The game tomorrow looks an easy win on paper, but Blackpool could well prove to be a dark horse, and we don’t expect this game to be easy for Newcastle.
We’ve said before that if you look at all the 38 games this season, Blackpool at home is probably the one where the lads would be most expected to get all 3 points.
But football doesn’t always work according to what’s expected, or what those brilliant know-all pundits predict. Remember where they said Newcastle would end up last season – and it wasn’t back in the Premier League.
Blackpool also have as many points from their first 3 games as Newcastle do, and they have a wily manager in Ian Holloway, so they are in good form right now, and from the games we’ve seen them play this season, they can be a hard side to break down.
We really hope the Newcastle players don’t go into this game thinking they are going to get an easy win, but with Chris Hughton in charge we doubt that will happen – ever, because 3 points against Blackpool is as good as 3 points if we managed to beat say Chelsea – it’s still just 3 points.
Chris has 3 new players now ready to play for the Newcastle United club in Campbell, Tiote and Ben Arfa, and we expect at least Campbell and Ben Arfa to be on the bench, although Tiote has only just arrived in Newcastle and it may be too early for him to even be on the bench.
But we think Chris will have him there, if only to get used to things on game day at Newcastle, and of course the Ivory Coast International will give Alan Smith tremendous competition from now on, for that defensive midfield position.
We expect Alan to have a particularly good game tomorrow afternoon, because that’s what competition for places will do.
Chris is unlikely to change the side that did so well at Wolves, and since Chris has almost said that today, this is the side we expect him to field tomorrow, with a very strong substitutes bench.
Perch Williamson Coloccini Enrique
Routledge Barton Smith Nolan (c) Gutierrez
Subs: Krul Taylor (R) Ben Arfa Tiote Campbell Ameobi Lovenkrands
That must be the strongest bench Newcastle have fielded in a long time, with two current internationals on it in Tiote and Ben Arfa. No room even for young Tamas Kadar, with Sol Campbell now available.
We do expect Newcastle to get a fast start to this game, and try to get an early goal, which would certainly help to get Newcastle going and hopefully get the eventual win and the 3 points.
But Newcastle have also learned to be patient if a goal doesn’t come quickly, and we don’t think for one moment they will under-estimate this decent Blackpool side, but the lads certainly have to go all out and give a professional performance tomorrow afternoon.
There’s also the possibility of seeing Ben Arfa and Sol Campbell make their debuts for the club, with Ben Arfa almost certain to feature at some point in the game.
If we can give a professional performance tomorrow, and with a little bit of luck, we can get the win, and the feel-good factor on Tyneside will continue, at least through the next week or so. 😀
Howay The Lads!!
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