The game tomorrow at London Road pitches the top of the league side Newcastle, 4 points clear of second placed WBA, against the bottom of the league side Peterborough, who are 8 points adrift of 2nd bottom Plymouth Argyle.
A Newcastle win would seem certain, but don’t you believe it.
It’s games like this that can cause some upsets, and Newcastle may be vulnerable after coming off one of their biggest wins of the season against 3rd placed Nottingham Forest, which has almost guaranteed promotion.
The test for Chris Hughton and the Newcastle players tomorrow is to be professional, forget about last Monday night, and go out and win the game at Peterborough tomorrow, as though their lives depended on it.
That’s what good and great teams do every single week.
Chris will have all his players available for the game tomorrow afternoon, except Steven Taylor, who is out for the season, and Andy Carroll who inured his ankle in first half last Monday.
We’ll assume that Andy Carroll will not be risked tomorrow afternoon, since Chris generally doesn’t rush players back, but the Gateshead-born striker could return on Monday night against The Blades.
Five players are ready and willing to start in central midfield tomorrow – Kevin Nolan, Alan Smith, Nicky Butt, Joey Barton and Danny Guthrie.
Any of those two playing together can get the job done for Newcastle, and we have to remember whoever doesn’t start tomorrow afternoon, will be in contention for a start on Monday night.
We would expect to see an unchanged defense from that which played against Nottingham Forest, although we may see Tamas Kadar get a start on Monday night.
Here’s a possible team for tomorrow:
Simpson Williamson Coloccini Enrique
Routledge Nolan Smith (c) Gutierrez
Subs: Krul Kadar Butt Guthrie Best Barton Taylor (R)
That’s certainly a very strong bench.
The job tomorrow then is to get all 3 points, because 3 points at Peterborough is just as valuable as 3 points earned against any other club – let’s make sure we get the win is the bottom line.
Peterborough seem to have a few injury problems for the game tomorrow.
Definitely out for the rest of the season are Aaron Mclean, Ryan Bennett and Chris Whelpdale.
On loan striker Liam Dickinson is now back to full fitness after a three game absence with a hamstring injury, and he may start tomorrow.
There’s also a possibility that Newcastle’s promotion will be a certainty at the end of tomorrow’s game – and we think that’s true unless Nottingham Forest can curtail their 7 game losing streak away from home and not be beaten at Bristol City tomorrow.
West Brom are also playing tonight, and have just kicked off at home to Leicester City.
Let’s just hope there is some celebrating to be done on Tyneside tomorrow night.
Howay The Lads!!