Leicester City vs Newcastle – Match Preview


Tomorrow’s game at Leicester gives the Newcastle team an opportunity to show how good they are, with this game being televised live around the world.

In what has been a successful week in the transfer market for Newcastle United, especially the last couple of days, Newcastle have brought in four new players. That’s in addition to the earlier signing of Danny Simpson form Manchester United.

Wayne Routledge of QPR and Mike Williamson from Portsmouth have both been signed to three and a half year deals, and today the Newcastle club announced the loan capture of  QPR defender Fitz Hall, through the end of the season.

Also this morning, Newcastle said they had signed Chelsea’s 19 year-old Dutch left back Patrick Van Aanholt, on loan for a month, as cover for the injured Jose Enrique.

So things are looking up right now at the club,. and we are still hoping for Victor Moses to arrive.

We know that Real Madrid may be interested, but he’ll never get a game there, and we understand he is keen to play first team football – which he will get at Newcastle United. It’s a no-brainer for the lad isn’t it?  😀

With all this good news anything but a win tomorrow afternoon at Leicester City will be a disappointment.

But let’s make no mistake, the Foxes will give us a very tough game tomorrow afternoon in the late game – the game kicks off at 5:20 pm local time.

Manager Nigel Pearson will have his side ready against his former club, just like he did when Leicester came of Newcastle on the last day of August, and outplayed us for much of that game, but Newcastle eventually scraped by in that game and won 1-0.

And there’s a good chance that Newcastle will start three of their new players tomorrow with Mike Williamson, Wayne Routledge and Patrick Van Aanholt all in the frame to start the game.

Williamson showed on Wednesday night, that we may not miss Steven Taylor too much when he’s out injured with injured knee ligaments, and if Mike keeps playing the way he played Wednesday night, he’ll be pushing strongly for a first team starting place .

In fact when Steven returns he could slot in at right back, if Coloccini and Williamson continue to play well over the next several weeks.  What a back four that would be !

Newcastle have a boatload of injuries right now with Barton, Steven Taylor, Jose Enrique, Danny Simpson and Shola Ameobi all out injured.

However, Ryan Taylor is available again following his one game ban for being sent off  last Saturday at WBA, and Argentine winger Jonas Gutierrez has recovered from his slight injury of Wednesday night.

We don’t even know if Geremi has returned  from the African Cup of Nations – which reminds us – we need to move Geremi out of the club by next Monday, and that will help cut the wage bill.

Chris Hghton will still have some selection decisions to make, and we think the following side will start the game:

Harper
Taylor (R) Coloccini Williamson Van Aanholt
Routledge Smith (c) Nolan Gutierrez
Carroll Lovenkrands
Subs: Krul Kadar Tozer Butt Guthrie Ranger Pancrate

That starting eleven may be a little hard on Tamas Kadar, who has looked solid in the last couple of games, and Tamas could start tomorrow in either full-back position tomorrow, and it wouldn’t surprise us.

He started at right back on Wednesday night and then switched to left back when Frenchman Fabrice Pancrate came on to replace the injured Jose Enrique.

So Tamas has already played across the back four for Newcastle, and we continue to believe this boy will have a great future at the club.

But that’s a good starting eleven, and we’re looking forward to seeing how Routledge performs tomorrow , since he looked threatening when he was on against Crystal Palace, and of course set up Ranger’s injury time goal. to seal the points for the Magpies.

He looked very good, but the surprise performance of Mike Williamson, who gave a sublime performance of skill and coolness in his debut, stole most of the headlines.

We also liked the way Mike kept talking to young Tamas Kadar, and it showed he’s not only a good player, but he also has good leadership skills – her could turn tout to be a great singing for the club, but yes – it’s just one game after all.

With Routledge and Gutierrez as out and out wingers, the side is starting to resemble the one that Bobby Robson had in place at the club some 7 years or so ago.

We’re nowhere near as good as that side of course, but Routledge will help with creativity, which has been lacking this season, and it was good news to hear that Joey Barton will return to full training on Monday.

We hope Joey is a changed man when he gets back, and no doubt the lad will want to contribute to the side, after being out for several months with a foot injury, in what may well become a promotion season for the Magpies.

But this will only become a reality if we keep our feet firmly on the ground, and not carried away with our success.

So the battle to promotion continues tomorrow afternoon, when we hope we can come through successfully, in what promises to be a very tough test against the Foxes.

Howay The Lads!!

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96 comments so far

  • Edd Case

    Jan 29, 2010 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #1

    Think you mean Jonas on the left, not Enrique – he’s injured but Jonas is fit.

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  • Edd Case

    Jan 29, 2010 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #2

    I’m going tomorrow. Hate the Leicester lot, hope we win.

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  • MacToon

    Jan 29, 2010 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #3

    I’d play Kadar and introduce Van Aanholt maybe 2nd half. Routledge deserves a start and hopefully he’ll supply and score a few.

    Should be a good game.

    BBC are doing a program about Ashley and his business dealings, anyone hear about it and when it’s on? Is it Inside Out on Monday night at 7.30?

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 29, 2010 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #4

    Edd – right – I corrected it.,

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  • The Entertainers

    Jan 29, 2010 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #5

    I think its a tough away game and Chris will go with Carroll up front with Nolan playing just off him, leaving the xtra space in midfield for Guthrie (thats with Routledge on the wing)

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  • MOONDUST

    Jan 29, 2010 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #6

    ED good to see the verification thing away 😉
    i expect a good win tomoro with the new ones having a good game.

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  • MacToon

    Jan 29, 2010 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #7

    Ah an Inside Out special on Sunday night 10.30 pm. Just been advertised on TV lol. Should be interesting.

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  • Steved

    Jan 29, 2010 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #8

    Thanks for removing the verification process!!!

    not able to go to the game, hopefully Routledge is starting so we can what he is about! if he is a proper winger it might encourage Jonas to get to the line a bit more.

    No more News regarding Moses?

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  • Ashley Hole

    Jan 29, 2010 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #9

    …and also give Routledge a little bit time…..

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  • Ashley Hole

    Jan 29, 2010 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #10

    and all other….

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 29, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #11

    With Routledge on the right i wouldnt be surpised seeing one striker, Carroll, with Jonas and Routledge more advanced than usual.

    Shame we are missing the only two players i would class as genuine Prem quality (Taylor and Enrique).

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  • Thump

    Jan 29, 2010 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #12

    Oh my, is the Captcha removed or is my computer just messing up? I’ve never been so happy about a website in all my days.

    4-4-1-1 diamond

    ——————Harps
    Taylor-Williamson-Colo-Aanholt
    ——————Smudge
    Routledge———————Jonas
    ——————Guthrie
    ———————-McLoven
    —————Carroll

    Subs: Krul, Hall, Kadar, Nolan, Butt, Pancrate, Ranger

    That gives McLoven a chance to run through the middle and gives both a choice of left, right or centre when going for scoring opportunity. Alternatively, if McLoven picked up a niggle from the Palace game, put Nolan farther back behind Carroll and let him play in secondary striker. The one problem with this play is that it doesn’t really allow for much wide play if the lads stick to the formation, but the horizontal overlap with Caroll and McLoven could lead to some interesting chances especially with Jonas finding his crossing foot (admittedly largely due to the overlap with Enrique) and Routledge giving us more options.

    I also wouldn’t say no to seeing Kadar start the game, or Hall starting in place of Taylor.

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  • baro

    Jan 29, 2010 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #13

    Guys when is Haris Vuckic coming bak?

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  • stevep

    Jan 29, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #14

    hope to see a bit more balance tomorrow with routledge on the right wing – we’ve been far to predictable with everything coming down the left with enrique and jonas

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  • baro

    Jan 29, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #15

    ————————–Harper———————-

    R.Taylor—M.Williamson—Colo–Van Aanholt

    ————————Smith————————-

    Routledge————Guthrie———–Jonas—

    —————–Nolan——————————-
    ——————————-Carroll—————-

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  • stevep

    Jan 29, 2010 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #16

    Ed – good idea on removing the verification process, blogs are meant to be about simplicity of use and tools like that put most people off commenting

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  • baro

    Jan 29, 2010 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #17

    ————————–Harper————————-

    R.Taylor—F.Hall—–Colo––Van Aanholt

    ————————Smith—————————-

    Routledge————Guthrie———–Jonas—

    —————–Nolan———————————
    ——————————-Carroll——————

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  • tdt

    Jan 29, 2010 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #18

    testing…

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  • tdt

    Jan 29, 2010 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #19

    yey i can comment again! thanks Ed!

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  • Suthey

    Jan 29, 2010 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #20

    Any1 seen victor moses WIKI page, he signed for forest

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  • baro

    Jan 29, 2010 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #21

    HELL NO

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  • Suthey

    Jan 29, 2010 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #22

    Dont matter it has just been taken off

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  • baro

    Jan 29, 2010 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #23

    i just cheked and doesn;t say anything about forrest.

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  • tdt

    Jan 29, 2010 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #24

    ——————-Harper——————
    R.Taylor–Williamson–Colo–Aanholt
    Routledge—Smith—Nolan—Jonas
    ——-Carroll—Lovenkrands——-

    Subs: Krul, Hall, Kadar, Gutherie, Butt, Pancrate, Ranger.

    Bring Kadar, Gutherie and Ranger on for Aanholt, Nolan and Carroll respectively after 65-70 mins.

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  • baro

    Jan 29, 2010 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #25

    tdt

    I believe that is the excact squad for tomorrow.

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  • Suthey

    Jan 29, 2010 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #26

    A went on his page before and it said he signed a 5 year contract with forest, it had like a little section to its self, then a went bk on like 5 mins afta nd it had gone,

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  • Suthey

    Jan 29, 2010 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #27

    TDT… u not rekon Nolan should only be played when he plays behind the striker, he is much more effective there

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  • baro

    Jan 29, 2010 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #28

    I hope we get Victor Moses, and beat off competition. If he comes than whos spot and position is he taking?

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  • baro

    Jan 29, 2010 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #29

    Suthey

    like my lineup above <<<<<<

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  • Suthey

    Jan 29, 2010 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #30

    Baro the team you put out would be my team aswell, nolan is a bright player and his goals this season have showed his quality from that position, in the centre i feel the game goes by him to easily i u dont see him as much

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  • Oba

    Jan 29, 2010 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #31

    Nolan like Suthey said, shouldn’t be played as a central midfielder with Smith. He should be played behind the striker with two players behind him.

    He doesn’t have the work rate or stamina to get the goals like he has been but also defend. You’ll notice that most of his goals for us have come from him playing a more advanced role behind the striker than with Smith in the middle.

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  • Oba

    Jan 29, 2010 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #32

    I agree with baro’s team apart from the two loan lads, I’d have Williamson and Kadar in instead.

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  • tdt

    Jan 29, 2010 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #33

    On the Nolan issue, I believe that he will naturally push forward into the space behind the strikers, this is becasue Smith will be the sweeper in front of the defence preventing any counter-attacks coming our way. Hence Nolan gets further forward, similar to the diamond I suppose…

    ————–Harper——————–
    R.Taylor-Williamson-Colo-Aanholt
    ——————Smith—————–
    Routledge———————-Jonas
    ——————Nolan——————-
    ———Carroll–Lovenkrands———

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  • baro

    Jan 29, 2010 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #34

    ————————–Harper————————-

    R.Taylor—Hall/Will–Colo––Van Aanholt

    ————————Smith—————————-

    Routledge————Guthrie———–Jonas—

    —————–Nolan———————————
    ——————————-Carroll——————

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  • Tom Mo.

    Jan 29, 2010 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #35

    strange feeling we could actually get moses, when 2 weeks ago i wouldve been surprised if we got some crappy player on a loan. I like the trend this club is following, it’s definitely upward. It might not be the best structure right now, from owner down to manager (both aren’t the best) but this just shows what a little bit of stability can do to any team. good stuff.

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  • tdt

    Jan 29, 2010 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #36

    Now we have balance on the wings, nolan is less important and therefore doesnt need to be picking on the scraps of a lone striker. As long as routledge tracks back like Jonas does, we will have a very fluid system in the 442 diamond that can effectively attack and defend. bingo. well done Mr H.

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  • baro

    Jan 29, 2010 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #37

    How much money does Newcastle get for 1st place Promotion?

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  • tdt

    Jan 29, 2010 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #38

    10p and a can of coke 🙂

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  • Thump

    Jan 29, 2010 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #39

    I’m glad that we’re all in agreement with a diamond formation 😉

    @Baro: WikiAnswers tells me it’s £20-30m, but prior to this I was under the impression that it was just promotion and the trophy that you were prized with for some reason.

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Jan 29, 2010 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #40

    I agree with your squad , the only problem i am seeing is danny guthrie is playing solid football right now and he has supplied alot of goals on his crosses in the box and all around solid midfield play. The only problem is there is no room for him! Smitty is an enforcer at midfield. He may not be the goal scorer or all around player he was a few years ago but he holds the ball well and is a good passes. Tacticly sound and defensively a man amongst boys. Cant pull Nolan either cuz he has goals in his boots and he plays almost like a center forward right behind andy. I just wish we could keep Guthrie on the pitch he has played well for us this season. What do yall think lads….any word on moses?

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