another eight weeks.

Both Mark Viduka (groin) and Claudio Cacapa (knee), who are two of our injury prone players leaving Newcastle in the summer are set for two to three-week lay-offs, and Joey Barton (knee) and Alan Smith (ankle) are both still out until the end of the month.

But we are hoping that Butt and Enrique will both be fit to start the game, and with presumably Shay Given never wanting to leave Newcastle yesterday, or so we are told, then we expect Joe to name the following starting eleven

Given
Taylor Coloccini Bassong Enrique
Gutierrez Butt Guthrie N’Zogbia
Owen Ameobi
Subs: Harper Edgar Geremi Kadar Duff LuaLua Carroll

We are assuming Joe will prefer N’Zogbia to Duff on the left wing, but you never know.

And we are also assuming Shola Ameobi can start the game up front to give a little height and physical presence to the forward line, which lacks it with Duff and Owen both up there together.

If we forget about the Liverpool game, the way we had been playing before then –  we should be able to get through this round and get Newcastle into the hat for the 4th round draw, which will take place  tomorrow.

But of course with last week’s below par performance, which seemed to really upset our goalkeeper Shay Given,  it’s unclear which team will turn up today at the KC Stadium.

If we perform anywhere like we did last Sunday we will be out of the cup by 5:00 pm today.

The fact that Bassong is back in the back four for Newcastle should help a lot and so should Jose Enrique, as long as he is fully recovered this time, since we seemed to play Enrique and Ameobi last week when both were still injured.

With any lick, we should be able to get a win today, but of course with Newcastle, you just never know.

Comments welcome.



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13 comments so far

  • Dennis Twice

    Jan 3, 2009 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #1

    Harper

    Taylor Coloccini Bassong Enrique
    Gutierrez Butt Guthrie N’Zogbia
    Owen Duff

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  • ELFER

    Jan 3, 2009 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #2

    Feel like we will build up the confidence of Hull today, becouse they will fight us down and we will only watch how they grow and grow on confidence…we do not have a fighting spirit!

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 3, 2009 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #3

    Ive got a feeling that it will be a different story than last week against Liverpool.

    If we can show fighting spirit and determination for 90 mins and even a 0 – 1 win will be enough for me.

    Would love to see some of the young lads play and step upto the plate so to speak.

    Guess we will have to wait until team sheet is released.

    If Phil Brown sticks by his word he should use his bench warmers but Ive got a feeling he will send out a strong team against we.

    Whats everyone’s score predictions?

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  • craig chisholm

    Jan 3, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #4

    i would drop given and owen as they are leaving and their priorities lie elsewhere. we will loose today anyway though so it matters not. our team is shit and ashley will not give any money to rebuild it either, the fat stinking cnut is a tosser.

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  • ELFER

    Jan 3, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #5

    And why do you constantly include Zogg into the starting eleven? He was ver poor…the goal he scored was ok, but Duff scored also. Zoggy needs to learn to defend also during the 90 minits!

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  • Grhbell

    Jan 3, 2009 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #6

    If we play to anywhere near to the level we where acheiving before the Liverpool game we will at least get a replay

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  • Dennis Twice

    Jan 3, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #7

    Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear last night admitted he could be powerless to prevent Shay Given from quitting the club.

    Given

    Kolo Bridge

    Parker

    Bellamy SantaCruz

    …..

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  • wigaz

    Jan 3, 2009 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #8

    I’d play vs hull:
    ======Harper======
    Taylor=Colo=Bassong=Enrique
    Jonas=Guthrie=Zog=Duff==
    ===Owen===Shola=====

    We need creativity in CM Butt & Guthrie dont provide that plus Butt will get skinned by geovanni. On another subject ED (I’ll prob get grieve for this) but how class would it be if Smith can come back & BE the player he once was? strong aggressive & could actually score! it would save us a lot of money & would make us play better. You never know maybe he’s been away for all this time with Shearer at striker boot camp & he’ll come back & save us! lol! getting carried away but it would be good. If we can get Barton & Smith in the team playin well ( big if for Smith) we’ll have more fight in us.

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  • GOERDIE IN NORWAY

    Jan 3, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #9

    NOT AMEOBI…..

    NOT GOOD ENOUGH

    NOT QUICK ENOUGH

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  • Guinea Mag

    Jan 3, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #10

    I don’t believe JFK will risk any players if not 100% fit so my team for today is:

    Given
    Taylor Coloccini Bassong N’Zogbia
    Gutierrez Butt Guthrie Duff
    Owen Carroll
    Subs: Harper Edgar Geremi Kadar LuaLua Xisco Ranger

    I would like to see Xisco given a chance as he cost a fair packet but not played much this season….

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  • The Entertainers

    Jan 3, 2009 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #11

    My feeling is he will play Duff ahead of Shola, as JFK likes to keep it tight away from home in the first half.

    Shola will come of the bench at some point though.

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  • Ageordiedoonsooth

    Jan 3, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #12

    I hope I’m wrong but I have really bad vibes about the cup match today & the rest of the season.
    Ashley must get his hand in his pocket & buy at least 2 bug players & get another 3 in on loan.

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  • Tom

    Jan 3, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #13

    Assuming that Enrique is fit to start

    Given
    Taylor, Colo, Bass, Enrique
    Jonas, Guthrie, Geremi, N’Zogbia
    Owen, Carroll

    Harper, Edgar, LuaLua, Duff, Ameobi, Kadar, Butt (I thought the FA cup was the old fashioned 5 man bench. If thats the case, I drop Edgar and Butt).

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