Newcastle vs Crystal Palace – Match Preview


Newcastle play an important league game tonight, against the in-form Crystal Palace, and will be going all out for a win.


In our last 5 league games we have only 4 draws and a win, so that’s 8 points we’ve dropped in 5 games, and in fact 8 points that Nottingham Forest have gained on us since 12th December.

Currently we are level with Forest on 52 points, with only a slightly better goal difference. which may not last long, with \Forest scoring so many goals.

A win is vital tonight, because it can take us 3 points clear of Forest and 8 points clear of WBA.

Newcastle have Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor and Joey Barton out injured for tonight’s game, with Ryan Taylor suspended, and Geremi not available.

With the signing of Wayne Rutledge, we would expect him to start on the right wing, but the big question is who will play at right back tonight.

It could be 18 year old James Tavanier, Ryan Donaldson, who played there when Ryan left the field on Saturday, Danny Guthrie or even Nicky Butt, who is fit again.

Nicky certainly has the experience and may be preferred there, although we think that Hughton will plump for Danny Guthrie.

Peter Lovenkrands is also available, following the tragic loss of his father, and we expect to start thew game alongside the in-form Andy Carroll.

And the Evening Chronicle is suggesting that Mike Williamson is all ready to start should the paper-work come through on his move to the Magpies – we will assume Mike will not be in the squad tonight, since he hasn’t played a first team game for 5 months.

Here’s the side we expect Chris to field tonight:

Harper
Guthrie Coloccini Kadar Enrique
Routledge Smith (c) Nolan Gutierrez
Carroll Lovenkrands
Subs: Krul Tozer Ameobi Ranger Butt Donaldsson Pancrate

That’s not  a bad starting eleven at all, and we expect Kadar to start in central defense.

Crystal Palace were placed in administration yesterday, so we’re not sure what impact that will have on their players for tonight’s game.

Kevin Nolan thinks they will be pumped up, and of course Neil Warnock will have his troops ready, especially after we won 2-0 at Selhurst Park back on August 22nd.

We would hope for both a clean sheet tonight, and a win.

The performance of the defense will be important, since we have conceded 6 goals against the good looking WBA side in our last couple of games, and we need to get back to closing the door at the back.

Both Carroll and Lovenkrands have been in good form lately, so we would hope for some early goals to calm the nerves.

Comments welcome.



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13 comments so far

  • MacToon

    Jan 27, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #1

    RB will certainly prove a problem tonight and I don’t see Guthrie there but probably wrong again.

    If we are to win the CCC or atleast get promoted automatically these are the games we should be getting all 3 points from.

    Looking forward to watching Routlidge tonight and the team should be alot more balanced in the future. Fingers crossed we don’t get any more injuries.

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  • tdt

    Jan 27, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #2

    ————-Harper————-
    Kadar–Collo–Williamson–Enrique
    Routledge–Smith–Nolan–Jonas
    ——–Carroll—Lovenkrands——-

    Hopefully Wiiliamson will sign in time, if not then I agree with Ed’s line-up.

    I also hope the 2 other signings Hughton was on about are vaughan and M.Taylor. The experience for a 30-year-old defender and the talent of a fast young striker is exactly what we need.

    Oh howthe perspective can change in a mere 24-hours. I almost have confidence in our team to perform now… but we shall see.

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  • Toonmadtom

    Jan 27, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #3

    lets hope routledge scores on his debut, that would be great for his confidence

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  • Will

    Jan 27, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #4

    I like your line-up Ed as Kadar was doing well against WBA in general.

    tdt – i hope it really is a case of “crossing the Ts and dotting the Is” as Hughton says as he may well be in the frame. A little harsh denying Kadar though, i think 😉

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  • tdt

    Jan 27, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #5

    Indeed, however I think Kadar can also do a job for us at right-back, more so than any other fit player currently on the books in fact.

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  • Aza9

    Jan 27, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #6

    ————-Harper————-
    Jonas–Collo–Kadar–Enrique
    Guthrie–Smith–Nolan–Routledge
    ——–Carroll—Lovenkrands——-

    If Williamson isn’t signed in time i think this line-up would do well. Jonas has experience playing this position for Argentina and would give us more cutting edge down the right than a natural CB would. Don’t think you can take Guthrie out of the side with the quality he brings from set-pieces.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 27, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #7

    Moses and Ambrose would give us what we desperately need : goals, movement, passing and creativity from midfield.

    Smith never scores,Nolan never creates, sow e have a dilemma, plus both are getting on a bit.

    Although pleased with Routledge to a degree, in Palace’s position, we should be banging their door down, as we could never afford these players in normal circumstances.

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  • geordielad880

    Jan 27, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #8

    newcastle have made an approach for ibrahim sonko, and moses has been spotted at the newcastle training ground, dont really believe the moses story, but the sonko one is definately true

    http://www.tribalfootball.com/stoke-defender-sonko-leaving-hull-newcastle-602751

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  • Aza9

    Jan 27, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #9

    Sonko story must definitely be true…because tribalfootball is reporting it 🙂 as for Moses, if West Brom can’t afford him because top flight clubs (including City) are after him, how will we ever afford him?

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  • geordielad880

    Jan 27, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #10

    Aza9 i cant see how either, he will cost around £3million, newcastle are more likely to go for someone like cousin or vaughan on loan. The sun are also reporting about sonko, as are various radio stations. It was on the transfer centre on sky sports this morning, that moses was spotted at sunderland, that sounds more probable, I think guiterrez will play right back tonight, with guthrie on the left wing, and routledge on right wing.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 27, 2010 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #11

    But investing in youth was I thought Ashley’s saving grace and 3M for Moses is a pittance, when you think of the millions we’ve wasted.

    If we do manage to scramble promotion, how on earth are we going to afford good players then.

    Moses and Ambrose would be for now and the future.

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  • geordielad880

    Jan 27, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #12

    yeah rotonda heights its a good investment, and ashley only seems keen to sign players who have a good resale value, and both fit the bill, and also add youth and pace to the side. I also like the look of dorrans from west brom, real creative flair player, something we lack, and would be alot better buy then say joe ledley

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  • Tom Mo.

    Jan 27, 2010 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #13

    moses will not play tonight

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