Liverpool vs Newcastle – Match Preview – Howay The Lads!!


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Unfortunately for Newcastle, Steven Gerrard will return from injury to lead Liverpool in the crucial game against Newcastle United tomorrow afternoon.
Gerrard has missed four games with a groin problem, but has returned to full training this week and unfortunately looks set to play against us tomorrow.

That’s hardly fair of Liverpool to bring Steven back for this game, and while he may be only around 80% fit, as Alan Shearer said during his press conference yesterday, Steven’s still one helluva player at 80% fit.

Alan Shearer has some concerns in the Newcastle back line, and defenders Jose Enrique and Steven Taylor have not traveled with the squad, and are both out injured for this game.

We expect 21 year-old Canadian David Edgar to get a start at left back, and of course David scored our only goal in December at St. James’ Park, when we were taken apart by The Reds 5-1 – our biggest defeat of the season, and also one of our worst performances to boot

However, Jonas Gutierrez (ankle) is fully fit again and Liverpudlian midfielder Joey Barton, an unused substitute against Pompey, is also included in the squad, and we expect both players to start.

Alan Shearer’s team selection is likely to be another surprise, but we expect him to play a 4-5-1 formation, and try to pack the midfield, in an attempt to hold Liverpool at bay as long as possible.

But he may not do that, and we know they’ve been working all week on a plan to do well against Liverpool, so it will be interesting to see what team he does start.

This is the side we think Alan will choose, in 4-5-1 formation, for tomorrow’s game, which has a  at 1:30 pm kick-off time.

Harper
Beye Coloccini Bassong Edgar
Duff Butt (c) Barton Smith Gutierrez
Viduka
Subs: Krul Geremi Guthrie Nolan R.Taylor Owen Martins

We really would have liked to put Andy Carroll in place of Martins on the subs bench, because he can play the Viduka role,. but we think Alan will go for experience.

While we have gone for Edgar at left-back because of his excellent play at Stoke City, Alan could also play Damien Duff at left back, or even Ryan Taylor. But we don’t see starting positions for any of our three signings in January – Nolan, Ryan Taylor or Peter Lovenkrands.

It’s interesting that Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez thinks he may find it tough against Newcastle tomorrow, as he talked about the game:

“It is a difficult situation when a club keeps changing the manager,” “Alan Shearer is there now but it is too soon to know what real effect that has had.”

“But I have watched some videos of games, and I could see the passion from their team and the work-rate, they are trying very hard to make things change.”

“We beat them 5-1 away this season, but this time it will be different. It is so close to the end of the season and they are fighting for their lives so it will be a tough game.”

“We do not expect to score five again, it is too important now for them and us. It will not be easy in any way.” “They are under pressure, against Portsmouth in midweek they were working very hard and their commitment was fantastic.”

“They are playing for something now. They will fight for everything to the end.”

Some good words from Rafa about the team under Alan Shearer, and that’s nice to see.

We keep hearing from the players that Shearer has instilled a new belief in them,  but we have yet to really see that on the field of play, although for the first 70 minutes against Pompey, the lads ran their legs off.

We hope Rafa is right, and Newcastle put up a terrific fight tomorrow, because Newcastle United are nothing if not a proud club with loyal  supporters.

And a point tomorrow would be just great, and a win would be a dream, from which we’d probably have to wake up from – unfortunately.   😀

Howay The Lads!!


199 comments so far

  • Turkish Magpie

    May 2, 2009 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #1

    dont want to talk about or say anything about this game, i cant be bothered with another defeat, i’ve lost all hope i’m afraid 🙁

    but ever the optimist NUFC, please prove me wrong

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  • Tom4Nufc

    May 2, 2009 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #2

    I don’t believe we will stay up, though there is always a chance… I have never believed in God before, though if we win, and stay up I will be converted forever!

    HOWAY THE LADS!!!!!

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  • NicoGF

    May 2, 2009 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #3

    With no word from Gonzalez, I another typical Newcastle United loss is coming up! It will be 20 games in a row having won only one of them.

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  • Widowmaker

    May 2, 2009 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #4

    I am not expecting anything, but a little surprise would be lovely.

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  • chuck

    May 2, 2009 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #5

    Ed, who is the “WE” you refer to, doubt if if it means anyone posting here, as we all have our own opinions.
    Here`s mine,
    Harper
    Beye Colo Bassong Enrique(if fit) else Edgar
    Gutierrez Smith Barton Duff
    Viduka Owen
    Martins Krull Butt Nolan Lovenkrands
    Am I right in thinking that theres only five allowed on the bench ?

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  • sirjasontoon

    May 2, 2009 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #6

    I have zero hope for this game.
    Liverpool are far superior to us in every department,they play as a team,have creative players…we will roll over and be shafted as usual.

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  • G 2

    May 2, 2009 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #7

    I just hope our goal difference doesn’t take a beating! And Villa smash Hull on Monday.

    Martins must play, only pace we got and its Liverpools only real weakness. Predict 4-0 Liverpool and a vintage performance from that tosser Gerrard.

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  • Big Dave

    May 2, 2009 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #8

    sirjasontoon im afraid i have to agree with you but i hope we are wrong m8. it would be dream to get something from the game but I just hope it is not a hammering we get

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  • darrowb1

    May 2, 2009 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #9

    G2 u say it is our only pace that we have got, what about loverkrands

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  • oba_9

    May 2, 2009 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #10

    howay man lads, so much negativity, i dont like it.
    i think we can go to anfield and get a result. we have to believe in the team, otherwise we will not get out of this mess. my team would be:
    harper
    beye coloccini bassong duff
    guttierez barton butt lovenkrands
    viduka martins
    bench: krul r.taylor edgar guthrie a.smith owen carroll
    stay positive guys, we will stay up 😀

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  • Toon Graeme

    May 2, 2009 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #11

    Keep the faith lads. Results went our way and its another week under Shearer. Im heading off to the toon for a few beers.

    NicoGF – What no Im gonna support liverpool if Nacho doesnt play statement tonight – Aye clocked you last night you prick.

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  • Toon Graeme

    May 2, 2009 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #12

    – should say for a few beers and watch the match.

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  • batty

    May 2, 2009 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #13

    nacho shoudnt play if he does we will lose 20 0

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  • Shot Bru

    May 2, 2009 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #14

    My team for tomorrow:

    Harper
    Beye Colo Bassong Duff

    Guthrie Smith

    Jonas Barton Lovenkrands

    Viduka

    I know Viduka isn’t the most mobile, but if they can play it into his feet with Jonas, loven and Barton supporting on the counter, we could nick a goal. Wishful thinking i guess. Just as long as we don’t get humped.

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  • Big Dave

    May 2, 2009 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #15

    oba_9 im trying reverse pshycology as i have allways had faith in the toon. but lately i even started to think i was scudding us by wearing my top watching the match lol how sad is that lol

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  • Toon Graeme

    May 2, 2009 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #16

    Big dave – me too with the shirt mate lol

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  • Widowmaker

    May 2, 2009 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #17

    I think the best way to play against Liverpool defence is by using the pace of Oba and Loven. The duke is great in holding the ball but I don’t expect our team to be anywhere near effective aginst Liverpool. Some magic moement from our one or two players is our only hope.

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  • Tooony

    May 2, 2009 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #18

    Yep, I said yesterday that Alan is unlikely to play 4-3-3 and I seem to be right.
    Howay the lads!!!

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  • workyticket

    May 2, 2009 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #19

    Big Dave’s comment got me thinking. Does anyone know how many sports psychologists are working at NUFC?

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  • Big Dave

    May 2, 2009 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #20

    Tooony i watched an AL interview earlier and he laughed at the suggestion of 3 up front i think a 5 man mid will be more like the team he will put out.

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  • beyethegreat

    May 2, 2009 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #21

    who is watching the barca match ?

    also who is watchin the hatton fight

    howay hatton

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  • workyticket

    May 2, 2009 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #22

    beyethegreat // May 2, 2009 at 8:46 PM

    “who is watching the barca match ?

    also who is watchin the hatton fight

    howay hatton”

    The Barcelona match is over Beye. It’s bloody criminal how many goals they score!

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  • workyticket

    May 2, 2009 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #23

    They should let us have a few!

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  • workyticket

    May 2, 2009 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #24

    6-2 against Real Madrid!

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  • beyethegreat

    May 2, 2009 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #25

    worky

    i know i am so jealous lionel messi would solve all our problems well maybe not all our problems but alot of them

    do you wreckon barca would swap teams for the last part of the season lol

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  • workyticket

    May 2, 2009 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #26

    beyethegreat // May 2, 2009 at 8:59 PM

    “do you wreckon barca would swap teams for the last part of the season lol”

    Shola for Messi would do me like Beye! Maybe they could throw in Henry and Yaya Toure as a ‘makeweight’ too.

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  • beyethegreat

    May 2, 2009 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #27

    yeah worky maybe they can give us there academy aswell it might not sound much but with their academy we could be world beaters with in 10 years

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  • Big Dave

    May 2, 2009 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #28

    workyticket you cant be serious about swapping bambi for that lot we would need to get £sss aswell m8. I am looking forward to seeing the team for tomorrow to see if MO gets playing or on the bench, i honestly think if he is dropped thats him away, but wouldn’t be sweet if he played and got a hat trick

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  • workyticket

    May 2, 2009 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #29

    Aye Beye. The thing about Madrid and Barcelona is they’re so bloody huge. Two cities of several million, and only two teams. Their academy even has it’s own stadium, and it’s like a small Premiership ground.

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  • workyticket

    May 2, 2009 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #30

    two teams in each city I meant.

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  • workyticket

    May 2, 2009 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #31

    Maybe they could throw in a few more players Dave. An oldie like Eto maybe?

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  • beyethegreat

    May 2, 2009 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #32

    worky that is true but the population of barcelona is like 2 mil?

    what is the population of the entire north east

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  • Shot Bru

    May 2, 2009 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #33

    Worky Madrid also has Rayo Vallecano.

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  • workyticket

    May 2, 2009 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #34

    The whole conurbation of Tyneside is under a million Beye.

    Newcastle, 250,000
    The ‘Heed, 200,000
    Gosforth, 50,000

    and the rest which is quite alot.

    Madrid’s more like Six Million for the whole area (3.5 million for the city)

    Not quite sure about Barcelona exactly.

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  • workyticket

    May 2, 2009 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #35

    Barclona’s about 1.65 million, and over 4 million for the whole sprawl.

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  • beyethegreat

    May 2, 2009 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #36

    worky

    but then you have all these other areas to scout from

    sunderland 100 000
    middlesborugh 100 000
    co durham 250 000(if not more)
    northyorkshire ?

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  • workyticket

    May 2, 2009 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #37

    Shot Bru // May 2, 2009 at 9:28 PM

    “Worky Madrid also has Rayo Vallecano.”

    Aye, you’re right Shot Bru, but it’s a small team.

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  • workyticket

    May 2, 2009 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #38

    It’s like Fulham only even smaller!

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  • workyticket

    May 2, 2009 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #39

    QPR maybe

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  • workyticket

    May 2, 2009 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #40

    You do have a point though Shot Bru.

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