Stoke vs Newcastle – Match Preview

Newcastle United have won just one of their last 9 games.

That’s a statistic that’s just a little worrying and indeed in our last 8 league games we’ve won one and drawn five for 8 points from 8 games.

Newcastle need to get on their winning ways and soon, if the side is to effectively pull away from the relegation zone sooner rather than later.

With Newcastle just two points ahead of Stoke City, then the very last thing we want to see tomorrow is another Newcastle defeat, because then we’ll all have to stew in another defeat for two weeks.

And that’s just what we’ve just done over the last couple of weeks, after surprisingly losing our 6th home game of the season,  to a struggling Everton side.

And in fact Newcastle have a more than decent away record in the Premier League this season, having won 5 and drawn three of the 14 matches so far, and that’s 18 points on the road from 14 games.

However, at home we have only 4 wins and 6 draws in our 15 home games – and just 18 points.

Unfortunately, Newcastle have one or two injuries of late, and Ryan Taylor is also suspended, so we could well be missing Jonas Gutierrez, Stephen Ireland and Jose Enrique tomorrow afternoon, and that’s in addition to long term injuries to Ben Arfa, Alan Smith and Dan Gosling.

For team selection purposes, we’ll assume Joey Barton is fit, and that being the case this is the side we’d like Alan Pardew to start tomorrow afternoon:

Simpson Coloccini Williamson Taylor (S)
Barton Tiote Nolan (c) Ferguson
Best Ameobi
Subs: Krul Campbell Perch Guthrie Richardson Lovenkrands Ranger

We think Taylor will be preferred to Shane Ferguson at the back, and that seems sensible  to allow for greater height, heading ability and experience against a tough Stoke side, but we do hope that Shane gets his first Premier League start ever, out on the left wing, in place of Jonas.

However, we suspect Pardew will prefer Danny Guthrie to Ferguson, and play Danny out of position on the left wing.

It also seems to make sense to start Shola Ameobi up font, as both strikers can then lend a hand at the back in defending corners, and those  long throw-ins from Rory Delap, because we’ll need all the help we can get in that department.

And we cannot even fill out the bench without again bringing in youngster Michael Richardson, who’ll get another taste of being part of the first team squad tomorrow.

Where’s Wayne Routledge when we need him – we really shouldn’t have allowed Wayne to leave on loan to QPR without bringing in a suitable replacement, which is what happened. And we’ll not even mention a replacement for Andy Carroll.

Good planning is to plan for the worst and hope for the best – and if  you plan for the best, then the worst always happens, it’s sometimes called Murphy’s Law.

And that’s just exactly what has happened to Newcastle, with all the injuries we’ve had of late.

Newcastle have had two weeks to prepare for this rather tough game, and our hopes are high that this could be very like the game against Birmingham City, where the tactics used by Pardew were spot on, and gave Newcastle its only win in the last 9 games.

But it will not be easy, and it never is against a Stoke side who play very physically, and never give up.

But at least the lads should be able to match Stoke in fight and guts and if Joey Barton is in the side, we’ll have a decent chance of getting something out of the game, and a draw would be acceptable tomorrow, although Stoke did beat us 2-1 at St. James’ Park earlier this season.

A win would be tremendous and a defeat would be terrible,  just about sums up this game.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments very welcome.

37 comments so far

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 18, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #1

    survival starts here! stoke 0 NUFC 2

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 18, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #2

    header by best from a corner 42 minutes – winner from ranger 86 minutes

  • BeeGuy

    Mar 18, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #3

    Routledge is not good enough for Newcastle. Sending him away was a message to all hands that the management actually has ambition. Better to play a competent sub or a promising rookie, than waste time with a never will be.

  • dave 1961

    Mar 18, 2011 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #4

    since I have got all but two scores correct this season I an going for a stoke win 1-0, 2-0,2-1,3-0,3-1,3-2,4-1,4-2,4-3,5-0,5-1,5-2,5-3,5-4,6-0,6-1,6-2,6-3,6-4,6-5. that should have all the possibility’s covered, I tipped best to get 3 against west ham, & to score 5 past the unwashed. but the law of averages I should have picked more correct than I did. so if any stoke players look at this site, take the day off tomorrow, as your now cursed.

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 18, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #5

    dave 1961, great that. Now they’ll win 7 something. 🙁

  • daneevz

    Mar 18, 2011 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #6



  • Spotlight Kid

    Mar 18, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #7

    ‘Newcastle United have won just one of their last 9 games.’ Ed

    Ed, you know I’m not your no1 fan – especially with your by the numbers daily ‘Pardew says…..’ cut and paste articles, but full marks for reminding those mentally booking tickets for Europe next year that they would be better off re-programming the Sat-Nav for Scunny, Donny and Smogside.

    Unless our recent form picks up, we ARE going down. 42 points might not be enough. 45 is probably OK, but if we give more points away to other relagation candidates we are going to be stuffed. If we do lose to Stoke (and I think we will as they will outfight us in the middle and expose our dodgy defence) then we are in trouble.

  • Spotlight Kid

    Mar 18, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #8

    Daneev@6, If we play McLoven, Nolan, Sol and Strolla in the same starting XI we will be 2 or 3 down by half time.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 18, 2011 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #9

    supermacnumber 9

    I’ve told you about making those predictions.
    We’ve only won 1 in 9 !! That’s relegation form. We’re doing what Pardew does, destroys morale and gets teams relegated

  • dave 1961

    Mar 18, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #10

    of course I meant I got them wrong, and intend to keep up the good work tomorrow.

  • moonraker

    Mar 18, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #11


    F**k off !

  • moonraker

    Mar 18, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #12

    Ed, I’m sure your blog is contaminated by mackems!

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 18, 2011 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #13

    Spotlight, you should change your name. How about Blackmisery?

  • baro

    Mar 18, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #14

    Its been 2 weeks now and we finally get to play! I’m very excited for tomorrows game as it will be a battle on strength. The defense will really need to stay on their toes and stay aggressive as Stoke have dangerous players in the box on set pieces, throw ins. Best will score tomorrow hopefully. Nile Ranger is also back i have heard.

    Use Simpson and Ferguson as attacking wing-backs. The defense has lots of strength. Ranger and Jonas speed combination will terrorize Stoke’s defense. Tiote and Nolan at midfield with Best up top. For me i’d drop Lovenrkands as he has tons and tons and tons of chances every game that he misses. He does link up with Best very well, but is just too weak to play.







  • GAZ09

    Mar 18, 2011 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #15

    I think we can get the win tomorrow 2-1 to us Best and Nolan, i dont think our defense is that bad our problem is not being able to get a second goal to finish games off.

  • coolcatcarter89

    Mar 18, 2011 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #16

    I don’t see reason for all the apprehension surrounding this game. Stoke will ‘play’ exactly the way Birmingham did, and in my opinion, we have the perfect combination of CB’s to deal with hoof ball. Wilo challenges for the first ball, winning most, Colo is there to anticipate the second ball like he does so well.

    My team –






    Subs: Krul, Perch, Sol, Guthrie, Loven, Kuqi, Ranger.

    I’d expect to totally boss the midfield with that line-up. Ferguson to have a breakthrough game. 2-1 Best and Nolan. HWTL!!! 😀

  • coolcatcarter89

    Mar 18, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #17

    Oh yer, Shola for Kuqi…

  • toonruz

    Mar 18, 2011 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #18

    pardew out sick of his lies he is a crap manager he has not got a clue

  • mikenotiades

    Mar 18, 2011 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #19

    Barow, like your line-up, but if Barton has proved his point and gets a step ahead in contract negotiations, I’d put him in for Ranger, Defence is resounding, I think we all agree on that…. Tough tough times ahead..

    On another point.. Does anyone else see Colo as a Phillipe Albert type player..
    for those who haven’t seen it recently:


  • Ezedoesit

    Mar 18, 2011 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #20

    Hate to say it but I’m not really that optimistic given their home record and our injuries. But then again it’s normally the games I’m not optimistic that this team surprises me. (I hope it’s the case tmrw).. HWTL

    Check out this funny video

  • balubas1

    Mar 18, 2011 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #21

    I have a nasty feeling we will be outpowered by Stoke tomorrow. Opposed to us, they have a clear gameplan, and the players to do it. Especially if we play 4 in midfield with Guthrie being one of them, we are doomed i.m.o.

    Also like that Ed highlights the fact that we let both Rout and Andy go without replacements.. Carroll is one thing.. big money and all.. But Routledge would be a welcome addition to our squad atm.. Personally I never quite understood why we let him go. I thought he played more than decent in several games, and also managed to shake some defences with his pace. Not the best winger in the world, but surely good enough to be a Newcastle squad player???

  • boater

    Mar 18, 2011 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #22

    Question. Are we observing a minute’s silence tomorrow? Fair cop to the scousers on thursday for an impeccable and moving gesture to those people affected by the tsunami in Japan. The horrific images I’ve seen this week have will stay with me for a long time- but still, amazing dignity, class and bravery shown by our friends in the far east. God bless – with you Japan. x

    gannin for the win tomorrow btw;-)

  • howay man

    Mar 18, 2011 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #23

    Go for the point
    Taylor Williamson Campbell Coloccini Simpson
    —————-Guthrie Nolan Tiote

    Taylor Williamson Collocini Simspon
    ——Guthrie Nolan Tiote Ferguson
    —————–Best Ameobi

  • Brutooon

    Mar 19, 2011 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #24

    one victory in 9 match? and all the 5 matches we draw, we got possibility to win it

    hope for a victory tonite but i think we will get another draw

  • stuart no9

    Mar 19, 2011 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #25

    pards needs points, and quick,
    CH played 11 points 17 + knocked chelsea out of cup at the bridge
    AP played 11 points 12 + knocked out of cup at stevanage at that ratio CH would have seen us through with points to spare
    AP with his ratio would not have made the 42 mark , so relagation would be unavoidable , what was the reason we sacked CH for AP ?

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 19, 2011 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #26

    played 11 points 12 + knocked out of cup at stevanage – quite simply not good enough, not by a long way
    I don’t like calling for sacking a manager, and we are desparate for stability – but can anyone explain exactly why we appointed him in the first place? it was a mystery to me then and its an even bigger mystery now! if we loose at stoke then its played 12 points 12 and I doubt that any manager can survive such a dreadful record

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 19, 2011 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #27

    9 games left – even with our dreadful form we should get 9 points so we should finish with 45
    but I think 11 points more likely giving us a safe 47
    either should be enough with our goal difference – but it will be close
    I have said all along that survival this season will be a success so (despite the fantasy of a europe place a couple of weeks ago) I’ll be happy with that – but to be honest, we’re not very good are we, and the squad is patheticaly small

  • Brutooon

    Mar 19, 2011 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #28

    1) saylor or simpson to play left back

    2) shane ferguson play left wing, plus he can track back. (if not effective, change to 4-3-3 and bring another striker)

  • Toon XI

    Mar 19, 2011 at 2:46 AM

    Comment #29

    Not expecting anything from the match today. I think the feel good factor in the changing room is slowly disappearing. Not sure they’ll have much fight in them at the Britannia.

  • shearermania

    Mar 19, 2011 at 3:19 AM

    Comment #30

    waiting 2 weeks for a game and is really excited and now my missus has decided to give birth – ah this is so unfair……
    at least the boys should play their hearts out for me as i have been a loyal supporter in the past 33 years….. my son is called alan, my dogs are called shearer and robson…my sons bunny is called pedro…..
    what should i call my next child? suggestions anyone – if the missus allows it
    and what do i do if its a girl?

  • stuart no9

    Mar 19, 2011 at 6:59 AM

    Comment #31

    congrats bonny lad, hope all is well , and every one is fit and healthy, as for a name, how about , ashly, thats nice, a very topical name. lol as for a girls name , if guthrie scores call her dannielle, if lovenkrands scores call her petra, if best scores call her leona , just hope to f..k ameobi dosent get one haha , well off to stoke now have a gudun, 3 points for the little un

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 19, 2011 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #32

    if anybody thinks we are going anywhere with pardew they are seriously deluded. Biggest joke appointment ever, well that and JFK.

    How can 50,000+ fans get such mediocre managers? If you appoint someone who has never won anything and is almost 50, what makes you think that will change any time soon.

    Stuart no 9

    CH had his limitations, but your analysis withAP makes the point very well. Why the hell is he here. Oh yeah, he has more experience !!!! lol

  • Crawfordladd17

    Mar 19, 2011 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #33

    D.Simpson S.Taylor Coloccini Perch


    Barton Guthrie


    Best Ameobi

    subs Krul,Williamson,Campbell,Ferguson,Krul,Loverkands,Ranger

    WHILE our best XI:

  • wilko

    Mar 19, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #34

    from what i see there seems to have been an inordinate level of preparation for this game, ap has really gone to town tactically with this one , i pray it works for US NUFC on this one, god knows we deserve that worm to turn for us now i summon all the powers to give us a break and let’s have a great result today

  • amaze

    Mar 19, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #35

    sol mike colo
    simps fergie
    nolan tiote guthrie
    best kuqi

    subs: krul, tayls, ranger, shola, perch, loven, richardson

    simps mike tayls colo
    barton/ranger nolan tiote fergie
    best kuqi

    subs: krul, sol, ranger, shola, perch, loven, guthrie

    given the injury concerns and stoke’s physical nature, shola should be rested barring another cheekbone injury. guthrie should not be given a chance at right wing and pards should pack the midfield if barton’s not playing and he wants to use ranger as an impact sub. kuqi should be given a chance to show what he has to offer and he would fit in nicely with pards gameplan.


    Mar 19, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #36

    god thats shockin only one 1 in last 9… didnt think it was that bad. need a win today badly

  • andre29

    Mar 19, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #37

    Stoke vs NEWCASTLE veetle and flash stream on


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