Most people think that’s it’s a good time for Newcastle to play Chelsea, after Chelsea have lost three of their last four league games.
Shola Ameobi – seems confident against Chelsea
But we’re not too sure of that, since they will be going all out to win at Newcastle, and after seeing Newcastle destroyed at Bolton last week, the London side will be coming to score some goals against what looks like a leaky Newcastle defense.
And that could be especially true with Sol Campbell and Steven Taylor getting their first league starts of thee season, and obviously being little bit rusty and short of match fitness.
But Shola Ameobi seems confident that Newcastle can even win the game on Sunday, but Shola knows the Magpies will need to be near their very best to so that:
“Certainly the season probably hasn’t panned out as most people would have envisaged with the top four losing on a regular basis,”
“In the case of Chelsea, we can take confidence from the fact we went down there and beat them on their own turf.” “It’ll probably be a totally different team this time, but they’re not in the best run of form at the moment in the Premier League.”
But they’re a quality side, and we’ll have to be at our best to win.” “They were blowing teams apart at the start of the season, and that doesn’t seem to be happening now.”
“It’s a great time for us to have them up here. But we have to be at our best, we can’t be at any less.”
Newcastle have already beaten Chelsea this season in that unbelievable Carling Cup third-round tie back in September, when the two second teams met, and Newcastle came out 4-3 winners of that game, with Shola Ameobi playing just great and getting two second half goals to win it for the Magpies.
For the neutral it was just a wonderfully entertaining game to watch – a game for the ages – and both sides looked great – attacking all the time.
Ameobi remembers that game, when he was almost unplayable, and it was one of his best performances for his local club:
“As a player, at the time I wasn’t in the team. It was only the cup games I seemed to start,” “I said you need to take your chance, and fortunately for me, winning that game and getting the two goals put something in the manager’s head.”
“I had been working hard, and he had seen that. The good thing about our manager is that he keeps on talking to you, whether you’re in the team or not.”
“He tells you why he’s making these decisions – I can respect that. I kept on working hard, and eventually, your chance comes.”
The keys to the game for Newcastle on Sunday is that the Newcastle defense is on form and well organized. We just cannot give soft goals away to Chelsea – no way we can do that if we want to win the game.
We also have to hope that Chelsea are not at their best, and that their central defense is as dodgy as they’ve looked these last few games, and if Shola and Andy Carroll are on form, there could well be some goals in the game for Newcastle.
It’s a game we are not expected to win – and if the games go as they have this season, then Newcastle will therefore have more than a decent chance of winning it.