Liverpool are one of the best sides in the Premier League at the moment, so perhaps we’ll get a good performance from the Newcastle side tomorrow.
Newcastle seem to be able to get themselves ready for a big game, and with any luck the lads could even turn in a similar performance to the one they gave almost two weeks ago against the mighty Manchester United at St. James’ Park, in a game that ended 0-0.
A new injury casualty this week has been Stephen Ireland, and he now joins Alan Smith and Leon Best out for the rest of the season, and Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling are still not ready to return to the side.
Danny Guthrie is also out injured, although he could be back before the end of the season on May 22nd.
Tim Krul will be preferred to Steve Harper in goal for the last four games of the season, so manager Alan Pardew can take a closer look at him, and the rest of the side seems to pick itself.
This is the side we expect Alan to name for tomorrow, and it’s unchanged from last week’s draw at Blackpool.
Simpson Coloccini Williamson Enrique
Barton Tiote Nolan (c) Enrique
Subs: Harper Taylor (s) Ferguson Perch Taylor (R) Ranger Kuqi
The game is being televised world-wide as the game in which Andy Carroll plays against his old side, but it’s not at all clear that Andy will make the game.
Our hunch is that he’ll start on the bench, although if his knee injury hasn’t cleared up, he will not even be on the bench, although he’s said to be desperate to play against his former club. Why?
Andy Carroll was never a quick healer, and he’s been dogged by injury ever since he joined the 5 times European Champions on Merseyside.
Liverpool are playing well under Kenny Dalglish, and this will no doubt be a difficult game for the Magpies. But if the lads can play somewhere near their best, they will have some chance of coming away with a solitary point.
Newcastle are still not absolutely safe in the league yet, and they will need to win their last two home games against Birmingham and WBA to make absolutely certain of their place in the Premier League for another season.
The fact that we played so bad against relegation threatened Blackpool last Saturday, when Newcastle were outplayed in that second half, is still a little worrying.
And with today’s results, Newcastle are still only 6 points above the drop zone but they have a decent goal difference of +1, which could help them finish higher up in the league.
We’d be a lot happier if the lads can take something out of the game at Anfield tomorrow.
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