Newcastle vs WBA – Match Preview

There’s not much doubt that tonight’s game against WBA, currently in 3rd place, is Newcastle’s most important game of the season.

Currently WBA are 6 points behind Newcastle with a slightly inferior goal difference, so a win tonight could take Newcastle essentially 10 points clear of the third placed team. The top two of course get automatic promotion which is what we all want.

Throughout the rest of the season Newcastle need to keep their feet firmly on the ground and not get carried away with their own success, and continue to treat all sides with the respect we have so far this season.

If we can do that there’s a good chance that promotion will be ours, and don’t let anybody tell you it isn’t a miracle, from where we were on July 1st, when training started up.

Newcastle have no injury problems except for Joey Barton who has started training again and should be available within 3-4 weeks, we hope.

And amazingly this could well be Danny Simpson’s last game for Newcastle, as the incompetence of the owner and Managing Director in now being unable to capture a player who has waxed lyrical about the club, ever since he’s been here.

Peter Lovenkrands is not available tonight,  after the death of his father last week, and Geremi is on duty for Cameroon at the African Cup of Nations, and could well have already played his last game for the club.

There is however a report in the Evening Chronicle today that quotes Chris Hughton as saying Peter could still play, or make an appearance, and it will be completely his decision.

If Peter does appear that will be extremely emotional, especially if he scores a goal – the crowd will just completely erupt if that happens tonight.

We expect Chris Hughton to field the following side:

Simpson Taylor (S) Coloccini Enrique
Guthrie Smith (c) Nolan Gutierrez
Ameobi Carroll
Subs: Krul Kadar Tozer Butt Taylor (R) Ranger Pancrate

For WBA, Chris Brunt and Gianni Zuiverloon are both fit and a near full-strength West Bromwich Albion side will start tonight at St. James’ Park against the Championship leaders.

WBA were well beaten 3-1 at home against promotion rivals Nottingham Forest in their last game, and were decidedly second best, but we expect them to try to turn that around tonight, and take all 3 points from Newcastle.

The keys to a Newcastle win tonight are another solid performance from our defense, and somebody up front who can accept the chances that we will no doubt create.

A Newcastle win tonight is what we all want to see.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • batty

    Jan 18, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #1

    1st for fckin my m8 coolj

  • batty

    Jan 18, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #2

    s taylor too score 1st

  • Roy Cropper

    Jan 18, 2010 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #3

    for the benifit of dippy richie on a previous thread i’m going for a draw.

  • Smithy

    Jan 18, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #4

    Pretty weak looking bench ,hope lovenkrands can play but understandable if not.4-2 Cmon Toon

  • Smithy

    Jan 18, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #5

    Edz times oot by an hour

  • Bill F

    Jan 18, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #6

    Looks like Lovenkrands is available and wants to play, possibly a good way to ameliorate his sad loss?

  • MacToon

    Jan 18, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #7

    I’d be gutted if it is Simpsons last game for us and it is the most important game so far this season.

    Strolla 1st goal 3-1 win

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Jan 18, 2010 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #8

    This is a MUST win game – fail in this one and the wheels on the bus could come we ll and truly off.

    I think we may just nick it but the downside of this is that FAtBoy will think the team does not need added too.

    As for Nobby and the Northern Rock deal – WTF is going on – even as a tax payer I think the club got screwed – max 0f 2.5M a year – and that only if we are in the EPL (and possibly top)


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