Newcastle vs Ipswich – Match Preview

Tomorrow is Newcastle’s last home game of the season against Ipswich Town, and if they don’t lose then Newcastle will have the first unbeaten season at home since the 1906-1907 season.

There are a number of injuries that Newcastle have right now, and it looks like Fitz Hall is out with a hamstring injury and Argentine Internationals Coloccini and Gutierrez are both doubtful.

Chris Hughton may want to give some players a game tomorrow, so if there are any real doubts about the two Argentines, we don’t think either of them will start the game.

And we have to think that Joey Barton, who was the Man of the Match on Monday night at Plymouth in our poll, will be a starter tomorrow, especially since he’s missed most of the season with his foot injury.

So here is the side we think Chris could start tomorrow afternoon with Gutierrez, Coloccini and Hall all assumed to be non-starters:

Simpson Williamson Kadar Enrique
Routledge Nolan (c) Barton Guthrie
Carroll Lovenkrands
Subs: Krul Tozer Smith Butt Best Ameobi Vuckic

Yes, it looks a rather strange midfield, and we have to think that Hughton will play an attacking 4-4-2 from the start of the match, and the question is who will be out on the left wing, assuming Jonas cannot play.

So we’ve put Guthrie out there, only because we think Barton and Nolan are the best two right now to play in midfield.

That team leaves out Alan Smith too, since Alan doesn’t seem to make the side when it’s an attacking formation.

We’ve also put 17 year-old Slovenian  Haris Vuckic on the subs bench, since the lad is fit again after being out injured since last October, and the lad may even get a run out in the second half, because we’re sure Chris will use all 3 subs in the second half.

Tomorrow is not the time  for the team to  have an off-day, and first things first, the lads have to win this game, to put the icing on the cake – and it would be nice to be ahead early in the game.

That will allow the Newcastle fans to start celebrating way before the end of the game – but we still must get all 3 points tomorrow – no slip-ups.

We won 4-0 at Ipswich in September, so it would be good to see if  the lads can do even better than that tomorrow  afternoon.

And then when they’ve done that and won the game,  the capacity crowd can celebrate the team being promoted and winning the Championship, and will get to witness the presentation of the Coca Cola Championship trophy to Newcastle United. Nicky Butt will do the honors for the club.

We also wonder if the club will unveil the new Puma strips sometime tomorrow – maybe after the game?

Tomorrow should be party time at St. James’ Park, the Cathedral on the Hill, in front of 52,000 relieved and very happy fans, and we can now forget the disasters and frustrations of last season.

Let’s face it, the players who have stayed on Tyneside, and the coaches at Newcastle have delivered big time this season – and they’ve been just fantastic.

We know those fans at the game tomorrow afternoon will let them know just that. 😀

Howay The Lads!!

22 comments so far

  • baro

    Apr 23, 2010 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #1

    I really hope Haris Vuckic gets to play. That would be a sign that he will stay at Newcastle. Reports are saying he is the next best talent. Very happy if he palys.

  • baro

    Apr 23, 2010 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #2

    I think those are fake kits, fantasy ones ED.

  • Dan4Toon

    Apr 23, 2010 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #3

    agree with the whole team Ed bar R.Taylor should be on the bench instead of Tozer 🙂

  • tdt

    Apr 23, 2010 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #4

    How about:


    Sub on Vuckic, Gutherie and Ameobi after 60-70 mins

  • DanNUFC

    Apr 23, 2010 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #5

    i reckon it should be…

    R Taylor, Willaimson, Kadar, Enrique
    Routledge, Nolan, Barton, Vuckic
    Carroll, Lovenkrands

    Subs: Harper, Simpson, Smith, Butt, Guthrie, Best, Ameobi

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Apr 23, 2010 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #6

    I think Ed’s team is correct, but with Barton on the left and Guthrie in the centre. I’d even put money on it, but I don’t gamble.

  • onlyoneshearer

    Apr 23, 2010 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #7

    totally agree ed the players and coaches been fantastic, lets hope the lads don’t relax too much tomorrow and get the result the fans want to see. As you said earlier there is 52000 of us turning up tomorrow hopefully the lads will give us a show. I think our key players throughout the season will play the majority of the game tomorrow, they have played all season for this game tomorrow, to see us lift the league in front of a sell out home ground!!

  • Nella

    Apr 23, 2010 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #8

    The team I think it will be is:

    Simpson Coloccini Williamson Enrique

    Routledge Nolan Smith Gutierrez

    Carroll Lovenkrands

    Team I’d like to see:


    Simpson Kadar Williamson Enrique

    Routledge Vuckic Guthrie Gutierrez

    Best Carroll

    there’s 2 ways of looking at it 1) the player who’ve done the business all season deserve their party /hooray. 2) It’s an ideal opportunity to blood the promising youngster’s/players lacking confidence a chance.

  • okkurtgarvilt

    Apr 23, 2010 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #9

    I hope Nicky Butt will play in the game tomorrow, if it is his last game for the club. It would be a fitting end to his career to lift the trophy. He has been a great player for the club and I hope he stays on at the club as a coach or something 🙂

  • coopertoon

    Apr 23, 2010 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #10

    has any1 got any links for the game 2mara as far as i no its not live on tv i cant make it to the match but i want to see it more than any game

  • Brutooon

    Apr 23, 2010 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #11

    play vuckic!

  • Howay The Lads

    Apr 24, 2010 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #12

    I think people should calm down a bit with Vuckic. It seems like everybody has seen him play and thinks he’s brilliant. When really most people are only going on the fact that he’s done well in the youth team and Man U and Milan want him.

    Sure maybe bring him on after 65 mins, to give him a bit of experience, but starting him??
    Let’s not forget he’s still only 17 and probably still lacks that bit of experience and strength for first team football

  • Newutd

    Apr 24, 2010 at 5:59 AM

    Comment #13

    And how does he get experienced? By playing first team football.

  • Mags

    Apr 24, 2010 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #15

    Well that’s me off to pick up my mate then do the 160+ mile trip up to Newcastle. Get there in time for something to eat and drink then………



  • Newutd

    Apr 24, 2010 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #16

    Haha, ok.. Now we definitely have to win this!

  • nightfa11

    Apr 24, 2010 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #17

    Howay The Lads – he’s strong enough..he threw shearer on the ground in training 😀

    seriously – give some youngsters a run..i certanly dont care if we lose..why would i care about some coca cola record. it would be “nice” to win, but that’s it. hughton, you’ve secured promotion, now it’s time to gamble a bit. do it before it’s too late. you wont get such opportunities next year.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Apr 24, 2010 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #18

    I hope in the next 2 games CH gives some of the youngsters a run out the likes of Donaldson, Vuckic and Tozer instead of Pancrate and Best

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Apr 24, 2010 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #19

    Howay the Lads it your attitude that has prevailed at NUFC for years and the reason why very few kids make it through the ranks. Top clubs like Man U & Arsenal give the kids chances at a very young age & if they are good enough they stay in

  • Edd Case

    Apr 24, 2010 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #20

    I hope we absolutely batter Ipswich today, purely because of the dog fiddler.

    4-0 to the Lads.

    Party party party.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 24, 2010 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #21

    soccerette, sexy, single and supports the toon, goooooood girl

  • Thump

    Apr 24, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #22

    Can’t Vuckic play on the left? Might be worth giving him a run out in the second half.


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