With all the new controversy surrounding Newcastle and Kevin Keegan these last couple of days, it is important that Newcastle beat Ipswich today, and secure all 3 points.
We understand the 3 man Premier League Tribunal will be meeting over the weekend, and is expected to announce their verdict on Monday, in what could be a huge financial decision against the Newcastle club, by as much as £10M.
If the lads can secure 3 points before that it will help to cushion the blow because despite the continuing circus that Ashley has brought to the Tyneside club we are after all, trying to get promoted back to the Premier League this season.
The injury list at Newcastle has risen considerably with Ameobi, Gutierrez, Kadar, Simpson and Barton all injured, with only Simpson has any chance of making the side tomorrow as he will take a late fitness test.
If Simpson misses out, which we expect, Chris could being in Ryan Taylor at right back, but we ‘d much prefer to see Zurab Khizanishvili get his first start at the club at center back or right back.
Steve Taylor could potentially be moved to right-back but we’d prefer Zurab to start there.
And foc ourse Danny Guthrie will miss the game a penalty for his sending off at Peterborough on Tuesday night.
Marlon Harwood will also be in the squad and we expect him to be on the subs bench,, but to make his debut at some point in the seocnd half.
This is the team w’d like to see Chris start tomorrow:
Khizanishvili Taylor S. Coloccini Enrique
Geremi Smith Nolan Taylor R.
Subs: Krul Ranger Butt Tozer LuaLua Vuckic Harewood
Let us know which team you would like to see fielded tomorrow.
Ipswich manager Roy Keane has defender Gareth McAuley back in his squad for tomorrow’s game,
McAuley missed the 3-3 draw at Doncaster last weekend as he served a one-match suspension but is back as both sets of supporters pay tribute to the late Sir Bobby Robson.
The north stand at Portman Road will be officially renamed after Robson before the game and Keane will hope that his side are inspired enough to record their first league win of the campaign.
Midfielders Luciano Civelli and David Norris remain sidelined with long-term knee injuries while Ben Thatcher will not be considered after reporting late for training.
We have seen in some of our games against lowly opposition such as Plymouth Argyle and Peterborough United, that these games are not easy, and even though Ipswich are second bottom of the league, we still expect a tough game.
The match is being televised world-wide and anything but a win tomorrow for Newcastle will be a considerable disappointment.