Tomorrow will be our last game in the Coca Cola Championship – the second division of English Football.
Chris Hughton will be looking to get all 3 points tomorrow afternoon at Loftus Road against QPR, and will not want any let-downs in the very last game of what has been a terrific season for the Newcastle club.
It also looks like Chris Hughton will field a strong side, with few youngsters given a start, but we know 22 year-old Dutch U21 goalkeeper Tim Krul will start the game tomorrow afternoon.
It will be his 3rd appearance in the league this season but his first start in any league competition. 17 year-old Slovenian U21 International Haris Vuckic is in the squad, and you have to believe he will be a sub tomorrow, and get some playing time in the second half.
We also have a feeling that 20 year-old Hungarian center-back Tamas Kadar will get a start – that is if he has recovered from the slight knock he picked up last Tuesday night, playing the full 90 minutes for Newcastle Reserves.
Argentine winger Jonas Gutierrez is back in his home country having a wee break before the World Cup begins this summer in South Africa, and spending some time with his family.
But other than those players mentioned, we expect Chris to pick a solid team as follows:
Simpson Coloccini Kadar Enrique
Routledge Barton Smith (c) Nolan Guthrie
Subs: Harper Williamson Vuckic Ameobi Butt Lovenkrands Taylor (R)
We expect Chris to start with a 4-5-1 formation, with Andy Carroll up front, Kevin Nolan pushing up as a second striker, and Joey Barton being given a starting role in central midfield.
And we expect another good performance from Joey tomorrow – since he’s been in really fine form since returning from his serious foot injury, and seems to be on top of the world right now with his new positive attitude
Fitz Hall, on loan from QPR has started 7 games for Newcastle this season, but has finished only five, after suffering a number of hamstring injuries, and he is not fit to play against his parent side tomorrow – and that’s unfortunate for the player, who has fitted in well on Tyneside.
The subs bench is strong, and we expect Chris Hughton to again use all 3 subs in the game tomorrow, and maybe Nicky Butt will get his last playing time for Newcastle, after being at the club now for six seasons.
We are hoping the lads can get their 30th win of the season tomorrow, and although most things have been achieved this season by a very good Newcastle side, it would be great to go out on a win, and end up with 102 total points.
We’ll celebrate of course, but we’re not sure there’s any champagne left. 😀
Then comes next season.
Howay The Lads!!