After falling behind 1-0 in last night’s game, Chelsea came from behind, with a largely reserve side, to beat MSK Zilina 2-1 at Stamford Bridge in Group F of the European Champions League.
Sol Campbell – will get start on Sunday against Chelsea
It seems that Chelsea were resting some of their top players for the trip to St. James’ Park on Sunday afternoon, and it looks extremely likely that Newcastle will have both Sol Campbell and Steven Taylor getting their first Premier league starts of the season in that game.
There should be a decision today on Mike Williamson’s FA charge of violent conduct, but we’d be very surprised if he ends up with anything less that a three match ban.
And with Coloccini and Williamson both missing the Chelsea game, there could be a danger with starting both Campbell and Taylor, who have not played much at all in England’s top league this season, and will be very short of match practice,.
However, on the positive side, both players are very experienced, and Chris Hughton will be hoping they can get the job done for Newcastle on Sunday.
Newcastle need to start picking up some points, with just one point gained from the last three games.
Chris Hughton said today:
“What we have is both Sol and Steven both available for Chelsea,” “They’ve both started games, albeit at reserve level. That’s where we are with them.”
But the two lads could be rusty, which is why the first 30 minutes or so of the game will be very important, and we just cannot afford to go behind early in this game.
The longer Newcastle can keep parity with the Pensioners, the more likely Chelsea will become more and more concerned, and remember they have already lost 3 of the last 4 league games.
The very worst thing Newcastle can do on Sunday is give away another sloppy goal, because if we do that on Sunday we can kiss goodbye to any points, and then we’ll have one point from the last 12 available