Newcastle Could Face Chelsea Second Eleven Tonight


It’s likely that Fernando Torres, fresh from his hat-trick against QPR on Sunday,  will start in tonight’s game against Newcastle.

Alan Pardew – not at all happy at Wigan

That’s because he’s unlikely to start on Saturday in the FA Cup Final, and if Chelsea follow Liverpool’s lead last night, they will field a predominantly second team against the Magpies, keeping their best players for Wembley.

But Liverpool came another cropper last night and lost to Fulham 1-0, and they looked hopeless, and it was the first time in their history that Fulham have won at Anfield.

John Henry and the other American owners of Liverpool will not be too pleased about that, but Kenny Dalglish could potentially save his job if he can lift the FA Cup on Saturday night, to go with the Carling Cup they have already won.

It seems that the Chelsea players are all in form right now, following their great cup exploits under stand-in manager Roberto Di Matteo, and we expect this to be a very tough game for Newcastle, whatever team they field.

It could be that a loss will see Newcastle’s hopes of Champions League football for next season smashed, but you can never rule out this Newcastle side this season, especially after a bad defeat.

Alan Pardew talked of Torres in his press conference yesterday, but he’s candid enough to say he hopes the Spanish striker doesn’t play well tonight:

 “Listen, great players very rarely are down for long. I am pleased for him personally.”  “I have been to a few games where I have seen him suffer, and don’t think as professionals you want to see that from a fellow professional.”

“He looks like he’s got a nice smile on his face – I just hope he isn’t smiling on Wednesday.”  “They have been galvanised by the managerial change and the senior players kicking into gear and producing their best form at the right time.”

“Over the years, they have managed to get themselves in and around trophies, and they have got a great opportunity of getting Champions League football and two trophies.” 

“Those players have a natural hunger no matter what they earn, and we are going to have to be on our guard because they are really in top form.”  “One of the things Di Matteo has done there – and that probably would have made sense after the last manager – is to keep everybody happy.”

“That must start to get difficult now because he has to start to choose teams to play in cup finals, and that’s the real test of a manager, just keeping everybody onside and everybody pulling together.

“I think Wednesday night will be a game where he will be looking to make sure everybody is happy, so in terms of the team, I wouldn’t have a clue who he is going to pick.”

Newcastle need to get back to basics, and Alan Pardew will not have any elaborate tactical plans, like he did at Wigan, which backfired on the side big time – and before we even got to half time.

But it’s still advantageous to Newcastle that Chelsea are playing the FA Cup final in three days time,  and their team tonight will not be their strongest by any means.

If the lads lose tonight they will know they will be in the Europa League next season, but we expect our players to give it all they have tonight,  at Stamford Bridge.

And if they do that, we’ll accept the result – whatever it is.

Howay The Lads!!



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16 comments so far

  • spitfire_

    May 2, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #1

    Even so the big teams have two equivalent starting eleven.

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 2, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #2

    No matter what it will be a tough match, i can c us winning though, but i always do that. 😉

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  • BigKirky

    May 2, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #3

    It’l be a tough game tonight, and a result either way wouldn’t be a surprise. Just hope we can get the victory.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 2, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #4

    Di Matteo is a proper manager, Dalglish is a joke. Di Matteo will put out a good team and try and ensure 4th in case they lose to Bayern. Liverpool basically have nothing to play for in the league.

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  • Robby Bobson

    May 2, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #5

    Reckon we shouldnt be to negative in this game, reckon Chelsea will put out a team that we can get at, espeically Hatem and Cisse.

    Just need to keep it tight at the back, the worst thing that could happen is they play Drogba because our centre halves lack pace and power.

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  • check the toastie

    May 2, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #6

    A draw would be fantastic, however after saturday a little unrealistic, we need Guthire in to retain the ball better and Perch in for Simpson who is having a nightmare.

    Wud bring Guthrie in for Ba, moving Jonas over to were BA should be playing, never gonna happen though, if pardew drops either Santon or Ben Arfa, his usual fall guys afer a big defeat i will despair.

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  • check the toastie

    May 2, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #7

    Robby – not a gud combination in a centre half that lacking bith pace and power, think you are right though.

    Hope we are in the game at half time, fingers crossed we dont embarass ourselves over the next 2 games, this is the big test, Tiote, Cabaye and Benny need to be brave and try and keep possession when we are under the cosh, Guthrie is brave in big games and should be brought back in.

    We frequently just boot it forward aimlessly surrendering possession, dont want to see to much hoofball in the first 15 minutes, shows lack of confidence.

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  • shearermania

    May 2, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #8

    well we will now soon now whether our dream ofchampios league live on or if its indeed been put to bed…. we will know after tommorrow for sure…..
    at least we can have 1 more dream until kick off…..
    come on lads

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  • shearermania

    May 2, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #9

    i havent even had a drink yet…my keyboard spelling thinks otherwise

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  • LooneyToon41

    May 2, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #10

    Tough game tonight. Unlike Liverpool, Chelsea do have quality in depth, and their 2nd string is still a good team. Will be interesting to see who starts in defence for them, as they have a few key injuries/suspensions.
    As for Di Matteo (@4), all he’s done is hand back the power to the senior players? Short term this may get results, but…. Nolan/Barton/Smith/Harper anyone?
    Also, WBA lost 13 games from 18 and were heading down, before he was sacked and Hodgson took over. He is not a proper/good manager imo.

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  • Maxee

    May 2, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #11

    Morning. Does anyone know of anyone travelling with a spare ticket to the Game tonight? Just looking for one. Perhaps e- mail james.maxwell@barbour.com if you can help.

    Cheers.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 2, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #12

    Looney

    Di Matteo along with Martinez has been excellent over a number of years.

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  • barney

    May 2, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #13

    why would they put out a second eleven,when they want a champions league place

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  • LooneyToon41

    May 2, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #14

    @12 Rotonda. Di Matteo’s record.
    1 Season with MK Dons where he lost in the playoffs. Not bad, but he took over from Paul Ince’s very good team, when Ince went to Blackburn.
    1 Season in Championship with a good WBA side – promoted – deserved too.
    4 months into the Premier League, he was sacked as WBA spiral towards relegation.

    That’s it… not exactly awesome.

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  • LooneyToon41

    May 2, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #15

    @13 barney. Fair question mate. It’s about priorities v FA Cup final on Saturday. They also have a Premier league game next Tuesday away to Liverpool, which again is huge for Champions League qualification. As Pards says, who knows what team he will pick.

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  • OhSholaAmeobi

    May 2, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #16

    Hey everyone.
    Got the bets on for tonight, gone for a 3-2 win for the toon.
    Would like to see us play Gutierrez left back, Santon right back and marveaux on the left, in a 4-4-2.
    I’d imagine the players that are missing the champions league final will be playing a big part in their other 3 remaining games – so yeah, ramires, terry, meireles, they’ll be playing.

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