Newcastle Can Still Field Strong Side At Villa Park

Newcastle will have a number of top players missing on Sunday at Villa Park, but they can still field a strong side.

Joey Barton – will captain Newcastle on Sunday

Cheick Tiote, James Perch and captain Kevin Nolan will all miss the game because of suspension, and of course Ben Arfa, Dan Gosling, Leon Best and Alan Smith will all miss the game through injury.

Stephen Ireland is also not eligible to play against his home club, but the good news is twofold –  Jose Enrique seems to be fit again after his hamstring problems to resume at left-back, back in for the impressive young Shane Ferguson,  and Ryan Taylor is available after serving his three match ban for being sent of against Bolton Wanderers.

And it could be that Ryan Taylor could come straight back into the team on the right wing, with Joey Barton given a chance to prove he’s the best English midfielder, by taking over the central midfield position from fellow Liverpudlian Kevin Nolan.

Danny Guthrie will continue in Cheick Tiote’s position in defensive midfield,  after putting in a solid and good display in the 4-1 trouncing of Wolves last weekend.

So it seems Alan Pardew could start the following side at Villa Park on Sunday:

Simpson Coloccini Williamson Enrique
Taylor (R) Guthrie Barton (c) Gutierrez
Ameobi Lovenkrands

Joey Barton will captain the side in the absence of Kevin, and that signifies the importance of this player to the Newcastle club, although we’d be happier if he would keep most of his opinions to himself these days. 😀

But Joey has been great for Newcastle this season, just great, and he will see this as an opportunity to lead Newcastle to safety in the Premier League this season, if the lads can get all 3 points.

It will be a good test for Joey, and he will be Newcastle’s main man again, but if Joey is on song, which he has been for most of the season, then Newcastle should be able to take something out of this game.

A draw will take Newcastle to 40 points, and we’d be satisfied with that, but of course a win will propel Newcastle to safety from relegation, and we’d be ecstatic with that.

Comments welcome.

31 comments so far

  • ytz

    Apr 8, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #1

    We will have a weak bench though, particularly from the midfield.

  • lewman

    Apr 8, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #2

    joey might get a goal or two as he has been hyping himself up a lot recently so he should be well up for it.

  • John

    Apr 8, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #3

    bring in taylor at rb move simpson to rm and move joey to cm

  • tdt

    Apr 8, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #4

    I’d prefer:


    Subs: Krul, S.Taylor, R.Taylor, Ranger, Kuqi – plus 2 of the best youngsters.

  • laurentrobert32

    Apr 8, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #5

    that would be my team as well tdt. just cant see pards moving jonas to the right. seen as though pretty much ever good cross he ever does is on his right foot. i cant understand why he isnt tried there. yeah him n jose have a good understanding, but whos to say jose n fergie wouldnt cause even more damage?

  • dawid182

    Apr 8, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #6

    …and maybe even Ireland realizes too that he not on holiday in Newcastle and He’ll play….hopefully

  • Markaccus

    Apr 8, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #7

    I like tdt’s team too, if jose not ready, then loven plays left side, fergie back to LB and ranger starts. Jonas and “oven can always switch wings now and then to mix it up a bit

  • Markaccus

    Apr 8, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #8

    Ireland can’t play against villa,dawid. Its in the contract. Hopefully see him against man ure

  • Markaccus

    Apr 8, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #9

    And how come I have such a faggoty coloured icon today 🙁

  • tdt

    Apr 8, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #10

    says you, mine’s pink!

  • dawid182

    Apr 8, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #11

    ohh really…I forget, no matter….he’ll can play five games…ridiculous

  • davybtoon

    Apr 8, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #12

    the team has got to be

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 8, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #13

    I GUESS Airey AND ranger will get run outs fergie might get run out but only he is fit to play

  • davybtoon

    Apr 8, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #14

    the team has got to be
    simpson williamson colo jose
    jonas barton guthrie ferguson
    shola lovenkrands

    bench:krul, staylor, rtaylor, ranger, kuqi, airey, taveriner
    would love to see airey n ranger get the last 3o mins

  • Markaccus

    Apr 8, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #15

    Ok, tdt, yours is worse, but mine is still moderately faggoty.

    Yes dawid, it is rediculous that we might only get 5 games out of ireland. Unless he scores in each one its hardly worth it.

  • tdt

    Apr 8, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #16


  • tdt

    Apr 8, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #17

    If he’s on a pay-as-you-play deal then it suits us just fine. If he comes good he’ll be keen to stay because he’s been involved and has experienced the great atmosphere in the dressing room, and if he’s crap its not cost much at all becuase he has hardly played.

  • alex84

    Apr 8, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #18

    its going to be a very tough game on sunday, a point would be ok, hopefully Shola carrys his form from the last game into this one

  • Sav

    Apr 8, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #19

    On paper it doesn’t look as impressive as Villa’s likely side. But Barton is the one player who might turn that on its head if he bosses the midfield alongside Guthrie. That is how important he is.

  • Ryan_NUFC88

    Apr 8, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #20

    I agree with TDT’s line-up, Fergie deserves a 2nd start in my opinion!!!

  • BeeGuy

    Apr 8, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #21

    With Jonas on the right and Fergie on the left, there is better balance on both sides of the Newcastle attack and defense. Villa will likely overload their defense against Toon left side, which will open up the right for a while. I can see Newcastle having the chance to score 3 in this game. THe question is will Villa keep their poise or let their heads drop if Newcastle can get an early lead?

  • albert27

    Apr 8, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #22

    BTW Does anyone know if A Carroll is fine to play against us? was there anything in the deal which said he couldnt play vs NUFC this season?

  • Stuart

    Apr 8, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #23


    No, if hes fit he can play against us. Once a players sold you can’t put clauses like that in lol.

    I just hope Cheik Tiotes playing myself.

  • Markaccus

    Apr 8, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #24

    I’d think he could play, as it was a sale rather than a loan deal.


    Apr 8, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #25

    not a major differance but
    Simpson SAYLOR colo enrique
    jonas barton guttrie fergi
    shola lover/for 50mins

  • Burni

    Apr 8, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #26

    alex I agree, dont get me wrong, they have been poor all season but they seem like theyre picking up a bit and our records against them at Villa Park isnt too great…..will be buzzin with a win but will settle for a draw.

  • steve1980

    Apr 8, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #27

    Goal – Harper
    RB – Simpson
    CH – Coloccini, Steven Taylor
    LB – Jose Enrique
    RW – Jonas
    CM – Barton, Guthrie
    LW – Ferguson
    Forward – Ameobi, Lovenkrands

    1 – 2 (Barton, Coloccini)

  • daneevz

    Apr 8, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #28

    Id go with the team Ed said as the Jose/Jonas partnership is a very great combo which always produces something. and R.Taylor done well till his sending off the other day i think that team wilbe stronger than what u guys suggested.

  • BonVoyageBenny

    Apr 8, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #29

    I’d make a few changes for Villa, they have shedloads of pace in their side. So regarding this, I’d play:

    Although, I wouldn’t mind Jonas on the left with R. Taylor on the right. Can’t see there being any changes to that.

  • Robbanufc

    Apr 8, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #30

    I noticed someone spoke of the Liverpool game.. For that game I hope Pardew plays S. Taylor to itch up carrolls arse!

  • chepstow1

    Apr 9, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #31

    my team


    simpson taylor williamson enrique
    jonas barton collocini ferguson
    ameobi lovenkrands


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