Newcastle vs Birmingham – Match Preview


Newcastle have three games left for the season and tomorrow’s home game against Birmingham is the easiest of the three.

That’s on paper of course, but Newcastle easily beat Birmingham, at St. Andrews 2-0 and if they can put in a decent and spirited display they could get their second double of the season, having earlier defeated West Ham twice.

Newcastle have not done too well since mid January and only have two wins in their last 14 league games and have only 13 points in those games – so surely we’re due a win – especially at home.

Newcastle also play WBA at home two weeks on Sunday in the final game soft the season, and they have a decent chance of winning that game, but WBA have been in awesome form since Roy Hodgson took over and have only a single defeat since the former Liverpool and Fulham manager took over.

Newcastle have many many players injured including Ben Arfa, Dan Gosling, Alan Smith, Leon Best James Perch, Danny Guthrie, Mike Williamson and Sol Campbell.

Alan Pardew will  have difficulty filling his bench tomorrow and we’ll see a lot of teenagers there.

Steven Taylor will get start for the injured Mike Williamson, who somehow managed to break his arm in the gym yesterday, so the starting eleven seems to pick itself:

Krul
Simpson Taylor (S) Coloccini Enrique
Barton Tiote Nolan (c) Gutierrez
Ameobi Lovenkrands
Subs: Harper Tavernier Ferguson Richardson Taylor (R) Kuqi Ranger

That’s not a bad looking starting eleven, but there’s not much experience ion the bench, so Pardew will have a hard job changing the game tomorrow in the second half, if he has to.

Tim Krul continues in goal, probably for the rest of the season, so Alan Pardew can take a better look at him, and Pardew might as well give some of the youngsters some playing time, depending on how the game goes in the second half.

Newcastle need to play with conviction tomorrow, and none of this end of season lethargy stuff, as Pardew has said several times before, that  some players are playing for their Newcastle futures.

Of course with 8 senior players injured and out for the season, maybe some of them, like Sol Campbell as one example, have already played their last game for Newcastle.

But these players get paid big money to do their jobs, and after last weekend’s rather inept performance at Liverpool,  they owe it to their fans to give a spirited display, which is just exactly what Alan Pardew says he is looking for tomorrow afternoon.

If the lads can produce a spirited performance, then  there’s a high likelihood they can collect all 3 points against an ordinary looking Birmingham side.

That would make Newcastle fans feel a lot better tomorrow night  – that’s for sure.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.



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82 comments so far

  • hainesy

    May 6, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #1

    HWTL!

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  • dave 1961

    May 6, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #2

    we should just play Williamson as he could not pull anyone down with one arm.

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  • hainesy

    May 6, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #3

    Anyone else want to see Ranger/Airey/Kuqi to start tomorrow?

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  • steburnip

    May 6, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #4

    Why the hell would anyone want to see ranger start, he is useless,

    He will be another ameobi in 10 years,

    potential this, potential that, yeah yeah, BOLLOX!!

    id give airey ago never seem him play

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  • The Entertainers

    May 6, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #5

    2-0 to the lads. Nolan and Ranger !
    Just fancy him tomorrow !

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  • G

    May 6, 2011 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #6

    I would give it a go hainsey, after all, nowt to lose on this one, so why not risk the lot. steburnip, you haven’t seen somebody play, but they have an as yet unproven reputation for potential, and you would play them over somebody who is on the cusp of realising the potential? Stick to netball kid.

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  • boonarmy

    May 6, 2011 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #7

    what happened to this big announcment thats being made this week any one know.

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  • steburnip

    May 6, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #8

    G, stop talking sh*t,

    I have seen ranger play and he is shite,

    Iv seen airey play in the reserves but thats different to the league, so give him a go rather than the poor mans ameobi.

    utter shit

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  • damonmwade

    May 6, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #9

    I think birmingham will look to take the game to us which i think will make it a bit tricky but i think our lads can pull it off 1-0 S.Taylor from a corner HWTL!!!

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  • hainesy

    May 6, 2011 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #10

    steburnip, calm down mate

    To be honest anyone at all would be better than Ameobi!
    I would rather see Ryan bloody Donaldson play upfront over Ameobi.
    My choice would be Kuqi tbqh ( I must have a big old heart to say that) then I would want Airey ( just because has potential and hasn’t been given the chances Ranger has been given last it would be Ranger ( only want him to start because he is better,younger,pacier than Shola).

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  • steburnip

    May 6, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #11

    I think its gonna be tough, everyone may be expecting a toon win, but our strikers are shit,
    look at sunderland with no strikers gettine beat 3-0 off fulham,
    my team would be
    harper
    simpson saylor collo enrique
    raylor barton tiote guttierez
    nolan
    ameobi

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  • G

    May 6, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #12

    If you think Ranger and Ameobi are similar stylewise, I think it is you that is talking the ‘Barry white’. I have also seen Airey play, he isn’t ready, maybe next year, no point in knacking his confidence by throwing him in too soon. Far too many toon players have their confidence destroyed like this.

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  • The Entertainers

    May 6, 2011 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #13

    The big announcement?

    Surely it was revealing that god awful strip!

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  • Rusbjerg11

    May 6, 2011 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #14

    Newcastle 2-0 Birmingham

    Goalscore:
    Lovenkrands and Barton

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  • steburnip

    May 6, 2011 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #15

    hainsey a na, a need to calm down,
    stuck in the house with the kids on a friday night no good for any man!!

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  • JAMSHA

    May 6, 2011 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #16

    Plz for fk sake dnt start dat donkey ,giv chance to airey

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  • hainesy

    May 6, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #17

    steburnip- Fair enough mate 🙂

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  • hainesy

    May 6, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #18

    this will sound stupid but there are 3 outcomes for tomorrow (as always) but I feel if we lose we will lose appallingly, if we win I believe it will be a comfortable win, or the draw will be a diabolical 0-0

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  • G

    May 6, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #19

    hainsey, I expect AP will take the predictable route for selection, therefore, my prediction would be 0-0. I would, however, love it, if he surprised me, got the lads playing ‘sh*t or bust’ football and we give them a good hiding?

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  • Tonytoon73

    May 6, 2011 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #20

    Drop Ameobi put young ferguson on the left wing, Guti on the right wing, barton in the middle with tiote and nolan just behind lovenkrands. There you go, as long as Shola the slug does not play any part we will tw** them.

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  • arfa chance

    May 6, 2011 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #21

    2 nil to us, loverman to score a brace .

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  • Partizan

    May 6, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #22

    Why didn’t we stick with Rossi,..well you win some you lose some.

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  • hainesy

    May 6, 2011 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #23

    1 goal in about 10games on his loan spell that’s why we didn’t keep him. At the time I wanted him to clear off too.

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  • Tonytoon73

    May 6, 2011 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #24

    The only worry I have tomorrow is steven the pointer Taylor, he is a disaster waiting to happen. He reminds me of paul the octapus arms all over.

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  • G

    May 6, 2011 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #25

    Not the only one watching Question of Sport then Partizan? lol. In answer to your question, I have no idea, probs for the same reason we wouldn’t pay a million extra for a young Saha.

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  • G

    May 6, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #26

    Tonytoon73, ST hasn’t done that for quite some time, neither has Paul the Octopus, what with him being dead and all. It’s ST of Sol Campbell tomorrow, so seriously, who would you rather have?

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  • arfa chance

    May 6, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #27

    Sol campbell is out with an ankle injury G

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  • G

    May 6, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #28

    I stand corrected then, so it’s ST or… anybody’s guess? Perch is injured I believe, Willo has the broken wing, so it’s gonna be a back 4 with JE, ST, FC, DS. Can anybody name a stronger fit back 4, cos I can’t?

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  • Partizan

    May 6, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #29

    ……………………………..Given……………………………..
    Beye…………Collocini……….Bassong……….Bull..
    …………………………….Tiote……………………………
    ………Milner…………………………………Jonas……..
    ……………………………..HBA……………………………
    ………………….Carroll…………Rossi………………….

    Krul,Taylor,Barton,Nolan,Martins,Willo,Simpson

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  • G

    May 6, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #30

    Given?

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  • Partizan

    May 6, 2011 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #31

    Hainesy…In that case,would you want Ranger out too?

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  • G

    May 6, 2011 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #32

    Bassong? Milner, Carroll, Rossi? Sorry, I thought you meant for tomorrow, is this a last 4 years fave line up then?

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  • Partizan

    May 6, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #33

    G….Its called”building a team” 🙂

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  • G

    May 6, 2011 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #34

    Oh I see, having not seen an example of that since SBR I completely missed the point!

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  • gorskino10

    May 6, 2011 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #35

    If we are as terrible and lacking any commitment like we have been the last 2 weeks and with Ameobi and Loven upfront, dont expect anything other than a loss or draw.

    Lets hope we can get the PASSION which has been lacking, if we have that we may do well.

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  • Partizan

    May 6, 2011 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #36

    last 3 years more likely

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  • Tonytoon73

    May 6, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #37

    G i thought taylor was pointing against villa when Collins scored when he was supposed to be marking him. As for paul the octapus being dead so is taylor dead wood.

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  • toonfan09

    May 6, 2011 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #38

    just watched shearers 206 goals on dvd is it me or wud he still be a better option than ameobi

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  • G

    May 6, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #39

    Tony, Danny Simpson was the man marking Collins in that game, what with Collins not being a striker, and a CB’s job in a set piece it to watch a striker. If he pointed, it was probs to tell somebody to close a gap.

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  • Baro

    May 6, 2011 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #40

    We will get all 3 points tomorrow. Its at home and its a poor side with injured/suspended players just like we have, but our side pretty good, still in bare bones. All 3 points is the main priority tomorrow. I hope Ranger gets to start. With this squad tomorrow i’m more than certain we will have tons and tons more creativity in our squad just can’t wait!

    …………………………….Krul…………………………….

    Tavernier…….Tayls…………Colo…………Enrique

    Jonas……………Barton……Tiote…………Ferguson

    …………………………..Nolan……………………………

    ………………………….Ranger…………………………..

    Newcastle United 3 – 0 Birmingham

    Ranger 5 min
    Barton 12 min( Penalty )
    Ferguson 87 min

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