Newcastle have made only a decent start to the season, not great, and we are 6 points off the pace the lads set last season, which is just one more reason why we need to take all 3 points at the Stadium of Light tomorrow afternoon, to jump-start our season.
The good news for Newcastle is that we will be close to our best side tomorrow with Fab Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Tim Krul and Danny Simpson all likely to start the game.
Newcastle have Ryan Taylor, Haris Vuckic out for the season, and Dan Gosling out until the new year with serious injuries.
Everybody else should be fit and well for tomorrow’s game, and we expect Alan Pardew, the Newcastle manager to name the following side:
Simpson Coloccini (c) Taylor (S) Santon
Ben Arfa Tiote Cabaye Gutierrez
Cisse Demba Ba
Subs: Harper Perch Williamson Ferguson Anita Obertan Ameobi(Sh)
Shola Ameobi has scored seven Premier League goals against Sunderland in his 12 appearances against the old enemy, and could even start the game tomorrow – and certainly the Nigerian born striker will play some part in tomorrow’s game – maybe coming on to get the winner in the second half?
We’ve been a little surprised at how good Shola has looked this season, and these days the big striker seems to be using all of his vast experience up front for Newcastle.
And it seems that Danny Simpson will be charged with marking the man who Alan Pardew says could be the danger man for Sunderland – James McClean.
This is what Alan had to say about Simpson:
“Danny’s a good player. He’s sort of under-rated by our fan base, but his defensive work’s important.”
“If I look at Sunday, and if you ask all our fans who they’d like to play against McClean — who we know is a handful — and they’d probably all pick Danny, because, defensively, he can deal with a wide player.”
McClean missed Ireland’s World Cup qualifiers with Germany and the Faroe Islands because of a hip problem, but he’s expected to start the game tomorrow.
Stephen Fletcher will be another man Newcastle will need to watch closely tomorrow, since he seems to score Sunderland’s goals.
Both sides are coming off a defeat of two weeks ago before the International break, and of course will be wanting to win the game for their fans.
One big key to the game tomorrow is that Colo and Steven Taylor can come back in, as though they’ve never been away, and keep it very tight at the back for Newcastle.
We also have to hope that our two strikers Cisse and Ba can convert any chances they get, and the same goes for Shola Ameobi, who could again become an important player for Newcastle tomorrow.
Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye need to be in top form, and Cheick has to control himself, as he’s once again picking up far too many yellow cards.
For Sunderland, former Newcastle defender Titus Bramble is doubtful for the game and Lee Cattermole is suspended – which is a pity because this lad always loses his head in these emotion packed games.
Phil Bardsley, as well as James McClean, are expected to be included in the squad after both seem to have recovered from injuries.
We must try to get the win tomorrow afternoon, which is really what we want to see, but we’d be happy enough with a point we suppose – kind of.
What do you think – and let’s know what your starting eleven would be.
Howay The Lads!!
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