Chelsea vs Newcastle – Match Preview

This game will be very tough for a weakened Newcastle United side, and we don’t really expect to get anything out of the game.

Since our last game last Saturday, when the lads beat Birmingham 2-1 for an excellent and much needed win, the squad has lost captain Kevin Nolan for the season, and of course Steve Harper is also out of action too for the last two games.

Kevin had an operation on his ankle and we have to assume that was cautionary, and the right thing to do, because Kevin should now be ready for pre-season in about 7 weeks time.

The same seems to have been true with veteran goalkeeper Steve Harper, who had another minor knee operation last week, so for the last two games of the season 20 year-old Swede Ole Soderberg will be the back-up goalkeeper to Tim Krul.

Let’s hope Murphy’s law doesn’t click in and Tim gets injured tomorrow. 🙁

The players who are now out for the season at Newcastle are Ben Arfa, Stephen Ireland, Dan Gosling, Sol Campbell, Danny Guthrie, Steve Harper, Kevin Nolan, Mike Williamson and James Perch.

Add to that Ivory Coast International Cheick Tiote, who will not be risked again this season, because he’s on 14 yellow cards.

Although Alan Smith and Leon Best have both returned to training, it’s unlikely they will be risked in the last two games, and they are not in the provisional squad for tomorrow’s game.

So that’s an amazing 12 first team players unavailable for the last two games of the season – simply astonishing.

So the big question for tomorrow is what will the Newcastle team be?

We have to think captain for the day Joey Barton will take a more central role, and no other senior central midfielder is available – and th situation reminds us of the catastrophic injury situation that existed under Graeme Souness and Glenn Roeder when they were managing the club.

Alan Pardew has talked up Haris Vuckic this week and we think he will be given a chance alongside Joey Barton, and of course he played very well at Stamford Bridge in September, and after being out so long with injuries this season, it’s a great chance for the Slovenian U21 International to show what he can do.

So this is the side we think Pardew will select for tomorrow afternoon:

Simpson Taylor(S) Coloccini Enrique
Taylor( R) Vuckic Barton (c) Gutierrez
Lovenkrands Ameobi
Subs: Soderberg Ferguson Tavernier Richardson Ranger Kuqi LuaLua

We expect Ryan Taylor to get a start on the right wing, and we’re surprised he has not featured since he put in an excellent show against Bolton Wanderers, before being sent off.

Again it’s a great opportunity for him to show just what he can do for Newcastle, and we’re hoping for another good performance from Ryan.

It could be that Kazenga LuaLua, fit again following injury,  will feature tomorrow on the right wing, but we have the 20 year-old on the bench, and he may even see some playing time tomorrow.

Joey Barton will be huge player for the Newcastle side tomorrow, because not only is he the captain, but he’ll be the leader of the side tomorrow on the pitch with Kevin missing, but it’s something that we think Joey will thrive on. We expect Joey to have another committed game for Newcastle tomorrow afternoon.

The subs bench is full of youngsters,  which just about illustrates the catastrophic injury situation at the  Newcastle club at the moment. Newcatsle must add numbers to their squad for next season so this doesn’t happen again.

Even though Chelsea have now lost their Premier League title to Manchester United, they will want to press on in these last two games.

And certainly before their loss to Manchester United last weekend, they had won 8 and drawn one of their previous 9 league games, and almost caught the Red Devils with that terrific run of good form.

We’d love to see Newcastle get something out of this game tomorrow, but we just cannot see it happening.

If the lads do get something out of the game, it will be a terrific achievement for the side, and my hat will be off to them – where’s that wine?

Here’s hoping!

What do you think the side will be for tomorrow?

Comments welcome.

134 comments so far

  • partizanovec

    May 14, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #1

    Entertaining match on Stamford, 2:2.
    Shola and R.Taylor free kick

  • bills-son

    May 14, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #2

    Joe said – Football’s not only about assists and goals you know.

    It is if you want to win matches pal – nothing else counts. Fancy dribbling, hard graft running, you name it – assists and goals win games, cups and leagues. End of.

    Your comment is one of the daftest Ive ever read on here.

  • BonVoyageBenny

    May 14, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #3

    A loss for us, 2-0, but exciting play from our youngsters and shows of promising play.
    That’s all I want tomorrow, a spirited performance.

  • coolcatcarter89

    May 14, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #4

    2-1 to us – Ferguson and Ranger!!!!!!!!

  • bills-son

    May 14, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #5

    Oops! Meant to post this on the thread about Jonas – the ‘great’ player who has 2 goals and just 5 assists in 33 league games this season.

    Jones is a decent player, no more. I’d replace him with a better winger who actually has an end product – keep hime as a squad player, sell him if a club bids £6M+

  • damonmwade

    May 14, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #6

    have we cloned enrique like? got him down twice in the team there, and dont be so negative have a bit of optomism HWTL!!

  • toonfan09

    May 14, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #7

    how can birmingham and stoke be in europe how depressing the rule needs to be changed to where u finish in the league

  • Robby Bobson

    May 14, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #8

    I no enrique tears up the wing but think it counts as left back and left wing!!!


    May 14, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #9

    2 Enrique in the squad?

  • benarfastar

    May 14, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #10

    1-1 ryan taylor score!

  • GeordieGerman

    May 14, 2011 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #11

    Hey great, we have 2 Enriques. Wonder which will leave.

  • toonarmy1986

    May 14, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #12

    I think Chelsea will be sulking and I think a lot of their players know their time is up at Chelsea so really could be there for the taken if we’re up for this. With 2 wins we have an amazing chance of a top 8 finish, which would be unbelievable but not sure if I would want it because it means expectations for next season would be to high.

  • djm...

    May 14, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #13

    Football isn’t all about goals and assists. Some times jonas is one of out best defenders just by running to the corner flag when he doesn’t have anything else on from the forwards takes the pressure off the defence.

  • carrollsinger

    May 14, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #14

    It’s not the first time we have had 2 enriques o. The team sheet but I would like to see one change and that’s loven for ranger

  • GeordieGerman

    May 14, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #15

    Pity we don’t have 2 Sholas.

  • coolcatcarter89

    May 14, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #16

    My team:


  • mashearer

    May 14, 2011 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #17

    jonas is class..i remember many of carroll’s goal with barton assist came after jonas was fouled.

  • kevymartins

    May 14, 2011 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #18

    Pitty we dont have lionel bestie or 11 tiotes …..But the worst 1 is…PITTY WE DONT HAVE ME

  • tunneytoon

    May 14, 2011 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #19


  • Toon1978

    May 14, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #20
  • NorseToonBrann

    May 14, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #21

    Can anyone give me an objective “scout report” on Shane Ferguson. I’ve seen him only once as he came in as a sub and did brilliant. But could he go all the way? And what about Haris Vucsic? I have a dream that the young lads will step up this summer and claim first team spots when the season is back on track in august:) A year ago Haris was toutet as a soon-to-be wonderkid. Fckin injuries… HWTL

  • davybtoon

    May 14, 2011 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #22

    haris vukic is gonna b huge talent in a couple of years all the top teams r gonna want this kid am telling u hes that good if he was at any other club which actually enjoy giving young talent a chance then he wud already b huge talent, it really pees me off that we dont seem to think our young lads r ready until there in there 20s manu players hav played 50/100 senior games by the time they hit 20 either at manu or out on loans

  • davybtoon

    May 14, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #23

    ferguson is a top player aswell but he is not n never will b a left back hes a left winger hence the reason hes good at goin forward n crap at defending

  • davybtoon

    May 14, 2011 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #24

    out to watch lille v psg on eurospot in french cup final see if can see any talent

  • GeordieGerman

    May 14, 2011 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #25

    NorseToonBrann, my feeling is that Ferguson good go all the way. One thing I did notice is (my feelings only) that Jonas has something against the kid. Maybe jealousy. As he seemed not to help him in the slightest. But dead honest he did great under those conditions. So maybe Jonas sees his replacement.

  • GeordieGerman

    May 14, 2011 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #26

    good go all the way = could go all the way. Oops.

  • boater

    May 14, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #27

    Bills Son – Normally I agree with you, but Jonas has been one of the reasons we have done as well as we have this season.

    I wasn’t a fan at all until this season in fact, but now acknowledge the outlet he gives us is crucial.. especially against superior opposition.. arsenal, man u, chelsea league games all spring to mind.

    I also remember him and Barton coming off the bench in the CC against arsenal and how the team was transformed… some players you only realise how good they are when they don’t play.

    Someone like N’zog who scores and has better delivery – is nowhere near as good as stretching the pitch out, and talking the game to the opposition when we are under the kosh.

  • jimiley

    May 14, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #28

    its great news that smudger has returned to training as we have missed his aggression in midfield. Lets hope he gets a game against West Brom. He is a great player who is sorely missed. Much better than Tiote who gets booked every week.

  • colwell

    May 14, 2011 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #29

    I wouldn`t say I`m not expecting to get anything tomorrow, I`m expecting a hammering lol

  • davybtoon

    May 14, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #30

    lille may have qaulified for the champions league but there team is gonna b ripped apart in the summer bcoz theyve so much talent
    n that sahko for psg is a beast for 21

  • jimiley

    May 14, 2011 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #31

    Chelsea game is a waste of time. We will lose. But we are Geordies and we are used to losing. We are the most loyal supporters in the world. We actually have got used to losing. Its a badge of honour. Bollocks to the Chelsea scum in their million pound council houses!!!!

  • davybtoon

    May 14, 2011 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #32

    aslong as put in a good performance tomorro n see some of the younsters ill b happy
    my team wud be
    tavernier colo taylor jose
    rtaylor barton vukic jonas
    shola ranger

  • davybtoon

    May 14, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #33

    moussa sow 25year old scored 21 goals this season but has had hazard n gervinho supplying, only scored 18 goals in his career b4 this season id b abit concerned if we payed 10mill or more for him

  • jimiley

    May 14, 2011 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #34

    I was listening to the commentator on the TV about the Cup Final who said that Man C had laid to rest one of the longest running losing sequences without a top award. Can anyone guess who has the longest losing sequence???? I am not including Hartlepool or Darlington.

  • davybtoon

    May 14, 2011 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #35

    jimiley – i take its us since u seem to jus wanna rip us apart tonyt

  • 09nufc09

    May 14, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #36

    Jonas facts …
    Only player in the pl to play a part in every game this year.
    Won the freekick at aresenal that carroll scored from 3 pts gained.
    Won the freekick againt wolves that carroll scored from 1 pt gained.
    Took the corner against wigan that colo scored from 1 pt gained.
    There is more but i cba to list them, in my eyes he is a game changer, always relieving pressure, never goes missing in a game even tho he always get stick from the crowd. never injured even tho he is contantly fouled.
    Season before he came to us he had highest assists in la liga. Our strikers dont make the runs. Decent quick striker and you will see a better jonas.

  • GeordieGerman

    May 14, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #37

    jimiley, how does that beer taste mate? Smith better than Tiote? ROFL. Next you’ll be saying how fantastic Ashley is.

  • Mancgeordie

    May 14, 2011 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #38

    what about erdinc weren’t we linked with him last summer he is on the bench tonight surprisingly dropped for giuly? my team for tomorrow would be
    nothing to lose give the youngstars some experiance for next season may even spring a surprise and would play with no fear

  • jimiley

    May 14, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #39

    No mate, its Stoke. The Toon is doing just fine. We won a domestic trophy in 1955 and the league in 1927. Not a good record but i can live with that. we are Geordies and do not expect to win anything. Go support Man U or Barca if you want to win sod all. Ask Stoke!!!!!!

  • GeordieGerman

    May 14, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #40

    09nufc09, I have to say I love Jonas. (not like that). But he did have a problem when Ferguson played when Enrique was injured. A profi should be helping and advising and not hindering.


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