Blackburn vs Newcastle – Match Preview


In one sense tonight’s game at Blackburn could be considered Newcastle’s most important games of the season.

It seems that Newcastle’s very good start to the season, will mean the side will not be involved in relegation, and now a target could be to try to win the first trophy on Tyneside  since Newcastle won the Inter-City Fairs Cup way back in 1969, when even I was a youngster – well fairly young.

That’s 42 years ago and it will be at least 43 years before Newcastle win their next trophy – whenever that may be.

But Alan Pardew has openly talked this season about Newcastle winning a trophy during his time as manager on Tyneside, and that’s one of his goals, and the confident Londoner has said he will be disappointed when he leaves Newcastle,  if he has not won a trophy for the club.

That’s a great ambition to have, and it also indicates the level of positive thinking the Newcastle manager has, and it seems to have been reflected in the way Newcastle play these days, and our lads are still unbeaten after 11 games and remain 4th top of the Premier League table with 19 points from their 9 games.

Shola Ameobi and Mike Williamson are the two players who are not available to play this afternoon with injury, and both are likely to return in four to six weeks time.

After thinking for a long time just what team Pardew will field tonight – this is our best shot:

Krul
Santon Coloccini (C) Taylor (S) Taylor (R)
Marveaux Cabaye Abeid Gutierrez
Ben Arfa
Ba
Subs: Elliot Simpson Perch Guthrie Lovenkrands Ameobi (Sa) Best

We’re asssuming that Steven Taylor can play with a mask protecting the broken nose he picked up on Saturday against Wigan.

Let’s know what you think the starting eleven will be tonight.

There’s still no place in that 18 man line-up for Shane Ferguson, Dan Gosling or Alan Smith, but we also think that Pardew will want to put out a very strong side in hopes of winning this game.

With our next game not being until Monday night, it will also give the regular first teamers in the side, a chance to recover before visiting Stoke City on Monday night.

Keys to the game for Newcastle are as follows:

  • The Newcastle side can play well together with whatever changes Alan Pardew makes
  • The defense is at their best and can possibly keep a clean sheet
  • Ben Arfa brings some additional creativity to the side up front
  • Demba Ba and the other players are in top form in front of goal

We half expect Blackburn manager Steve Kean to field a full strength side for this game, as he tries desperately to keep his job as Blackburn manager.

And there is news there will be more demonstrations from the Blackburn supporters tonight, who will be calling on the Indian owners to dismiss the Blackburn manager.

In their five league games at home this season Blackburn have won only one game and that was surprisingly against Arsenal, when they won 4-3 in mid-September and played well.

They have however also lost four league games at Ewood Park,  and have scored 6 goals and conceded 12, so there’s a decent chance Newcastle can win this game if they bring their A game to Ewood Park tonight.

In the Carling Cup this season,  all their games have been at home so far, and in previous rounds they beat League One sides  Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 and Leyton Orient 3-2.

We have to hope that Newcastle are in  or near their best form tonight, and  we’ll all be hoping for a win, and that will definitely keep the spirits sky high on Tyneside, and we’ll all look forward to the quarter final draw this Saturday.

Howay The Lads!!



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114 comments so far

  • Toon_Tom

    Oct 26, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #1

    2-0 > HBA + BEST

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  • Toon_Tom

    Oct 26, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #2

    Krul
    Santon Coloccini (C) Taylor (S) Taylor (R)
    Obertan Cabaye Abeid Marveaux
    Ben Arfa
    Best

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  • alanrichie

    Oct 26, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #3

    Is it televised?

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  • AP's Black & White Army

    Oct 26, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #4

    No chance of Cabaye starting, for me.

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  • G

    Oct 26, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #5

    I would go with:

    Krul
    Simmo, Colo, Perch, Santon
    Marv, Gosling, Abeid, Ferg
    HBA
    Best

    Should be strong enough to beat Blackburn, and retain enough strength on pitch without jeprodising players close to suspension (Cabaye). The bench can be filled with the league regulars (Ba, Jonas, Raylor etc). Please don’t let Elliot get in the nets. He makes mighty Mike Hooper look great!

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  • Selbymag

    Oct 26, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #6

    Has Harper got a recall clause in his loan if not then I would have concerns starting Krul! Elliott is not up to top flight standard if Tim gets a knock.

    Would maybe go Santon RB and Fergie LB with Obertan and Marveux wide midfield

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  • G

    Oct 26, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #7

    I hope so Selby. The terms of his loan are only 1 month, so if he hasn’t then I suppose we should be ok, but after what Lomana Lua Lua did whilst on loan at Pompey I think we got wise fast with loan deals!

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Oct 26, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #8

    Aye selby they would be my full backs and wingers give jonas a deserved rest! if fergie can bulk up and learn more on the defending side of things then him and santon would be great to watch both fullbacks that can attack with pacey forwards in front of them with tiote cabaye HBA ba in with them now thats some team

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  • Selbymag

    Oct 26, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #9

    I dont think now is the time to drop Obertan he needs a “show them what you are made of son” type gee up from Pardew.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Oct 26, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #10

    CABAYE i think is on 4 yellows so i doubt if will start, for me gosling has 2 b a shoe in.

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Oct 26, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #11

    Obertan will be up for this his best performance was against this lot could be a case of its between you and marv against stoke that would make it very interesting tonite

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  • bambams

    Oct 26, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #12

    I cant see Saylor playing tonight, Pardieu has hinted a few times perch could play at CB….
    I still think Kean is onto a hiding and imo will not play a full strength team, again imo i cant see him getting the sack regardless of the result in this match but his next premiership match will be a loaded gun. would he risk his better players tonight and risk an injury ?

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Oct 26, 2011 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #13

    Bambams only time will tell and in a few hours we will know

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Oct 26, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #14

    Newcastle united will never be defeated

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 26, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #15

    So excited about this. So many of these fringes aren’t fringies at all in my book.
    Should be a great team to watch. Abundance of flair.

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  • bambams

    Oct 26, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #16

    Whats the crack with Tamas Kadar ? If Saylor is looked as a bit of a risk re a broken nose could Kadar not play, i have only seen him for reserves against Liverfool couple of weeks ago and he looked fit…..

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  • G

    Oct 26, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #17

    @post 16. He didn’t do too shabby a job over the past couple of seasons when called upon in the first team either. Played well at both Centre Half and Left Back.

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  • bambams

    Oct 26, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #18

    see we are being linked again with Liam Ridgewell of Brummy. Decent player

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  • G

    Oct 26, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #19

    As cover only surely? Like you say, not a bad player, but I can’t see Colo sweating over his starting birth for Ridgewell. Or STaylor for that matter?

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  • onlyoneshearer

    Oct 26, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #20

    We should rotate without weakening the side if possible. This is a great chance for us to win a cup, we are an in fantastic form and I think we should really go for it. my team
    krul
    Santon, S Taylor (if fit, if not perch) Collo, R Taylor
    Marveux, Cabaye, Gosling, Jonas
    Ben Arfa
    Ba

    Bench- Elliott, Simpson, Ferguson, Guthrie, Obertan, Best, Sammie Ameobi

    A strong team giving some new players a chance to prove themselves. Im suprised gosling isnt even on the bench in Eds team! I rate him highly and I think he has a big future.

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  • bambams

    Oct 26, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #21

    Agree @G
    Squad player, i have seen him play quite a few times over the years and i cannot ever remember him being taken to the cleaners.
    He can play in all four defensive positions allegedly so would be handy to have

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  • G

    Oct 26, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #22

    @ Post 21. Apparently (According to the Brum fan at work anyway?) appeared occasionally at the centre of midfield too. Reminds me in many ways of our old Mr Utility Aaron Hughes.

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  • drongo

    Oct 26, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #23

    any ideas on coverage for tonight….?

    Any radio stations doing our game exclusively…?

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  • cheikmate

    Oct 26, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #24

    if cabaye does not start, it WILL be guthrie who gets the nod ahead of gosling. They both played at forest and guthrie was more impressive.

    I also feel that with abeid in place of tiote we need someone in the centre who can tackle. for that i would choose guthrie over gosling.

    I can also see lovenkrands starting.

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  • cheikmate

    Oct 26, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #25

    Also have u seen this little cracker that Abeid scored for the reserves:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoO9AfNYAQY&feature=related

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  • bambams

    Oct 26, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #26

    I can see the team as
    Elliott
    Santoon Saylor (kadar) Colo Raylor

    Marv Abeid Cabaye Spidey

    HBA Ba

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  • bambams

    Oct 26, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #27

    sameobi will get on at some stage according to a source!

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  • SPRECKS123

    Oct 26, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #28

    cant wait to see my second newcastle game 2nite pity im sittin with the blackburn supporters lol if u see a wee irish guy drinkin on his way to the game u’ll know its me lol

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Oct 26, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #29

    Links for the match lads? Desperately wanna watch the match anybody who has a link please post match is not on tv here I’n states

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  • Geordie Jonny

    Oct 26, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #30

    No Vuckic anyone? Think he should at least make the bench, Ferguson and Richardson looked good as well against the Liverpool Reserves.

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  • bambams

    Oct 26, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #31

    link to match…..Firstrowsports.tv , dropdown “football” and go down list for the blackburn v newcastle match, its after the liverpool and stoke game.
    Enjoy

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  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 26, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #32

    Sorry Sgt, No TV links According to NUFC.com

    “UK TV: None. BBC1 have a highlights show at 11.20pm.

    Overseas TV: None.”

    So if someone says there are. Must be bloody Martians TV.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 26, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #33

    bambams, according to http://www.footballstreaming.info/streams/todays-links/

    Blackburn Rovers v Newcastle United Carling Cup
    KICK OFF//20.00BST//21.00CEST//15.00EDT//05.00AEST
    FIRST ROW – Browser * Probably comms only *
    VIP BOX – Browser * Probably comms only *

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  • bambams

    Oct 26, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #34

    geordiegerman…..Thanks mate, you are obviously better at searching these links than i am.
    I got the heads up from dutchy (previous thread) and when i went onto it i found a live match being played then so presumed our match would be the same!
    will still be trying you never know ……

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  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 26, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #35

    bambams, hope to …. whoever. I’m wrong.

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  • Cockney Magpie

    Oct 26, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #36

    I would be surprised if cabaye doesn’t play because he is on 4 yellows, and I would imagine he would get booked accidently on purpose so as not to be on a ban when we come up against the big 3, in other words if I was pardew I’d be sayin to him to pick up a booking either tonight or against stoke so he is banned for either stoke or everton

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  • Stuart

    Oct 26, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #37

    Looks like only the man city match and the liverpool match are streamed tonight.

    Big choice to make now, try to find the commentary even though I dont have a radio, or try not to find out the score and wait for the highlights tonight?

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  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 26, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #38

    Stuart, there will def be online commentary. Plus they are back:

    http://myp2p.pe/

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  • AP's Black & White Army

    Oct 26, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #39

    Cabaye is on 3 bookings.

    Think Vuckic will start.

    _______________Krul_______________
    Santon____Perch____Colo____Ferguson
    Obertan____Abeid___Vuckic____Marveaux
    _______________HBA
    _______________Ba

    Vuckic was ahead of Gosling and Guthrie before his injury, I see no reason why that would have changed. Better than both, already, in my opinion.

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  • AP's Black & White Army

    Oct 26, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #40

    I’m sure someone posted earlier, that Blackburn have only sold 2600 tickets (surely not?) and we’re taking 3100.

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