A win against Sunderland tomorrow at St. James Park can see Newcastle up to 46 points from 27 games, and level with Chelsea in joint 5th place in the league, and 7 points ahead of Liverpool in 7th place.
Oh, and 13 points ahead of Sunderland.
Both Chelsea and Liverpool were beaten today by West Brom and Arsenal respectively, and those were two good results for Newcastle before their derby with Sunderland at high noon tomorrow.
A win tomorrow will give Newcastle their first double over Sunderland since back in the 2005-2006 season, and if Newcastle can play anywhere near their top form, the lads should be able to do it.
Newcastle have all their players available for the game, although Tiote had a tough return trip to the Ivory Coast during the week, but Senegal striker Papiss Cisse seems to have recovered from the groin strain he picked up against Wolves last Saturday.
And we think that Alan Pardew will start the same side he started against Wolves, which is probably our strongest side available at the moment:
Simpson Coloccini (c) Williamson Santon
Taylor (R) Tiote Cabaye Gutierrez
Subs: Elliot Ferguson Perch Guthrie Ben Arfa Lovenkrands Ameobi (Sh)
There are a number of factors that will be important if Newcastle are going to win tomorrow:
- The Newcastle defense will need to be a lot more solid than we’ve been int the last two games, when we have leaked 7 poor goals, so somehow the lads have got to keep the back door closed
- The Newcastle midfield pair of Cabaye and Tiote have to take control of central midfield, and they will be up against a five man Sunderland midfield spread across the park, but it’s vital that Cabaye and Tiote boss the midfield tomorrow, which we didn’t do last week against Wolves
- The Senegal twins Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse are in goal-scoring form and can score those goals from half chances, as they’ve proved they can do in the past
If Newcastle can achieve those things tomorrow afternoon, especially to be very tight in defense, then we can win this game.
And we may even see Shola Ameobi in the second half tomorrow, and it would be a good time for Shola to show us that he’s a much better player than he’s been for the side over the last several games.
It would also be a great time to score his second goal of the season, and we know he’s adept at scoring goals against Sunderland, from his past history.
This will be the 20th Premier League meeting between the two North East clubs, and we have won nine of them and lost only three.
And in total Newcastle have won this fixture 53 times, lost 46 and drawn the other 46 games.
Newcastle are very well positioned in the Premier League table after today’s games, and we are due a win after two rather disappointing performances at Tottenham and at home to Wolves, in which we conceded 7 poor goals.
So tomorrow is the time for the Newcastle players to stand up and be counted, and we must go all out for the win, or die in the attempt as Cheick Tiote said earlier today.
This is what Cheick said in his interview when reviewing tomorrow’s game:
“If We Have To Die On The Pitch To Win – We Have To Die On The Pitch”
Of course Cheick Tiote is only making a point with that statement – well we think he is. 😀
We want to see Newcastle give an all out 100% performance of guts and passion tomorrow, and if they can do that the Newcastle fans will be able to celebrate for 8 days, before we have to meet Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, a game we won 1-0 last year.
Alan Pardew, in his press conference announcing the signing of Fab Coloccini and Tim Krul earlier today, said he wanted Newcastle fans to make themselves heard and cheer the lads onto victory.
But we have absolutely no doubts at all that’s what the Geordie fans will be doing tomorrow afternoon.
And it was obvious that Alan was simply delighted that Newcastle had managed to sign two of our top players to long term deals at Newcastle, so Alan is certainly upbeat about the future of Newcastle, and a win would be the icing on the cake tomorrow for the faithful Newcastle fans.
Go for it Newcastle!!
Howay The Lads!!