It’s A Good Time For Newcastle To Meet Chelsea


Newcastle must have an excellent chance of beating Chelsea at St. James’ Park on Saturday afternoon.

Andew Villas-Boas – under pressure at Chelsea

We watched the Chelsea-Liverpool game last night in the Carling Cup quarter finals, , and Liverpool were the better side and deservedly won 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.

And what was apparent was that when Liverpool went 2-0 up with goals from Rodriguez on 58 minutes and the impressive young Martin Kelly after 63 minutes, there wasn’t too much fight shown by the Chelsea side.

And Andy Carroll continues to have no luck in a Liverpool shirt,  as he managed to miss a first half penalty and didn’t look too sharp at all,  but former player Craig Bellamy had a very good game last night.

Craig set up both Liverpool goals, even though he was seen to be in tears during the one minute’s silence before the game, in honor of his Welsh manager and former team mate at Newcastle – Gary Speed – who passed away on Sunday.

And the Chelsea crowd were streaming out of Stamford Bridge well before the end of the game last night , and it remains to be seen how patient the Chelsea fans will be with their new young manager.

That was Cheslea’s 6th defeat under new boss Andre Villas-Boas, and he will need to turn things around rather quickly if he wants to keep his job, because Russian Billionaire owner Roman Abramovich is not known for his patience, if things are not going well at the London club.

And of course his good friend Guus Hiddink is again available after parting company with Turkey, after they failed to qualify for the European Championship finals next summer in Poland and the Ukraine.

Newcastle will have to watch for a rebound from Chelsea side on Saturday,  and they have players like John Terry, Ashley Cole, Petr Chech and Didier Drogba back in the starting line-up, so it’s not going to be cake walk, and the first goal will be really important.

But it’s still a good time to meet Chelsea, especially when they will be on the road, and a win would keep Newcastle high up in the league table, even though the lads will have come through three successive games against top five teams.

The game is already a sell-out, and it seems a good time to register another win against the London side, like the lads did in the Carling Cup at Stamford Bridge just over a year ago.

And Newcastle have come a long way since then.

Howay the Lads!!



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33 comments so far

  • newcben

    Nov 30, 2011 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #1

    £20 on newc win……Chelsea will cave in front of the toon army

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  • Robby Bobson

    Nov 30, 2011 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #2

    If we have Cheik back, think we could definately get all 3 points.

    Terry and Luiz look extremely dodgy and I think HBA could rip them up.

    Ramires, Mikel and Lampard aren’t the best combination in the centre of midfield we’ll face all season either.

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  • mikenotiades

    Nov 30, 2011 at 2:05 AM

    Comment #3

    This game is going to be very tough… We’ve proved so far that at least, we’re the best of everyone below the top 7… If we were to beat Chelsea it would mean we’re up a level again…
    Massive game

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  • mikenotiades

    Nov 30, 2011 at 2:23 AM

    Comment #4

    On a sad note…
    The man that took me and my sisters in when my mother died, also died on Sunday…
    He was the kindest, smartest man I have ever met!!!
    He ripped me for supporting Newcastle, “Why do you devote so much of your time tofootball?”
    Because of the passion Grandad, the same reason I cry right now…
    It’s my heart :,)

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  • toonincheek

    Nov 30, 2011 at 3:21 AM

    Comment #5

    Not so sure it’s a good time.
    They have lost 3 of their last 4 games.
    I hope their bad run continues but they will be highly motivated to end their losing streak.

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  • Super Simmo Strikes Again

    Nov 30, 2011 at 3:57 AM

    Comment #6

    I reckong a hard fought 1-0 win.

    My team:

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Krul~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~Simmo~~~~~~~Staylor~~~Colo~~~~~~~Santon~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Tiote~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~Obertan~~~~~~Cabaye~~Guthrie~~~~~Ben Arfa~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Ba~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Subs:
    – Elliot
    – Raylor
    – Perch
    – Gosling
    – Sammy
    – Lovenkrands
    – Strolla

    Since guttierez is not there to help Raylor defensively i personally would drop him… During the City game Nani got past him easily at the start of the game… until Gutti started helping out.. Sturridge could do the same.. and without guttierez i fear our left side will be exposed.

    4-5-1 midfield… basically to just outpower the likes of an aging lampard, an out of form mikel… and a defensive meireles… It also gives Cabaye a more attacking role. As Guthrie and Tiote should be able to handle the defensive duties.

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  • Super Simmo Strikes Again

    Nov 30, 2011 at 3:57 AM

    Comment #7

    United game.. not city game.. my bad

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  • Dyer8

    Nov 30, 2011 at 4:07 AM

    Comment #8

    vs Chelsea

    Krul
    Simmo..Saylor..Collo..Raylor
    Obertan..Cabaye..Tiote..Sammy
    HBA
    Ba

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  • Willo

    Nov 30, 2011 at 4:40 AM

    Comment #9

    ________Krul________
    Simmo Saylor Colo Raylor
    _________Tiote________
    Obertan Cabaye Loverkrands
    ________HBA________
    ________BA___________

    I don’t see what Raylor has done to deserve being dropped. Sure Jonas helps him out but Loverman can do the same job and keeps the pace in the team as well as a strike option depending on how things go. If Tiote is unfit then Guthrie can come in and if he’s out too then Gosling. If you want Cabaye can drop a bit but I want to see him more as a link man helping us go forward. HBA starts in place of Best and Sammy comes on at the our mark.

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  • magpie6699

    Nov 30, 2011 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #10

    Some people seem to think it will be easy – but it won’t. They will be trying to fight back and prove themselves, they have a helluva good attack and midfield – it’s their defence where I think we have a chance. Yes we need Tiote to play. I’d be OK with a point.

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  • spanishtoon

    Nov 30, 2011 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #11

    hmmm im always slightly concerned about being happy when we come up against a good team in bad form as strong teams rarely go through long bad patches!

    anyway for what its worth (not much granted) i reckon we’ll get another 1-1 draw and that’ll do for me..

    what i find remarkable about the media (and possibly good news for us) is how they can claim that the true test of us is to be found in playing the top 4 – by my reckoning if we beat all the other teams in the league then we’d probably win it!

    As much as they say they do, i feel that the national press don’t really enjoy any team upsetting the top 4 apple cart – especially not newcastle.

    all the best and rip gary

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  • veto

    Nov 30, 2011 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #12

    can see us getting the 3 points if we have a full squad , need tiote back , guthrie has done a decent shift but we dont look as comfortable as we do with the Cheick.
    hba is coming into his game and ba is a hero , the future bright .

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 30, 2011 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #13

    I dont thimk it will be easy at all,but we always seem to give Chelsea a good game at home,real pity that Marv is out, it would have been good to see him play on the other side to Oba I think they would have run rings round Terry and sideshow Bob,I dont think we need to worry about Tiote going to Chelsea AVB will be getting pumped after this next defeat.

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  • seantoon

    Nov 30, 2011 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #14

    Loved seeing Carroll miss that penalty lastnight. Any news on tiote yet?

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  • Ben-Arfa11

    Nov 30, 2011 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #15

    Hi people havent been online here for ages just like to say a few things.

    *Very upset to hear about gary speed and i hope he r.i.p.Very respectable guy and always remember him scoring that goal against dynamo kiev and it was a crucial win 2-1 as it kept our chances alive which it did since we went onto beat feynoord 3-2 on the last game great memorys.
    *Joey barton might have some points with mike ashley etc he is pretty selfish with money i dont like the way mike ashley tells derek to tell us fans that we have to be self sufficent with our funds etc mike ashley is a billionaire for goodness sake why buy the club if he didnt want to spend any of his money on streghtning the team instead we are treated like a business like sports.direct dot.com but however saying that joey barton should shut his mouth he was like oh they were trying to cut my wages in jail he is lucky he had a job in the 1st place after been in jail not many people would even still have a job if they were in jail so he really is a complete tosser to be honest.
    *i think the reason ben-arfa went mad at rooney last weekend was because he didnt like rooney kicking at colo and i think he had flashbacks about de jong and he wanted to stick up for his team mate and didnt want another player to get hurt which is great and shows how commited ben arfa is to newcastle and to his team mates.
    *an amazing start to the season i think top 6 is beyond us but i be very happy to be 7th knowing that we are around the so called top teams.i think we are the best of the rest which is great and you never know with chelsea playing so badly at the moment we could even do better than 7th.

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  • Brutooon

    Nov 30, 2011 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #16

    With Gutierrez Unavailable, this is a REAL TEST for RAYLOR !!!

    I would prefer to play Santon at Left back and Raylor at Left Midfield

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  • danishmag

    Nov 30, 2011 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #17

    why is everyone saying that we have to get Tioté back if we want to beat Chelski?
    We have been without him for the last 4 games:
    Everton home, won 2-1
    Stoke away, won 3-1
    Man C away, lost 3-1
    Man U away, draw 1-1..

    Some very tough games if you ask me, and we got 7 points out of a possible 12..
    Guthrie has shown some excellent skills so far, he cannot be dropped for Tioté.. Play them both and Cabaye and we might have the best midfield in the league!?

    The other day i said that i thought that Simpson was the best right back to defend in the league at the moment..
    I read that some cemments on that.. Richards, Glen Johnson etc are far better… Well.. attacking YES!
    But i only talked about the defensive side.. Richards, Glen Johnson etc are not good to defend!
    But our Simmo is a heck of a defender.. The stats on him says that i am right on that! If i can find the link i will post it later

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  • danishmag

    Nov 30, 2011 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #18

    cemments = comments

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  • geordiesteve520

    Nov 30, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #19

    I am cautiously optimistic about this game, I don’t want to say it is a banker because Chelsea can still pull out results when they want but I reckon we can out-work them and the atmos will be electric, I am not sure they can cope with how much better we are than last year and will not be expecting us to come at them hammer and tongs. Bit of a ramble that but the message is still clear HWTL!!!

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  • ginkoh

    Nov 30, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #20

    Chelsea is one of the world’s top team at this minute. Same as ManU and ManCity, it’s all about us against top. It’s hard and nobody expect us to win. However I confident we have more than enough to fight against them and get 3 points. HWTL !

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  • geoff777

    Nov 30, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #21

    I think we can win.
    I’m a bit concerned that Sammiobi won’t cover for Raylor like Jonas does.

    Guthrie’s been amazing, so I’m not so worried about Tiote being missing.

    If we defend as well as we did in Manchester then we’ll give them a game.
    We’re creating chances we just need to take a few.

    I’m quite confident, the team are organised, gutsy and resilient.

    Proud to watch them play.

    HWTL

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  • bills-son

    Nov 30, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #22

    Guti not covering Raylor will be a massive miss for us.

    This is a test of the players support for AVB, he will be demanding 110% to end the bad run. If they respond we are in for a tough game, if they don’t and we score early it could be two or three nil.

    My bet is a draw but obviously I’m hoping for a win.

    HWTL

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  • Ldntoon

    Nov 30, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #23

    I think we could struggle with the extra man in midfield, Ben Afra is class but won’t stick on their defensive man Romeu, Mikel or fat Frank.
    I think Pardew will keep with the same team as last game with Santon going in at left midfield, he seems so reluctant to change the defense and if he didn’t do it after City he won’t now.

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  • nimo

    Nov 30, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #24

    glen johnson is doggo but richards is a machine.. absolute quality mancini has made him

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  • Eastander

    Nov 30, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #25

    I’d be very tempted to play Santon left wing purely because he knows what it’s like to play left back so will probably track back more! Plus with Sturridge playing right for Chelsea we need someone with pace over that side.

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  • Ldntoon

    Nov 30, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #26

    I that game where Bale scored his hat trick against Inter Santon came on left midfield, so if hes good enough for them …

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  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 30, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #27

    Question?

    is no one else afraid that we are continously being linked with scott brown

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  • SwedishMagpie

    Nov 30, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #28
  • Special K

    Nov 30, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #29

    The only players on there team who I fear could do us damage are Mata & Sturridge.

    That said I still fancy Tiote to do a job on the former and our defence on the latter.

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  • jayphoto

    Nov 30, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #30

    Look set to have scored a couple tickets from a client for saturday! win! ….in the chelsea end tho….. can I count on the othet 51,500 of you to chant “just a sh1t collocini, your just a sh1t collocini” everytime Luiz gets the ball!

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  • markmac

    Nov 30, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #31

    Hes quick too a lot quicker than raylor and has been playing from the right lately which worries me….

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  • markmac

    Nov 30, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #32

    sturridge that is

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  • Oleg G

    Nov 30, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #33

    Chelsea:

    QPR L
    Everton W
    Arsenal L
    Genk D
    Blackburn W
    Liverpool L
    Leverkusen L
    Wolves W
    Liverpool L

    So from their last 9 games:

    3 Won
    1 Draw
    5 Lost !!!

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