Newcastle will complete their third successive game against a top five side on Saturday, when they entertain Chelsea at St. James’ Park.
Yohan Cabaye – we will not fear Chelsea
Newcastle lost at Manchester City 3-1 ten days ago, and then took a valuable point from Old Trafford last Saturday afternoon, in what was a magnificent rearguard action from the Newcastle side.
And a win on Saturday would seem to round things off nicely and allow Newcastle to take a good 4 points out of those three very tough games in a row.
As we reported earlier today, Chelsea lost 2-0 to Liverpool in the Carling Cup quarter finals last night at home, and they have lost three of their last four PL League games at Stamford Bridge, and one of their last two away games in the league.
So it could be a good time to play Chelsea, but it will be a tough game and one in which the lads will need to be at or near their best to get the win, and the game will be in front of what promises to be a sold-out St. James’ Park on Saturday .
Yohan Cabaye has been without his central midfield partner Cheick Tiote over the last five games, but Danny Guthrie has done the job for Newcastle in that time, but it could be that Cheick is fit to return on Saturday.
The French International talked about the upcoming tough game:
“We learned from the City game,” “We learned not to give Manchester United too much respect.”
“It was important to play higher up the pitch and I think we did well. Against Chelsea, we have to play like we did at Old Trafford.”
“We have to believe in ourselves,” “It’s important to win the game. We’ve got to play like the winning team. We will be at home so we have to play like a top-of-the-league team to win this match.”
“I think the two Manchester clubs will be the top two for the rest of the season,” “I think they will be the teams fighting for the league.”
“Are City better? I don’t know. It’s hard to compare the two.” ” Man United have some very good players, so it is difficult to simply say that Man City are better than Man United.”
Newcastle do tend to play high up the pitch, but that also leaves them open to somebody beating the offside trap with their speed, like Hernandez tried to do a few times last Saturday.
In the 21 games Chelsea have played this season in all competitions, under new manager Andre Villas-Boas, they have lost six games, and Newcastle have played 13 games in total and lost only two.
And under Jose Mourinho, in his first season at Chelsea seven years ago (2004-2005), he lost only one of his first 21 games in all competitions, and that’s a measure of how poorly Chelsea have started this season.
The goals conceded tell the story about Chelsea, and they have conceded 23 goals in all competitions, whereas the Jose Mourinho side of seven years ago conceded only six in the same number of games.
And by the difference in the number of games played by the two sides, it shows the extra games of a team playing in Europe, and if Newcastle can qualify say for the Europa Cup next season, they will need a much bigger squad.
Chelsea are not strong in defense, which is one reason we should see Newcastle attacking the Pensioners from the very first whistle on Saturday.
And Newcastle need to at least draw to keep above Chelsea in the league table, but a win at home in front of a full house would be fantastic.
And that’s what Alan Pardew and Yohan Cabaye will no doubt be going for on Saturday afternoon, in the early kick-off game, which starts at 12:45 pm.