Newcastle vs Aston Villa – Match Preview


All Premier League games are important and are Newcastle’s number one priority this season, but the game against Aston Villa this afternoon at St. James’ Park is especially important, and that’s because of at least two reasons.

One is that a win would give us 6 points from our first three games of the season and that would have us somewhere in the top six or eight, which is where we want to be, and the second reason is that whatever the result is today, we have to live with it for a couple of weeks over the International break, before we play Everton two weeks tomorrow night at Goodison Park. That’s going to be a very tough game.

Aston Villa are rock bottom of the Premier League today, after losing both their first two games under new manager Paul Lambert.

They lost 1-0 at Fulham on the first day of the season, and then lost 3-1 at home to Everton last weekend, but in mid-week they won 3-0 at home to Tranmere Rovers in the Capital One Cup.

But we know Paul Lambert is a very good manager, as he showed at Norwich City over the previous three seasons,  and he’ll bring Aston Villa back soon, but hopefully not this afternoon.

Alan Pardew was full of admiration for the Villa manager:

“I think their manager has been really unlucky because they’ve have had so many injuries to senior players.’’ “But Paul Lambert cannot be judged or made accountable for those first two results in the Premier League.”

“I think they will be better against us as they will have one or two senior players back.” “Paul is a great manager. He has proved that by taking Norwich City through two divisions and into the Premier League. That’s brilliant.”

“I know he’s going to make Villa great again.” “He just needs his senior players back and he needs a bit more time.”

Lambert spent a total of £20M in the summer transfer market on Genk striker Christian Benteke, Crewe captain Ashley Westwood, Joe Bennett, Matthew Lowton, Jordan Bowery and Karim El Ahmadi, but he has made a poor start to his Aston Villa managerial career.

And debuts could be handed today to new signings Joe Bennett and Jordan Bowery.

Newcastle have some injury doubts with Ryan Taylor (knee), Shola Ameobi (hamstring) and Sammy Ameobi (hamstring) all not available, and Cheick Tiote is still doubtful with a knee injury. We are assuming James Perch has recovered from a neck injury he picked up on Thursday night against Atromitos.

If Cheick Tiote is fit, and we’ll assume he will be, then Newcastle could field their strongest side today – as follows:

Krul
Simpson Coloccini (c) Taylor (S) Santon
Ben Arfa Tiote Cabaye Gutierrez
Demba Ba Cisse
Subs: Harper Perch Williamson Obertan Gosling Anita Vuckic

That’s a strong starting eleven and a decent bench, and hopefully it will be enough to claim all three points this afternoon.

The keys to the game are that our defense will be very solid, and not let in any daft goals – and goalkeeper Tim Krul looked a little shaky on Thursday night on a couple of occasions so we hope that’s just a one off.

And of course we’ve lacked a cutting edge up front so far this season, and Alan Pardew has asked his two Senegal strikers to do a lot more than they’ve shown in the first two league games, so we hope both Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse are razor sharp today, and maybe both can score, as they did in this same fixture in early February.

And it’s an  interesting fact that’s the only time they have ever both scored in a game for Newcastle, the first time they played together.

A win is what we want to see today, in fact we’re desperate for all 3 points, and a draw would be disappointing, but a defeat would be a total and complete disaster today.

Howay The Lads!!

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125 comments so far

  • shay Robson

    Sep 2, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #1

    Win

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  • shay Robson

    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #2

    Anyone else remember when Ed was active in engaging with us. It’s been a while since he posted

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #3

    Very strong bench except there doesn’t seem to be a striker on there,unless Pards has seen young Haris as a striker all along.

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  • yorkshireToon

    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #4

    Is tiote not definitely out?

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  • boater

    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #5

    Ed – you might want to think about adding the Kick off time in match previews (BST).

    Looking at the finances for championship clubs over the summer- we were actually outspent by 17 clubs in total… and all premier league teams bar one. We basically spend the equivalent of a league 2 side on average under Ashley. I know, spending money doesn’t guarantee success and we don’t the ‘mercenary days’ back again .. etc, etc. Just find it amazing how little investment goes into adding cover – which was desperately needed last season – and that’s without the added games from Europe.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #6

    I love how Pardew gets criticised for trying to put a positive outlook on the club.

    Christ there are some utter morons on here at times.

    “We’re playing a game today, but I don’t think we’re going to win. This is because we haven’t signed any players. We’re lacking ambition, and in January I expect to see all our stars hand in transfer requests, because they’re too good for the club.”

    That would be much better, wouldn’t it.

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  • NUFC_LEAZES END

    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #7

    He’s here, he’s there, he’s everyf***ing where,
    Obertan
    Obertan!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #8

    Boater,
    Your walking on eggshells there mate,stating fact on here is often construed as down right negativity and the blog police will be all over you like a rash.

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  • karasu

    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #9

    Looking back at the West Ham game, perhaps Carroll just ain’t ready for the bright lights of Liverpool. Right off the bat he created that goal for Nolan. Reminded me of those good old days and wish we still have them, within a reasonable wage in accordance to how much they can contribute of course.

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  • tarie4

    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #10

    ToonDownSouth

    Spot on, pple only look at negatives and never at positives. We are definitely stronger (not as strong as we would like to be yes) but for sure we are stronger.

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  • toon smart

    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #11

    @ jimmymagpie

    I would assume that the reason Pardew got Anita was that he was available for a price that NUFC and AJax could agree on.

    I wouldn’t say Pardew is up the Ar$e of the heirarchy considering you said that he had a stand up row with Llambias.

    Unfortunately for Pardew he has to come out and say positive things about the transfer situation and the club for PR reasons. I don’t think anyone can fully expect him to come out and slate the owner and the chairman and then also keep his job. I would guess Pardew would have liked more from the transfer window but it hasn’t turned out that way, so i hope everyone know just focuses on the team and getting results.

    Also i can imagine most people put up with stuff in their working life and don’t say any thing to the superiors. That is how life goes, its about making the most of what you got and for me thats what NUFC did last season through hard work, hopefully that will happen again.

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  • tarie4

    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #12

    boater

    Quick question, did 17 clubs in the championship spend over 7.5 mill???

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #13

    boater

    Are you looking at spend, or not spend? I keep seeing people band about how much Fulham and Everton are improving for instance, but they actually made profits on transfers.

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  • toon smart

    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #14

    @ boater

    If you look at the expenditure of all the premier league clubs (incomings and outgoings), you will probably find that there are a few clubs that have spent less that they have brought in.

    So i wouldn’t say we are at the same level of a league 2 club.

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  • toon smart

    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #15

    @ TDS

    Damn, you beat me to it!

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #16

    Looks like the youth will play more than just the league cup then: from twitter

    Take your ‘unprecedented opportunity’… Alan Pardew talks up the kids – and confirms they’ll play in EVERY Europa game sundaysun.co.uk/sport/newcastl…

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  • bills-son

    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #17

    Understanding NUFC’s accounts and finding Ashley has trousered nowt and even pays for his pie and pint is too good for JFA.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #18

    Floppy chops waxed lyrical about AC on Motd,this morning/last night,saying you don’t necessarily have to play ‘hoofball’ as its called on here to play to a player like ACs strengths,I think he would have been an excellent signing just a shame Lpool were never going to give him back to us,and the lad elected to play football rather than sit on the bench.

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  • Kebabacus

    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #19

    Today’s hypothetical question:

    Michael Owen on a free, pay-as-you-play deal.

    Yes or no?

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  • tarie4

    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #20

    toon smart

    Tbf, not every manager gets every player on his hit list. Mancini got none. And even after 5 transfers on deadline day he was still moaning. And look at the squad he already had..

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #21

    Afternoon Bills,
    Lovely day for a game of football !

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  • bills-son

    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #22

    Tis indeed JFA, and lets hope its a lovely win we get as well.

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  • tarie4

    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #23

    Kebabacus

    Maybe 🙂

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #24

    Bills,
    I can’t see it going any other way today tbh.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #25

    Tarie 4,Kabacus
    You’ve both been sniffing glue if you think Micheal Owen would be welcomed back here.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #26

    Remember our first season back in the Premier league it was a day like this in the second game of the season and we thumped villa 6-0 with Andy Carroll who at the time I thought was the next Shearer bagged a hattrick. How times have changed 🙂

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  • bills-son

    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #27

    Jfa, its one of those games where if Villa dont win they set a few records like losing three opening Prem games and going thirteen Prem games without a win (they unbelievably havnt win in the last twelve). NUFC have a bit of a history of losing games in this situation, hopefully not today.

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  • Spuggy

    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #28

    Actually Carroll looked formidable for west ham. Got 2 assists and won just about every header.

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  • shay Robson

    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #29

    Has anyone met in the real world to discuss matters nufc? Bill and jail for example

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #30

    Links anybody?

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  • shay Robson

    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #31

    I think we will attack today and our strikers will be pumped

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #32

    442 again……my god

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  • Spuggy

    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #33

    Don’t know the formation yet Gorg

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  • toonfan76

    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #34

    Haven’t posted for a while but have been reading articles and comments. Had to chime in when I saw mention of Michael “I’ll take you to the cleaners” Owen. That guy was one of the main reasons we were relegated. He spent more time on the treatment table than he did on the pitch, not to mention his little dig on Twitter I believe. Crazy suggestion (imho)

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #35

    Spuggy he didnt get any assists but he was in top form

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #36

    Bills,
    Generally a good result against Villa at home,suns shining I think its going to be a good un.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #37

    Shay,
    I think Thump,Solano and Mactoon all know each other.

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  • dave 1961

    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #38

    bills-son
    that’s a bold statement the accounts i have seen don’t list anyone as buying pints & pies, you will find the cost of his food & drink is paid for by the club as is all the staffs, and last accounts show that Ashley took out £1m pounds of “his” money out. Ashly does not carry money i would bet he could not tell you who was on the front of a £5 note.

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  • Ben-Arfa11

    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #39

    Arsenal leading liverpool 1-0

    a mikel arteta screamer

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  • bambams

    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #40

    is Tiote fit ? anyone

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