Newcastle vs West Brom – Match Preview


This is the very last game of the season and even if Newcastle get nothing out of this game, it’s been a really good season for the Magpies – there’s just no denying that.

Newcastle could have a strengthened side from the one that got a valuable and deserved 2-2 draw last Sunday at Chelsea,  with both Leon Best and Danny Guthrie being named in the initial squad.

Last week the youngsters came on in the second half – Nile Ranger, Sammy Ameobi and Kazenga LuaLua and they all looked the part, and of course Shane Ferguson started the game,  and again looked good on the left wing.

With Argentine International Jonas Gutierrez out with a thigh strain, Shane will be making his 9th appearance for Newcastle tomorrow.

Alan Pardew may keep the central midfield unchanged with Joey Barton and Ryan Taylor again being given the chance, but if Danny Guthrie has looked good in training he could come into partner Joey in the middle, and Ryan could move out on the right wing, probably his best position.

Alan Smith is available but Pardew has come out today  and said he doesn’t want to use Alan tomorrow, except in an emergency:

“I don’t really want to use Alan,” “Alan’s just there as an emergency, if I’m honest, because of his ankle.”

“He had a bad injury. We want to finish the season well, but we don’t want to put players at risk. Alan will probably be on the bench, but hopefully not used.”

So given all of that, this could be the Newcastle team tomorrow:

Simpson Coloccini Taylor(S) Enrique
Taylor (R) Barton (c) Guthrie Ferguson
Ameobi Lovenkrands
Subs: Soderburg Tavernier Ameobi (S) Smith Ranger Best Kuqi

For all the injuries Newcastle have had, that still looks a decent starting eleven, and the bench is at least stronger than it was last week at Stamford Bridge.

And we shouldn’t forget the 3-1 defeat at The Hawthorns last December was the very last game in charge for our former manager Chris Hughton, who should also share in the success of this season.

And since then West Brom manager Roberto Di Matteo has also been sacked,  and Alan Pardew and Roy Hodgson, formerly the Liverpool manager, are now the managers at Newcastle and West Brom.

Since both these clubs were also promoted from the Championship last season, a win would have Newcastle finish as the top promoted side in the Premier League this season, and it would also guarantee that we are ahead of Sunderland in the league table.

So those are just a few reasons the lads can use – if they need any sort of extra motivation for tomorrow’s game. 😀

We all want to see Newcatsle win tomorrow, but when the final whistle blows, whatever the result on the day, the lads have done so well this season in getting that respect and pride back to Newcastle United.

They need to be applauded for that.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

286 comments so far

  • dave 1961

    May 21, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #1

    good crowd seems to be less than 500 tickets left

  • GeordieGerman

    May 21, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #2

    Love the Subs Ameobi (S). Which S would that be then?


    May 21, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #3

    sammy! loved seeing them on the pitch together… shame chelsea scored just as he came on… and i hope he’s better than his brother!

  • free giveaways

    May 21, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #4

    Hope we win and finish in the top 10. It would be a great finish to a very good season for us.

    Also hope Enrique gets a great reception tomorrow as it will obviously be his last game and he has arguably been our best player over the past two seasons.

  • The Entertainers

    May 21, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #5

    Agree with the squad Ed, just hope we win and It’s a good open game, as WBA are a free flowing team if you allow them to play. Thankfully there star striker is out !

  • kilcline

    May 21, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #6

    3-1 Toon

    Nolan Hat trick 😉

  • Brutooon

    May 21, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #7

    1) Ameobi’s last match as our “main striker”. Need to buy 2 good strikers during the summer.

    2) I prefer Ranger to start. if he score, a good way for him to play a part during pre season

  • Jose Enrique

    May 21, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #8

    I would rather but LuaLua RM and put Raylor CM like last game. No point risking Guthrie and denying the youngsters a chance.


    May 21, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #9

    any links for the game???

  • davybtoon

    May 21, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #10

    yea he wont play guthrie tomorro he knows what he can do lualua shud start tomorro

  • Jose Enrique (soon changing to 'NottsGeordie')

    May 21, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #11

    The game is tomorrow.

    And how can i change my picture, im trying to getting a makeover 🙂

  • Mo Drysdale

    May 21, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #12

    Best team for tomorrow:





    Subs: Soderburg, Lovenkrands, Tavernier, Kuqi, Ameobi & Ameobi, Smith,


    May 21, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #13

    shit! hahah… thought the games were today! last game of the season and its not a saturday 3pm kick off… f****ck you sky!

  • GeordieRob

    May 21, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #14

    Odemwingie out is a huge blow to WBA!

    I was worried about his pace, but the job must be a bit easier for Colo and co now.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 21, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #15

    NUFC will win

  • Mo Drysdale

    May 21, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #16

    If all is going well with 30 mins to go I would switch to:



    Taylor(R)—–Barton——–Guthrie——Lua Lua


    Bring Enrique off with 30 mins to go and let him know what 50,000 fans sound like when they want you to stay.

    Also I would like to see Fergie at left back again. also Tavernier at right back deserves a chance.

    Also give Lua Lua a run out again.

    Subs: Soderburg, Lovenkrands, , Kuqi, Ameobi, Smith,

  • davybtoon

    May 21, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #17

    he will start at least 2 if not 3 kids tomorro

  • toonfan09

    May 21, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #18

    thank god odemwiinge is out he is there main goal threat

  • Nufc_mo

    May 21, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #19


    Ameobi Jr—–Taylor (S)——Barton——Ferguson
    ——————————Lua Lua——————————
    ——————————Ranger ——————————

    Correct me if im wrong, but Luax2 Can play as an AM, am i right?

    If so, thats the team i would like to see, from what i have heard, Lua Lua has a good pass on him… and i reckon this formation could utilise the pace Ranger has.

  • Nufc_mo

    May 21, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #20

    Taylor R in midfield, my mistake.

  • Green1607

    May 21, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #21
  • jaw4life

    May 21, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #22

    We don’t need someone that has his kind of attitude but fro 10mn Euro so roughly £8mn I would definitely jump at the opportunity…

  • Jose Enrique (soon changing to 'NottsGeordie')

    May 21, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #23

    Looks like the Hatem Ben Arfa situation but i think he will cost a bit more. Better clubs will probably come in for Diego but he could slip under the radar because he had an argument with the team.

  • rknufc

    May 21, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #24

    simpson saylor colo enrique
    lualua barton raylor ferguson
    samiobi ameobi

  • rozehnal

    May 21, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #25

    Nufc will win. Then hopefully some decent signings. Diego will cost too much

  • jaw4life

    May 21, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #26


    In that article it says £8.7 mn (10mn e) minimum.
    He is 26 so will have pace for say 4 to 5 more years for 8,7mn i would definitely take him, dont you agree?

  • carrollsinger

    May 21, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #27

    Drop Enrique don’t let him have his last game at home he has no intentions of signing and never has you ain’t bigger then the club anywhere from 10-15 mil is good let arry have him 10 mil plus kranjaer is good hahaha

  • rozehnal

    May 21, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #28

    Well if that’s the price for him then he’s worth it good player

  • rozehnal

    May 21, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #29

    Hopefully if get a new owner in might have more to spend 🙂

  • GeordieToon89

    May 21, 2011 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #30

    we dont need Diego hes an angry man apparently id rather just get Kranjcar who clearly just loves playing football and looks like an honest lad who just wants to get on with it and also has premier league experience
    Kranjcar – £5million
    Ba – £5million
    Gameiro/Sturridge – £10million
    Zogbia – £9million
    Iazguirre – £6million
    Williams – Free
    Larsson – Free

  • GeordieToon89

    May 21, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #31

    Rozehnal – if we get a new owner i can imagine we’d have alot more than 30million lol but if im honest i still wouldnt want an overhaul and end up like man city still would only want 5 or 6 quality players to help us challenge and win a trophy

  • rozehnal

    May 21, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #32

    Yeah with new owner we can get 6 quality players and leave at that as then we will have decent squad to compete with top clubs but under Ashley at mo we will only get 2 quality players if we lucky lol

  • GeordieRob

    May 21, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #33

    “…the ex-Werder Bremen star has largely disappointed on his return to the Bundesliga and picked up seven yellow cards in 30 league games last season.”

    6 goals and 9 assists from 30 starts in the midfield is apparently disappointing…

  • free giveaways

    May 21, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #34

    I would definitely take Diego but unfortunately I think there will be other clubs in for him such as Juventus and Inter and we won’t be able to compete with them.

    I think N’Zogbia and possibly even Gervinho might be more realistic.

  • GeordieToon89

    May 21, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #35

    he wont go to juventus he hated it ther was in quite abit trouble with the club aswel if i remember rightly

  • GeordieToon89

    May 21, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #36

    i think we should get Jarvis instead of Gervinho atleast we wont lose our star winger in january if we do.. also hes english and born in boro so am sure he might wana come bak home(kind of)

  • boonarmy

    May 21, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #37

    Hoping for a win tomorrow. and then an exciting summer of class players being brought in. No doom monger is gona make me change my opinion.

    Dream signings for me
    williams (depending on swanseas promotion)
    back up left back.

    That will do me 😀

  • rozehnal

    May 21, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #38

    Muller from bayern 🙂

  • GeordieToon89

    May 21, 2011 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #39

    Would love Muller but would never happen unless we got into champ league

  • rozehnal

    May 21, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #40

    I don’t understand y some of top clubs don’t go for schweinsteiger he’s IMO one the best players around to and I think 25mil will prize him away from bayern and that’s absolute bargain if only we had the cash would love to see him play for us

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