If Newcastle can draw or win tonight’s game against Leicester City, the Tyneside club will go top of the Championship League, before August is out.
And that has to be a tribute to Chris Hughton – the gentleman coach – who has done wonders since July 1st on Tyneside.
And it may be fitting for those able to get to the game tonight, to let Chris know the Geordie fans appreciate his loyal and expert coaching during the summer.
He’s been a revelation, and we expect the lads to start tonight’s game like a bullet train.
That’s much like they did against Manchester United earlier this year. when our players in the first half seemed to be playing as if heir lives depended on winning. It was an incredible first half by the lads – but of course we eventually lost that game 2-1.
There’s an excellent article out there saying the man deserves a medal – and we have to agree with those sentiments – he’s done just great. Thanks Chris.
Newcastle midfield pair Joey Barton and Nicky Butt are expected to be passed fit for tonight, but we suspect Guthrie and Smith will start in central midfield.
Barton got a foot injury in the 3-0 home win over Reading on August 15th and has subsequently missed the last three games.
And Nicky Butt had to go off at half-time against Huddersfield as a precaution with a foot problem but he’s expected to be available tonight.
Newcastle have 3 strikers injured right now, with Andy Carroll, Xisco out with groin injuries and Shola Ameobi doubtful with a foot problem.
Argentine Jonas Gutierrez is doubtful as he struggles with a hamstring injury.
This is the team we think will start tonight:
Simpson Taylor S. Coloccini Enrique
Barton Guthrie Smith Taylor R.
Subs: Krul Kadar Tozer Butt LuaLua Geremi Donaldson
And there may be a surprise in that any of Shola or Jonas may start the game, since Ameobi hinted today sometimes you have to just play through the pain, and of course we have a couple of weeks before our next game, although that may be a big risk with so small a squad.
Newcastle should be fine in defense and midfield but the question is who will score the goals?
We expect Chris to tell players like Guthrie, Nolan and Ryan Taylor to push up and support 18 year-old Nile anger up front.
Leicester are managed by former Newcastle United caretaker manager and coach Nigel Pearson, and will hope to have new loan signing, 19 year-old Ryan McGivern from Manchester City, in their squad.
Striker Steve Howard is also hoping to be fit in time to face the club he held a season ticket at as a boy, as he recovers from a hamstring injury.
Leicester, like Newcastle are undefeated after their first four league matches and victory in the north east could see them climb to joint top of the Championship table.
So there;s enough in this game to ensure it’s a game both teams will want to win.
We need a win tonight, and we hope the lads can deliver so at least we’ll have about 12 days before our next game at Cardiff, of sheer bliss as we can keep looking at the Championship table. 😀
Howay The Lads.