Peterborough vs Newcastle – Match Preview


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:

Harper
Simpson Williamson Coloccini Enrique
Routledge Nolan Smith (c) Gutierrez
Ameobi Lovenkrands
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!!

Comments welcome.


10 comments so far

  • PeterboroughUnitedBlogger

    Apr 2, 2010 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #1

    http://posh.footballblog.co.uk/preview-peterborough-united-newcastle-united-03042010.html

    Here is a preview written from a Posh fans view.

    I fear for us tommorow, I think we could be hammered. You’re a Premier League club heading back to where you belong come the end of the season and I expect you to stay there. We, on the other hand, are slipping back to League 1 unfortunately… The bizzare situation of you being promoted and us being relegated both may happen tommorow.

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  • Welsh Magpie

    Apr 2, 2010 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #2

    Well said Ed, we have to be professional and thorough in everything we do tomorrow down at London Road. We must give Peterborough the up most respect and treat the game as we did on Monday night. Then hopefully we could be back in the promised land by tomorrow night, and dare I say it, THE PREMIERSHIP……..

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  • stuart no9

    Apr 2, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #3

    we will be promoted tomorrow night we will beat posh with ease and i cant see forrest getting any thing at bristol i have only seen bristol twice this season WBA and us, the better their opponent, the better they play, forrest will be deflated after monday night, that was their last chance for automatic promotion, they will be content now with a play off, if i”m wrong i”ll show my a..e in fenwicks window, off celebrating now

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  • tripp

    Apr 2, 2010 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #4

    Ed, Bristol City, not Rovers. I’d fancy Forest over Rovers. City, OTOH, not so much. Let’s hope the Foxes can nick a point at the Hawthornes. That’d be mint.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Apr 2, 2010 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #5

    tripp – whoops – thanks – I’ve updated it. 😀

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  • komfort

    Apr 2, 2010 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #6

    peterborough playing at home with odds of 11/2 just about sums it up…therefore i’ll be bitterly disappointed if we dont beat this cannon fodder by a minimum of 4 goals.

    …drink.

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 2, 2010 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #7

    leicester were soo bad tonight. oh well us and the baggies up.

    tommorow really is a potential banana skin, posh will want to put on a big performance for there fans after a dissapointing season, i thought they would do well this season with red nose junior in charge but things werent meant to be. there a team i have always quite liked untill they sold dvd’s of them beating our u18’s. i can see city beating forrest though tommorow.

    haha i just seen a forrest fan saying gunter is one of the best rb’s in england. id prefer warren barton even now than that little cockend

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  • The Entertainers

    Apr 2, 2010 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #8

    Would like to see both Guthrie and Carroll start………believe Guthrie will and Carroll will be sub.

    I just think Shola will have a bigger impact as sub. Hes more mobile and creative, which causes problems for tiered legs!

    Oh well, Best could start as long as we win!

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  • Charlietoon

    Apr 2, 2010 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #9

    Hmm I dont seem to have any room for Butt at all. Harper
    Simpson, Will,Collo, Enrique
    Roughtledge…Guhtrie..Nolan…Gutt
    ……Ameobi….Best

    Krul, McLoven, Ranger.Taylor,Kadar, Smith

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  • paultoon78

    Apr 3, 2010 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #10

    does anyone have a link to todays executing of the posh

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