We expect an unchanged Newcastle team tonight, from that which beat Reading 3-0 on Saturday.
Joey Barton - late fitness test
But that will depend on the result of a late fitness test being given to Joey Barton, before Chris Hughton names the side for tonight’s game against the Owls.
We would expect Joey to be declared fit, after he injured his foot in Saturday’s game, while Danny Guthrie is back in the squad and Nicky Butt should return on Saturday for our tough game at Crystal Palace.
Chris Hughton said this afternoon:
“We’re still waiting on Joey, but the good news is Danny Guthrie’s in the squad, and Nicky Butt’s not far away,”
“The only one we’re waiting on is Joey. We’ll make a late decision on him. We’re fortunate that we don’t really have any other problems.”
We expect Hughton to start new loan signing Danny Simpson on the bench, with Ryan Taylor keeping the right back spot for now, but he may get on sometime in the second half tonight.
Newcastle need 3 points tonight – that’s the bottom line.