Newcastle vs Arsenal – Match Preview


It should be an exciting Carling Cup 4th round tie tonight against the mighty Arsenal at St. James’ Park.

Both sides will not be at full strength, but it’s still a mouth-watering tie, that Newcastle earned through their fantastic display and 4-3 win at Stamford Bridge last month.

If Newcastle can beat Arsenal tonight, and it could take extra time and even penalties to get a result, Newcastle will be in the last eight of the competition.  And one of the big questions will be just what side will Chris Hughton start for the game tonight.

We know that the Premier League is the number one priority for the club this season, but given we could be in the last eight of the Carling Cup, we still expect Chris to put out a strong side.

Exactly what that side will be  is anybody’s guess, but here’s our shot at the team for tonight in an attacking 4-4-2 formation.

Krul
Taylor (R) Perch Williamson Ferguson
Routledge Vuckic Smith (c) Guthrie
Ranger Lovenkrands
Subs: Soderberg Coloccini Kadar Nolan Barton Donaldson Ameobi

That’s a tough choice for Chris Hughton to make, to give both the youngsters and fringe players a game, and at the same time make sure it’s a strong enough squad to be able to win the match on the night.

Chris may even decide to have more of his top stars on the bench tonight – like Cheick Tiote for example  – in case the lads are close with some 15 minutes to play, and he could then bring on some of the big guns.

But we feel sure Chris will give the youngsters another chance, which of course they deserve, because of their terrific display at Stamford Bridge in the last round.

The keys to this game are to match Arsenal from the start, and try to contain the Arsenal side early on from scoring – and we haven’t been too good at that in the last few games.   The London side try to walk the ball into the back of the net,  far too often, rather than shooting when the chances come up, so if the Newcastle defense can be strong tonight, and not make any mistakes, there is a decent chance the lads can win this game.

Let’s know which team you would start tonight, because there are so many possible permutations,  that it will be very interesting when Chris announces his starting eleven tonight.

The bottom line for us is that we want to see the lads perform very well, and show the grit and fight they have shown in the two previous rounds, and if we can do that and with just a little bit of luck on our side, we could be in the pot for the 5th round draw of the Carling Cup on Saturday.

Howay The Lads!!



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50 comments so far

  • safferman

    Oct 27, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #1

    rest the big guns, need them for sundays game

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  • JerseyGeordie

    Oct 27, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #2

    most likely:
    krul
    raylor-colo-kadar-fergie
    rout-smudge-danny boy-vuckic
    ranger-loven
    subs: ole, willo, perch, tiote, xisco, nolan, shola

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  • balubas1

    Oct 27, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #3

    will be good to see some youngsters getting a go at it

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  • tdt

    Oct 27, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #4

    —————Krul—————
    Perch–Colo–Kadar–Donaldson
    —————Smith————–
    R.Taylor—————–Routledge
    ————–Guthrie—————
    —–Ranger——-Lovenkrands—-

    Subs: Ole, Williamson, Tiote, Jonas, Xisco, Vuckic, Ameobi.

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  • rubaz66

    Oct 27, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #5

    Krul
    R Taylor Colocini Williamson Ferguson

    Routledge Smith Vuckic Ranger

    Ameobi Lovenkrands

    Thats my guess,

    Subs, Soderberg, Perch, Guthrie, Barton, Tiote, Xisco, Nolan

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  • G

    Oct 27, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #6

    Just moved house here, and the telly man isn’t coming to plumb the football in till next week. Anybody got any links for the game?

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  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 27, 2010 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #8

    Advise you to download Sopcast.

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  • JerseyGeordie

    Oct 27, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #9

    tdt- donaldson at lb? Lol surely you mean fergie mate?

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  • tdt

    Oct 27, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #10

    sorry yes Ferguson at LB, my bad

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  • Ericles

    Oct 27, 2010 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #11

    Does everybody want us to lose this game tonight?
    If we put up a good show and lose then we have nothing to be ashamed about. If we go out with a disorganised whimper then something will have to be said. All I know is that, going by some of the comments on here these last few days, some of our great cup fighters of years gone must be turning in their graves. Have we got a George Robledo who can knock Arsenal out tonight?

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  • G

    Oct 27, 2010 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #12

    Many thanks GG

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  • ksmit

    Oct 27, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #13

    I see Owen is injured once again… but don’t worry ManU, he’s not injury prone as per his brochure!

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  • jesus was a geordie

    Oct 27, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #14

    Ericles, priorities are priorities regardless of history!

    Look at Pompey, it’s only been 2 years since they won the FA cup and they’re well and truly screwed…Nobody wants to lose the game but NOBODY want to see us become the next yoyo team!

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Oct 27, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #15

    ************Krul
    Perch ** Collo ** Sol ** Ferguson

    Rout * Smith(c) ** Vuckic * Xisco

    ******** Ranger ** McLoven

    Subs:
    Soderberg, Kadar, Raylor, Tiote, Guthrie, Jonas, Strolla

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  • Ericles

    Oct 27, 2010 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #16

    All games are priorities! Tonight just as much as the next game against the Mackems. Where is this theory that if we have a cup run we risk a relegation battle coming from? There is no logic to it. We need to win with a best team tonight. I just hope CH is not caught with is pants down that is all. He has done great so far and I want him and the team to do even better that is al.

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  • Mo Drysdale

    Oct 27, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #17

    Arsenal try to walk most of there goals into the back of the net through the centre, apart from Walcot who will probably play, therefore I would go for a slightly unusual 3-5-2 formation and make our wing men cover back and channel all of their play into the centre. It will also give us an attacking options as I feel attack is the best form of defence against Arsenal. I would go with: Krul

    Perch Colo Kadar

    Smith
    Routledge Ferguson

    Raylor Guthrie

    Ranger Lovenkrands

    Bench: Soderberg, Vickic, Tiote, Jonas, Wlliamson, Barton, Big Lad.

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  • roy cropper

    Oct 27, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #18

    so if we win tonight then we could be the next pompey – i’ve heard it all now.

    clueless tit.

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  • Mo Drysdale

    Oct 27, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #19

    Sorry all, should have shown the formation like this.
    Krul

    Perch Colo Kadar

    Routledge Raylor Smith Guthrie Ferguson

    Ranger Lovenkrands

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  • Carl92

    Oct 27, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #20

    Could we see anything of Yven moyo tonight?

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  • geordielad880

    Oct 27, 2010 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #21

    I would go for:-

    ————————–krul

    simpson——-campbell—-williamson——kadar

    routledge—-tiote———-guthrie——-ferguson

    ————–ameobi———lovo

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  • Thump

    Oct 27, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #22

    @Ericles: Cup run doesn’t necessarily mean relegation (look at Pompey) but it DOES mean that we have more games, more fatigue and more chance of injury.

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  • Thump

    Oct 27, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #23

    In hindsight I probably could have picked a better example than Pompey 😛

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  • ksmit

    Oct 27, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #24

    Pompey is apparently a great example for both… I don’t think the fatigue side of things really counts towards us as much as it does to the top four that are also playing in Europe. Having a run after this only means a few more games, which is not going to make or break the team. If we had to worry about the league, fa cup, league cup AND European games then it would be more important to field a team to avoid any chance of injury and to rest our players. Without European games we should push on in this! Play a solid team and go for it!

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  • tdt

    Oct 27, 2010 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #25

    —————–Krul—————–
    Simpson–Collo–Kadar–Ferguson
    —————Barton————–
    Routledge——————Jonas
    —————Guthrie————
    —-Lovenkrands—-Ranger—-

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  • Mo Drysdale

    Oct 27, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #26

    geordielad880

    Campbell is still injured mate, he may make the game at the weekend.

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  • bobby_ollox

    Oct 27, 2010 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #27

    Resting players to avoid injuries doesnt make any sense at all . Its like buying a chrome plated range rover and then leaving it on the drive in case you get it dirty. Then look what happens.

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  • Thump

    Oct 27, 2010 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #28

    @ksmit: That’s what I was thinking but it was somewhat counter productive when I’m trying to prove that cup runs don’t necessarily mean relegation haha

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  • Thump

    Oct 27, 2010 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #29

    @bobby_ollox: LOL

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  • jackdnufc

    Oct 27, 2010 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #30

    bobby_ollox:

    Excellent joke, sir. And a point well made too (even if it is a bit of an extreme example!).

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  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 27, 2010 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #31

    I so the Range Rover and it was filthy. Hand marks all over it. Bet Andy didn’t think about that when he ordered it. Bet Andy just couldn’t be bothered to have to have it polished every day.

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  • CT

    Oct 27, 2010 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #32

    Toon7/2, Arse 4/7 to win in 90mins. Worth a punt??? Score 1st gotta chance!

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  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 27, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #33

    Don’t no if you’ve realised but we never score first.

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  • jesus was a geordie

    Oct 27, 2010 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #34

    Roy Cropper, a little unnecessary like!

    I’d prefer us to play youth, not to avoid fatigue but because they need a chance to develop. It’s a great opportunity for them and the fringe players, and as Arsenal are favourites it allows them to play without as much pressure as say a premier league match (remember, staying up can come down to 1 point)

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  • tjshawsey

    Oct 27, 2010 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #35

    Bloody hell nearly just had the life taken out of me! I went on the skysports news homepage, and under the football section it says “Magpies to name new manager”! Thankfully it was Notts County…Thew!

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  • CT

    Oct 27, 2010 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #36

    Fabregas starts, Perch CB, Kadar LB against Walcott. Ranger/Lovan up top. This could be a nightmare!

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  • john_cena163

    Oct 27, 2010 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #37

    45min to go , m so exictid, cum on toon.
    Newcastle 2-1 arse.
    God bless newcastle.

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  • Thump

    Oct 27, 2010 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #38

    Good line up. 4-4-2 – this’ll be interesting!

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  • CT

    Oct 27, 2010 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #39

    Thank God, Fab pulled out.HWTL

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  • Thump

    Oct 27, 2010 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #40

    I’d sooner see Perch playing on the left with Kadar in the centre but maybe Perchy can actually defend in the middle (he did keep drifting in last time out).

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