Wolves vs Newcastle – Match Preview

Wolves have lost their last three league games,  so they will be looking to get something out of the game with Newcastle tomorrow afternoon at Molineaux.

On the other hand, Newcastle have made their best start to a league season since way back in 1995, when the great Kevin Keegan was managing the club, and at that time the team was nicknamed The Entertainers and were even the country’s favorite side because of the attacking way they played the game.

It’s a long stretch to call this current Newcastle team entertainers, but on the positive side,  manager Alan Pardew has vowed to make Newcastle an entertaining and attacking side this season, but of course the emphasis is on winning.

Newcastle have 12 points from their six league games this season, and have also progressed to the 4th round of the Carling Cup. albeit against lower league sides Scunthorpe United and Nottingham Forest,  away from home.

Most Newcastle fans have been pleasantly surprised by Newcastle’s very good start to the season, but the fans are also not getting carried away too much either, with the memories of that terrible relegation still too vivid in most of our minds.

And Alan Pardew seems to have done an excellent job so far in keeping the players’ feet firmly on the ground, because once you think you are a good team, that’s the time the lads will get smashed – that’s just the way things seem to work out, for whatever reason.

Newcastle have fielded an unchanged defense in all of their six games this season so far, and Newcastle’s defense is currently the best of all the 92 football league clubs,  having conceded just three goals in six games.

We also have to hope that even mentioning those stats does not cause Newcastle to be something like 2-0 down after 10 minutes in tomorrow’s game.

We fully expect Alan Pardew to keep an unchanged side from that which easily beat Blackburn Rovers 3-1 at St. James’ Park last Saturday.

This is the team we expect tomorrow with the subs bench:

Simpson Coloccini (c) Taylor (S) Taylor (R)
Obertan Cabaye Tiote Gutierrez
Best Ba
Subs: Elliot Santon Guthrie Marveaux Ameobi (S) Ben Arfa Lovenkrands

We know Wolves will be trying to pick up points tomorrow, and they always give their opposition a hard game, and Alan Pardew and the players are fully expecting a tough encounter tomorrow.

The keys to the game for Newcastle are that they can endure spells where Wolves will be on top, and another clean sheet, which would be Newcastle’s 4th this season, has to be a goal for tomorrow.

The other two keys to this game for the Magpies are that the central midfield pair of  Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote can keep up their excellent form of the last couple of games, and that Demba Ba and Leon Best can keep scoring those goals.

If Newcastle can play anywhere near what they were like last Saturday against Blackburn,  when they could have easily buried Rovers with a little bit more luck in those last 15 minutes,  then there has to be a decent chance we can get something out of this game.

A draw would be good enough for us, and a win would be simply phenomenal.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

139 comments so far

  • aDeadlyTicTac

    Sep 30, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #1

    I’d take that formation too. I really think Marv deserves a good 35 mins though, especially if Raylor is having a good game at LB. Obertan will get a goal tomorrow, well, I have this feeling he will.

    Wolves though… will be lucky to get away with a draw and no injuries.

  • ginkoh

    Sep 30, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #2

    I’m happy that every match we play we will try hardest to win. I know nothing guarantee in PRM but hopefully we can make the game tomorrow.

  • Thump

    Sep 30, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #3

    No links?

  • Thump

    Sep 30, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #4

    Ah, just seen it’s on overseas TV.

    Wish nufc.com wouldn’t say “non televised” when it IS being televised -_-

  • cyprus

    Sep 30, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #5

    We all are a bit timid after that unexpected relegation Ed. But, then again, some of us remember those incredible heights and ‘almosts’ of not too long ago. Dare we dream? Why yes. This team has more depth than since Bellamy was around (and we played champions league then). We have a very good crop of French players on our team, plus other internationals and now (since Shola was sidelined) a real set of strikers. I’m not expecting this kind of form to continue (i.e. champions league form), but I expect us to give 90% of the teams a real game. If HBA comes back as good as he was at Everton, then who should we fear apart from the top 3-4?

  • Dannyo

    Sep 30, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #6

    From a few threads back.
    Davide has played two reserve matches, and he’s been quoted by Beardsley, two times, to be a similar player to Maldini.
    Who was also a right footed LB.
    Ed is not getting carried away, it’s simple quotes.

  • aDeadlyTicTac

    Sep 30, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #7

    Am I at the right place? There’s noone on this blog moaning about ‘lack’ of a striker, Barton & Nolan going, and very ‘mediocre players which cost us next to nothing’.

    It’s nice to see people are happy for once, and like I said when Barton went, I wasn’t fussed because it was a blessing in disguise. Keep the faith, Obertan is gives us a hell of a lot more attacking presence than Barton does. And look, without Barton here Tiote has being doing some amazing crossing and passing. 2 assists already is it? And for a DM, he’s looked even sharper than last season in the last two games.

    And the amount Cabaye works is unreal. He really is a great box to box midfielder. Bargain, and in my eyes he’s going to be the signing of the season.


    Sep 30, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #8

    lee_ryder #nufc Ole Söderberg has joined #Darlington for a month on loan

  • Yohan4

    Sep 30, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #9

    tough game tomorrow, wolves are without some of there first teamers so could help us. im anxious about this game as it will be a big test but we can win the game. and even if we do I will feel exactly the same when we play the spuds. the rollercoster never ends! still il take this feeling over they way a felt when we got relegated. Hats off to Pardew and the players, i havent looked forward to our matches this much in a long time.

  • Barras

    Sep 30, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #10

    Hmm I have to say this week I slightly disagree with the team selection if Pardew goes with the same again.

    Marveoux should certainly start this time round, and Santon should be on the bench. However, there’s no doubt that I trust Pardew and reckon he knows what he is doing. I do agree with him about not starting Ben Arfa, but he should also make the bench.

    All in all – Marveoux should start.

  • Rowan Milsted

    Sep 30, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #11

    I’m reasonably confident of a win here, Wolves are always tough at home but have made a poor start to the season and are missing some key players. If we can continue to keep tight at the back and find two or three goals then we’ll win this. Feet on the ground and all, but I have faith in the lads tomorrow. Howay!

  • Willo

    Sep 30, 2011 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #12

    Simmo Saylor Colo Raylor
    Obertan Cabaye Tiote Guti
    Ba Best

    Then later on we can bring on HBA for a striker and go 4-4-1-1. Maybe Pards will give a run out to SAmeobi in the secong half for either winger. Idf things are under control i like to see Lovenkrands or Guthrie gets some time to prove themselves.

  • Stuart

    Sep 30, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #13

    Its either going to be a scrape or a desimation but either way we’re going to win.

    Either 1-0 or 4-1.

    Hopefully Marv and Santon get a run out but I wouldnt mind if HBA stayed on the bench, don’t trust them hatchet men at wolves.

    Save him for home vs spurs next.

  • toonatic

    Sep 30, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #14

    cabaye and best to score tomorrow.2-1 away win. any predictions people?

  • Minato

    Sep 30, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #15


    Simpson Colo Saylor Raylor (Santoon)

    Spiderman (Obertoon) Cabaye Tiote Marveux

    Ba (Ben Arfa) Best

    Id like to see that team with those substitutions to freshen things up in the second half of home games…honestly would stick to the winning formula for now and change it the other way around against wolves..

    My gut is going with a 3-2 on this one..

  • Minato

    Sep 30, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #16

    To the toon of course…tough game though I think Id be cool with a draw..

  • AshtreeKid

    Sep 30, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #17

    1-1 draw, think it will be tough, but it depends which wolves turn up

  • aDeadlyTicTac

    Sep 30, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #18

    I actually think it’s going to be a scrappy 1-1, but also on another day I think we could win 3-0. So I’ll go with 2-1

  • Toon_Jock

    Sep 30, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #19

    we can beat them, I know we can!

    Bring on the Toon revolution – GET IN LADS

  • toonatic

    Sep 30, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #20

    of coarse we can beat them only thing that worries me is coming away with injuries.they play dirty to make up for lack of tallent and skill.

  • Toon_Jock

    Sep 30, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #21

    Agreed, bet you Tiote is going to see a card in this game too


    Sep 30, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #22

    After the day I have had we better win!

    Anyway am off to Fifa talk to you lads in a couple months when I have become bored of it 😀

  • toonatic

    Sep 30, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #23

    a yellow for tiote is no major surprise! but he is not a hatchet boy,he’s simply a strong lad who never shys away from a tackle,he playes his role as a holding midfielder very well.

  • shearer4pm

    Sep 30, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #24

    Two lasses walking home from a pub in Sunderland, one says “Let’s take a short cut through the woods” the other replies “Get Lost!, there could be brambles in there”

  • Toon_Jock

    Sep 30, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #25

    Shearer@ hahahaha classic!!

    @Toonatic, again agreed… just really pleased so far with the ‘lack’ of yellows he has recieved, considering last year. Looks as if he’s sussed out the way PL plays as alot of his card received last season were bull$h1t

  • Edd Case

    Sep 30, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #26

    @Danyo – Maldini was never right footed!!!

    He was as left-footed as you can get!

    Awesome player mind.

  • Burni

    Sep 30, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #27

    I also cant wait for this game!!!! Not sure if we can win if im honest but ay least i know we will try!! If we win then i will be ECSTATIC!

  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Sep 30, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #28

    Some of you saying ‘not sure if we can win’? Jesus Christ on a pogo stick, it’s Wolves, we can trample all over them!

    TOON TOON! 😀

  • Edd Case

    Sep 30, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #29


    People only saying that they are not sure about getting a win for several reasons. We aint there in years for one.

    My concern is that I’m worried the start to the season has somewhat ‘flattered to deceive’ and that we don’t really know the strengths AND weaknesses of the team.

    We’re looking good and seem to be improving, which is the best news but there were question marks at QPR.

    I think we should go into the match without any fear and I certainly think a win is well within this current crop.

    Add to the mix Marveaux and HBA and we should be fine….


    At the same time, we wont remain unbeated and it would come as no shock to me if we lost tomorrow out of pure bad luck….


  • Willo

    Sep 30, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #30

    @ Stuart (13) I almost agree now that I think about it. Leave HBA on the bench when Wolves so he stays safe while he is recovering and use him against Spurs. Tomorrow could be Marvauex’s day to show he can play.

  • sox

    Sep 30, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #31

    @edd case
    paulo maldini is as equally as good with both feet

  • Toon_Jock

    Sep 30, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #32


    I think it could be Obertoon’s day the morn – but both him, Marv & Cabaye need that 1st goal to gain confidence and open their scoresheets for Toon


  • chris_g

    Sep 30, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #33

    Ed, I wouldn’t expect to see Santon on the bench tomorrow – Pardew was reported as saying: “Santon will not play Saturday, 100%, so it does not give me a difficult decision…”
    so I presume we’ll see Perch named as one of the subs instead 🙁

  • Indian Magpie

    Sep 30, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #34

    if we cannot predict NUFC to win against wolves than i think some of you will be living under a rock when it comes to supposed big guns.

    Result may be in their favor but as of now as things stand never predict any thing other than a NUFC win.

    Did any one of you watch QPR’s game with Wolves.

    Go the toon and shame on some of you

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Sep 30, 2011 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #35

    INDIAN do we have our match live

  • sox

    Sep 30, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #37

    has anyone heard anything about this diego souza we are after who plays for vasco de gama?

  • batty

    Sep 30, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #38

    were catching up at 36

  • sox

    Sep 30, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #39

    If we end up playnig a 4-2-3-1 formation, doesn’t it just feel good that our 2nd team could end up being:





  • gorgonzola

    Sep 30, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #40

    I dunno if anybody got FIFA 12 but our teams players are rated WOEFULLY badly… Abeid for exxample has some stats in single digits … so does Vu?ki? and other are pathetic…plus it took me 3 hrs to get the speedlink controler working cause in todays world there is no good product and that includes PC games…terrible


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