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Newcastle vs Bolton – Match Preview

11:46 am, Monday, April 9th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 88 Comments

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:

How Will Newcastle Fare Against Bolton?

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We’re really hoping for the win today.

Howay The Lads!!

Tags: Match Preview · Newcastle News

88 responses so far ↓

  • 1 davybtoon // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    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

  • 2 Wor Shearer // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    e tan, e epi tas

  • 3 Klatoon // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    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.

  • 4 LGFUAD21 // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    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

  • 5 pbNcl // Apr 9, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Who on earth voted that we would loose. Jokers haha

  • 6 LGFUAD21 // Apr 9, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    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

  • 7 pbNcl // Apr 9, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    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!!!!!

  • 8 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 9, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    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!

  • 9 LGFUAD21 // Apr 9, 2012 at 12:06 PM


    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.

  • 10 MagpiesFlyHigh // Apr 9, 2012 at 12:09 PM


    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.

  • 11 pbNcl // Apr 9, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    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.

  • 12 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 9, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    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?

  • 13 magpie6699 // Apr 9, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    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?

  • 14 ilovetoon8788 // Apr 9, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    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.”

  • 15 Tsunki // Apr 9, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Right I’m off up there now! HWTL!

  • 16 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 9, 2012 at 12:21 PM

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

  • 17 LGFUAD21 // Apr 9, 2012 at 12:21 PM


    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

  • 18 thebionicMAG // Apr 9, 2012 at 12:25 PM

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

  • 19 Dannyo // Apr 9, 2012 at 12:29 PM

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

  • 20 rich_toonfan // Apr 9, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    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.

  • 21 jonobbad // Apr 9, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    @thebionicmag, , or sport tv for android phone.

  • 22 Indian Magpie // Apr 9, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Ivanovic banned for 3 games by the FA

  • 23 thebionicMAG // Apr 9, 2012 at 12:37 PM

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


  • 24 euanpolo // Apr 9, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    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

  • 25 rich_toonfan // Apr 9, 2012 at 12:40 PM


    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.

  • 26 Pardew's fist pump // Apr 9, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Need to stop clock-watching…… 🙁

  • 27 mondziu // Apr 9, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    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.


  • 28 Toonboy_84 // Apr 9, 2012 at 12:52 PM


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

  • 29 jesperfuglsang // Apr 9, 2012 at 12:54 PM

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

    But I like your enthusiasm 😉 lol

  • 30 jesperfuglsang // Apr 9, 2012 at 12:56 PM

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

  • 31 nufc786 // Apr 9, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    we are being discussed about

  • 32 PIBID (the poster formerly known as hattambenarfa) // Apr 9, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    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

  • 33 spitfire_ // Apr 9, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    The teams of two strikers… lol.

  • 34 ToonTranny // Apr 9, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    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

  • 35 Dearka // Apr 9, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    i think this will be the team to play bolton

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

  • 36 LGFUAD21 // Apr 9, 2012 at 1:05 PM


    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.

  • 37 toonking // Apr 9, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    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

  • 38 nufc786 // Apr 9, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    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

  • 39 nufc786 // Apr 9, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    gooner is deluded

  • 40 Tom4Nufc // Apr 9, 2012 at 1:19 PM

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

  • 41 Robby Bobson // Apr 9, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Anyone watching Sheffield Wednesday…

    Ranger looks disinterested and his movement when their wingers have got it makes Ameobi look like Papiss Cisse.

    Get rid ASAP.

  • 42 beefman13 // Apr 9, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    colo cabaye tiote out i expect a tough game any victory would be brilliant,, benny cisse or ba again to pull it out for us. bolton are not lambs to the slaughter.

  • 43 Robby Bobson // Apr 9, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    On the same note, how much a year can change things…in this league one fixture there are two strikers who were part of our strike force last season (ranger and Kuqi) and they both struggling.

  • 44 LGFUAD21 // Apr 9, 2012 at 1:28 PM


    Wouldnt take Balotelli. Perfect example of what happens when you pay a child too much money. City should get rid of him. I’d say he worse than Tevez to be there.

    Pards may have handled HBA well but Balotelli is a completely different monster. A great footballer that will never reach his potential because of his attitude.

  • 45 StuW // Apr 9, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    We should win today, even with a weakened side. We cannot afford to lose this, even with the massive gap between us and 7th, we can still keep within touching distance of the top 4. Whether we are actually going for it or not, as long as we are mathematically able to get there we should be aiming at it.

  • 46 Spreadthetoon // Apr 9, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Ey Ed,
    Agree with your teamsheet format. However a lot has been made of Demba Ba.
    Peeps should remember that we would not be where we are today without his efforts! For me it would make more sense for Ba to play in the central role. He can hold up the ball and feed our other out n out attacking players of Ben Arfa and Cisse. This in my opinion would definitely work and keep all 3 happy! It also gives more attacking options and enables greater link up play with our midfield……simples:)


  • 47 Tsunki // Apr 9, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Lads just in lloyds bar at the gate, what”s the team sheet?

  • 48 toonking // Apr 9, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    tsunki no team sheet yet

  • 49 JAMSHA // Apr 9, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    i voted win… but bolton are tough. cant rule them.out

  • 50 magpie6699 // Apr 9, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Off to the game. Hope we score more than we concede! HWTL!

  • 51 GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous) // Apr 9, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Is Dannyo about? He is usually quick off the mark when the lineups are out

  • 52 Robby Bobson // Apr 9, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    first is usually lee ryder on twitter….nout from him yet

  • 53 Hatem's better than Messi // Apr 9, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    3/4 of the way through my first bottle of red wine.
    Pacing myself so I’m concious for the second half.

    Playing Hendrix to get me in the mood – “I’m a Voodoo Chile, Lord knows I’m a Voodoo Chile”.

    Toon win coming up.
    Could be a massacre.

    Howay the fookin’ lads.

  • 54 Dannyo // Apr 9, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    I’m about but on phone so no chance to be quick today 😉

  • 55 Dannyo // Apr 9, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    @NUFCOfficial: #NUFC v #bwfc (4-3-3): Krul; Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini (c), Santon; Cabaye, Perch, Gutierrez; Ben Arfa, Ba, Cisse. #newcastle #epl

  • 56 Robby Bobson // Apr 9, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    #nufc Krul, Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon, Jonas, Perch, Cabaye, Ben Arfa, Cisse, Ba

  • 57 toonking // Apr 9, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    i keep looking on SS but they still don’t seem to have it

  • 58 Tooooon // Apr 9, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    I knew Colloccini would be back in!! I love that guy!!!!

  • 59 GeordieMeerkat // Apr 9, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    #nufc Krul, Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon, Jonas, Perch, Cabaye, Ben Arfa, Cisse, Ba

    From Lee Ryder

  • 60 Pardew's fist pump // Apr 9, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    (4-3-3): Krul; Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini (c), Santon; Cabaye, Perch, Gutierrez; Ben Arfa, Ba, Cisse

  • 61 Robby Bobson // Apr 9, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    dannyo..still quicker than me tho!!

    Good looking team, glad perchy is in midfield with no Tiote.

  • 62 Dannyo // Apr 9, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Collo back and Cabaye healthy, Bolton are so dead….

  • 63 Pardew's fist pump // Apr 9, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Colo back, Cabaye fit – huge boost! 😀

  • 64 Robby Bobson // Apr 9, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    surprised its 433 still…would have thought we would have gone Ba and Cisse up top against a team we should dominate anyway. but who have beasts at centre back.

    Oh well, if its not broke dont fix it.

  • 65 jesperfuglsang // Apr 9, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Pardew really likes to keep everyone guessing until the last minut 😉 lol

    I thought both Colo and Cabaye would be out!

    Since not, there is really nothing surprising about the team 🙂


  • 66 Hatem's better than Messi // Apr 9, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Colo back … hope that’s not a huge gamble

    Great team … hope the crowd are really up for it.

    Cheer every tackle, cheer every pass!!!!


  • 67 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 9, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Good strong team selection. Come on the toon!

  • 68 toonking // Apr 9, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    again sky sports disrepect us
    they said all 3 teams chasing arsenal are playing today but did not bother to name newcastle along with spurs and cheati

  • 69 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 9, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Hatem….and of course cheer every goal…and there will be lots 🙂

  • 70 Hatem's better than Messi // Apr 9, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    @Robby Bobson

    433 Forever!!!!

  • 71 pardew no 1 // Apr 9, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    ed ur team was right well done theirs ur medal

  • 72 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 9, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    ToonKing…I’m starting not to mind them skipping past us. Keeps the pressure off us and on the other teams. Will be hard for them not to mention us if we finish above one or two of those teams come the end of the season!

  • 73 Kris // Apr 9, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    Agree with Robby Bobsen, we should be playing 4–4-2 against a team like Bolton. I hope we do, like much better to see Gutierrez runing ups and dows the flank 🙂 But let us win this game anyway!? Let the Bah find the net!

  • 74 toonking // Apr 9, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    with colo playing in the team today i feel a bit shocked as it looks risky.
    could he be thinking well after this game we have almost two weeks before the following game as this week is fa cup week and we would have played chelsea who are still in

  • 75 Hatem's better than Messi // Apr 9, 2012 at 2:08 PM


    We always cheer goals.
    Wish the crowd was always up for it like v Bindippers & Scum.

    Big win coming up …

    HWT … fookin …. L

  • 76 Robby Bobson // Apr 9, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    Who would have thought two months ago that Tiote would miss out and be replaced by Perch….and noone seems bothered by it.

    We’ve got Perchinho!!

  • 77 Rotonda heights // Apr 9, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    As toondownunder said, why do people keep spelling loose when they mean lose!!

  • 78 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 9, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Rotonda…I would imagine it’s due to people having different levels of education and or intellect. Not a big issue, surely? This is a football blog rather than a spelling blog after all.

    God a spelling blog sounds like lots of fun doesn’t it?

  • 79 OLDGEORDIE // Apr 9, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Toonking, according to SSN Colo out and Tiote and Cabaye having pre-match tests

  • 80 OLDGEORDIE // Apr 9, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Gratefully, I and SSN stand corrected Colo in


  • 81 toonincheek // Apr 9, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Ed – well done on your team prediction – or do you have inside knowledge!!

    Here’s hoping to be 3 up at 60 mins and giving a good runout to 3 from the bench.

  • 82 benarfa23 // Apr 9, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    @LGFUAD21 post 44
    i agree mate ben arfa and balotelli is whole different Monster
    on balotelli he’s simply stupid
    but i think with the right guidance this lad will be a real monster to all of goalkeeper. and i believe pardew can handle him, i definitely will take him if we don’t already have two fantastic striker

  • 83 Nella // Apr 9, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    sorry to be a pain people but does anyone have a good link for the match?

  • 84 Rotonda heights // Apr 9, 2012 at 2:19 PM


    Yes it’s hardly earth shattering but since toondownunder pointed it out, it’s amazing how many people insist on spelling it loose. What do they do when fat people have to
    lose some weight but may have loose skin!!

  • 85 MagpiesFlyHigh // Apr 9, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    4-3-3 is just fine by me 🙂
    HBA to have real fun today !
    Another solid performance by our most improved player Perchinho but only win by 1 or 2 goals – don’t think we’ll have a goal fest unless Bolton as bad as Fulham game.

    My biggest worry is total naff reffing and a daft decision that mucks up the game seeing what has happened the last two days.

  • 86 MagpiesFlyHigh // Apr 9, 2012 at 2:22 PM


    Yeh MA needs to lose some loose weight !

  • 87 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 9, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Rotonda…That would be some dilemma! 🙂

  • 88 jesperfuglsang // Apr 9, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    For some English is not their native tongue 😉

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