Newcastle vs Wolves – Match Preview

Newcastle are 4 points above Wolves on 36 points, and the very last thing we want to happen tomorrow, is to have Wolves gain points on Newcastle.

Unfortunately, Newcastle have let two teams that were lower in the league when they played Newcastle, gain all 3 points, and that’s a recipe for disaster. But that’s what has happened in the last two games against Everton at home, and at Stoke City.

Newcastle played only two games in March, and while one would have though that would have allowed any injuries to clear up, almost the opposite has happened.

Len Best and Stephen Ireland picked up injuries in training, although Stephen is expected to be fit for tomorrow’s game, and that would be his debut after being on Tyneside over two months.

In addition to injuries to Best, Ben Arfa, Gosling, Smith and Enrique (we’ll assume he’s out tomorrow), both Tiote and Ryan Taylor are suspended for this game, which is almost a must-win game for the Magpies against a side third bottom of the league.

If Newcastle cannot beat Wolves, who have only two wins and two draws in their 15 games on the road this season in the league, then a good question is – who can we beat?

Wolves have conceded 27 goals in their 15 away games, so we are hoping that Newcastle will be able to score a few goals tomorrow, even though the in-form Leon Best is out with his injured ankle.

It’s expected that Danny Guthrie will come in to replace Cheick Tiote in defensive midfield, and we would expect Alan Pardew to play in a 4-4-2 formation with possibly this side:

Simpson Coloccini Williamson Ferguson
Barton Guthrie Nolan (c) Gutierrez
Ameobi Lovenkrands
Subs: Krul Campbell Taylor (S) Ireland Perch Ranger Kuqi

James Perch is available for this game, and will miss the next game at Villa Park with his one game suspension, for receiving a red card while playing for the Newcastle Reserves last week.

And this is also Ryan Taylor’s third and final game he will miss, for his sending off against Bolton Wanderers almost five weeks ago, and Ryan will be available for the next game at Villa Park a week tomorrow.

There are a few keys to the game but one important one is that Newcastle do not give up soft goals, as they did against Stoke, where at least three of the goals were due to some diabolical defending from the Newcastle side.

A second key factor tomorrow is if Newcastle can score the goals in Leon Bests’ forced absence, and we expect both Peter Lovenkrands and Shola Ameobi to step up to the plate.

Both players are experienced, and will know a lot will depend on their performances in front  of goal tomorrow, but in the past both players have proved they can knock that ball into the back of the net.

Nobody has to tell Alan Pardew or his players that tomorrow is an important game, and we expect to see the lads come out of their starting blocks like the proverbial steam train at 3:00 pm tomorrow afternoon.

A win tomorrow would be absolutely great, and will calm the nerves of Newcastle supporters everywhere – and that’s what we are hoping for tomorrow – and of course it’s important to stay positive as much as possible.

And after just two games in 5 weeks or so, tomorrow kicks off the last 7 weeks of the season,  in which Newcastle have 8 games to play, and the Magpies  complete the season with a home game against WBA seven weeks come Sunday.

We have to hope we are safe by that time, otherwise the finger nails will be rather short.


What team  would you start tomorrow?

Comments always welcome.

54 comments so far

  • Tal_nufc4eva

    Apr 1, 2011 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #1

    i’d start with
    simpson willo colo enrique
    barton nolan ireland gutierrez
    ranger ameobi

    enrique is ‘doubtful’ not ruled out!
    if not then put ferguson there.

  • Tal_nufc4eva

    Apr 1, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #2

    i really hope we do win tomorrow. if we dont i’ll b extreeemely upset. but remember our religation season? ( i hate talking about it) when we played fulham n we had to win then we lost. i hope that doesnt happen the day. but if we dont beat wolves, i still dont think we’ll get religated. what i am happy about is that when you read the posts on this blog. they all talk about next season etc which is could as it shows that nobody thinks we’ll go down.
    i think the teams at the bottom will be :
    we are alot better than those teams and we still have to play 4 of them. HAWAY THE LADS SHOW EVERYONE WHY I’M PROUD TO BE A GEORDIE!!!

  • Partizan

    Apr 1, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #3

    I like the idea about Guthrie,this gives us more creativity in the center of the park,but lets see how he defends.

    This game for me is much more important than a FA Cup final.I hope with all the luck in the world we’ll get those 3 points somehow,even 1 point will not let me down especially if we come from behind,which is becoming like a trend especially when we’re at home.
    I predict 1-0 or 1-1

  • applepine

    Apr 1, 2011 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #4

    I don’t see why willo keeps getting the nod over saylor, really hope that’s not the case tomorrow! He is very much a squad player IMO.. HWTL

  • daneevz

    Apr 1, 2011 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #5


  • The Leazus End

    Apr 1, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #6

    Every player needs to get there job done tomorrow.
    this game is massive i would say the most important this season (IMO)
    We need the three points and it dont matter how we get them , evry member of our team must be up for this game .
    keep the faith lets get at them from the off and bag the 3 points.
    i have a feeling there maybe a red card tomorrwo at some point cos theres gonna be some tackles flying in

  • daneevz

    Apr 1, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #7

    i agree with applepine much prefer Staylor but Willo always gets the nod!

  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 1, 2011 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #8

    I think jose might be fit for tomorrow daneevz. That would really boost our chances. Ferguson could play left wing and Jonas right to start. Might give us a more balanced attack. Shola and Ranger up front, no Peter please! Barton and Nolan in the middle unless we go 4-5-1 then it’s Barton Guthrie and Nolan in behind Ranger. The back four should be solid. I would go for Simpson Willo Colo and Jose if possible. Taylor hasn’t had enough playing time for a crucial match like this. Howay the lads!!!! 2-0 to us!!!

  • The Leazus End

    Apr 1, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #9

    Guti on the right and fergie on the left atack atack atack lets just score 1 more than them and get these 3 points

  • t00ntime

    Apr 1, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #10

    If we play a 4-4-2, like I hope we do, ( and I’am sure most other Newacastle fans aswell ) then I would like to see Ireland play in midfield. Seen so Barton has been top class on the right I would like to see him there untill at least Ben Arfa returns.
    so my midfield would be :
    Barton- Ireland – Nolan – Gutierrez

    as for strikers well we only have 2 left 😛

    so Ameobie – Ranger
    ( unless he is wearing the mask because then he is useless, so if he has the mask but kuqi on 😛 )

    and in defence the only thing I would change is Enriuqe IF he is still injured of cause or if the rumor is true that its a done deal between him and AC milan
    Because if he is moving to Ac milan then i think ferguson should play rest of season ( everbody says all he needs is experince so whens a better time to get it )

    final line up :
    Simpson – Williamson – Collocini – Ferguson
    Barton – Ireland – Nolan – Gutierrez
    Ranger – Ameobie/ kuqi

    lol I can’t say kuqi in final squad without laughing

  • daneevz

    Apr 1, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #11

    Ranger wont start lads im affraid dun think Pards likes him. Jose wont be risked but guthrie will deffo start either him on the right and bartons midfield or otherway round.

  • daneevz

    Apr 1, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #12

    got a good feeling bout tomoz the lads know what they gotta do and we’ll be victorious id love to be going to st james tomoz!!

  • The Leazus End

    Apr 1, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #13

    @ daneevz // Apr 1, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    nice and possitive love it bud

  • Jezza

    Apr 1, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #14

    Going into the Wolves game the stats and form guide make ominous reading.

    In our last 6 games we’ve won 1 drawn 3 lost 2 while Wolves have won 3 drawn 2 lost 1.

    We have only won 4 home games all season and only 1 under Pardew.

    Wolves have got an awful away record this season but even that isn’t in our favour because teams coming to St James’s Park with that sort of away form always seem to go home with the 3 points.

    Most of all I just can’t see Pardew being able to guide the team to any sort of result. The shambles at Stoke was typical Pardew and there’s more to come and you just know that the Wolves players will “want it” a lot more than our lot.

    All factors considered, I’d truly be absolutely delighted with a draw against Wolves.

  • daneevz

    Apr 1, 2011 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #15

    Jezza negative comments aint welcome!!! you be eating ur hat when we get all 3 points tomoz with a 3-1 win so we can all watch motd with excitment!!!

  • cheikmate

    Apr 1, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #16

    I cant see nolan and ireland in the centre of a 4 man midfield, there both attacking minded and will leave us exposed in the middle. I think we shud play guthrie and ireland in the centre with nolan behind shola in 4-5-1 system my team tomorrow then:
    Simmo Saylor Collo Jose/ferguson
    Barton Ireland Guthrie Jonas

  • gorskino10

    Apr 1, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #17

    Guthrie – Have little faith in him last game i saw him he looked so nervous on the ball and all he did was delay passes and cause other players problems with his less than accurate passing.

    Ameobi Lovenkrands

    = 0 Goals!

    Can’t believe AP watched them 2 and keeps using them id prefer to go with 1 upfront in Ranger! atleast he works and causes problems in the defence.

    I recon a very boring 1-0 to Wolves i dont see us scoring from our Middle or Attack so it would have to be a defender if we do.

    I hate being negative i wish i could be posisitive but Danny Gutrie playing and Ameobi/Loven who both are terrible.

  • cheikmate

    Apr 1, 2011 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #18

    in fact pards has already guarenteed that guthrie will start:

    “I don’t mind giving it away. Danny Guthrie will play,” the boss told

    “Danny is not Cheik – he won’t break up play or perhaps get around the pitch like Cheik does.

    “But what he will do is pass the ball, and he will pass it with real quality. I think one of the keys to the game is Danny getting on the ball and passing the ball well for us.

    “He’s got a great range and has an important role on Saturday.”

  • daneevz

    Apr 1, 2011 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #19

    cheikmate i kinda agree but i think nolan will be more defensive than ireland id swap them two in ur formation and swap barton and guthrie.

  • daneevz

    Apr 1, 2011 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #20

    shola to bag two tomoz sorry lads!!!

  • cheikmate

    Apr 1, 2011 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #21

    daneevz i hope ur rite its bin a while since a got excited bwt motd. 4-4 day was the las one a cud watch with joy

  • gorskino10

    Apr 1, 2011 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #22

    Im hoping for a 0-0 or 1-1 draw tbh but a win would be incredible with this team, Harper/Loven/Ameobi/Guthrie all shouldnt be playing they are rubbish, i just hope we can pull something out of the hat to nick a win i have hope (a lil) :p

  • daneevz

    Apr 1, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #23

    aii me two kinda took it off my skyplanner for a few weeks lol

  • daneevz

    Apr 1, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #24

    we’ll see a Brave spirited performance from the boys tomoz with the defence solid an and barton being pure genius!! we all love tiote yes hes been best buy we had for a while but he still can improve without him tomoz will be hard as he wins alot in midfield but he also causes alot of pressure on our defense he does lose the ball in some bad place i think we’ve conceeded a few goals from tiote losing the ball near our box.

  • cheikmate

    Apr 1, 2011 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #25

    what worries me is that we had to rely on loven and shola for our last few games wen we got relegated. they couldnt do the job then, how they gon do it now? I hate bashing these two as well cos loven was great last year n shola is world class against the mackems (only in these games tho, shola and the word world class should never be used together lol)

  • daneevz

    Apr 1, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #26

    i say we give kuqi a blast from the start and if he shite bring him off simples!!

  • cheikmate

    Apr 1, 2011 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #27

    ii giv kuqi n ranger a game, wolves will be too physical for loven

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 1, 2011 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #28

    I have to agree with gorskino and Jezza’s assessment of how tomorrow might pan out….i would be happy with a draw but see Wolves sneaking it 1-0. Unbelievable that we signed Ireland when we could have had O’Hara who has been influential for Wolves since being on loan…now we have to rely Guthrie in midfield and a ‘strikeforce’ that can’t score….We would be as well giving Saylor a shot at leading the line as opposed to Lovenkrands. Pardew will keep making selection and tactical blunders from now until the end of the season threatening our Premiership status…Guaranteed we will see HBA before the end of the season as a result of blind panic which will put his rehab further behind schedule just like he did with Gosling.

  • The Leazus End

    Apr 1, 2011 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #29

    lets get every black and white scarf strip and flag out tomorrow and make this a game we will never forget.
    lets scare the sh@t oot if them . We are at st james park so we should let them know .
    play fergie on left and Guti on right and lets beat this lot and give the toon a lift dispite our injurys .
    we could be 9nth by tomorrow night ,happy days

  • The Leazus End

    Apr 1, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #30

    @ Shot Bru // Apr 1, 2011 at 8:53 PM

    WTF, you would be happy with a draw

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 1, 2011 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #31

    The Leazus End..a draw would be a good result considering how easy we capitulated last week…i honestly can’t see where the goals are gonna come from tomorrow.

  • The Power Ranger

    Apr 1, 2011 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #32

    C’mon the TOON. Massive performance from every single one of you tomorrow. I’m going for a 6-1. Bout time we had a good ol ripping.

  • The Leazus End

    Apr 1, 2011 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #33

    whare did our goals from against arsenal ,we have Barton ,Ireland ,Nolan ,Rnanger,Shola I know its not ideal but am a fan
    I think we need to get right behind them i allways look for the good stuff instead of the negativity.
    We will get the scrappy win tomorrow and we will chat saturday night on here

  • boonarmy

    Apr 1, 2011 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #34,19528,11661_6847016,00.html

    Looks like ben arfa will be our number 10 next year playing just behind the striker.

  • G-Man

    Apr 1, 2011 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #35

    Pardew on Nolan, Kev’s given 100% for me in every game, and also in training.

    “He leads by example on the training pitch.

    “I think it’s important for Newcastle fans to understand that, and not to listen to the negative voices who put stuff on the internet which is absolute rubbish.” Good, they read these blogs, lose weight, get fitter, work harder for 90 mins & lead by example, as captain should. Hoping for a win tomoz, but looks like 0-0 to me……….

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 1, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #36

    I hope you’re right Leazus End..i guess my pessimism comes from 4 decades of support and let down on a regular basis, not to mention the huge expense of following my gets to a point where you can almost predict what is gonna happen and who is gonna score against us.

  • ToonBry

    Apr 1, 2011 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #37

    Most of you are right. We are a far FAR worse team with Guthrie, Lovenkrands and Ameobi playing. They are all Championship players which is why they all looked ok last year. Leon Best has stepped up to the Prem really well but he’s always injured.

  • gorskino10

    Apr 1, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #38

    Agree with G Man.

    BTW i love not pushing pressure on Arfa, AP telling him he has to score 10/15 goals in a season while Loven and Ameobi and Best combined dont have that many.

    Also doesnt that mean he will play in Nolans place? doing Nolans job as this season he has 11 atm? Are we selling Nolan?

  • gorskino10

    Apr 1, 2011 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #39

    “Next season? He will play a central role in our attacking line. I want to use him as a playmaker, a number 10, just behind one forward.” Who would you like to see as our lone striker next season?

    Lone striker i wonder if that will be Best so this means Pardew WONT buy a new striker then only (Maybe) a winger. would be a joke if we dont.

  • Brutooon

    Apr 1, 2011 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #40

    Why start an ageing lovenkrands when we can start a hunger, something-to-prove, young Ranger?

    So far his only impact sub was the liverpoolgame. Go start him!


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