Newcastle vs Blackburn Rovers – Match Preview


 

Blackburn Rivers have won their last five games played at  St. James’ Park.

So what does that mean?

It means the odds that Newcastle can get another win are probably quite good, especially since Blackburn Rovers are not a good road team both last season or this season.

It’s an excellent chance for Newcastle to get their third win in the Premier League, but of course these games can always be a little dicey, when a team comes to St. James’ Park who are much lower in the league and a Newcastle win is expected.

Life and football are not that easy.

Blackburn had made a terrible start to the season, with just one point from their first four league games, but then they beat Arsenal 4-3 last weekend for their first win, and they are now one place above Arsenal on goal difference.

Blackburn seem to have been on a  downward spiral since their new Indian owners surprisingly replaced Sam Allardyce last November, and appointed the third in command at the time, Steve Kean, to take over.

Steve has a lot of coaching experience, but had never been a manager before, so where Venky’s decision to appoint Kean as manager came from,  we have no idea.

But Blackburn played quite well last Saturday, and had help with two own goals from the Keystone Cops – sorry – I meant the Arsenal defense, but they  looked like the Keystone Cops on the goals they conceded.

And Blackburn got  a valuable win, and we had visions  again of an unhappy and frustrated Arsene Wenger on the bench – looking for a water  bottle he could throw to the ground in disgust.

Newcastle are on a high right now, having won 4-3 at Nottingham Forest last Tuesday night, in another gutsy display from what essentially was a second eleven, and the side remains unbeaten in seven games this season.

And there were many good performances from the so called fringe players in mid-week,  and the regular first-teamers will have seen they need to keep performing to keep their starting positions in the side.

And that’s exactly what you want to happen at any club, so it will be very difficult for the Newcastle manager, Alan Pardew, to decide who to start tomorrow, and then who to pick for the bench.

We have a feeling that Alan will keep the same side as the one that did so well at Villa Park last Saturday, and the lads were just a little unlucky not to get all 3 points, which would have had the side 3rd top of the league and above Chelsea.

This is the side we think Alan will start tomorrow:

Krul
Simpson Coloocini (c) Taylor (S) Taylor (R)
Obertan Cabaye Tiote Gutierrez
Ba Best
Subs: Elliot Ferguson Guthrie Abeid Ameobi (Sh) Ben Arfa, Marveaux

We think Abeid has earned a place on the bench with his good display in central midfield on Tuesday night, but there’s no room on the bench for Sammy Ameobi.

However, Pardew may prefer Sammy to Danny Guthrie,  given that Abeid is on the bench and can cover for central midfield.

And there’s also no place for Dan Gosling, who may find it hard to get many games at Newcastle, and it’s also hard to see how Alan Smith will get many games this season, with presumably Mehdi Abeid now above him in the pecking order for central midfield.

But it’s going to be a tough decision for which players Pardew leaves out of the match-day 18, after everybody had good games for the side at the City Ground.

Newcastle must attack Blackburn from the first whistle tomorrow, and it’s up to the starting eleven to prove to us all, that they are the best eleven that Newcastle can field at the moment.

Frenchmen Hatem Ben Arfa and Sylvain Marveaux in particular are pushing hard for a starting position in the side, and both players had very good games at Forest.

To get a good result tomorrow the defense will have to keep up their good form, although they were culpable for the goal that Agbonlahor scored after 13 minutes at Villa Park, and both Colo and Krul could have done better on the play.

And of course we’ll need to score the goals, so we look for Leon Best to keep up his good scoring sequence, and maybe both the impressive French International Yohan Cabaye and Senegal International Demba Ba can get their first goals for the club?

But we fully expect Alan Pardew to use all three subs tomorrow in the second half,  and Ben Arfa and Marveaux are almost certain to be two of them.

This game looks like a win for Newcastle, and that’s what’s dangerous about it,  and the lads have to go out there and take absolutely nothing for granted.

The Blackburn players will had added confidence from their league win against Arsenal last weekend, and also their 3-2 home win in midweek against Leyton Orient in the Carling Cup.

But if Newcastle play anywhere near their best form they should be able to grab all three points, which will keep Newcastle in at least 4th place in the league for another week. That would be good.

And it’s  kind of nice  to see  Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Newcastle United in the top four places in the Premier League.

What’s your team for tomorrow?

Howay The Lads!!



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61 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Sep 23, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #1

    Haha, Blackburn Rivers… Good one Ed, good one 😉

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 23, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #2

    After tomorrows game:
    Blackburn “CryMeARivers”

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  • WWJBD

    Sep 23, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #3

    Oh I love these match previews Ed they get me as excited as when I get my tickets 😀

    On topic I dont think Abeid will be on the bench I expect Guthrie or Gosling will be

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Sep 23, 2011 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #4

    Shola is likely to miss out through injury, so Sammy will be on the bench, thankfully.

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  • Colo2

    Sep 23, 2011 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #5

    Would love for us to beat our so called bogey team.

    Don’t think Shola will be on the bench think Sammy will be the Ameobi presence

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 23, 2011 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #6

    To be fair, with so many players fit, and so many players increasing their performance from match to match, it’s difficult for ANYONE to pick a team.
    Pardew said with the 9 changes at Nottingham, he’s not gonna blame things on fatigue.
    Only one he’d be watching closely was Collo, so i expect Perch to be on that bench, and i think that is highely likely.

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 23, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #7

    @Colo2
    Tomorrow is a good day as any. I have a good feeling 😉

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  • AMEOBI

    Sep 23, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #8

    Why won’t Abeid be on bench? He’s on for me

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  • Jesus1983

    Sep 23, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #9

    The bench will be….Elliot, Perch, Guthrie, Marveaux, Ben Arfa, Sammy Ameobi and Lovenkrands.

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  • Level 7 Hero

    Sep 23, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #10

    I think we should go with:

                                   Krul.  
     
    Simpson.    Coloccini.    S.Taylor.    R.Taylor.

    Obertan.     Cabaye.       Tiote.       Marveaux.

                        Best.             Ba. 

    Subs: Elliott, Santon, Gosling, Ben Arfa, Gutierrez, Sameobi, Shomeobi

    Although i like him, i dont understand why NUFC managers in the last 3 years consistently play Guttierez. He doesnt have any end product or score goals. Marvaeux showed glimses of magic on tuesday night, although against Forest. Time to use him in Prem League. Howay The Lads!!!!!

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 23, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #11

    @Jesus1983
    Seems like a likely bench, dunno tho, maybe Abeid will edge ahead of Guthrie based on performance…
    He adds or sustains the flair in the team, Guthrie does not.

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  • Jesus1983

    Sep 23, 2011 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #12

    I reckon Guthrie will get the nod but i hope Abeid does make it. Pardew praised Guthrie after the Forest match and he has alot more experience in the EPL

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  • LewSpi

    Sep 23, 2011 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #13

    I love the fact that, as Pardew said, we are now even having difficulties picking a bench, as appose to last season where we basically had 5 or 6 academy players on there.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Sep 23, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #14

    PLAY ANYONE EXCEPT AMEOBI, PERCH AND SMITH!! If we do that we’ll be okay.

    If we could replace them and Xisco in January we would have no dead weights on our team for the first time ever. Just a squad brimming with talented youngsters.

    HTL

    Football apart, Ed I hope everything went well for you.

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  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Sep 23, 2011 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #15

    level 7 hero is a macken defo by the way

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  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Sep 23, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #16

    we need to play benafa defo otherwise we ll strugle to score

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  • NUFCFAN76

    Sep 23, 2011 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #17

    WTH? Tons of games on here in the US, but our match isn’t even being televised on delay. This is the second time so far this season and last season it happened twice… Links, though helpful and appreciated, are a distant 2nd to TV or ESPN 3 (online, excellent, even better on Xbox 360’s ap) here in the US as links are frustrating due to lag, drop outs, intrusive fake Russian video codecs, etc.. Oh well, Toon 3-1.

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  • GS

    Sep 23, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #18

    It is good to be arguing about the bench because it means we are OK with the first team.

    Doesn’t Shola have a knock, so hopefully replaced by Sammy? We don’t have any defenders on Ed’s bench, so I agree with Dannyo that we will see Perch.

    Guthrie might miss out because of fitness.

    Hoping for a win and some pitch time for HBA and Marveaux.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Sep 23, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #19

    Level 7 Hero – That’s because we didn’t have anyone better. I believe we now have 2 wingers better than Jonas in Marveaux and Obertan. Though Obertan is very similar to Gutierrez you can’t deny his invaluable defending. Not far from now I would like to see Marveaux cement his place on the left and push Gutierrez to fight it out for the spot on the right.

    Cabaye, Marveaux, Abeid and Ben Arfa are class.

    That’s a brilliant midfield of Frenchies right there.

    HT

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Sep 23, 2011 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #20

    Level 7 Hero – That’s because we didn’t have anyone better. I believe we now have 2 wingers better than Jonas in Marveaux and Obertan. Though Obertan is very similar to Gutierrez you can’t deny his invaluable defending. Not far from now I would like to see Marveaux cement his place on the left and push Gutierrez to fight it out for the spot on the right.

    Cabaye, Marveaux, Abeid and Ben Arfa are class.

    That’s a brilliant midfield of Frenchies right there.

    HTL

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 23, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #21

    @JP…from The Rock
    In defense of Obertan, he showed his end product twice at Nottingham, assisting Collo and Simmo.
    The Collo assist was CLASS, outside of his right foot, looked so effortless.
    Hoping for more to come from him, there’s no doubt they’re working on that in training, plus he needs to run ALLOT more.

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  • nobby sol

    Sep 23, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #22

    —————–Krul
    Simpson Taylor Coloccini Taylor
    Obertan Cabaye Tiote Gutierrez
    ——————Ba Best

    Elliot Perch Marveaux Ben arfa Lovenkrands Guthrie Ameobi

    Ben arfa for Obertan 70 mins
    Marveaux for Gutierrez 70
    Lovenkrands for Best 80

    ——————-Krul
    Simpson Taylor Coloccini Taylor
    Ben Arfa Cabaye Tiote Marveaux
    ————Ba Lovenkrands

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  • nobby sol

    Sep 23, 2011 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #23

    michel salgado is going to have a nightmare tommorow, there is no way he can deal with our wingers

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  • pardew no 1

    Sep 23, 2011 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #24

    i think best is injured and lads soon i will be on at half time at st james park in the near futer and get a players top after the match

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  • Jesus1983

    Sep 23, 2011 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #25

    I can’t see Marveaux playing on the left until Ryan Taylor loses his place at left back. It’s been made public that Raylor and Gutierrez are forming a decent partnership down that side and Pardew won’t split it.

    Sammy, Marveaux and Ben Arfa to come on tomorrow i hope! 🙂

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  • SpaceGhost

    Sep 23, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #26

    I would go for the same team against Villa with the exception of Raylor. Fergie’s my choice for LB for this game.

    Sub: Elliot, Guthrie, Loverboy, Ben Arfa, Marveux, Ameobi, Ameobi

    The thought of Hoillet vs Raylor make me shit pineapples. Abeid off the 1st team to keep him hungry.

    3 – 1 HWTL! ( Best, Cabaye, Arfa! – Hoilett )

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Sep 23, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #27

    Jesus1983 – yup I think you’re right. That’s why we need Santon back ASAP to unleash Marveaux on the left and Gutierrez through the right and to give the team some balance. I would like to Travernier or what’s his name to challenge Simpson at RB once he returns from his loan spell.

    HTL

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  • colwell

    Sep 23, 2011 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #28

    Hoillet left Sagna for dead enough times feel sorry for Simmo and Raylor lol.

    The sooner Santon is playing the better as well as Ben Arfa starting we have a really good team. Raylor is our weak point can see Blackburn playing Olsson on the right to split us from both wings thank god for Saylor and Colo.

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  • SpaceGhost

    Sep 23, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #29

    oops.

    Shola, Guthrie & Loverboy off the bench. Perchy, Sammy & Raylor in.

    You know that make more sense.

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  • colwell

    Sep 23, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #30

    Why can`t Jonas play LB? and then Marveaux can start in front of him.

    There is no way Raylor has any better qualities then Jonas defensively, Jonas has more pace aswell.

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  • catchy in norway

    Sep 23, 2011 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #31

    he needs to keep obertan away from the starting 11, maybe a good sub,

    jonas on the right
    Marveaux on the left

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  • SpaceGhost

    Sep 23, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #32

    Colwell

    I was just thinking the same thing. He played at right back at the World Cup. That one game tho.

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 23, 2011 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #33

    Imo, we shouldn’t be waiting too long before starting Santon and Arfa. The point is to bring the team up a notch is it not? Arfa would be an improvement over 2 strikers, for example Arfa playing behind Best would be better than anyone else doing it.
    And if Santon is already better than Raylor, then i don’t see why we should wait. (Have to wait until he’s fit ofc)

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 23, 2011 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #34

    Biggest worry against Blackburn is our full back position. Simpson and Raylor are far too inconsistent and not solid enough. Hoilett our biggest threat.

    Hope we score more!

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  • colwell

    Sep 23, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #35

    @SpaceGhost

    Yeah I remember, Jonas plays on the left anyway and when Raylors behind him is almost a LB anyway covering Raylor.

    Raylor been caught out so much, IMO Jonas is much better suited and Marveaux deserves a start.

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  • DaraghL

    Sep 23, 2011 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #36

    My first trip to Newcastle since 1998 I cannot wait!!! Going tommorow for my 21st weekend its gonna be insane lets hope its capped with a win and a cameo from HBA and Marveaux

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  • SpaceGhost

    Sep 23, 2011 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #37

    Why is it when Raylor was playing vs. Villa we hardly win enough free kicks in good areas? I only remember 3 good chances for Raylor in that game. Whats the point having him on the field then?

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  • SpaceGhost

    Sep 23, 2011 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #38

    Danyo

    I agree. Can’t wait to see NUFC’s Maldini too mate! 🙂

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 23, 2011 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #39

    Rumours floating on twitter that MA may attend his first match of the season tomorrow.
    Lets be gentle towards the man, he deserves to see the matches just as much as us.

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  • FloridaToon

    Sep 23, 2011 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #40

    The only place I know the game is being shown live is http://www.foxsoccer.tv

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