Chelsea vs Newcastle – Match Preview

After the shock of the Wigan defeat on Saturday most Newcastle fans would settle for a point tonight at Stamford bridge.

But Alan Pardew has said today that Newcastle will be going for the win, in an attempt to get into 4th place by the end of the season and potentially qualify for the Champions league, and have Newcastle in the big money next season.

Sylvain Marveaux and Gabby Obertan are fit again, and according to the Newcastle manager this morning, they will be both be on the bench tonight.

But with going six wins on the trot before Saturday’s disaster at the DW Stadium, we think Alan Pardew will start the same side he started at Wigan, and which has done so well for Newcastle lately.

The lads will be given a chance to redeem themselves, and the bench should also be really strong, in case they are needed.

Danny Simpson is expected to be fit to start in his usual right back  position, and this is the side we think Newcastle will start tonight at Stamford Bridge:

Simpson Coloccini (c) Williamson Santon
Ben Arfa Cabaye Tiote Gutierrez
Ba Cisse
Subs: Elliot Perchinho Taylor (R) Obertan Marveaux Ameobi (Sh) Best

No place on the bench tonight for Dan Gosling, Danny Guthrie or Shane Ferguson.  Newcastle need to start solidly  and stay solid,  if they are to get anything out of tonight’s game against an in-form Chelsea side.

And they need to show what was missing badly from the performance in the first half  on Saturday – passion and intensity.   This game is really all about bringing back the Geordie Pride to Newcastle – nothing less.

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Mateo has promised today to field a strong side for tonight, even though they will meet Liverpool at Wembley in the FA Cup Final on Saturday, less then 72 hours after this game tonight.

So we could see some top players playing both  games for Chelsea, and we have to say that Roberto has done so very well since he took over the reigns at Chelsea,  from Andre Villas-Boas in early March.

But we knew Roberto was a good manager at West Brom, when he went toe to toe with Chris Hughton and Newcastle,  in the race for the Championship a couple of years ago.

A draw tonight would be a good result for the Magpies, and that would keep us one point above Chelsea in the league table.

A win would be unbelievable – an adjective that just about sums up Newcastle’s season.

Let us know what you think the result will be tonight, and even take a shot at what the score will be, if you want to be so bold.

We wont talk about any score – because it will have a bad impact on Newcastle – we know that. :D.

Howay The Lads!!

How Will Newcastle Fare At Chelsea Tonight?

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115 comments so far

  • LondonNUFC

    May 2, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #1

    Going to my first ever Newcastle game tonight! Been a fan since I was 6! Can’t wait!

  • Rowan Milsted

    May 2, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #2

    This is such a tough one tactically. Like Pardew said, we don’t want to change everything because of one bad result. That would be a knee jerk reaction and would be insulting to the players given what they did the 6 games before that. Also, we don’t want to be too negative and give Chelsea too much respect; again that would undermine the team we have. But if we leave ourselves too open we will most likely pay the price. We’re going to need to score goals, but not conceding is a huge part of it tonight. What a dilemma!

    Starting 4-4-2 might be the answer, as might 4-5-1 but that risks Cisse becoming isolated. I reckon Chelsea will go for quick goals – with the games they have coming up they won’t want to be running their socks off in the latter stages of the game. We know this, and should use it to our advantage. I reckon start conservatively, don’t let them score early on, make them work the whole game and use our bench to mix things up. Players like Ba, HBA and Jonas may be asked to play a number of roles tonight. We should look to hit them on the break – if we score early that’ll really make things interesting. I really hope we defend well tonight, it’s so important. I also hope the players aren’t as nervous as I am!

  • -Tendo-

    May 2, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #3

    Adssy Mccc – you can usually stream the game live somewhere:

    near kick off time, search this in google:

    ‘first row sports live chelsea newcastle’

    and it should be the first link that comes up. I’ve been able to watch every league game on there this season

  • Ewokshatemackems

    May 2, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #4

    Anyone know any Newcastle United pubs in London, for watching the City game on Sunday?

  • toonincheek

    May 2, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #5

    Surprised Guthrie isn’t on the bench.
    Not much cover for midfield.

  • warwick

    May 2, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #6

    Theres no point settling for a point, if we want any chance of CL realistically we need to win every game.
    We’ve already go europa so we should treat every game like a cup final.

  • Londtoon

    May 2, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #7

    Swap Taylor for Fergie

  • Robby Bobson

    May 2, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #8

    Reckon Bolton will get something against Spurs, no reason we cant nick a win here if we are at our best.

    A win, Ba hattrick and a comeback for Marveaux is the best case for tonight.

  • Rodney Cisse

    May 2, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #9

    Perch in for Simpson to give him something to think about.

  • Geordie Graz

    May 2, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #10

    Ewokshatemackems – The cock and Lion on wigmore street. Just off bond street

  • NorseToon

    May 2, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #11

    5 hours to go.. My first game ever! In my hotelroom drinking.. Waiting….

  • catchy in norway

    May 2, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #12

    id be very surprised if this was his subs bench, putting 2 guys on there just coming back from injury, no kind of tacklers on there guthrie or gosling,

    this is a weak bench,

    i would also like them to get HBA on the ball more, on sat he seemed to be starved of the ball

  • LGFUAD21

    May 2, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #13

    Tonight will be interesting. A very tough game. 2 teams playing very much the same game. But they are brimming with confidence atm.

    Hopefully they will be knackered and want to focus on FA and Champions League a bit more.

    Key will be whether our defense can keep it tight and not get caught on the break like Wigan did so many times.

  • JacksonTOON

    May 2, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #14

    Would really love to see Marveaux get 10-15 mins tonight! Looked like a great player before he got injured, wasnt to bad at defending either! 😛

  • LGFUAD21

    May 2, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #15

    catchy in norway

    Agree (about HBA).

    In a game where we looked hopeless for the best part, he was the only player that looked like he could get something for us. Twice he magnificiently created space for himself.

    Understand Pardew taking him off to keep him fresh for tonight but at the same time it was a very negative decision.

  • LGFUAD21

    May 2, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #16

    My worry with this bench is the lack of Midfield players.

    We have Obertan and Marveaux, Shola and Best. All attacking minded players but in reality both Obertan and Marv are not gonna be used. Seems a waste of a bench space having both of them on there.

    Pards have never been one to rush players back from injury, let alone two players that are still getting acquainted to the game.

  • geordiejp

    May 2, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #17

    We have nothing to lose here, we were always the underdogs and were neevr expected to get so high, so we may as well go for it, even if we get beat 3 or 4 nil, at least we can always say we gave it our best shot and thats it. we are still in europe no matter what happens and to think we would of bit someones hand of a the start of the season for that achievement.

    Well done to the toon and AP for a great job this season.

  • LGFUAD21

    May 2, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #18

    In the new system I am trying to think where Marveaux would come in.

    Should Ba leave in summer (hpe not) then I can see him playing where Ba plays in a 4-3-3 and in a 4-4-2 I used to think he could go head to head for a palce with Jonas. But the way we have started playing recently I wouldnt want to take Jonas out of the equation.

  • LGFUAD21

    May 2, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #19


    Aye. Was saying this to a friend yesterday. We are in a good position. All we can do is push for CL now. The question is whether or not it means more to Chelsea than it does us.

  • VanToonMan

    May 2, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #20

    On the subject of Marveaux…i think he’ll be event better than he was before his injury in the new 4-3-3 system we play. Him and Ben Arfa interchanging on the wings would be awesome! Though maybe today might be a game too early for him.

    As for today’s lineup….whilst i wouldn’t want to change the setup after one defeat in 7 games….i think we will need to against Chelsea at the Bridge. I think we should match them man for man with the same formation they use….so something like this…





    ———-BEN ARFA———————————-BA————


    I think it’s the most solid way to come up against a firing Chelsea team at Stamford Bridge and this is the formation they use.

  • geordiejp

    May 2, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #21


    yep tottaly agree, if our players are on form tonight we can defo beat chelsea, their backline is very shaky and as long as cisse and ba can hold the ball up, and link in with ben arfa and cabaye then we can really hurt them tonight…but Ramires and Richards are the main dangers for us if they play tonight…

  • mattnufc

    May 2, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #22

    Hopefully we can get a win or draw, but Simpson and Willo look weaker every time I watch the mighty Toon.

  • mattnufc

    May 2, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #23

    Why would Richards be a danger, will he be waiting near the showers?

  • geordiejp

    May 2, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #24


  • OTP

    May 2, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #25

    We have nothing to lose so we might aswell try to win! Though tactically it is a bit dodgy, the play in the middle of the pitch will be interesting tonight with Cabaye, Lampard, Tiote and Ramires. Looking forward to it! I did link this earlier but might aswell do it again! Bit of a tactical preview for the game. Hope Marveaux gets a bit of a run out!

  • Toon_Jock

    May 2, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #26

    HBA & Marv – watch this space! Can’t wait until next season in Europe 🙂 Passports at the ready lads

  • catchy in norway

    May 2, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #27


    yeh i thought the same, he had see the game had been lost, so HBA was saved for tonight,

    i know i go on about obertan, but i feel he is not needed on the bench tonight, guthrie should be there instead, and thats mor to do with sureing up the midfield

    i think if we win tonight we stand a good chance against city at the weekend, lose tonight i recon the players will be deflated 🙁

  • Toon_Jock

    May 2, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #28

    OTP: good read mate – keep up the good work!

  • check the toastie

    May 2, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #29

    Cant believe Guthrie has been discarded he was our best performer through dec/jan and feb, bring him back into the team tonite i say, brave in possession away form home, that is key to any result, Jonas is OK at home but has been proven to be a bit one dimensional away, need to be brave and offer when we have the ball.

  • wynsleap

    May 2, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #30

    Ed – that team looks about right but not the bench.
    Don’t see the point in having Best on there when the front two will probably play most of the game and only one will be subbed – for Shola. He should be swapped for Guthrie as the midfield looks short of competitors and I hear Cabaye isn’t certain to do the whole 90 mins.
    Also would rather see Ferguson in for either Obertan or Marveaux , whoever is the ‘dodgiest’ in terms of fitness. He won’t play both in any case I’d have thought.
    It’s going to be hard tonight. Depends on how Williamson performs against Torres or Drogba (or both) and whether Cabaye and Tiote can dominate the proceedings in the middle.
    Think we may get a 1-1 draw which wouldn’t be too bad if Spurs go down at Bolton. Papiss to get back on the score sheet again.

  • catchy in norway

    May 2, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #31


    if pardew wants to keep playing this formation, id rather guthrie in for jonas every time, use the ball much better, wont just fall over, good tackler

  • Szarka

    May 2, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #32

    Only a win is acceptable. We need the win for CL, anything else doesnt matter, a draw only good for Spurs. Chelsea must be tired or need to rest a few key players. We have a good chance if we look solid, and want that win.

  • Tsunki

    May 2, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #33

    I’d go with the team @20 except go 4-4-2 to start, drop Ba for Perch and swap Ba and Cisse later on, both of them to run ragged. Although starting 4-4-2 I don’t think our front 2 (HBA/Cisse or HBA/Ba) should hang back and help defend, in fact they should have a go whatever the cost and let our back 8 do their job. If it looks to be going our way then swap our striker for a mid man (probably Jonas as by 60-70 mins he will be absolutely worn out) and go 4-3-3 and have at them all guns blazing. Whatever happens don’t concede early or we will never get past them.

  • Tsunki

    May 2, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #34

    Catchy – sorry mate never ever would put Guthrie in ahead of Jonas. Give him another season with europa under his hat and I would think about it.

  • Tsunki

    May 2, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #35

    Plus we’re all too eager to forget about obertan. On reflection, he may have looked to have little end product but boy did he keep defences occupied. Worth a late look imo.

  • Adssy Mccc

    May 2, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #36

    Tendo – cheers mate 🙂

  • GeordieoftheSouth

    May 2, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #37

    having Obertan on the bench is deadly, bring him on the last 10mins, his pace is electric especially against tired legs.

  • catchy in norway

    May 2, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #38

    sorry tsunki

    but obertan should get no where near the first team, the guy has no heart, and just goes missing by drifting inside midfield, when he get into a good possition to cross, he holds play up by dropping the ball back to simpson , or putting in a really bad cross


  • Jail for Ashley

    May 2, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #39

    Kazahkstan sucks,its the worst place I’ve ever been where watching football is concerned,I will have to wait until the morning before I find out the result which almost certainly guarantees me a sleepless night.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 2, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #40

    Check,don’t you think Guthrie has been discarded because he wont sign a new contract and will be moving on in the summer.


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