Norwich vs Newcastle – Match Preview

Tomorrow’s game at Norwich gives Newcastle United a chance to get back to their winning ways.

But they will have to do that without top center-back Steven Taylor, who was injured in the game against Chelsea last Saturday afternoon, and is now out for the season after undergoing surgery on his Achilles last Monday.

And just to add to Newcastle’s woes,  captain Fab Coloccini had already left the game in the first half with a thigh strain,  and he is listed as doubtful the for the game tomorrow.

And we thought he was out for a couple of weeks at least, but yesterday, the Newcastle manager gave the Argentine International a 50-50 chance of playing tomorrow, but in fact the odds could be even better than that.

James Perch will definitely comes in for Steven Taylor, and gets his chance with his first Premier League start this season.

But if Coloccini is not available, then  who comes in for him is a good question, and you can take your choice between Tamas Kadar and Davide Santon, although Pardew may move Danny Simpson over to center-back and bring in the 20 year-old Italian International at right back.

Newcastle’s last win was at home to Everton back on 5th November,  and at that time the lads were in 3rd place in the league,  but with just one point out of their last three very tough games, Newcastle  are now in 6th position in the league but still have a good 26 points from their first 14 games.

Unfortunately, as well as Coloccini being a doubt tomorrow,.  Danny Guthrie is out for up to six weeks with a groin strain, and that’s a big pity, because Danny has been outstanding in the middle of the park since the Wigan game, while he has deputized for Cheick Tiote.

And the Ivory Coast International is still not available, as his knee injury is taking some time to heal, and it’s a little bit of a mystery why it’s taking so long to heal.

Newcastle’s other top center-back,  Mike Williamson,  is now back in training  following his ankle injury he picked up back in August at Scunthorpe, but he will not play tomorrow, but could be fit for the next game at home to Swansea a week tomorrow.

Alan Pardew would love to get Newcastle back to their winning ways at Norwich,  and the last time the Londoner was at Carrow Road, his Southampton team won the game 2-0.

That was  back on 20th February, 2010 when the Saints and Norwich were both in League One.

Norwich are now in 11th place in the Premier League and Southampton are top of the Championship, so both teams have done very well  since that time.

This is what Alan told the press yesterday about the Canaries:

“Norwich have been a surprise with the results and the fact that they have been winning games, which is very difficult to do in the Premier League as a promoted team,” said the Magpies’ manager.”

 “They have done exceptionally well and the manager Paul Lambert has done an unbelievable job there.”  “I came up against them at Southampton not so long ago, and know what they are about.”

“I know what it is like to go and play there. We actually won there, so we will be looking for the same result this time round.”

42 year-old Paul Lambert is a top up-and-coming manager who was a top central midfielder,  and Paul has done a fabulous job for Norwich City and since joining them in August of 2009 and gained two successive promotions in his two seasons in charge.

He was manager of Colchester United at the start of the 2009-2010 season, but surprisingly  joined Norwich after his team whipped Norwich 7-1 on the opening day of the season.

He has an impressive record at Norwich with 115 games played, he has won 60 drew 27 and lost 28 for a win percentage of 52.17.

The team section tomorrow will be key for Newcastle, and the result could well depend on whether Coloccini passes a late fitness test – but we’ll assume he will make it (fingers crossed), and we think this will be the side that starts tomorrow:

Simpson Coloccini (c) Perch Taylor (R)
Obertan Cabaye Gosling Gutierrez
Ba Ameobi (Sh)
Subs: Elliot Santon Kadar Abeid Lovenkrands Best Ben Arfa

We think Dan Gosling will get a chance in place of Danny Guthrie tomorrow, although Alan Pardew is also a big admirer of  19 year-old top prospect Mehdi Abeid.

Jonas Gutierrez will return for Newcastle after missing last Saturday’s 3-0 defeat against Chelsea, because  he was serving a one match suspension for being sent off at Old Trafford, and he will be making a welcome return to the side.

One key to the game tomorrow will be whether Newcastle can get back to their strong and steady defense, and possibly keep a clean sheet.

But we think the result could be very dependent on whether Coloccini turns out at center-back tomorrow afternoon, but if he cannot make it we have to think that Hungarian International Tamas Kadar will come in.

Tams has always done well in his previous 18 first team appearances for the side, and he will provide some height in central defense and get a big chance to prove he can get the job done for the Magpies.

But players coming into the side have surprised us this season with their good performances, and a win tomorrow would be a terrific boost for Newcastle.

That’s what we are hoping for.

Howay The Lads!!

54 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 9, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #1

    My predictio i know No one cares but still, 2-3, i know we we will not keep a clean sheet

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 9, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #2


  • Szarka

    Dec 9, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #3

    Yeah play Colo so he can get an injurie for the rest of the season. Just let him rest and get fit 100%!
    Man, if youngsters cant play against a Norwich side, then when? Santon-Kadar both should be playing, Raylor anf Colo out.

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 9, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #4

    By the way, if we ever loose TIOTE, i know who we should go for

    Granith XHAKA

  • Sir Alan

    Dec 9, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #5

    No Ben Arfa or Santon. If we are missing Colo and Taylor and Santon still can’t find away in with some re-shuffling i will begin to worry. I do remember Pardrew saying something like Santon being his 3rd or 4th choice signing, from that point i feared for him! haha

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 9, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #6

    there is one match i am really looking forward to and that is


    Real 1 Barca 3, there you go beat that

  • mattnufc

    Dec 9, 2011 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #7

    Santon needs to get used to English football, or are we forgetting the catastrophes that were Collocini and Enrique when they initially arrived.

  • Thump

    Dec 9, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #8

    I’m probably going to get slated for this but if Colo is fit, I sincerely hope that he doesn’t play. He’s been taken off injured twice now and I’d sooner see him given a chance to fully recoup. While Norwich are certainly no pushovers and Colo will be a huge bonus for us, fitness comes first. Is it really worth risking him?

    @mattnufc: Aye but they had playing time mate – Santon hasn’t. In the CCC (yes, lesser division etc.) they came into their own but keep in mind they were in and around the first team in our relegation season. Match fitness comes from the pitch, not the bench.

  • Willo

    Dec 9, 2011 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #9

    @Thump. I agree. I’d rather have Colo 100% during the Holiday season with all its games then for Noriwch. I think that Perch and Kadar can get it done until Williamson can return. If the game is going well bring Santon on for the last 30 minutes and let him get his feet wet.

  • mattnufc

    Dec 9, 2011 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #10

    I’m hoping Santon will get more playing time in FA cup, the reserves and substitution appearances until he is ready tbh.
    Hope we win tomorrow, would prefer Ba and Best to start up front.

  • davybtoon

    Dec 9, 2011 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #11

    thump think ya right perch n kadar will do a job let colo get fully fit, also i really do think its time to drop rtaylor for santon

    its gotta b kadar tomorro if colo aint non of this moving simpson in there kadar is a cb so play him there n hes playing for his future here to

  • Dannyo

    Dec 9, 2011 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #12

    Just watched the U18 highlights from yesterdays match.
    That Dennis Knight has a tremendous shot and pass on him, Campbell always looked involved somehow, Streete did the right things at both ends tbh, and Maddison, wow what a goal.

    Can’t help feel excited watching these youngsters play. Good things to come from allot of them.

  • davybtoon

    Dec 9, 2011 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #13

    dannyo campbell very similar playing style to rooney n ive never seen that maddison b4 but he looks a top prospect on them highlights

  • Dannyo

    Dec 9, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #14

    Yeah, Campbell reminds me of Rooney allot, but in a Scholes role, he’s insanely quick with his feet, noticed that last shot of his that the keeper caught? On the outside of the right foot, prob tried to trick him, but that keeper did a good job.

    Rooney started his Everton career at 16, why not Campbell? I can see the lad breaking through next season already, will need first team matches to develope, he’s so far along already. Darlingtons coach also praised him after the match.

  • nuttyward

    Dec 9, 2011 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #15

    3-1 to the toon

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 9, 2011 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #16

    Huntelaar scores

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 9, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #17

    1-1, berlin equalize

  • mattyNUFC

    Dec 9, 2011 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #18

    hmm, ben arfa, hailed as our saviour (from what, i dunno) now folks, even ed, are putting him on the bench.

    the problem’s quire simply solved; ben arfa is a winger. soooo, yeh, play him on the wing

  • kpryddie

    Dec 9, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #19

    There’s something wrong if Santon does not play tomorrow and if Ben Arfa doesnt !
    Santon has played 40 times for Inter
    7 times for Italy
    And has won :
    2 Serie A titles
    Fifa World Cup
    Champions League
    Italian Cups

    Says it all! Bags of experience ….much more than Perch, Raylor and Simmo put together

  • Dannyo

    Dec 9, 2011 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #20

    Listen, lads, HBA has been out for over a year, it’s going to take a good while for him to build confidence and find his sharpness.
    To say that HBA doesn’t suddenly cut it is just wrong imo, they say he does well in training, but he has the confidence there, he’s surrounded by teammates and there are no one out to get him.
    Ofc he’ll have relapses in his head when he gets tackled or people are a bit rough with him. The lad needs to play through that, then we’ll see old HBA return.
    We shouldn’t doubt his talent, but a 25 lad who’s broken his leg in such a nasty way is certain to relive that moment several times in his head, so he doesn’t have the edge he used to.

    Be patient, give HBA time, he’ll get there. There’s no point doubting his talent, he just need to play football, forget the past and get on with it.

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 9, 2011 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #21

    berlin 1 schalke 2 HT


    Dec 9, 2011 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #22

    (Said in petulant childish way ;)) NO! I WANT HIM TO BE MESSI NOW!

  • t00ntime

    Dec 9, 2011 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #23

    Ben arfa seems alot more confident on the wing but I think pards gives him a free role, and this way he can run on to the wing and through the center, weathers if he played on the wong and ran in to the center and stayed there we will be missing width so really this was a smart move by pards

    The last post about us gettin the AC milan defender well thats never going to happen. One of italy’s biggest young talents and when they look him up he is on the bench for a make shift half decent LB
    Nobody in italy will want to come to newcastle :S how we dealt with
    ben arfa was one of the big reason french players like us, the italians dont like us cause of how we are handeling santon (a experinced good LB tipped to be great yet on the bench… For me the biggest mistake pards has made for us, yet again tevez… Must I say more…

  • Dannyo

    Dec 9, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #24

    Yeah, well, what has changed? I want Raylor to be Evra and Simmo to be Maicon, but we all know thats not gonna happen.
    Now go brush your teeth and go to bed, it’s late.

  • t00ntime

    Dec 9, 2011 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #25

    And ben arfa on the bench for shola? Hahahahahahahahaha ben arfa is a much better player then shola. Shola shud be a sub only because we all know he is slow. At the start of the game all there defenders are fit quick and ready, after 70mins there tierd and slower, perfect for shola to come on and use his strength


    Dec 9, 2011 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #26

    Right this whole Tevez not getting played under Pards line has been brandished about since he got the job……I have heard two sides. Either he was a fat lazy slob who couldnt play or Pards was a moron who refused to play him ignoring his very high quality/potential

    Now I didnt care at the time nor would I now expect Pards is our managers SO can someone tell me (someone with knowledge on it hopefully) which is true.

    Was Tevez a fat lazy slob or is Pards a bit nutty?

  • Dannyo

    Dec 9, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #27

    I think i want to see Santon play as bad as Santon wants to play, lol, but to say that it’s a mistake by Pardew is something we don’t really know tbh. There could be other issues or quirks that has to be worked out with him to get ready for english football. Santon is young enough to stay humble and keep his head down a little longer. His chance will come, 100%.

    Agree with you on the Shola comment, he’s good coming on at 70 minutes, but i can’t see him starting unless it has a big tactical effect to do so.


    Dec 9, 2011 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #28

    But I got this toy last christmas and u still wont let me play with it!!!!!!! 🙁 Haha

    Also Id rather Raylor was El Toro 🙁 rather than Evra

  • Dannyo

    Dec 9, 2011 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #29

    Lol, well, any proper LB over Raylor really 😛

    On the Tevez thing, i dunno about whats true or not, but look whats happening to Ranger, it could be that the case with Tevez was similar. I don’t think Pardew is the type to be fazed by getting picked on the nose, or so it seems. So maybe Tevez had a lesson to learn somehow? I mean, look at him now. £200.000 a week:


    Had to borrow that from u 😛


    Dec 9, 2011 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #30

    Hahaha ur welcome to it my friend 🙂

    Well u could be right about Tevez I mean we all know how screwed up he is in the head…maybe there was a element of that

    Only thing I know about it is Hammers fans who I have talked with said Tevez and t’other one (cant remember who the other one was) were both unfit and loving the pies so Pards couldnt play them until they improved but then on here its more implied Pards was a moron….I dont really care tbh I just like to know these things for my arguments 😉

  • t00ntime

    Dec 9, 2011 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #31

    Lol With the tevez comment I just mean we might not realise how good santon is until he leaves us, cause west ham never found out how good he really was till he left, and so far we havent seen if santon is any good :S

  • Dannyo

    Dec 9, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #32

    Well, could be a bit of both tho.
    We all know that in a sense, Santon is ready to play, at the same time, he’s learning the language and he’s young so probably he’s getting some kinks out of his game, also the fact that he’s used to the italian game.
    AND Raylor has done aright i suppose, i personally think he’d be out by now had it not been for his crucial goals.
    So we think Pards is a bit silly for not playing Santon, but we really don’t know why he doesn’t.

    Hard to tell if Tevez was fat or Pardew was stubborn about something. Same goes for Santon. Altho Santon hasn’t complained yet.

  • JG83

    Dec 9, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #33

    If Santon and Ben Arfa cant get a game before Obertan and Raylor they may as well pack in. I dont think Raylor or Obertan would get a game for my sunday league team. I here people on here praise obertan all the time but from what i have seen he is a total donkey. Cant pass, cross, shoot. Ferguson doesnt normally sell good young players who are not discruptive.

  • G

    Dec 9, 2011 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #34

    Santon needs a bit of time to adjust to the English game. Where he comes from you get time for 2 tabs when you have the ball before somebody comes in for the tackle. He is an outstanding player, with an outstanding pedigree. I remember him playing for Inter a few years back, when they played Manyoo in the CL, and a young Davide Santon kept a certain Portuguese d*ckhead in his pocket all night. If Santon doesn’t not get the nod, it isn’t just because Pards doesn’t like his face.


    Dec 9, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #35

    Well, for all its worth, my opinion on Santon is he is a confidence player and when he came to us he was low on it plus when I saw him in his debut he was very very lightweight and looked to dive a lot

    When we brought him in I was excited to see him play but I thought he would be a player we build up not the finished product

    Though I agree he should be playing over Raylor by now but Ryan has done well so its hard for Pards to drop him

  • t00ntime

    Dec 9, 2011 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #36

    Santon dives because he is italian and that is there main trait lol they all learn to do it so I cant seeing him stopping lol I suppose all teams need one, man utd have nani, chelsea have torres, man city has every player
    People say santon needs time to get used to the EPL well he cant cause he never gets put on, accordimg to beardsley he was to good for reserves so next step is testing him in the league, well surely norwich and swansea are perfect for this

  • mattyNUFC

    Dec 9, 2011 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #37

    saying santon needs time for the english game then allude to him taking out of the a game quite possibly the best player ever to play in the prem (like him or hate him)? How does that make sense?

  • Toon Tang

    Dec 9, 2011 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #38


    Newcastle have conceded seven goals in their last three matches. They let in just eight in their first 11 games.
    The Geordies hit the target with only three of their 17 shots against Chelsea last Saturday.
    They have made more tackles this season (302) than any other Premier League club.

    that last ones a good stat


    Dec 9, 2011 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #39

    In the same way if he was that good consistently that Inter sold him to us for 5mill?

  • mattyNUFC

    Dec 9, 2011 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #40

    no, in the same way that if raylor actually is better left back than santon than he’ll be plying his trade on trials at gateshead and blyth before long because raylor is an absolute donkey. there- i’ve said it. I liked him, rooted for him, but it’s time to drop back to the bench


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