In what is the most important game of the season tonight against 3rd placed Nottingham Forest, Chris Hughton will have a number of selection posers with all players but Steven Taylor being available and ready to go for this vital game.
Newcastle put in an excellent performance last time out at Doncaster when they beat a good side 1-0, and Doncaster had been unbeaten in their previous 6 league games.
But Chris will be changing the side with Mike Williamson now available to play along with Alan Smith, Peter Lovenkrands and Shola Ameobi, who are all fit again and raring to go.
Joey Barton is fit again, and will probably play some part in the second half, depending on how the game goes.
One thing is for sure, and that is the Newcastle bench tonight will be one of the strongest seen on Tyneise for quite a while.
20 year-old Hungarian center back Tamas Kadar really deserves to keep his place, after a Man of the Match performance at Doncaster.
But we think Chris will stick with experience and bring back Mike Williamson to partner Fabricio Coloccini, who has shown such good form and a terrific temperament on Tyneside, and that could be very useful tonight.
We also believe that Chris will stick with the players who have produced for him in recent games, and therefore think that Danny Guthrie will hold onto his position in central midfield, and partner the current acting captain, Kevin Nolan tonight.
That means no place for Nicky Butt or Alan Smith, although their experience could be useful tonight.
Peter Lovenkrands will come back onto the starting line-up to partner Andy Carroll up font and both strikers are in red hot form right now.
Newcastle are likely to start this game like the proverbial steam train tonight in front of an expected full house at St. James’ Park.
This is the team we think Chris will start tonight:
Simpson Coloccini Williamson Enrique
Routledge Nolan Guthrie Gutierrez
Subs: Krul Kadar Smith Butt Best Barton Pancrate
That’s a good attacking starting eleven and a very strong bench indeed.
It all depends on Newcastle tonight, and if the lads can rise to the occasion they could make tonight a very special night for the ever faithful Newcastle fans, famous for their passion around the world.
It all depends on Newcastle tonight, and if the lads can rise to the occasion they could make tonight a very special occasion for the ever faithful Newcastle fans, famous for their passion around the world.
A win is what we must somehow secure tonight – and then some celebrating can commence.
Then we’ll need to beat Peterborough away on Saturday afternoon, and we should be almost there.
Howay The Lads!!