Newcastle vs Blackpool – Match Preview


Newcastle will have see their first action after promotion was made certain on Monday, when they take on Blackpool at home tomorrow afternoon.

And Blackpool was the very first team to beat the Magpies this so successful season, when they deservedly won 2-1 at Bloomfield Road last September, and we expect another hard-fought game tomorrow afternoon.

Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has the luxury of choosing from an almost full squad, with only Steven Taylor and Fitz Hall not available through injury and other calamities.

With promotion now certain, Chris and the players have said this week that their next goal is to win the league and 7 points will certainly give them that, but with the Magpies’ goal difference currently 10 goals better than that of  second placed WBA  (48 vs 38), we have to believe that two wins will do it, because we don’t see WBA making up that goal difference in their remaining four games.

There are a few reasons why Chris would want to tie up the title quickly, one is just to get to the ultimate goal for this season, but having won the title Chris could then give some of our very promising younger players, like Tamas Kadar, Tim Krul and Nile Ranger some starts.

With Chris being so single-minded we don’t expect anything else tomorrow than the strongest Newcastle side possible starting the game, and that probably was the side that started the game last Monday night.

In that crucial game, the lads beat a good Sheffield United side 2-1, but slept in and only started to play well after half time, when they started to pull the Blades apart, and could and should have had more than just two goals.

So here’s the team we expect tomorrow afternoon:

Harper
Simpson Coloccini Williamson Enrique
Routledge Nolan Guthrie Gutierrez
Carroll Lovenkrands
Subs: Krul Kadar Butt Barton Taylor (R) Ameobi Best

Two possible starters tomorrow afternoon could be in-form Joey Barton for Danny Guthrie, and we’d love to see Tamas  Kadar (a favorite of ours we know),  start alongside either Coloccini or Williamson at the back.

If both Joey and Tamas start, we don’t think that will weaken the side at all, and politically we want to see Kadar given a game, since the last time he played at Doncaster Rovers in the 1-0 win, he was Man of the Match – and he may be getting itchy feet.

But it could be that Chris wll take absolutely no chances until the title is assured for the Tyneside club, and we understand that thinking perfectly.

Confidence has got to be sky high in the Newcastle team, and with two targets to go after – winning the Championship for the first time since 1993 when Kevin Keegan was manager, and keeping an unbeaten home record for the first time since 1907, are two very good reasons why we expect Newcastle to be all business tomorrow afternoon.

Blackpool are in top form too, and are pushing for a play-off position, and the Seasiders have won their last four league games, as have Newcastle, so they are also a team in good form.

But if Newcastle continue to show their tremendous will-to-win and professionalism they have displayed so much this season, we can see another 3 points in the bag tomorrow afternoon, and that’s what we’re hoping for.

Howay The Lads!!


39 comments so far

  • NewcastleMole

    Apr 9, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #1

    Now is time to rotate the sqaud.

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  • magpie6699

    Apr 9, 2010 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #2

    Now is NOT the time to change the team.
    1. We want the title.
    2. We want to be unbeaten at home, and
    3. We want to stuff Blackpool.
    Their manager Holloway has been mouthing off about how they “turned us over” down there and how he wants them to “smack us off the face of the Earth” up here. He should mind his big mouth, show a bit more respect and be very careful that these things don’t come back to bite you in the bum. If our players needed winding up for the game (which they shouldn’t) – perhaps CH should pass these gems on to them.

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  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Apr 9, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #3

    Give Krul, Barton, Kadar and maybe one or two of the other youngsters a run out in the next few games (although not necessarily all at the same time).

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  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Apr 9, 2010 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #4

    Although Magpie has a good point – I’d like to see one or two changes, but we need to make sure we win these games, win the title and keep our home record intact.

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  • Doha Mag

    Apr 9, 2010 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #5

    WE could be champions tomorrow night if, sorry when we beat Blackpool and Donnie beat WBA…..

    The likes of Krul, Kadar, Ranger all need games to improve and CH will give the them their day….

    HWTL…….

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  • DJG

    Apr 9, 2010 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #6

    magpie

    I couldnt give a t### about Holloway. He will always be a bottom feeder. thats why he’s at a club with 10,000 fans. If we beat them with Krul Kadar ect. Which we will. It will make it all the more satisfying.

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  • Spuggy

    Apr 9, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #7

    Need to play established players first, then substitute Kadar, Barton once a good lead is established.

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  • DJG

    Apr 9, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #8

    To be honest. Sometime when the pressure is off. Its suprising how well the lads can knock it about and its almost like an edge.

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  • Wallsend Will

    Apr 9, 2010 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #9

    Howay The Lads!!

    magpie6699 spot on! Now is NOT the time to change the team!!!!

    “LETS BATTER BLACKPOOL!”

    Sorry Ollie, I like your patter as a rule, you can be very funny at times, HA HA!, but you will loose tomorrow!!!!

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  • Thump

    Apr 9, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #10

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/nufc/newcastle-united-news/2010/04/09/ian-holloway-newcastle-trip-is-a-big-test-for-us-72703-26208129/

    That’s what he said.

    “We have turned them over at our place so wouldn’t it be nice if we can say we took six points off Newcastle.”

    He’s right, though. I’m sure it would be nice for any team in this division to say they took 6 points from us but it isn’t going to happen. We’ve gone from strength to strength this season and the lads have said they’re adamant to win the title and keep our home record clean.

    Howay the lads!

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  • Toon1978

    Apr 9, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #11

    Leave the team the way it is. W.B.A. are sniffing about and one balls up could end our title triumph. I believe in the saying “if its working then leave well alone”. ATM we have a good set of lads with real team spirit that wants to play for our club and fans. Next season however i wou;ld like to see Kadar, Ranger, Vuckic and a few other youngsters make there way into the first team but mainly in the cup competitions. IMO Kadar seems to be the closest of our youngsters who may cement a place in the first 11 in the very near future. Vuckic seems to be a massive talent but whats frightens me is the big European clubs sniffing around and turning his head, is it just me but doesn’t Vuckic look very similar to C.Ronaldo lol?????

    Team to go on and win the league for us :

    ………………………Harper……………………….

    Sim…………..Will………….Colo……..Enr

    Rout………..Nol…………….Guth……Guti

    ………………….Lov………Carroll………….

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  • Shot Bru

    Apr 9, 2010 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #12

    Would like to see Nolan given a break and try Barton/Guthrie in the middle..after all Barton has to start earning his bucks for a change. Even try Coloccini as a DM before the season closes

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  • magpie6699

    Apr 9, 2010 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #13

    Thump -It was Teamtalk Blackpool website that quoted him saying about the smacking us off the face of the earth.

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  • Toon1978

    Apr 9, 2010 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #14

    Shot Bru

    I agree with you regarding Colo being tried out in DM because i’ve heard that he does play there for his country when selected. Barton on the other hand does not deserve a start in the first 11 after the hard work of the lads who have won week in week out. Nolan does look tired of late but that does not work for me lol. If a working bloke can go out and work 12 hour shifts 6 days a week for a pittance then i believe footballers can play football once a bloody week lol.

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  • Shot Bru

    Apr 9, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #15

    haha Toon1978 re: comment about the working bloke, i reckon most hard working fans feel the same way. As for Barton, it’s a tricky one. At the end of the day i reckon we’re stuck with him ’till his contract runs out, so what do we do with him…play him or leave him on the bench? Personally i think he’s our best midfielder when fit and living in the community haha!

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  • Toon1978

    Apr 9, 2010 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #16

    Barton is a very good player when he wants to be unfortunately he has not shown much of it at NUFC. At one point when he was at Man city he was regarded as one of the brightest midfielders in the league, he lets himself down time and time again though. K.Dyer was another that kid was an excellent footballer but he wasted his career being a big shot and an arrogant ar2e. Dyer could of been a regular for England and at one point was linked with a twenty four million pound move to Man utd. But back to Barton, he needs to grasp the chance he has been given, keep his head down, (Giggs a perfect role model) and get on with his football because like i said he can be a top class player when he wants to be.

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  • wickywoowoo

    Apr 9, 2010 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #17

    I remember when it seemed like every week, I was hearing how Joey Barton was running away with things and scoring free kicks and saving Man City from struggling. Then I heard we had got him for a price that seems high but at the time, I thought was a good deal, and I was excited.

    Then he started battering everyone. I hope he sorts himself out now because he has about 5 years left of peak football if he remains injury free now but even with that, I fear we will struggle to get 50 games out of him.

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  • Shot Bru

    Apr 9, 2010 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #18

    I think you’re right wickywoowoo. Unluckily for Barton he has created a reputation which now preceeds him and it’s maybe in his make-up to live up to that reputation on and off the pitch. Hopefully for his sake he has seen the error in his ways and starts to concentrate on football and making us happy.

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  • baro

    Apr 9, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #19

    Ya Haris Vuckic does look just like Cristiano Ronaldo doesnt he.

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 9, 2010 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #20

    Think we will beat blackpool tomorrow myself, by at least a couple of goals, my forcast is a 3v0 home win.

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  • Yorkie Dave

    Apr 9, 2010 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #21

    anyone got any tips for the national???

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  • toonboyjake

    Apr 9, 2010 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #22

    completely off topic but does anyone know when our new puma kit will be unveilled? ive seen a couple of other teams have shown theres off and was wondering when ours would be released

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  • Yorkie Dave

    Apr 9, 2010 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #25

    mock ups i know but quite like the one the the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation on the front!!!

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 9, 2010 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #26

    Tips for National-

    Dont bet, lost £35 last yer nd £50 yer b4 😛

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  • Shot Bru

    Apr 9, 2010 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #27

    Yorkie Dave i’m backing either Niche Market or Arbor Supreme e/w

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 9, 2010 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #28

    MALJIMAR E/W FOR THE NATIONAL

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 9, 2010 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #29

    Any1 hu wants 2 see highlights of the youngins in action yesterday in fa youth cup

    http://www.thefa.com/TheFACup/FACompetitions/TheFAYouthCup/NewsAndFeatures/2010/joyce-090410

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 10, 2010 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #30

    Got a list of players here could be had for free, 1 or 2 might have done deals but worth a look for free.Liam Rigdewell 25 (defender birmingham),Sebastian Larson 24 (midfielder birmingham),Kris Boyd 26 (attacker rangers),Morten Gamst Pedersen 28 (winger blackburn),Marrouane Chamakh 26 (attacker bordeaux),Jason Morrison 25 (midfielder ferenvaros),Rafa Wolfe 24 (defender ferenvaros),Andres Sergio Asenjo 20 (goalkeeper ath madrid),Cristian Riveros 27 (midfielder cruz azul),Jose Goncalves 24 (defender hearts),Mouhamadou Dabo 23 (defender saint etienne),Kevin Kuranyi 28 (attacker schalke),Andranik Teymourian 26 (midfielder fulham),Joe Ledley 23 (midfielder cardiff),Gustavo Munua 32 (goalkeeper malaga),Alcantara Thiago 18 (midfielder barcelona),James Mceveley 25 (defender derby),Milos Krasic 25 (midfielder cska moscows),Adriano 28 (attacker flamengo),Borja Fernandez 29 (midfielder real valldolid),Jan Zimmermann 24 (goalkeeper eintracht),Lloyd Sam 25 (midfielder charlton),Christoph Metzelder 29 (defender real mardrid)

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  • wickywoowoo

    Apr 10, 2010 at 2:16 AM

    Comment #31

    Seb Larsson had his contract extended by a year by Birmingham, did he not? If so, he is NOT a free deal. Why do people not realise this? He would be in the same position we had with Michael Owen last season – sell for a small amount or keep and lose free later. The point is – if Birmingham took up the extra year option – he will not be free.

    Also – what would people say to Moritz Volz for right back? He seems a solid, reliable player who is absolutely hilarious and good for morale. You only need to check his website for proof of that – http://www.volzy.com/

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 10, 2010 at 3:40 AM

    Comment #32

    wickywoowoo so if he signed a new deal how comes it aint in his news file clever man get ya facts right.

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  • UTD111

    Apr 10, 2010 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #33

    Whilst I can understand the sentiments about “giving the youngsters a chance” – I don’t think doing that against Blackpool would be fair to the other teams who are struggling to get into or stay in a playoff place.

    I always remember how unfair I thought it was when Manure let West Ham win at Old Trafford to saty up….

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  • The Entertainers

    Apr 10, 2010 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #34

    I would like to see the team freshened up a little bit………The lads against Sheff Utd, although got the job done started off slow and that probably had something to do with promotion.

    Harper
    Simpson Williamson Colo Enrique
    Routledge Guthrie Nolan Barton
    Shola Best ( i know!)

    Jonas and Carroll looked tired last Monday and i would love to see Best get that confidence goal.

    2-1 win

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 10, 2010 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #35

    yorkie dave- id be delighted with any of them kits you have just shown, there all really nice, im looking forward to seeing it now

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 10, 2010 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #36

    hope we sign o’hara- he is on soccer am atm and seems a top, top fella

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  • newcastle29

    Apr 10, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #37

    [url=http://this11.com][img]http://this11.com/boards/1270903264293904.jpg[/img][/url]

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  • newcastle29

    Apr 10, 2010 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #38

    http://this11.com/boards/1270903264293904.jpg

    hey ed is there any chance of allowing this website, so we can use team building tool on your blog or maybe introducing one of your own? it will keep things a bit more tidy.

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  • isouser

    Apr 12, 2010 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #39
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