Aston Villa vs Newcastle – Match Preview

Both Aston Villa and Newcastle United are unbeaten in their games this season, so this can be tabled a match between the unbeatens.

We had hoped that Davide Santon would be able to make his debut this afternoon, but that alas, will not now be possible, as he picked up an injury to his right knee on Thursday, and the Italian could have key-hole  surgery on it early next week.

And we wonder how many changes Alan Pardew  will make from the team that played well in defense on Monday night at QPR, but showed no penetration whatsoever up front, and no hold on the game in midfield either.

We have a feeling that the Newcastle manager will not change the personnel too much today, but will play in a 4-5-1 formation rather than the attacking 4-4-2 set-up he played in London, which left Yohan  Cabaye and Cheick Tiote out-numbered in central midfield.

That would mean that one striker will be dropped and Shola Ameobi deserves to drop to the bench, after a very frustrating game, and it will leave Leon Best on his own up front.

With three preferred  in central midfield,  it could be that Dan Gosling gets the chance he has been craving today.

Dan wasn’t even in the match day 18 picked for the game at Loftus Road, but he scored two and made one in the Reserves 6-0 hammering of Norwich City, and that’s what you need to do to get the attention of the manager.

Ryan Taylor did not have a good game on Monday night,  but we still expect him to retain his place, since there are not too many alternatives, although one is certainly to play young Shane Fergson at left back, and Alan may even do that.

But this is the side we think he will choose for this afternoon’s game:

Simpson Coloccini (c) Taylor (S) Taylor (R)
Obertan Cabaye Gosling Tiote Gutierrez

Subs: Harper Ferguson Guthrie Ameobi (Sj)  Demba Ba Marveaux Ameobi (Sa)

That means there is no place on the bench for Peter Lovenkrands, James Perch  or Alan Smith, and of course Pardew could very well play Danny Guthrie as the third central midfielder, rather than Gosling.

It will be interesting to see who is the back-up goalkeeper too, as Steve  Harper is now fit and played the full game for the Reserves on Tuesday afternoon. Newly arrived 25 year-old Rob Elliot was on the bench on Monday evening in London.

The keys to this game for Newcastle are that the defense again has a solid game, and continues with the luck they have had so far this season, but that the lads control the game more and show  a lot more penetration when attacking..

And of course we have to hope that Ryan Taylor has  a better game at full back today, but we expect him to do just that.

The midfield has to take a firm grip of the game, which they have never done too many times this season, but five across the midfield  should help them do that.

And of course Newcastle must score the goals, and it’s another huge chance for Leon Best,  but also for players like Demba Ba and Sammy Ameobi who we expect may get a run out in the second half.

This game is being televised live around the world, so it’s a chance for Newcastle to show they are a much more attacking side than they showed us all on Monday night.

Aston Villa are a decent side this season again, and a draw would be a satisfactory result today, but we’re also sure that Alan Pardew and his men will be going all out for the win.

Anything but a defeat would be good.

Howay The Lads!!

16 comments so far

  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Sep 17, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #1


  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Sep 17, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #2

    Guthrie?? Let’s ship him out. He sucks.

  • Jan Stavik

    Sep 17, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #3

    I agree with NAM, Guthrie will never be a great EPL player. Gosling is quicker, stronger and will be much more useful in a 5-man midfield. I’m looking forward to todays match, but I’m afraid we’ll hit our first defeat.

    Anyway, good luck to you all 😉

  • bosamuelson

    Sep 17, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #4

    I was convince we would lose against QPR and I was almost right, but happily wrong.

    I think if we put out that team or similar then we have a good chance. The key will be keeping the Zog quiet. If he gets confidence and starts running at our yellow card magnates we could be in trouble.

    I am quietly confident Bent can be kept quiet by our centre backs and Tiote. Here is hoping.

    I would hope to see Sammi and Gosling getting good runs if nothing ellse but Gosling should start. His confidence is sky high at the moment.

  • Expat MAG

    Sep 17, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #5

    Ed, that’s the team I would select for todays team also.

    We need to stop the Zog and we have a chance of geting at least a point. the game is on live here in Kz so hoping the Mrs. doesn’t want to go out too early tonight or I may miss the last 15 mins of the game….

  • Daft_lad

    Sep 17, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #6

    I dont subscribe to the anti-Guthrie brigade….what a load of rubbish, he’s a very good squad player….

    I’d be looking to play Marveaux today on the left to help offset Raylors lack of pace….can double up in the winger


    Sep 17, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #7

    That is the team I would go for but will Pards?

    Very worried about Bent and Zoggy today think it could be a troubling afternoon

    Ah well bring it on Besty to score 18 and get his 20 goals today!!

  • Burni

    Sep 17, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #8

    I love it when i come on here and ed has put the match preview up. It makes me realise that we are actually playing!

    I just hope that after pardews comments about tactics, he realises that he can not play shola.

    Genuinely, as long as he doesnt play, im happy with the team put out!

  • Daft_lad

    Sep 17, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #9

    Pards may have to go for Perch on the bench to cover across the back line today…. Could be Harper, Perch, Guthrie, Ferguson, Obertan, Ameobi & Ba

    I fear it’s a long shot today but imagine if we could pick up another 3 points…..HWTL!!!!!!!!!!

  • nobby sol

    Sep 17, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #10

    id honestly play danny guthrie he was an unsung hero in the promotion season and the only other time this ref has reffed a match with us in danny guthrie scored the only goal, 1-0 over leicester and what a belter it was.

    simpson taylor coloccini taylor
    obertan cabaye guthrie tiote gutierrez

  • Brutooon

    Sep 17, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #11

    zoggy and given will give us a tough time tonite

  • uni-toon91

    Sep 17, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #12

    Any links online for todays game guys?
    I’d give Ba and marveaux starts today, marveaux looked good v QPR when he came on, only had 5mins though.
    my team…
    Simpson Saylor Colo Raylor
    Tiote Cabaye
    Obertan Gosling Marveaux

  • magpiebop

    Sep 17, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #13

    Just put the crosses 8yds out then Given will tell his defence it’s his ball before frantically back pedalling to his line as the defenders leave it for him Best scores wii a free header!

  • Nathaaan

    Sep 17, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #14

    Is the game on sky?

  • Toonbyblood

    Sep 17, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #15

    Would rather see Marv get a shot ahead of Gosling as he’s done a bit more when he’s been on the pitch. Bring Gosling on if Tiote struggles.

    Good news though is I had a dream last night we beat Villa two-nil. The bad news is that I scored the second goal (from outside the box). I think Benny was also playing…

    So my prediction is Newcastle 1-0 Villa lol

  • giimps

    Sep 17, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #16

    Im afraid as long as Raylor is leftback, we are vulnerable and will probably never be as lucky as we were vs qpr.
    Tiote when put under pressure, does not have an out ball to his left, so he either goes right or back which is why he is struggling.
    He has to think instead of just laying the ball to Enrique or Jonas to relieve pressure.
    Jonas wont get forward as he dont trust Raylor so we dont attack from the left.
    This leaves only the centre and Right, Centre is normally busy if opposition are playing 4-5-1 and the right can be doubled up cos there is no threat down the left.
    There is no threat up front with Strolla on the pitch as hes useless, so we are relying on Best conjuring his own chances until support comes from midfield (Cabaye or Obertan) or free kicks (where Raylor may be effective)
    Im annoyed that we dont play Shane on the LB position cos at least hes a lefty and has an attacking ethos, and it will relieve pressure on Tiote and Cabaye.
    Come on Pardew get your tactical head on otherwise this lucky start will be for nought!!!


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