Newcastle vs Scunthorpe – Match Preview

With Nottingham Forest going down 2-1 at Barnsley last night, Newcastle have a chance to go 12 points clear of Forest, with a win against Scunthopre tonight.

And if the lads do manage to get a win tonight, Newcastle will still have a game in hand on Nottingham Forest and could therefore presumably go 15 points clear of Forest.

And Newcastle’s goal difference is +40 compared to Nottingham Forest’s +20.

With so many injuries in the Newcastle squad right now it will be difficult to know who will start tonight, especially in defense.

The big doubt is Coloccini, who had a dead leg on Saturday, and there’s not been too much news on the Argentine, but we’ll assume he will start tonight.

Both Wayne Routledge and Jose Enrique are also both fit for tonight’s game, and we’ll assume Hughton will start both players, in a very attacking line-up.

Here’s the side we think Chris will start tonight:

Simpson Coloccini Hall Enrique
Routledge Nolan Guthrie Gutierrez
Carroll Lovenkrands
Subs: Krul Kadar Taylor (R) Butt Pancrate Best Ranger

That’s a very strong attacking line-up and the bench is strong too.

It’s a bit of tough luck on young Tamas Kadar, who has played well in the last two games, and may find himself back on the bench again tonight.

We expect Newcastle to come out like a steam train tonight, not only to go for the win, but also improve our goal difference.

But the lads cannot be over-confident.  This is a game Newcastle are expected to win easily, but in the past we’ve sometimes been vulnerable when the opposition is weak.

But we would expect, or at least hope, that’s not the case tonight.

On the Scunthorpe side of things in their 18 away games this season they’ve won just 3 and lost 12 – so they should be ready for the taking against an in-form Newcastle side.

They’ve got 26 of their 38 points on home soil this season, including 3 against Newcastle last October of course.

Michael O’Connor returns from a three-match ban, but  Cliff  Byrne starts a five-match suspension after receiving his third red card of the season at Ipswich.

Scunthorpe lost that game 1-0, due to an injury time winner for the East Anglia side.

There’s no doubt this should be a win tonight, but nothing is ever certain in the game of football, and the lads still need to earn those 3 points.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Mar 17, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #1

    Just been looking at the maths – by my reckoning if we get six wins from our final eleven games, Forest can only get level with us points-wise by winning their last nine games (which they’ll struggle to do on current form).

    Plus to finish above us in that case, they’ll need to drastically improve their goal ratio.

    Fingers crossed we manage to really push on in the next few games so that we can be confirmed as promoted as early as possible. If we can do that I’d really like to see us blood a few youngsters for a few games – not least Ranger.

  • estechco

    Mar 17, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #2

    “…but we’ll assume he will start tonight”

    I like your optimism Ed, but by my reckoning the silence normally implies Colo won’t play tonight.

  • baro

    Mar 17, 2010 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #3

    Any links to game?

  • peterktoon

    Mar 17, 2010 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #4

    Hello to all Newcastle fans.

    To every one of you who has facebook, there is a site/groupe dedicated to get Peter Lovenkrands back on the Denmark national football team and we need all the help we can get 🙂
    So please join this groupe if you have facebook:


  • OHurley

    Mar 17, 2010 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #5


    Howay, m8! We’re so close I can taste it (or maybe that’s mum’s roast beef and pease puddin from last night…).

    At any rate, we should be able to win 6 of our last 11.

    Just think, 8 wins and 3 draws and we break 100 points!!

  • Doha Mag

    Mar 17, 2010 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #6

    Tonights team due to injuries will be:

    R. Taylor Hall Kadar Enrique
    Routledge Nolan Guthrie Gutierrez
    Carroll Lovenkrands
    Subs: Krul Butt Pancrate Best Ranger Simpson + one of the y0ungsters


    Mar 17, 2010 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #7



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