Newcastle vs Bolton – Match Preview

Newcastle have a decent chance of marking up their 5th league win in a row this afternoon against Bolton Wanderers.

Newcastle have  successive wins against Norwich, West Brom, Liverpool and Swansea,  and in that run Newcastle have scored 8 goals and conceded only one.

Certainly if our readers are anything to go by in our poll, Newcastle fans are expecting the win, and  a high 92% of them think we will win the game this afternoon.

But that’s why we are just a little bit worried that the lads may take this one for granted,  but we’re also pretty sure that Alan Pardew will ensure the players’ feet are firmly on the ground.

The lads will also have 12 days to recover from today’s game,  before they are in action again, at home to Stoke a week come Saturday.

And by then we would hope that Liverpool have made the FA Cup final,  and if that happens, it’s almost certain that Newcastle will be in the Europa League next season, if they can retain their 6th place in the league table.

If that comes about you can bet your life the new target for Newcastle will be to finish in the top four, and make the European Champions League next season, which would be absolutely spectacular and the first time since Bobby Robson had us there in the 2003-2004 season..

In 117 total meetings against Bolton Wanderers over the years,  Newcastle have won 54, drawn 21 and lost the other 42.

What the team will be this afternoon is a very good question, and we’d be surprised if Cheick Tiote starts the game, and of course Danny Guthrie and Haris Vuckic are both definitely out, injured.

Fab Coloccini could make a return since he seems to have recovered form his hamstring injury, and we have a feeling he will be brought back in so that James Perch will be moved to Tiote’s position in defensive midfield.

We wouldn’t  be too surprised if Newcastle start this team today:

Simpson Coloccini (c) Williamson Santon
Ben Arfa Cabaye Perch Gutierrez
Ba Cisse
Subs: Elliot Tavernier Ferguson Abeid Taylor (R)  Gosling Ameobi (Sh)

That’s a very strong starting eleven, and Newcastle could play 4-4-2 as shown above or 4-3-3 with Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba up front,  but Alan Pardew has promised Newcastle will take this game to Bolton.

The Newcastle manager had this to say today about the game:

“The stadium is going to be jumping on Monday. Hopefully we’ve got the energy levels to see that across the line, because if we win that we are going to be in a great position.”

“Bolton have only got a two-day turnaround, so it’s tough on them. Hopefully that will be an advantage for us.”

With Chelsea not kicking off in their game at Fulham until 8:00 pm tonight, anything out of this game today will again see Newcastle back in 5th position.

But if we are going to get into Europe this season, this is probably on paper our easiest game of the six remaining, at least on paper, and we should be picking up all three points.

We have to hope the defense is again very solid and that our two top strikers  Papis Cisse and Demba  Ba can get in among the goals, and maybe Ben Arfa can chip in too.

A win would be fantastic and would make it five wins on the trot, and the first time Newcastle have done that since April of 2006, the last time be qualified for Europe.

If you haven’t already voted,  here’s your chance to say what you think the result will be today:

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We’re really hoping for the win today.

Howay The Lads!!

88 comments so far

  • davybtoon

    Apr 9, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #1

    ed i think your team is spot on there notice theres been no pics of them training therefore not letting on that colo is fit hopefully
    but will b 433 not 442

  • Wor Shearer

    Apr 9, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #2

    e tan, e epi tas

  • Klatoon

    Apr 9, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #3

    Bolton will come for a draw so i’d take a scrappy 1-0 . Remember our 433 relies on the opposition opening up/attacking us which Bolton are unlikely to do.

  • LGFUAD21

    Apr 9, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #4

    Re: Davies

    For anyone who hasnt seen much of the lad heres a nice little video. I know its youTube, and im not Dennis Wise, but it does show some nice elements of his game, relies heavily on the link up play though. The Blackpool goal from last season is epic

  • pbNcl

    Apr 9, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #5

    Who on earth voted that we would loose. Jokers haha

  • LGFUAD21

    Apr 9, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #6

    Also, Whats happened to Vuckic, training injury?

    Think this is a must win game for us, really want to take the game to them and get a solid win.

    It IS on paper our easiest out of the 6 fixtures left.

    If we can do Bolton (and then Stoke) that would be a great run in for Chelsea, City and Everton. Just give us that bit of ‘buffer stock’ for a tough run.

    Think Wigan will put up a fight too. Will have to play WBA style against them

  • pbNcl

    Apr 9, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #7

    I think today’s all about concentration. We’ve got more about us than bolton, and as long as we defend earnestly then I’ve no doubt that our forward trio will open up the magic doors. Come on the toon!!!!!

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 9, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #8

    I think i’m going to miss the game as some clients flight is delayed 🙁

    As long as we can get the 3 points I’ll be happy!

    I can see Fulham causing Chelsea some problems, not sure Norwich will be able to challenge Spurs at home though, however I shall live in hope!

  • LGFUAD21

    Apr 9, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #9


    Its a bit funny really.

    At the beginning of the season we were confident in our defense but praying our forwards could score.

    Now we are confident in our goalscoring abilities but hoping the defense can keep it together.

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Apr 9, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #10


    Agree – anything more than a one goal margin will be mint.
    I think the 4-3-3 will work against a crowded defence as ‘le trois terroristes’ up front will strike terror into the Bolton defence but we’ll have to be patient. An early goal would open them up if they want the draw.

  • pbNcl

    Apr 9, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #11

    Haha yeah your right LGFUAD21

    Its lookin like were gettin the balance right at the moment, that’s why I think today is concentration day. If we don’t make any silly mistakes then the pressure will be firmly on bolton, who I guess will get a bit jaded.

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 9, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #12

    With our quality I can see some tricky passes through the box and someone being able to draw a penalty. Who can see Benny trying to dribble past 4 or 5 players and getting taken down? Cisse or Ba for a penalty?

  • magpie6699

    Apr 9, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #13

    Would be happier knowing Colo is fit then if Cabaye and Tiote are out, Perchinho could slot into DM. Worried about Gosling and Raylor’s lack of pace. Have Bolton any speed merchants?

  • ilovetoon8788

    Apr 9, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #14

    HBA interview

    “Papiss is showing very good form and if he keeps it going I could probably say he’s the best striker I’ve played with,” Ben Arfa told Northern Echo.

    “He scored two amazing goals against Swansea. He’s just brilliant. He scores a lot of goals and is very good for us. Hopefully, he can continue this form until the end of the season.”

  • Tsunki

    Apr 9, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #15

    Right I’m off up there now! HWTL!

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 9, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #16

    Enjoy Tsunki!!! You lucky b*st*rd!

  • LGFUAD21

    Apr 9, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #17


    Well Davies has a bit on him, not loads but some.

    Ngog, who i dont think should be underestimated has a ton. He’s like a slightly better Obertan.

    Today will depend on how well the fringe players can gel with the team (Gosling mainly)

    Days like this i’m glad we have a Jonas to do his thing. He is our link between Defense, Mid and Forwards

  • thebionicMAG

    Apr 9, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #18

    Do we have a link for the match my Geordie brethren?

  • Dannyo

    Apr 9, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #19

    I want a 5-0 win today, despite not being able to field our strongest.
    Rip em a new one!

  • rich_toonfan

    Apr 9, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #20

    there should be a few links on here, sometimes get it in HD too.

    Bookmark the page as it has all prem league, some spanish and german games and even reserve games too.

  • jonobbad

    Apr 9, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #21

    @thebionicmag, , or sport tv for android phone.

  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 9, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #22

    Ivanovic banned for 3 games by the FA

  • thebionicMAG

    Apr 9, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #23

    rich and jono thanking you very much, you are gents!


  • euanpolo

    Apr 9, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #24

    If Cabaye is fit:
    Simpson – Williamson – Coloccini – Santon
    Cabaye – Perch – Gutierrez
    Ben Arfa – Cisse – Ba

    Subs: Harper, Tavernier, R. Taylor, Abeid, Gosling, Ferguson, Sh. Ameobi

    If not:
    Simpson – Williamson – Coloccini – Santon
    Gosling – Perch – Gutierrez
    Ben Arfa – Cisse – Ba

    Subs: Harper, Tavernier, R. Taylor, Abeid, Ferguson, Donaldson, Sh. Ameobi

  • rich_toonfan

    Apr 9, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #25


    no problem….it is a great site to keep though, get every game and nearly always a good working link.

    AS for today I think we will get at bolton, they will have to come out and play. They are at a stage in the season where they need to get 3 points, they cant come for a draw as they will worry other sides around them might pick up a win.

  • Pardew's fist pump

    Apr 9, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #26

    Need to stop clock-watching…… 🙁

  • mondziu

    Apr 9, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #27

    I’m quite confident we can get a win. Also, hoping we improve our goal difference today. 🙂

    IF we score early, we can see a very open, entertaining game with bags of goals going our way. With the quality we have upfront I think it is possible.

    But if we don’t score an early goal, we can see another game like Wigan home, with real threat from both teams and late resolution – hopefully our way again.


  • Toonboy_84

    Apr 9, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #28


    Feel the same mate. Bored shitless. Can’t wait till 3.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Apr 9, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #29

    I don’t think it’s going to be a 5-0 trashing 😉

    But I like your enthusiasm 😉 lol

  • jesperfuglsang

    Apr 9, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #30

    I thought all three of Tiote, Cabaye and Guthrie was suppose to be injured???

  • nufc786

    Apr 9, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #31
  • PIBID (the poster formerly known as hattambenarfa)

    Apr 9, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #32

    right guys ive seen a few of you complain of boredom. i have 10 1 and 1/2 hour a level maths papers to do today.

    wish me luck!!

    oh and 3-0 toon, cisse 2, HBA 1, Ba to get 2 assists and sulk

  • spitfire_

    Apr 9, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #33
  • ToonTranny

    Apr 9, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #34

    Took a half day off work to sink a few frothy topped lagers here in Russia before the game tonight. Have not felt this excited since the day we signed the French Dreamboat Cabaye & I saw his photo lol

  • Dearka

    Apr 9, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #35

    i think this will be the team to play bolton

    Simpson – Williamson – Perch – Santon
    Gosling – Yohan – Gutierrez
    Ben Arfa – Cisse – Ba

  • LGFUAD21

    Apr 9, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #36


    joke. that gooner fan claiming we are only where we are because Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool have underachieved.

    1) he’s missed the point in a league and his statement clearly highlights his opinion that certain teams own certain places year in and out. WRONG

    2) Whichever way you look at it, NUFC have performed better than every team below them and as well as Chelsea.

    Got nowt to do with how they play, we dont get points for them playing bad unless we are playing that particular team. We have earnt our points total.

  • toonking

    Apr 9, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #37

    well the team looks a good choice as a starting line up for today but having said that i do feel a little worried with colo being brought back too quickly also if cabaye was supposed to have went of injured on friday, it might have been just a twitch but still it could be safer to reserve them two for the stoke game and maybe use ferguson abeid and or raylor today.

    bolton played saturday so will feel more tired and because of them having a relegation battle they will be determined to get what ever points they can so will be unlikely to change there team much even if they are tired.

    it might have sounded strange but i just think of how much harder the last 4 games are compared to this one

  • nufc786

    Apr 9, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #38

    good points there tht gooner is
    check this out
    mancini claiming he will sell balotelli lets grab him
    weve got santon here pards will sort him out

  • nufc786

    Apr 9, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #39

    gooner is deluded

  • Tom4Nufc

    Apr 9, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #40

    spitfire- why has \cisse got a Bolton shirt on lol?


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