Newcastle Should Win Easily At Sunderland – Maybe

The Newcastle team’s confidence has been significantly boosted by their opening day draw with Arsenal at St. James’ Park.

Tim Krul – confident of win on Saturday

It was a very good result against the Gunners, and the lads will need to be near their best form at the Stadium of Light, and of course a win on Saturday would be just great.

And Newcastle took 4 points off Sunderland last season and walloped them 5-1 at home, with the now departed captain Kevin Nolan getting a terrific hat trick, in what turned out to be a memorable win for the Magpies.

That turned out to be the only derby game Chris Hughton was in charge of,   while he was Newcastle manager.

It’s an early kick-off game at 12 noon, and there have been 144 derby games so far, with Newcastle of course leading the way with 52 wins to Sunderland’s 47 wins and there have been 45 draws.

Dutch International goalkeeper Tim Krul seems confident enough that Newcastle can win again on Saturday, and he had this to say yesterday:

“Having taken a point and a clean sheet from Arsenal, we can go there with a lot of confidence.”

“We can get the three points.”  “We all know it’s a massive game but we don’t have to fear anybody.”

John O’Shea, the former Red Devil, who Sunderland paid £3.5M for, will not play in the game, and it seems again that the Sunderland defense will be their big weakness.

Newcastle should have done the double over Sunderland last season, but Sunderland equalized in the third minute of injury time at the Stadium of Light.

And with the dance Steve Bruce did on the touchline after their lucky equalizer, you would have thought Sunderland had just won the European Champions League.

But Newcastle don’t have Kevin Nolan, Andy Carroll and Jose Enrique anymore,  and they were huge players for the Tyneside club over the last two seasons.

But whether Newcastle have enough fire power up front at the moment  to take advantage of the weak Sunderland defense, is a very good question.

Have you ever thought what it would be like being a Geordie and the Sunderland manager, when you play Newcastle?

Comments welcome.

85 comments so far

  • obertoon

    Aug 18, 2011 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #1


    Aug 18, 2011 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #2

    Howay the lads..

  • dmac

    Aug 18, 2011 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #3

    I hope we do or i will be fackin angry! Especially if there are no more additions.

  • mattnufc

    Aug 18, 2011 at 1:43 AM

    Comment #4

    We would have been favourites if we kept certain players but it’s quite even tbh. Hoping the new players can step up and bang some in!

  • Fostino

    Aug 18, 2011 at 1:45 AM

    Comment #5

    if pieters flys out with psv..looks doudtful..having said that even if he did arrive before firday, i would still play fergusion…would be unwise i think to throw pieters into his first game in the pl..especially at sunderland..would be nice to sub him on however

    ps i think krancjar is a very good signing

  • ToonAndy

    Aug 18, 2011 at 1:46 AM

    Comment #6






    BA – Replace Ameobi when Pardew realizes he’s shite….
    MARVEAUX – Replace Jonas with 15-20 mins left
    GOSLING – Replace Barton with 20 mins left… Cabaye drops into Bartons role and Gosling replaces Cabaye in the hole.

    If that team doesn’t come out on top against Scumberland then I don’t know what will!

  • dazza

    Aug 18, 2011 at 1:47 AM

    Comment #7

    Leicester (& Newcastle) target Nicky Maynard scored twice for Bristol City to earn a 2-1 win at the Foxes, while Brighton and Derby also claimed victories. – TeamTalk

    Sign him up MA

  • Fostino

    Aug 18, 2011 at 1:49 AM

    Comment #8

    it will be 4-4-2 again

    simpson taylor colo raylor/fergusion

    barton cabaye tiote jonas

    ba ameobi

    same as arsenal i reckon

    hopefully mav and vuckic are on the bench and gosling sees some game time

  • obertoon

    Aug 18, 2011 at 2:01 AM

    Comment #9

    @toonandy…I agree with that team. Looks solid apart from the LB position and maybe BA instead of strolla…but I think AP going to go with the same again as @fostino has put out.

  • UpTheRoad

    Aug 18, 2011 at 2:04 AM

    Comment #10

    It will not be an easy win – I predict a high scoring draw. Scrappy game like last year…possibly 2-2.

  • Daniel Petersen

    Aug 18, 2011 at 2:04 AM

    Comment #11

    I think it will be

    Ba- Shola
    3-1 to the toon. Shola hat trick!!!

    BTW Ed you did a great job on World Football Daily the other day.

  • mattnufc

    Aug 18, 2011 at 2:08 AM

    Comment #12

    Just looked at our fixtures, we play man city away, man u away and then chelsea at home!





    And Obertoon for Gosling at some point.

  • ToonLegend

    Aug 18, 2011 at 3:06 AM

    Comment #13

    i think we will win 3-1 Ameobi 2 and cabaye i also think once we do ashley wont sign anyone
    if it goes wrong and the scum do win theres ganna be a lynch mob for ashley and lambias

  • redondo77

    Aug 18, 2011 at 4:43 AM

    Comment #14

    off topic, so we are going to get chissoko instead of pieters? or bridge on loan?
    for striker: why not get macheda or adebayor? they r not needed by their clubs.

  • redondo77

    Aug 18, 2011 at 4:48 AM

    Comment #15

    i really really don’t like this maiga, got a bad feelings about him.
    older players don’t mean they are bad, they are also cheap. forget abt the age, just go with experience and cheap ones like klose, toni, micoli, iaquinta, amauri, etc.

  • redondo77

    Aug 18, 2011 at 5:02 AM

    Comment #16

    Jonas should play at wing back like in argentina squad, bcoz atm when he played it’s like we have 2 left backs on the pitch since raylor is crap in that position and jonas keep covering him. like in arsenal game we can’t go in attack while our midfield keep covering LB + tiote was awful, Shola wasn’t that good to begin with + no service = shit

  • matthewjai

    Aug 18, 2011 at 5:18 AM

    Comment #17

    Why the hell r we signing a gk? WTs wrong with pardew! By the way anyone know where’s tamas?IMO he’s the only player whom can play lb in our team but where’s he?

  • redondo77

    Aug 18, 2011 at 5:28 AM

    Comment #18

    he has long injury

  • ginkoh

    Aug 18, 2011 at 5:34 AM

    Comment #19

    No easy game in PRM nowaday if you are not Mancity or ManU.

  • redondo77

    Aug 18, 2011 at 5:46 AM

    Comment #20

    I wonder if we Rossi stayed with us instead going to Villareal, will he be as good as now?

  • matthewjai

    Aug 18, 2011 at 6:10 AM

    Comment #21

    what injury???

  • matthewjai

    Aug 18, 2011 at 6:11 AM

    Comment #22

    and he doesnt even have a number???

  • redondo77

    Aug 18, 2011 at 6:31 AM

    Comment #23

    Rob Taylor will play LB replacing Enrique

  • toonarmy1986

    Aug 18, 2011 at 6:34 AM

    Comment #24

    Take a draw! We needed to strengthen going into this game and we haven’t made any effort what so ever to do so!

  • redondo77

    Aug 18, 2011 at 6:36 AM

    Comment #25

    our back four will be:
    Steven Taylor, Ryan Taylor, Rob Taylor, …
    Need 2 more Taylors
    NUFC will change name to TUFC – Taylor United

  • geoff777

    Aug 18, 2011 at 7:14 AM

    Comment #26

    I hope we go 4-5-1 and play Gosling/Vuckic behind Ba or Best.

    Realistically he’ll probably have the same starting eleven.
    Who honestly didn’t look like scoring if they’d played all night and all of Sunday.

  • Teamstoof

    Aug 18, 2011 at 7:16 AM

    Comment #27

    hmm I wounder what happend to this words
    This is what Alan Pardew told the Sunday Sun today:

    “We’re confident we’ll have some new players here by next weekend.”

    “I don’t want to talk about specific players, but I’m confident that by the time we play Sunderland I’ll have a left-back in place – and hopefully a striker.”

    Just how much bollocks can we take as supporters?

  • toonarmy1986

    Aug 18, 2011 at 7:21 AM

    Comment #28

    I think you’re missing something Ed, Sunderland I imagine are just as confident after their result at Liverpool which was a bigger achievement than against and understrength team who finished with 10 men. Whether people want to admit it or not, we should be very concerned for Saturday unless we done some drastic deals today for a left back and striker.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 18, 2011 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #29

    Its pretty obvious by the time we play Sunderland we won’t have our left-back which we so badly need. And seems like Krancjar might start for Sunderland. I’m actually worried going into the game as our strikers look very very poor, especially Ba.

  • cyprus

    Aug 18, 2011 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #30

    Why do so many (including our coaches) include Shola in the starting line-up? He never scores, look at his record, and that includes pens. Did you, at any moment, feel he would even maybe score with Arsenal? Having said that, he plays well once every 6 games and this is the one, against Sunderland!
    (I’d prefer a run of the Ranger-Ba partnership)

  • geoff777

    Aug 18, 2011 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #31

    We’ve had since January to find a striker.

    Ba isn’t close to match fit despite having a full pre-season.
    His knee is obviously an issue or he’d of played in some of the behind doors games to sharpen him up.

    We’ve known since January that José wasn’t happy.

    So we’re left with no left-back and the Ameobi/Best/Lovenkrands dream strike force.

    NUFC fans should be a lot angrier than they are.
    Season-ticket holders are getting shafted.

  • toonfan76

    Aug 18, 2011 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #32

    All i’m going to say is that I hope some Journo at Newcastle’s next press conference says to Pardew, “So where’s this LB you promised the fans.” Then we will see how good he has become at spinning BS. Getting really effed off now!

  • DarloGeordie

    Aug 18, 2011 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #33


    Post 27 sums it up for facks sake pardwho and nufshite is slowly turning into a circus….

    However in a months time when we are top of the league i will agree disagree with this post. maybe i was wrong lol

    HWTL – positive thinking lads – PMA!!!! PMA!!!!

  • Brutooon

    Aug 18, 2011 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #34

    last season we got Nolan and Carroll which can quarantee goals, now we got Ba and Ameobi – cant see them scoring

  • toonfan76

    Aug 18, 2011 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #35

    Our new midfield should have lots of goals in it, or at least be more creative for someone else to get the goals. Remember this is Shola’s big day to shine!

  • ganiyu

    Aug 18, 2011 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #36

    I predict the Sunderland game is going to be tough.a draw likely.

  • DarloGeordie

    Aug 18, 2011 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #37

    I predict a riot

    Bit late

  • toonfan76

    Aug 18, 2011 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #38

    This is all down to MA and DL, Starting to feel a bit sorry for Pardew, Those two idiots are tearing strips from the small amount of credibilty the man has left, This could damage his long term career, Being associated with two proven liars and having to do the smoothing over with the fans, If he has any integrity left he should be saying to MA, “If I don’t get my LB by in ready for the match, after the game I will be resigning and lifting the lid on this whole setup so the fans know exactly what type of Owner you really are.”

  • SeanNufc87

    Aug 18, 2011 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #39

    Hopefully get the win at stadium of shite, but i predict a scrappy game and hoping 2-1 to us but not confident. its our attacking power im worried about as shola couldnt hit a barn door with a fricken house and couldnt go around a one legged sleeping child. pardew needs to realise our team doesnt suit 442 n go with 451 with best or ba up front with cabaye behind and tiote in DM imo

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 18, 2011 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #40

    toonfan 76

    I know it’s all rumours without any evidence but some people say Pardew can’t leave as he owes Llambias gambling money allegedly. A bit like someone having compromising pictures of you !


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