Newcastle vs Aston Villa – Match Preview


With Wigan and West Ham both looking like real relegation sides so far this season,  Newcastle have a chance this afternoon to get their first league win, and prove they can be a decent team this season.

After going through a very tough first game of the season on Monday night at Old Trafford, while Aston Villa are a good team who finished 6th last season, they are hardly as good as the Red Devils.

And couple that with the fact that Newcastle are playing their first home game of the season in front of an expected sell-out crowd, and there’s got to be some hope that the lads can pick up their first points of the season this afternoon, and a win is what we’d just love to see.

The main thing we want to witness this afternoon is an improvement in our defense, and we just have to cut out the careless mistakes that cost us at least a couple of goals against Manchester United.

And indeed we’d be surprised if Chris changes the starting line-up from Monday night, although Danish striker peter Lovenkrands is available again, although Danny Guthrie will probably miss out, with his slight knee injury.

So we see an unchanged side starting this afternoon as follows – and yes in a 4-5-1 formation

Harper
Perch Williamson Coloccini Enrique
Routledge Barton Nolan (c) Smith Gutierrez
Carroll
Subs: Krul Tavernier Taylor (R) Ameobi Lovenkrands Vuckic Xisco

This is an important game for new boy James Perch, as he looked Newcastle’s weakest defender on Monday night, and he will have to improve quickly if he is indeed to keep his place in the side as Sol Campbell should be ready to play at Wolves next weekend.

Against the Red Devils we had little chance to attack, but in this game today we should be able to threaten the opposition, and it will be a very good test to see just how good we are – and of course we went unbeaten all last season at St. James’ Park, and we would hope to at least maintain that unbeaten record today.

Wayne Routledge showed up well last Monday night, and he can be a key forward for Newcastle as he sets up the chances from the right wing, and we would hope that Argentine left winger Jonas Gutierrez will soon start to get back in the groove, as he looked below his best last time out.

Maybe he can prove today he’s as good as his Argentine team-mate Lionel Messi says – and is as good as Torres, Rooney and Febregas.

We would be fairly happy with a draw today,  to at least get off the mark as far as points are concerned, but at our best we should be able to beat a good Aston Villa side at home, as we did 2-0 in this corresponding fixture during out relegation season.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.


38 comments so far

  • YANICK MALTA NUFC

    Aug 22, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #1

    I want Danny Guthrie in the first 11

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  • Steve_48

    Aug 22, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #2

    Links for you lads:

    http://www.myp2p.eu/broadcast.php?matchid=83720&part=sports

    Howay, some home win and put demons to rest

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  • Dennis Twice

    Aug 22, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #3

    Beat it!

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  • sweendog

    Aug 22, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #4

    2-0 the Toon .. carrol and guthrie to score …

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  • Charlietoon

    Aug 22, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #5

    6 nil….why no?

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  • craigcoozy

    Aug 22, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #6

    this aint good lads, firstly can someone check these names out for me jean masanpa, yves apelmean nd tell me if agent or player

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Aug 22, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #7

    There is absolutely no reason why we should not beat Villa comfortably

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  • The-Ciaran8

    Aug 22, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #8

    Why is he playing that formation?

    Jesus, My Dead Grannys faster than Nolan ffs.

    Get in Guthrie.

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  • indianmagpie

    Aug 22, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #9

    craigcoozy: Jean Musampa, if thats the spelling you r looking for is the agent for portuguese ful back miguel..we were linked with him last year….i dont know who the other guy is…the last name is wrong…looks like a belgian guy thou….

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  • lewman

    Aug 22, 2010 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #10

    they dont come in any google search craig, whats the bad news

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  • lewman

    Aug 22, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #11

    or was it just the formation

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Aug 22, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #12

    Isn’t Guthrie supposedly injured 2day? so i’m afraid he wont be scoring or starting today, unless he’s fully fit as we know what Chris is like

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Aug 22, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #13

    i meant we know what Chris (Hughton) is like in terms of only players at 100%

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  • indianmagpie

    Aug 22, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #14

    Craig coozy, whats the bad news…..see my comment #9 for details on the names u asked for…

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  • craigcoozy

    Aug 22, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #15

    spellings correct like, ok well they eithier representing tiote or miguel

    ma other news is tiote deal has almost callapsed ! hes being asked to go back to holland immediately for breach contract – i dont know any more info on this ! reps hav turned up saying nufc holdin him against his will but nufc saying way not ! confused.

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  • indianmagpie

    Aug 22, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #16

    Jean Musampa is Miguel’s agent…thats for sure….i dont know about the other guy….

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  • matthewjai

    Aug 22, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #17

    Krul over Harper in anyday..

    Harper is Loyal and probably deserve a place becuz of this..

    but..Krul is a much better player

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  • GeordieGerman

    Aug 22, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #18

    Breach of contract? how can there be a breach of contract?

    Doesn’t he like the full English Breakfast?

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  • slimcat

    Aug 22, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #19

    Jean-Benilde Musampa is a Belgian sports agent:
    MUSAMPA Jean-Benilde JBM Sports Management
    Yves Aplemean could actually be Yves Bare who is also a Belgian football agent

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Aug 22, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #20

    Craig- what about Ben arfas mob? Are they still there?

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Aug 22, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #21

    A big reality check coming this afternoon. Villa might have been 6th, but we failed to beat Ipswich in our last home game and we will have practically the same team selection as last season’s Fizzy flatterers. We are no better than Wigan, that’s for sure.

    Expect Perch & ‘Enry to get another battering and Harps to concede on the near post, again, zzzzz.

    Relegation dog-fight already.

    NUFC 1-2 VILLA

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  • slimcat

    Aug 22, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #22

    However Yves Baré passed away in March 2010 so ignore that one.

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  • slimcat

    Aug 22, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #23

    Yves Appelmans is definetely Cheick Tiote’s agent, just found a news clipping with a statement from him @ http://www.tribalfootball.com/agent-reveals-offer-made-newcastle-sunderland-target-cheick-tiote-1040551

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  • craigcoozy

    Aug 22, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #24

    ben arfa crew still in newcastle but nothing happening , hopefully they will start talking again 2moro but seems to be going v.slow

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  • craigcoozy

    Aug 22, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #25

    slimcat good work ! well they in toon 4 now but they have been told to get flight back, by fc twente ! but nufc trying to sort it out ! why is our transfers never simple !!

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Aug 22, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #26

    Is hba himself in toon??

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  • craigcoozy

    Aug 22, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #27

    he was av never seen him for day or so , so i take it hes here!
    any1 no anything on miguel? does he want to leave current club?

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  • shearermania

    Aug 22, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #28

    well if its the MIGUEL that played for Valencia – ill personally wash Ashleys car or socks for a month……cause hes pure class right back…..
    please let it be true

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  • EllaGuru

    Aug 22, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #29

    Delighted Agbonlahor is not fit today. I think our defence are now quite used to the rough and tumble of big CF like Carew, but I always worry when we come up against little pacey lads. 4-5-1 spells trouble. We looked rubbish when playing it last season. Couldnt keep hold of the ball and created nothing. Lets hope that changes today!
    HWTL

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  • MacToon

    Aug 22, 2010 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #30

    mmm, my posts not showing now!

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  • MacToon

    Aug 22, 2010 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #31

    Oh ok then, hey craig, crazy news eh but nothing surprises me now with Ashley involved!

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  • shearermania

    Aug 22, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #32

    i would prefer Bambi in a 442 over a 451 with smith any day…
    a 4411 without smith but a guthrie and barton would be a lot better to providing they run the channels

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  • craigcoozy

    Aug 22, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #33

    shearermania – i doubt it like if he that good, anyway am sure hes not jus an agent for 1 player !

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  • shearermania

    Aug 22, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #34

    Craigcoozy

    yeah i know…got a bit carried away..
    i know cashley wont have the dosh for a player like him….
    do you think the Tiote guy is the plan b for ben arfa…im starting to think it

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  • baro

    Aug 22, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #35

    If one of the agents is Miguel’s than what player is the other ones? Thanks for the info Craig coozy

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  • a.l 9

    Aug 22, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #36

    Would love Miguel but I cannot see why he would leave Valencia for us?

    He’s about 30 aswell so I doubt Ashley would be interested, would cross that one of to be honest.

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  • baro

    Aug 22, 2010 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #37

    a.l 9

    He was offered to a premier league side for under 3-4 million earlier this transfer market. He would be a descent player in my opinion. We always have Enrique on the left, and now he would add some flair to the right hand side. All he needs is Ben Arfa on the right wing.

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  • EllaGuru

    Aug 22, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #38

    GET IN YOU BEAUT!!!! LONG LIVE THE TASH

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