There’s little doubt that tomorrow’s Newcastle game at Hull City, will be a watershed game for the Tyneside club for this season.
Newcastle have won only one game in their last twelve games with just 6 points out of their last 10 league games, and that’s just not good enough for Newcastle to retain their status in the Premier league.
Newcastle have both Nicky Butt and ca[ptain Michael Owen back for the game tomorrow, and we expect Nicky to get a starting place.
Michael Owen has been training now for close to 2 weeks, and he’s looking sharp, from what Chris Hughton has said, so we expect Owen to play some part in tomorrow’s vital game.
Nicky missed the game against his old club Manchester United, and he is obviously glad to be back to try to get Newcastle back on the winning trail.
Good news today that Habib Beye is back in full training, but both he and Danny Guthrie will not be ready for tomorrow’s game. Damien Duff will also not be included in the squad for tomorrow’s game because of injury.
Kevin Nolan will also miss the game, and will be serving his final game of a three match ban for his sending off against Everton.
Kevin will be available for our next home game against Arsenal and so probably will be Danny Guthrie, so it looks like we will have more than a decent squad to pick from for that game.
For tomorow’s game we expect the the side to be almost the same as the side that started against Manchester United, with Nicky Butt replacing Geremi in central midfield.
So this is the team we expect Newcastle to field for tomorrow’s vital game:
S.Taylor Coloccini Bassong Enrique
R. Taylor Butt Smith Gutierrez
Subs: Forster Cacapa Edgar Geremi Owen Ameobi Carroll
We assume that Viduka is still injured (what’s new?) so he’s not included.
Hull City will will see the return to the first team squad of Andy Dawson who missed the win at Fulham due to suspension. But George Boateng is not expected to return from injury until next season along with their record signing Jimmy Bullard, from Fulham.
Hull City are not much better off than Newcastle and the win against Fulham was their first in the league since they beat Middlesbrough in early December.
The keys of the game for Newcastle will, as always, be a strong performance from our defense, where a clean sheet has to be the aim. We also expect the lads to start the game like a steam train – and keep going, and that Chris Hughton will make full use of a strong bench.
Then we would hope that one of the strikers can get the goal or goals that will bring Newcastle a win they desperately need.
Anything less than that will be disappointing, to say the least, for success-starved Newcastle fans.