How well Newcastle do tomorrow is very much dependent on what defense we are able to filed against an in-form Nottingham Forest side at the City ground.
If both Coloccini and Steven Taylor are fit the defense will be at its strongest and we’ll have very chance of getting our 8th clean sheet of the season, and maybe all 3 points.
But if either or both cannot make it, then we may be struggling to put in a good defensive showing.
If both players are out then it’s likely that Zurab Khizanishvili and Kadar could be in central defense, although we have a feeling that Chris Hughton may again bank on the experience of Danny Simpson at center-back and bring Ryan Taylor in at right back.
As we’ve said before this leaves us prone to an aerial attack from Forest, and we’d prefer for 19 year-old Tamas Kadar to be given his chance alongside Zurab at the back.
Elsewhere Newcastle should be at full strength, with only long term injured players Ameobi and Barton not being available.
Assuming both defenders are missing tomorrow afternoon this is the team we’d like to see Chris play against Forest:
Simpson Khizanishvili Kadar Enrique
Nolan Smith (c) Guthrie Taylor R.
Subs: Krul Tozer Geremi Ranger Butt Gutierrez Lovenkrands
That’s a very strong bench, and Chris will probably have to use it well if we are indeed to get the next batch of games off to a good start.
The Forest are coming off a streak of 3 league wins in a row having beaten Plymouth away 1-0, Scunthorpe at home 2-0 and Peterborough away 2-1 – but none of these teams are in the top half of the table.
In fact all three are in the bottom 5 right now, so that win streak may be more than it’s cracked up to be, although it will give the Forest players some confidence, no doubt.
But nevertheless we do expect a very tough game from Nottingham Forest – a once great club that is hopefully on its way back to the Premier League.
It’s another sell-out (there were 500 tickets left on Friday morning) so a crowd of 30,000 should be there and the game promises to be a very good one.
It seems like the outcome will depend on how well the Newcastle defense plays, especially if Coloccini and Steven Taylor are absent.
Let’s know what team you would like to see fielded tomorrow night.
Comments always welcome.