An Early Look At Newcastle Against Chelsea

It’s still some 5 days away, but it looks like Chris Hughton will be forced to make some changes to the Newcastle side to face Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.

Steven Taylor – likely to get first start of the season against Chelsea

Fab Coloccini is definitely out for the next 3 games, after his red card last Saturday, and almost as certain to be missing on Sunday is Mike Williamson, even though he today appealed his violent conduct charge by the FA, and the case will be heard tomorrow.

But look for him to get a three match ban too announced tomorrow.

It certainly looks like both Sol Campbell and Steven Taylor will get the start at St. James’ Park, and we’re sure they’re getting lots of time together in training this week, trying to forge an understanding of playing together.

It will be difficult for both of them to come in and make their first league starts of the season, but they’re experienced players, and we think they can get the job done for Newcastle.

The good news is our midfield dynamo, Cheick Tiote,  is back after his one game suspension, and he will be an important player for the side against a Chelsea team that’s lost 3 of their last 4 league games.

Joey Barton is out and this will be the last game he will serve of his three match suspension, so we expect to see Danny Guthrie on the right wing again – and we would expect the line-up to look something like this

Simpson Campbell Taylor (S) Enrique
Guthrie Tiote Nolan (c) Gutierrez
Ameobi Carroll

Kevin Nolan had a poor game at Bolton, but the Liverpudlian usually bounces back well from an off day, and with Tiote partnering him again in central midfield, he will get lots of defensive cover from the Ivorian, who has been just terrific for Newcastle this season.

That’s not a bad side, but the first 30 minutes or so will be all important and there can be no stupid defensive errors, and of course Sol Campbell and Steven Taylor will have to settle quickly.

Expect Chris Hughton to target the Chelsea central defense as the possible weak link, with high balls into the center for our two local lads, Andy Carroll and the under-rated Shola Ameobi to attack.

The lads were badly embarrassed last Saturday, but they have shown they can bounce back and they certainly have a great team spirit and will fight this game out to try to put some points on the board.

The game is being televised live around the world, and there would be nothing like a win to put right the wrongs of last Saturday, but  Chelsea are one of Europe’s top sides, and their poor form cannot last too much longer, and Newcastle will need to be at or very near their best to get anything out of this fixture.

We have to hope that Chelsea’s good form doesn’t return until after Sunday.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • CT

    Nov 23, 2010 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #1

    Talk about a baptism of fire for Sol/Saylor against Drogba/Anelka not to mention Malouda.
    Tiote back will help if Essien is still out.
    With hopefully Terry/ Alex still missing I think Carrol/Shola can get at their back 4 especially if Shola can link play like he did against Arse where he proved difficult to mark.
    Prefer Jonas to move to wide right, but who would come in on the left? If Hoots plays Guthrie wide right he has to be disciplined and not drift inside as Simpson get`s exposed and Malouda will have a field day.
    No coincidence Simps missed Barton in front of him last couple of games.

  • Darling27

    Nov 23, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #2

    Guthrie can’t play on the right!!!

  • CT

    Nov 23, 2010 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #3

    Agree Darls, he`s better inside but Hoots??

  • ThaiMag

    Nov 23, 2010 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #4

    I’d rather see Routledge over Guthrie on the right.

  • spanishtoon

    Nov 23, 2010 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #5

    I fear that we might face a backlash from Chelsea at the weekend. They´re not exactly weak, arent they?

    Breaking news:No news on Tyneside is good news

  • vic

    Nov 23, 2010 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #6

    Right wing could be Raylor, Routledge or Ranger
    Please do not play Guthrie out of central role. Against Chelsea I would play him in the centrae on expence of Nolan as he play defencively much better than Nolan. Nolan is excellent finisher. He is not box-to-box player.

    Simpson Saylor Sol Enrique
    Raylor Guthrie Tiote Guti
    Ameobi Carroll

    Raylor Guthrie Tiote and Guti – all of them are good defencively. They are also can create.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 23, 2010 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #7

    Ryan Taylor is injured for 12 weeks

  • mattnufc

    Nov 23, 2010 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #8

    Yay rusty defenders are a go go.
    Simpson Saylor Sol Enrique
    Barton Nolan Tiote Guti
    Ameobi Carroll

  • mattnufc

    Nov 23, 2010 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #9

    I meant Guthrie for Barton. Looks a weak spot mind.

  • Charlietoon

    Nov 23, 2010 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #10


    Thats how I would line up. Players all in the best positions.

  • Brutooon

    Nov 24, 2010 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #11

    Guthrie is best on the middle path, he should be playing centre during the bolton game

    didnt fancy we winning against chelsea, cos they want to revenge us after the 3-4 at stanford bridge

  • Thump

    Nov 24, 2010 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #12

    Spanishtoon would you please stop posting that website everywhere you comment?

  • cyprus

    Nov 24, 2010 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #13

    Why is Rout out of favour? Bad breath? I mean, what has he done so wrong in the past year? He can score, cross, dribble, has speed. He can run onto balls from Carroll. Don’t shake his confidence any more. So, play him instead of Guth, and if Shola is having one of his lazy days, take him off for Guth and move Nolan up front, Chris

  • RedMissionBells

    Nov 24, 2010 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #14

    Hi guys,
    In my opinion, Danny Guthrie is under rated.
    He has a good range of passing and hardly gives the ball away. He may not have had the best of games recently, but lets not be too harsh as he just returned from the treatment table. Besides, Gerrard did not perform too well on right wing for Liverpool and England when he was deployed there in the past.
    Danny Guthrie is a very decent English player with potential. He has footballing brains and will definitely get better over time.
    I see Danny Guthrie as a player who can take over Nolan in a couple of seasons. We must start having faith in our young players and allow them to nurture their talents.
    We cannot expect our younger players with little premiere league experience to be giving 5 star performances right from the start.

    Having said that, I see no excuses for Alan Smith since he is an experienced player. His range of passing has been poor. Sometimes, I also wonder if Alan Smith is more eager to tackle for the sake of tackling or more eager to win football matches. Also, as a striker previously, Alan Smith does not seem seem to pose any threat with his shooting. 🙂

    Time to offload Smith when the season ends.

  • tom tomb

    Nov 24, 2010 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #15

    Play Kadar not Taylor he has not signed a contract-sends out the wrong vibes to Kadar who has got a long contract. Guthrie is crap on the right!

  • Davies

    Nov 24, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #16

    Routelidge or Ranger on the right, Colo and Taylor at CB. It’s all well and good sending out the right message to younger players like Kadar, but we really can’t afford to be that impractical when we’re facing Chelsea. We need points.

    I doubt we’ll ge t anything from this game, but I’m happy to be proved wrong.

  • Davies

    Nov 24, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #17

    Sorry, I meant Sol, not Colo.


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