Stoke vs Newcastle – Match Preview

Newcastle have never won at the Britannia Stadium, so tonight is as good a time as any to start.

Tonight’s game will be a tough test for Newcastle, because they are coming off their very first defeat of the season, and it will be interesting to see how the lads respond.

It’s always a tough game for any team at the Britannia stadium, and tonight will be no exception, but the lads do have the added incentive that if they can remain undefeated, then Newcastle will move into 3rd place in the Premier League, and it’s a long long time since Newcastle were so high up in the league.

It will in all likelihood be changed side from the one that started at Wigan nine days ago, since both Cheick Tiote and Leon Best are both doubtful for this game.

Leon has tonsillitis, but the local papers today are reporting he’s still a possibility to start tonight, and Cheick Tiote is 50-50 and will undergo a fitness test before kick-off.

We don’t expect either player to be in the starting line-up tonight, and expect Danny Guthrie to continue in the central midfield position, after such a good performance on Wednesday at Blackburn.

In place of Best,  Pardew can play either Peter Lovenkrands or Ben Arfa, and we think he’ll stick with Ben Arfa, even though the Frenchman did not have such a good game last Wednesday night.

So this is the side we expect Alan Pardew to start tonight:

Simpson Coloccini (c)  Taylor (S) Taylor (R)
Obertan Guthrie Cabaye Gutierrez
Ben Arfa
Subs: Elliot Santon Perch Gosling Marveaux Lovenkrands Ameobi (Sa)

Marveaux could get the start in front of Obertan and there’s a small possibility that Italian Davide Santon could start in place of Danny Simpson at right back.

If Newcastle are to get anything out of this game the defense will need to have one of their better nights, and that Steven Taylor, playing in his protective mask for the first time, has a strong game with Coloccini in the center of the Newcastle defense.

Danny Guthrie will need to have another excellent game in midfield, and maybe Yohan Cabye can score a third goal in as many games for the  Magpies.

Newcastle will have been preparing for a very physical game tonight,  and will have been practicing how to defend those long throw-ins from Rory Delap, as well as the other set plays Stoke rely so much on for their goals.

If Newcastle can remain unbeaten in the league tonight, then they will move at least one point ahead of Chelsea and  into 3rd position in the Premier League, and it would certainly be great if Newcastle can do that tonight.

We’d be very satisfied with a draw tonight, but a a win would be absolutely fantastic.

What we certainly do not want to see is a second defeat in a row, after going so long undefeated.

Howay The Lads!!

99 comments so far

  • AP's Black & White Army

    Oct 31, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #1

    Ranger needs to f off. Sick of him. Thickest footballer ever?

  • AP's Black & White Army

    Oct 31, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #2

    If AP persists with Obertan, I’ll rip my hair out.

  • davybtoon

    Oct 31, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #3

    think ed got the team spot on there like if best dosent make it n ben arfa plays he needs to get into the game from the start never really touched the ball at blackburn hes someone who cud take stoke apart if hes up for it


    Oct 31, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #4

    HBA is someone who can take Stoke apart? Just like he did last season eh

  • Dannyo

    Oct 31, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #5

    Sammy has said on twitter that he was on his way to Stoke, so he’s in the squad alright.

  • nden85

    Oct 31, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #6

    Cabaye was probably talking about Ranger a few days ago. Hate Ranger so much, sack him.

  • niffnoff

    Oct 31, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #7

    Ranger so much promise for him and he messes it up again….

  • Tiote4PM

    Oct 31, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #8

    Ranger – What a f u c k i n g dick head!

    Needs to be sacked now – get rid. Little boy.

  • cheikmate

    Oct 31, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #9

    If I were boss:

    _______Ben Arfa__________

    What it will be i presume:


  • davybtoon

    Oct 31, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #10

    yea i think its pretty sinple tonight go n attack them we will win but if try n defend n worry bout them we will lose, one thing is for sure we need to up our game from the wigan n blackburn games or we will get beat

  • BeeGuy

    Oct 31, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #11

    This game could see a hlf dozen changes in the squad and that is a recipe for disaster. AP needs to field as many of the crew that has gotten to this point with only one loss. Save the speed merchants of HBA & Marveaux for the end of the game, if they are needed. Try to play Best, save Tiote till he is healthy. Let Simmo have a game with Santon ready to come on for whoever has trouble or gets injured.

  • OttersPocket

    Oct 31, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #12

    Tonight could be ideal game for obertan, has more physical presence than marv, is decent in air, and his pace could trouble stoke on counter.

  • Dannyo

    Oct 31, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #13

    Well, Pards has already faced them once, and learned from it.
    It depends how much he’s learned tho and how well the players respond to APs ideas about the match.
    If i were to bet on this match, i’d cross all the boxes, cause this match can go either way.

  • wingspan

    Oct 31, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #14

    I agree with otter here. Although Obertan hasnt been that great so far this is defo a game to stick with him over Marv, purely for his physical presence. Hes bigger, stronger and prob faster. If anything i would be tempted to start him in the CAM role instead of benny. The lad will still have the de jong insident in his head (understandable) and with some of the tackles the stoke wud put in on him i think it would hinder his development bk to full fitness/confidence. Or stick with 442 and play Lover. Hes a cleverer player than most give him credit for and thimk he would do well playing of Ba as a target man.

    My Team:

    Oba—-Cheik(prayin hes fit)/Danny—Cabaye—Jonas

  • cheikmate

    Oct 31, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #15

    have stoke got any injuries or doubts for the game ?

    Am guessing it will be Crouch and Jones up front? geez land of the giants

  • themole

    Oct 31, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #16
  • Toon_Tom

    Oct 31, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #17






  • acientgeordie

    Oct 31, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #18

    2-1 to us Ba and HBA

  • Thump

    Oct 31, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #19

    So can we sack Ranger yet? Maybe sell him to Sunderland. Christ, I’ll even drive him!

    Note: I can’t drive but I can’t see much of a difference given his driving record. Police will think it’s normal.

  • Toon_Tom

    Oct 31, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #20

    THUMP > haha, class 🙂

  • wingspan

    Oct 31, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #21

    Whe i say Loven is a clever player i mean he makes great runs in the channels. I used to find it frustrating watchin him because he never used to get the ball when making the runs either because the players in midfield never saw him or were never able to make the pass, i think with sexy cabaye in the team picking him out Loven could be pretty good player for us.

  • cyprus

    Oct 31, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #22

    ‘It is going to be a hard game but we have to win, come on newcastle.’

    This is what Jonas said, one hour ago. Cool!

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Oct 31, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #23

    Need link online here I’n the states, no espn3, any good links lads

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Oct 31, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #24

    What happened with ranger, been outta sorts since Blackburn match I’n horrible pain, what happened?

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 31, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #25

    if we attack stoke using our enourmous pace and skill we can easily beat them but they are a very very good team at home not in the most fashionable styles but they effective only lost 1 home game in the premier league this year which is a good record, been on a pretty poor run of late only won 3 out of 11 but we need to get the grip of the midfield early on and as i say attack them Ben Arfa needs to start as i says earlier its team like stoke especially away who will get his confidence up in recieving tackles also he will get to grips with the fact he will have no space and will learn to pass the ball or smaassshhh Gooaallll.!!

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 31, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #26

    Sgt – he’s been arrested again drunk and disorderly

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Oct 31, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #27

    Geordietoon what happened with ranger?

  • NJToon

    Oct 31, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #28

    @ Sgt Heagerty. It is on 3.55 pm EDT

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Oct 31, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #29

    You have got to be kidding, is this kid stupid or what. I fooled myself into thinking he had been keeping his head down and working hard, so much potential so little brains, oh well, how are my brothers and sisters I’n the toon army Doing today, I continue to be outta sorts and I’n massive pain from the ops but am surviving hope you lads are all doing well

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Oct 31, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #30


    CAnt get espn3 on my Internet, only select providers and mine isn’t one of them

  • Toon_Jock

    Oct 31, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #31

    the idiot went out and drunk and caused his usual non-sense then assaulted two Police officers

    AND all this 1 day before we face Stoke – Cheers Nile you horrible little dipsh1t

  • jimmyxavi

    Oct 31, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #32

    What time is kick off – Ix it 7.45 or 8.. Just that i have footy training till 8 wont get home till ten past. Dont want to miss loads you see! I’d skip training but wont get paid you see… £150 a week for part time footy.. Need the monies haha

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Oct 31, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #33

    I’m desperate to watch the match, missed my first match I’n the cup vs Blackburn, will not miss this one if at all possible, told the missed the kids are yours at kick off

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Oct 31, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #34

    I’m desperate to watch the match, missed my first match I’n the cup vs Blackburn, will not miss this one if at all possible, told the misses the kids are yours at kick off

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Oct 31, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #35

    Stupid ranger, why are you out drinking the night before a huge match like stoke away, this kid has shite for brains

  • Scottishtoon95

    Oct 31, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #36

    I think my dad was right when he was telling me newcastle look to be set up as a more counter-attacking team. Better at playing in away games. So when they’re all in the box for a delap throw we’ll have jonas, marvaeuw/obertan, HBA and ba ready to run at them, outnumbering their defence.

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 31, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #37

    pizza and a few bottles of Coors light for the game tonight woo =]

  • boater

    Oct 31, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #38

    Cabaye to Man U rumours are worrying. Can see why they would want him.. regular french international, complete midfielder, great attitude, and them lacking in that department these days.

    Will he be a one season wonder for us, a la Hamann, and move on to a CL team next season for megabucks?

    Anyways… tough game tonight – never beaten them in the PL.. hopefully HBA and Ba will start to link up well and we’ll change that.

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 31, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #39

    boater = we’ll be the champions league team man hahaa

  • Louis583

    Oct 31, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #40

    Eden Hazard has stated his desire to leave Lille at the end of the season. Hopefully Cabaye can give him a quick phone call.


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