Newcastle United have won their last 4 games in the league, and Newcastle fans will be hoping that streak will be extended to 5 games by Saturday night.
Wayne Routledge and Jose Enrique returned to training yesterday, but we think that may be too late to be included in the starting line-up for tomorrow afternoon.
Both players will probably start on the bench, and may see some playing time in the second half tomorrow.
Newcastle have a number of players on form right now, and we expect Frenchman Fabrice Pancrate to continue out on the right wing, and Danny Guthrie to continue his role in the center of midfield.
Danny played a great game there last Saturday – but consistency is what we now look for from the 22 year-old former Liverpool Academy player.
With Alan Smith still troubled by his ankle injury and Joey Barton not match fit we think Chris will start the following team in a 4-4-2 formation for the derby game at the Riverside tomorrow.
Simpson Williamson Coloccini Kadar
Pancrate Guthrie Nolan Gutierrez
Suns: Krul Enrique Hall Butt Routledge Taylor (R) Best
We think that young Tamas Kadar will start at left back tomorrow, and if we win, he can celebrate his 20th birthday on Sunday with his 7th start and 11th total appearance for the Tyneside club.
That bench looks one of the strongest we’ve ever had this season and Smith, Barton and Steven Taylor are still out injured, don’t forget.
Chris Hughton talked today about having a number of his players in good form at the moment:
“We have got a lot of players in good form at the moment. A few of the lads are probably enjoying their best spell of the season and that is very pleasing,”
“Yes, we are fortunate to have a few of the lads really at the top of their game right now.”
“But we are going to need every player between now and the end of the season if we are going to achieve our goal of promotion.”
Well said Chris, and here’s one man who never gets carried away with success.
Most teams need to be given a wake up call after a bad defeat, but that’s also true after a big win like Newcastle had last week against a 10 man Barnsley side.
So we have to hope that Chris has his side ready for tomorrow, and we don’t put in a terrible performance like we did after we had demolished Cardiff 5-1 in January.
That was an away game when we lost badly at Derby County 3-0, when we played 4-4-2 for one of the first times away from home.
We do expect Newcastle to play an attacking formation tomorrow afternoon, but we have to hope the defense is a lot stronger than it was at Derby County.
That game should be a warning for Newcastle tomorrow, and the players just cannot get carried away with their success. If they do we’ll start to slip, that’s for sure.
And with only a single clean sheet (against Preston) in our last 7 league games, we need one of those tomorrow, and a key to the win will be a solid defensive performance with no slip-ups from the lads – for a change.
We have to expect that players like Lovenkrands, Coloccini and Guthrie continue their terrific form, and if that’s indeed the case at the Riverside, there’s absolutely no reason why Newcastle shouldn’t be on 75 points by tomorrow night.
We’re hoping so in any case.
What team would you play tomorrow? Let us know.
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