Reading vs Newcastle – Match Preview

Newcastle take on Reading later today at the Madejski Stadium, and Alan Pardew and the coaching staff will be looking for their first win since being handed eight year long deals by the Newcastle owner, Mike Ashley.

And Newcastle are coming off a hard-fought win at St. James’ Park last Sunday against Chris Hughton’s well disciplined Norwich City side, and a good performance by our second team at Old Trafford on Wednesday night in a 2-1 loss, in the Capital One Cup

I watched that full game again today, and Newcastle played even better than I had first thought, and it could have gone either way, and we missed some good chances, otherwise it could have been the first victory there in 40 years – but it was not to be.

One interesting aspect of tomorrow’s game is what team will Alan Pardew put out, and with Coloccini doubtful – we’ll assume he’ll be rested – it could be that only Cheick Tiote and Mike Williamson are the only players who started on Wednesday, who will be in the starting eleven tomorrow.

Cheick seems to be ready to resume his duties in defensive midfield, and we think that Vurnon Anita will slot in at right-back,  in place of the injured Danny Simpson, who is said to be very close to returning to training from his hamstring injury.

Reading are a team that we should be able to beat both home and away – if we are to do as well as we did last season in the league, and with Papiss Cisse finally getting on the goal trail, and Demba Ba in good form, we may be able to score a few goals tomorrow afternoon.

Rob Elliot had another good game in goal for Newcastle on Wednesday night, but we still expect veteran Steve Harper to return between the nets for Newcastle tomorrow, after his good performance against Norwich last Sunday afternoon.

So this is the side we think Alan will field tomorrow along with the substitutes:

Anita Taylor(S) Williamson Santon
Ben Arfa Tiote Cabaye Gutierrez (c)
Ba Cisse
Subs: Elliot Tavernier Perch Bigirimana Gosling Obertan Ameobi (Sh)

The keys to the game are whether Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse can score goals together in one game, which they have only ever achieved once – in the 2-1 home win against Aston Villa last February – and we’re hoping tomorrow’s game will be the second time they have managed to do that.

Newcastle will need to start the game at a fast pace, as we managed to do on Wednesday night, and not give the opposition a one goal start in the first half.

Newcastle got a clean sheet last Sunday, and another one tomorrow afternoon would be just what the doctor ordered.

Make no mistake about it, this game tomorrow is a game Newcastle can win,  to give the side some momentum in the league.

We’d be delighted with all three points tomorrow and satisfied with a draw.

Let us know how you think the game will go tomorrow and what your starting eleven would be.

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23 comments so far

  • stuart no9

    Sep 29, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #1

    yes this is a game we can win and should win really. with the players we have we should be looking for 3 points. however, it all depends on AP putting out a side to attack with confidence, and not to tippy toe around for the first half. attack from the off , we have the quality

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 29, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #2

    Good team Ed, hope Cabs is fit, a win and we will be well and truly up and running. Let’s go for it from the off. Fire them up Pards, c’mon!

  • mattnufc

    Sep 29, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #3

    Cabs is out with mouth infection, so guess Anita will take his place with Perch at RB,

  • nufcdan26

    Sep 29, 2012 at 1:37 AM

    Comment #4

    Cabaye is out Ed. Got a feeling Bigi might start tomorrow with Anita at RB. With Tiote back Perch isn’t as important in the DM role.
    Would like to see this :
    Anita Willo Saylor Santon
    Jonas Tiote

    HBA Cisse Ba

  • nufcdan26

    Sep 29, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    Comment #5

    Cabaye is out Ed. Got a feeling Bigi might start tomorrow with Anita at RB. With Tiote back Perch isn’t as important in the DM role.
    Would like to see this :
    Anita Willo Saylor Santon
    Jonas Tiote

    HBA Cisse Ba

  • Brutooon

    Sep 29, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    Comment #6

    Play Anita at CM with Tiote

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 29, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    Comment #7

    If Cabs is out then another line up I’d like to see would be Anita alongside Tiote, Jonas at right back and Fergie on the left wing or HBA on the left and Oba on the right.

    Not gonna happen, but anyway.

  • ~Anita One Bites the Dust~

    Sep 29, 2012 at 3:50 AM

    Comment #8

    Oh Enrique… was it worth it?

    Would anyone take the lad back? I personally would…. 😡 I miss his combination with Jonas down the left.


    That would be a scary line up. Shame the chances of Enrique coming back are pretty much non existent, however if there is even the slightest of chance, 1mill -1.5mill + Simpson for Enrique?. I think that’s a fair deal.

  • jeff

    Sep 29, 2012 at 4:26 AM

    Comment #9

    bigi will not start if cabaye is out.

    bigirimana and tiote are too similar, and with jonas alongside them, we will find it hard to create opportunities.

    it will either be anita operating in midfield with perch at rb or gosling will come in.

  • obatoyou

    Sep 29, 2012 at 4:54 AM

    Comment #10

    Can’t wait for the game, looking forward to it with renewed optimism, the two Demba’s should be brimming with confidence, don’t forget Hatem’s form too, HWTL!!

  • 89Norcal

    Sep 29, 2012 at 5:21 AM

    Comment #11

    Agreed, Ed. I watched the Cap. 1 match again and I was shocked at how good our youngsters were in comparison to Man U’s, a club that you’d likely assume attracts the best youth across the globe. Vuckic in particular impressed me with his play inside the box. An extra nerve or two and he would have been on the scoresheet.

    Hopefully Pards sorts this Demba situation because with their quality, we should be seeing 4 or 5 goal tallies for the toon every few weeks. Let’s get Lionel Ben Arfa and Yohan Zidane to work their magic and create us some chances 🙂

  • ppb

    Sep 29, 2012 at 7:02 AM

    Comment #12

    apparently enrique has looked horrendous in training. lethargic, not interested and unhappy.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 29, 2012 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #13

    I’d welcome back Enrique in a heartbeat

  • Cool Hand Luke

    Sep 29, 2012 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #14

    I think HBA should slot into AM in a 4-3-3 or a 4-4-2. One of the other wingers can cover the flank. Fergie perhaps? Or do i dare to dream.

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Sep 29, 2012 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #15

    So jose’s dream move has gone tits up unlucky son he just adds to the list of what have you done since you left the toon with a long list of players who thought the grass was greener.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 29, 2012 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #16

    Damnit! I just realized I have to play football myself today 🙁

    …why didn’t NUFC chech with me first before they decided to play on a Saturtay? 😉 lol

  • hoppernufc

    Sep 29, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #17

    Just been reading the readingfc blog- what a bunch of racist tw*ts, asked who would be newcaatles danger men responses of ‘ ba ba black sheep’ ‘ the two blackies upfront’ and ‘ the African m* nkeys ‘ think it’s an absolute disgrace I hope the dembas smash them today. Hwtl

  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 29, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #18

    It’s a sad realization when a stumble upon people like that 🙁 just sad!

  • cockneymagpie90

    Sep 29, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #19

    Id play 4222

    Anita- Saylor-Willo-Santa

    I really rate Amalfitano and want him to get a start sooner rather than later as the kid has the potential to be a star.

    If that team was out id predict a 4-1 but if pardew sticks to his 442 and with no real ambition to get players forward, i can see a draw or us just scraping a 1-0, 2-1 victory.

    Time will tell, HWTL!!!!!

  • Cool Hand Luke

    Sep 29, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #20

    On Enriques drop in form, he probably has the noise of 50,000 geordies ringing in his ear and the image of himself looking like a mug in the keepers jersey. I actually feel bad for him, he may have done a little complaining about the clubs ambition, but so has everyone on this blog at some stage. Clearly he made a bad choice and is now paying for it.

  • cockneymagpie90

    Sep 29, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #21


    Wouldnt say that if they had 1 of senegalese stars, cuxTs.

  • Cool Hand Luke

    Sep 29, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #22

    @hoppernufc, its hard to believe that morons like this still exist. What a let down.

  • Slank

    Sep 29, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #23

    If Colo and Cabaye are absent then I would have faith in and stick with Tavernia at right back with Anita in midfield with Jonas and Tiote. Tavernia is the best right back we have, better IMO than Simpson. He is always a threat down the right and when combining with Benny will cause lots of trouble and create lots of chances against Reading’s back four.

    My team would be:

    Tavernia, Saylor, Perch, Santon
    Tiote, Anita, Jonas
    Benny, Ba, Cisse

    Difficult choice between Willo and Perch. I really like Perch as he is much more composed and his distribution of the ball is superior to Willo who only seems able to hoof it. Perch is nearer in style to Colo than Willo.

    Also difficult having Ba and Cisse together. I’m not sure which one of them should be leading at the front. I would like to play Ferguson on the left but I can see Pardew giving Cisse another game to increase his confidence which looked pretty good against ManU.

    I think we will miss the playmaking of Cabaye. A lot will rest on Anita and Jonas whilst Tiote protects the back four. I’m sure Santon and Tavernia will need no encouragement to bomb forward.

    We should win this if we attack from the outset. Reading’s confidence must be fragile.


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