Newcastle Will Face A Confident In-Form Bolton Side


Newcastle are likely to face a confident Bolton Wanderers side on Saturday afternoon at St. James’ Park.

Shola Ameobi – the man in the mask on Saturday

Bolton are coming off a three game winning streak, having not conceded a goal as they beat Everton 2-0 in the league at home, and then had two 1-0 wins away in the FA Cup against Premier League clubs Wigan and Fulham.

And in all three games they looked a good side and strong in defense.

Bolton have not been too strong away from home in the league this season, and they have gained just 10 points away from home (2W, 4D) and 26 points at the Reebok Stadium (7W 5D), and are one point ahead of Newcastle with an inferior goal difference.

Because of that poor away form, at least in the league,  we were hoping it would signal the chance for Newcastle to get their second league win on the trot on Saturday.

But those two away wins, albeit in the FA Cup, may show Bolton are coming into their best form again.

We expect Alan Pardew to field an unchanged side on Saturday from the team that did so well at Birmingham last Tuesday night,  even though Steven Taylor and Ryan Taylor are now fit.

Both could have been expected to have played at Whitley Park today for the Reserves against Manchester United, but the game was called off yesterday because of a water-logged pitch.

One key to Saturday’s game is whether our two current first choice strikers Lovenkrands and Best can score goals, but we should also have Shola Ameobi on the bench, with his newly fitted face mask, but whether Alan will risk him will depend on how the game is going.

But sometime in  the second half we expect to again see 19 year-old Nile Ranger, who seems to be coming through so well since Andy Carroll moved on for the bigger money at Liverpool.

Andy is supposed to be on the bench for Liverpool on Sunday, when they play at West Ham, and it’s going to be strange to see Andy in red.

But Newcastle have to be in with a very good chance of collecting all 3 points on Saturday and going 2 points clear of the Trotters, and up to at least 8th in the Premier League.

If we can the all important win on Saturday, it will take the team to 38 points, and we’ll be looking up the league in the final 10 games of the season, rather then looking over our shoulders.

Howay The Lads!!



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11 comments so far

  • Solaidback

    Feb 22, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #1

    Also if we win on Sat & the muckems lose, we’ll go above them also into 7th 🙂

    I’m hoping our home form has improved enough for us to beat Bolton, as it won’t be nice having the double done over us by them thats for sure… 🙁

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  • Stuart

    Feb 22, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #2

    Ok, even I’m getting sick of hearing Judas’s name in every article now like!

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  • Burni

    Feb 22, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #3

    Im sure we will win this now, we are a changed team to the team that melted away at the reebok last year. The defence and the midfield are good enough on their day to stop any attack and our strikers are showing good form.

    And ed, that bit about whatshisface made me cringe. 🙁 it IS going to be weird seeing him in a red shirt like. I hope he bombs!!!

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  • Burni

    Feb 22, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #4

    for stuart.

    andy carroll
    andy carroll
    andy carroll
    andy carroll
    andy carroll
    andy carroll

    whats the big deal mate????

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  • Stuart

    Feb 22, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #5

    Haha, the big deal is exactly what you said in your last post. Its not going to be good seeing him in a cessepool shirt.

    I dont see the need to mention him in this thread either, our strike force have had to deal without him since the beginning of december or something, he isnt connected with us anymore and this isnt lfcblog.com.

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  • AlwaysTOON

    Feb 22, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #6

    I’m very exited to see the lads on saturday! I hope a win ofcourse! I see us winning 3-1.. Best(2) and Ranger (1)..

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  • ToonBry

    Feb 22, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #7

    Does anyone know which remaining Newcastle games will be shown on Sky Sports and ESPN? Not liking all the last handful are Saturday at 3pm kick-off’s as they can’t be shown live on TV

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  • Burni

    Feb 22, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #8

    fair point bud! 🙂

    He does get brought up a lot. I think its a fair thing tho as the guys are always gonna be compared to him as he was our “saviour” now best loven and ranger are.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 22, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #9

    A tight game this one. I’m hoping for 1-0 to us with Nolan scoring. Has Nolan scored since Andy left? His play has declined recently anyway. If he isn’t goal poaching it will be hard for him to keep his place. I’ll pick him to score the winner and hope he gets several more this season. A finish in the top 8 would be fantastic!!

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  • henock1989

    Feb 22, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #10

    Andy Carroll didnt do anything, its not his fault

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  • clinta2

    Feb 22, 2011 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #11

    @ henock1989, what? it’s not poor Andys fault! Give me a break, he was under contract and could of refused to go, but saw big money and greener pastures so left. The fact he asked for an unrealistic new improved contract and got knocked back doesn’t make him the victim. He then ‘reluctantly’ put in a transfer quest which he didn’t have to do.

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