Newcastle have a chance to get their promotion drive back on track tomorrow afternoon, at an in-form Swansea City.
Mike Williamson – key man for Newcastle tomorrow
This follows the defeat at Derby, which shocked many Newcastle fans, but that’s past and gone now, and the rest of the season starts tomorrow.
With the likelihood that both Coloccini and Smith will return to the side, we have to expect that our defense will perform a lot better than they did on Tuesday night.
From what we’ve seen of Mike Williamson, he is a strong player and particularly good in the air, and he should work well with Coloccini, one of Newcastle best players this season.
Mike also seems to have a first class temperament, which will be important tomorrow afternoon.
Fabricio is returning from a hamstring strain, and the way these two play tomorrow will be paramount to Newcastle getting the result they need – a win.
Since WBA are at Reading in the 5th round of the FA Cup – this is Newcastle’s game in hand, and even a point from this game will take Newcastle back to the top of the league, but a win is what we’re hoping for.
The main thing is to shut the door at the back, and since Swansea do not score many goals, we have to hope for a clean sheet.
Swansea have scored only 26 goals compared to Newcastle’s 48, but they have also only conceded only 20 – exactly the number of goals Newcastle have now conceded this season.
So it promises to be a defensive struggle tomorrow, and if the defense can hold out, we have to hope Newcastle can take some of their chances tomorrow – something we didn’t do on Tuesday night.
That’s why we’d like to see in-form Peter Lovenkrands start the game – probably alongside Andy Carroll.
This is the side we’d like to see start tomorrow:
Simpson Williamson Coloccini van Aanholt
Routledge Nolan Smith (c) Gutierrez
That’s the side we’d like to see but we doubt that’s the team Chris will start.
We think he’ll go for a 4-5-1 formation with Nolan pushing up to help Carroll up front – so we have a feeling that Danny Guthrie will be in for Lovenkrands, although that’s not an attacking side.
But tomorrow in South Wales, maybe we want to get to the second half in a good position, and then we can bring in some of the big guns, like Lovenkrands, to try to get the win.
We want to see some steadiness return at Newcastle tomorrow, and even a point will be a decent result tomorrow.
It will at the very least put us back at the top of the league.
Let us know what team you would start tomorrow afternoon, team selection will be important.