Plymouth vs Newcastle – Match Preview

Newcastle need one point tonight to ensure they go back to the Premier league as Coca Cola Championship Champions.

Coloccini is touch and go for the game so we’ll assume Chris Hughton will do what he’s done all season, and not risk a player who is only on the verge of full fitness.

Tamas Kadar may be fit, but we’ll assume Hughton will bring in Fitz Hall at center-back,to partner Mike Williamson, for his 7th start in Newcastle colors.

Hughton is still playing his best side for these games, and we assume he will play a 4-5-1 formation with Andy Carroll up front, and Kevin Nolan in midfield and pushing up as the second striker.

That would mean that both Peter Lovenkrands and Shola Ameobi will miss out of the starting line-up, but if  Chris elects to play a 4-4-2 attacking formation against the second-bottom side, one of them will start up front with Carroll.

The defense will have Jose Enrique back in the starting line-up, after he played most of the game at the Madejski stadium – so this is the side we think Chrsi will start tonight, in a 4-5-1 formation

Simpson Hall Williamson Enrique
Routledge Nolan Guthrie Smith Guteirrez
Subs: Krul Kadar Butt Barton Ameobi Lovenkrands Best

Again, that’s a very strong bench, and depending on how training has gone since last Tuesday night, some of the subs above may have forced themselves into the starting line-up – like Joey Barton for instance.

For Plymouth, who will be going all out for points tonight, winger Craig Noone (knee) will miss the game.

It turns out if   Plymouth don’t win this match they will be relegated to League One – so by the end of the game Newcastle could be Champions and Plymouth could be relegated with a Newcastle draw or win.

Howay The Lads!!

6 comments so far

  • TinoAsprilla

    Apr 18, 2010 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #1

    I’d expect Butt to start the game, saw an interview a while back about him talking about how he is quite happy to be used in the difficult away games, as it lets him play to his strengths, with only a few games left in his career (?) i could see him getting game time, especially away from home. Wonder if he’ll still pick up the trophy??

  • Newutd

    Apr 18, 2010 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #2

    Ed –

    Do you think there is any chance of Hughton bringing some talents to the squad in any of the last games? I mean, he really should…

  • baro

    Apr 18, 2010 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #3


    Hopefully, I would like to see Haris Vuckic.

  • The Entertainers

    Apr 19, 2010 at 4:55 AM

    Comment #4

    Although an away game, i’d be very disappointed if CH went with his trusted 4-5-1 formation.
    We’re at Plymouth not Forest!

    Simpson Williamson Hall Enrique
    Routledge Guthrie Nolan Jonas
    Carroll Lovenkrands

    Go for it lads…….0-2 (Carroll, Nolan)

  • greekgeordie

    Apr 19, 2010 at 6:11 AM

    Comment #5

    I think CH could use some players from the bench and keep his prefered team for the Ipswich game at SJP where the real celebrations will begin, but what ever team he puts out there is enough in Newcastle to go and win the game

  • Ericles

    Apr 19, 2010 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #6

    I think we should go for it hammer and tongs. Win the game and the championship by half-time so that CH can bring on some youngsters. What is this business about only 16 medals for players when we win the Championship? Surely if a player does more than a certain percentage of games then a medal is awarded? Anybody know more on this? Ony 16 medals seems rotten unfair by the FA to me.


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