Two of Newcastle’s most important players tomorrow afternoon at West Brom have to be Steven Taylor and Sol Campbell.
And if our two central defenders can put in another excellent performance, like they put in against Chelsea last weekend, then Newcastle will have every chance to win this game.
Getting Cheick Tiote back into the side from a one match ban, was a huge positive for Newcastle last weekend, and we are hoping that Joey Barton – on his return from a three match ban – will have the same kind of positive impact tomorrow.
The Newcastle side seems to have missed Joey’s pinpoint centers into the penalty area, for Andy Carroll to get his head to, and indeed quite a few goals have come from a Barton free kick that Andy had expertly headed home, from anywhere inside the opposing half.
We think Chris Hughton will make just one change from the side that did so very well against Chelsea last weekend, after the disaster at Bolton, with Joey coming in as a straight replacement for Danny Guthrie in central midfield:
With captain Kevin Nolan missing the game with an ankle injury, this is the team we think Chris Hughton will start tomorrow afternoon:
Simpson Taylor (S) Campbell Enrique
Routledge Tiote Barton Gutierrez
Subs: Soderberg Perch Kadar Guthrie Lovenkrands Ranger Best
In their 7 league games at home, West Brom have won three, drawn two and lost the other two, whereas Newcastle have three wins and a draw in their 7 league games on the road.
Newcastle have more points on the road than at home so far this season, and we have to be going all out for the win tomorrow at The Hawthorns.
One key to this game is again that the Newcastle defense plays a solid and uncompromising game at the back, and don’t give away any soft goals like we did against Blackburn and Bolton – two teams we could have been expected to beat.
We are fairly confident that Sol Campbell, Steven Taylor and our two in-form full-backs Simpson and Enrique, can put in another good shift tomorrow, and if they can do that, we have to think Andy and Shola can then get a goal or two up front.
That’s especially true, with Joey Barton back in the side, and wanting to make up for his three match absence., and putting those great crosses into the West Brom penalty area.
On the West Brom side of things the fine and improving Midlands side have doubts about the fitness of Chris Brunt, Paul Scharner, Peter Odemwingie, James Morrison and Nicky Shorey.
From the Newcastle side of things we have to hope all three will not make the game. 😀
And Youssouf Mulumbu serves the second game of his two-match ban.
A win would be absolutely terrific tomorrow afternoon for Newcastle United fans everywhere.
Howay The Lads!!