If Newcastle can get at least a point in tomorrow’s game against Everton then they will remain in 3rd place in the Premier League through the two week International break.
A win will see Newcastle move up to 25 points from 11 games, and since we have Man City, Man United and Chelsea in successive games after tomorrow’s, it would be great to get all 3 points against Everton.
And we’ve always thought Stoke City and Everton were similar teams, in that they are always hard to play against, and their players just never give up.
So if Newcastle can go to the Britannia Stadium and come back with a great 3-1 win last Monday, logic would at least suggest the lads can also get the win tomorrow in front of over 50,000 Newcastle fans.
Of course things don’t always work out as simply as that in either football or life, but Newcastle put in an excellent performance last Monday evening and probably gained a lot of new fans because of that gutsy and hard working performance.
So if Newcastle can put in a performance close to what we saw on Monday night, there has to be at least a decent chance that Newcastle will remain unbeaten in the Premier League and even get the win.
Everton are not going through a good time of it at the moment, and have just 10 points from their 9 league games played so far, and they are in 16th position in the league.
But they often have a slow start to the season and then pick up the pace as the season goes along.
We’ll have to hope that they don’t get a jolt tomorrow and get points out of Newcastle, and we have to remember that they beat us 2-1 in the corresponding fixture last season, so there’s some incentive for our players right there.
Newcastle still have an injury doubt with Cheick Tiote and Gabriel Obertan joins Mike Williamson and Shola Ameobi on the official injury list, and the 22 year-old Frenchman will be out for up to four weeks.
We’ll assume that Cheick is fit and able to play in defensive midfield again for Newcastle, and it could be that Alan Pardew keeps Danny Guthrie in the side and plays him out on the right wing.
Other players who can play there include Dan Gosling, Ben Arfa and Sylvain Marveaux, and we’ll plump for a starting position for Marveaux tomorrow afternoon on the right wing, although Jonas may move over to play on the right wing with Sylvain starting on the left wing.
This is the side we expect Alan to start tomorrow:
Simpson Coloccini (c) Taylor (S) Taylor (R)
Marveaux Tiote Cabaye Gutierrez
Subs: Eliott Santon Perch Gosling Guthrie Lovenkrands Ben Arfa
With Peter Lovenkrands not having been on the bench for the last two games, we think he’ll make it there tomorrow afternoon, and will likely get some playing time in the second half depending on how the game stands.
The keys to the game are the following:
- How Newcastle will deal with a 5 man Everton midfield, and if Alan Pardew plays 4-4-2 the onus will be on Cabaye and Tiote to fight it out for that central midfield
- Whether Demba Ba is still in the red hot form he’s been over the last 5 games when he’s knocked in 8 goals for the Magpies
- We get another strong performance from the outstanding Newcastle defense
It will be interesting to see how Alan Pardew sets up the team to match Everton’s high work-rate and packed midfield, but there again we cannot remember when we saw such a hard working Newcastle side than we witnessed at the Britannia Stadium on Monday.
It was a joy to see how our players quickly closed down the Stoke players when they lost the ball.
A similar performance tomorrow could see Newcastle get the win, and go into 2nd position in the league – well until Man United wallop Sunderland at Old Trafford later in the day.
In fact a Newcastle win and a Sunderland loss would be another satisfying day for Newcastle fans tomorrow, come to think of it.
We’d be satisfied with a point, and remain unbeaten and in 3rd place in the league, but we expect the lads to go all out for the win tomorrow.
And if we end up with 25 points from 11 league games – we’ll be pinching ourselves to ensure this is all real.
I sometimes think this season that I must have died and gone to heaven, and am still writing the blog, because Newcastle have been doing so unbelievably well this term.
Just a minute let’s pinch myself – ouch that hurt – so I must still be alive. 😀
Howay The Lads!!