Newcastle vs West Brom – Match Preview

Newcastle have played well the last couple of games at Sunderland and against Club Brugge in the Europa League, since we were taken apart 3-0, by Manchester United at St. James’ Park a couple of weeks ago.

But we really need to start picking things up in the league, and we have only 10 points from our first eight games, and only two wins so far this season in the league.

Newcastle have a decent chance today to get all three points against West Brom at the newly named St. James’ Park stadium – yeah right! 😀

And the Newcastle hierarchy have been trying to ensure a full house by selling tickets on the cheap, a deal the club announced on Friday.

Newcastle essentially have all their top players fit again, but we have Haris Vuckic and Ryan Taylor out for the season, and Dan Gosling out until January or February next year.

And the youngsters did particularly well on Thursday night against a decent Club Brugge side, and the three outstanding players were Sammy Ameobi, Gabby Obertan and Shane Ferguson, and it will be interesting to see if either one of those players are in the starting line-up today.

It’s difficult to know which team Alan Pardew will start today, but here’s our crack at the side:

Simpson Coloccini (c) Williamson Santon
Ben Arfa Perch Cabaye Gutierrez
Ba Cisse
Subs: Harper Taylor (S) Ferguson Ameobi (Sa) Anita Ameobi (Sh) Obertan

We expect James Perch to come in for the suspended Cheick Tiote, and we have Vurnon Anita on the bench,  but the Newcastle manager may prefer 19 year-old Gael Bigirimana, and both can play in defensive midfield, but we think Perch will be preferred as the starter, because of his extra experience in the Premier League.

Coloccini was massive for Newcastle at the back last weekend at Sunderland, and we expect Mike Williamson to again be preferred over Steven Taylor at center-back, and one key to this game is that the first choice back five play solidly, and as well as they did at the Stadium of Light last Sunday.

Demba Ba is in good goalscoring form, and we have to hope he can get on the goals trail again this afternoon, and it would be great if  Cisse can notch his first league goal of the season this afternoon.

Players like Ameobi (Sa), Obertan and Shane Ferguson could well get sub appearances this afternoon, after all three looked so good against Club Brugge in the 1-0 win.

But Newcastle have to get back o their winning ways in the league soon, and we hope we can do that this afternoon.

Let us know how you think we’ll fare against a good-looking West Brom side.

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133 comments so far

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Oct 28, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #1

    The Guardian has Bigi in as Tiote’s replacement. Then again, it was penned by a certain Ms Louise Taylor, so it’s probably not even an educated guess.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 28, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed, as I have said earlier Pards rarely surprises me tactically so it is 4-4-2 with the same lineup as always (besides Tiote of course). Whether Saylor or Willo starts is probably the discussion of the day 🙂

    For me it is important we close down WBA today and put them under pressure to ensure thay cannot find Shane Long or any space to move into – if Pards think he can do that playing 4-4-2 than by all means do that (I’ll like t state now that I don’t think he can do that).

    I am going out on a limb here – 4-3-3 today:

    ___________________________ Krul ___________________________
    Simmo _______ Colo _________________ Wilo ________ Santon
    __________________ Anita __________ Perch _________________
    _________________________ Cabaye _________________________
    Benny _________________________________________________ Ba
    _________________________ Cisse ___________________________

  • PaidiD

    Oct 28, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #4

    alright people, first ever comment!love the site! C’mon you magpies! 3 points today!

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Oct 28, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #5

    I think he’ll stick with Willo, who has done very well, Perch for Tiote, 442, but will he start with Shola?

  • check the toastie

    Oct 28, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #6

    Jesper – there is no way Pardewasaurus will not select Jonas, just hope it is not wide left, total waste of everybodies time.

    Anyway, wonder how many positions Jonas plays today, and i wonder how many formations we play during the 90 minutes, lets have sweep.

    We will start 442 for sure, change to 4411, then maybe 4231, finishing with 451 holding on to our precious 1-0 lead. pretty predictable really.

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Oct 28, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #7

    Remember last time we played west brom? Our front three were unplayable! Ba, Cisse and Ben Arfa!

  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Oct 28, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #8

    Game doesn’t start for 5hours or something and people are already questioning his tactics? Atleast wait untill the team sheet is announced before you childishly exclaim “I told you so, mommy, didn’t I tell them”

  • SupaToonKid

    Oct 28, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #9

    This is the perfect game to unleash the 4-3-3 formation and put in a good performance so we can then push on and smash the Scousers at Anfield!

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 28, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #10

    check the toastie //

    this is pardews version of total football from holland, he tries to show that any one of his players can play many positions,
    jonas, LW/DMC/LB/RB
    BA LW/CF


    but all of these changes happen in most of our matches,,

    we dont have a style, we done play any normal 442/433/451/4321, these changes are also in many games,,

    from what i seen lately its 712 lol

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Oct 28, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #11

    The mackems have had 12 shot on target all season hahaha also how was gardner not sent off?

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Oct 28, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #12

    Normally my anxiety ratchets up a notch with each subsequent addition of the likes of Willo, Perch, even the most excellent supersub Shola, in the starting 11, but at home against West Bromwich, I’m unusually full of confidence in them. Bad sign that!

  • davybtoon

    Oct 28, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #13

    We go 442 today we will lose u can bet on that, it doesn’t work

  • davybtoon

    Oct 28, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #14

    These games with WBA are always great last year we should of won even though we got beat 3-2

  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Oct 28, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #15

    Davy – we went 442 for our 11game unbeaten run last year… How can you be so sure we will lose?

  • rainrix

    Oct 28, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #16

    Id like to see bigi in cm with cabaye. Admittedly he didnt have a great game when he last started against reading but i think playing with cabaye will help. A different foil to himself, althought tbh perch would be fine there as well

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 28, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #17

    does it not worry ppl on here that we are aiming for 5th place,
    but we have only got 9 goals this season, thats only 3 more than sunderland 2 more than qpr
    we arnt great at stoping the goals going in at our end to,

    teams aiming for 5th should be scoring more goals than they let in,,
    fulham have scored 19
    everton 15
    spurs 15

  • FatmanJoe

    Oct 28, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #18


    All I ever read from you is bitching and complaints. It’s far more boring than the Newcastle games.

    Can I just ask – what is it you want from Newcastle at the moment? What would actually make you smile?

  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 28, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #19

    Check…I forgot about Jonas there; I would probably change either Anita or Perch for Jonas in midfield!

    …I have been saying this for a long time now, but Pard plays a lot of different 4-4-2 or variations there of 🙂 you can call it 4-4-1-1, 4-5-1 or a asymetric 4-4-2. It is still 4-4-2 with wingers (and the only trad. winger we have is Fergy. If he wants to play 4-4-2 he need a RM and a LM to balance it out and to keep possession. If he want widemen in modern football he need to change system.

  • euanpolo

    Oct 28, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #20

    Time to unleash Sammy Ameobi on the Premier League!

    Simpson – S.Taylor – Coloccini – Santon
    Cabaye – Perch – Gutierrez
    Ben Arfa – Ba – Sa. Ameobi

    Subs: Harper, Williamson, Ferguson, Anita, Obertan, Sh. Ameobi, Cisse

  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 28, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #21

    You can quote me on this 🙂

    ‘If we start the game 4-4-2 we are not going to win this game’ (one exception: if lady luck is on our side; and we know if she is ;))

  • Carryingcoals

    Oct 28, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #22

    I think you have the lineup spot on here Ed, but I think it’s a harder game than maybe a lot of people are suggesting.

    I did vote ‘win’ but I don’t think it’ll be by much. Hopefully Ba and Cisse are in the mood!

    As for the 4-4-2, it has its benefits though can prohibit us. AT present, the way we are and with only just getting players back, I don’t think Pards can do much else. We can’t take too many risks today and starting 4-3-3 would indeed be a risk. Nevertheless we need the same intensity we approached Sunderland with.

    I can see a poor first half like we did against Reading and then a lot more goals in the second. Really hope we can take the win today.

    For a look at West Brom’s options:

  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 28, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #23

    Did you guys read this; actually a nice comment from Lawro 😉

  • Carryingcoals

    Oct 28, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #24


    Yeah, I saw this. Who new he was so pro toon?!

    I think he has a point though, we are a good side on our day and I’d fancy us against most teams in the league, provided we had all players available that is.

    I’m pessimistic on our top 6 chances though, January will be crucial. QF’s of Europe and top 8 and I think, realistically, we’ll have done well.

    Good thing at the minute is we have most players available and looking at our upcoming fixtures we have the opportunity to go on a good run.

    I’d get Lawro off match of the day though, his time must be up soon! Still though, a rare bit pf positivism from him, what a sweetheart ey 😉

  • Carryingcoals

    Oct 28, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #25


  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 28, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #26

    If lawro reckons were top 6 chances are were getting relegated! Dont think lawro’s ever got a prediction right!!

  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 28, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #27

    TADS…I know, but has a point we just need to hit a good run 🙂

    Carrying…I honestly think Pard need to ‘kill his darling’ if we don’t start collecting point fast – or as you say we’ll be in trouble come January (if we want to 6 that is)

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Oct 28, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #28

    A first for me but I agree with Lawro …. 2-0 the Toon


    Hope you and yer car okay…. too much six-o -ninty the night before !!

  • Super Magpie

    Oct 28, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #29

    If we’re going to play 4-4-2 Shola should start instead of Cisse. I’m sick of seeing the same predictable crap.

    We’ve played 4-3-3 in the Europa league and have looked a much better side. We keep the ball well and create more chances. The team has more fluidity to it and we generally play better.

    For me, 10 games playing 4-4-2 is enough. It hasn’t worked. It would’ve worked against a very poor Sunderland side last week had Tiote stayed on the pitch but in every other game we’ve looked very poor and disjointed.

  • blew

    Oct 28, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #30

    Check the Toastie
    Jonas will always play, I believe it is in his contract, if he is fit he plays. Otherwise he is not good enough for the bench – too slow, cant beat a man, cant cross a ball, cant score, cant head a ball……the list goes on he is a liability.

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 28, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #31


    what i would like to see, what would make me happy is

    for pardew to start getting our players playing football on the floor,, passing the ball instead of hoofing it up to ba

    i would like for pardew to play ferg on the left and drop jonas,, we dont need him in CM,

    i would like pardew to play more in the other teams half,,

    we are at home ,, so i would like for us to be the ones that go on the hunt right from the first whistle instead of letting the other team score first then react to that,,

    i would like some other subs used , obertan perch shola are his 3 fave subs, and they offer us nothing going forward,,

    i would like cabaye playing up closer to the 2 cf players, where he is most efective

  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 28, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #32

    Come on ppl the game is in two hours and the blog is dead (one shoud think either Tsunki or Rinrix hace something to do with this 😉 lol

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Oct 28, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #33

    Predicted team:

    Ben Arfa___Cabaye__Jonas___Ferguson

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 28, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #34


    im fine, car only should need alittle bit of repair ,and i wish i could blame something,, but i should have changed to my winter tires the day before,, i put them in the car, and thought id do them at work,, haha never got there 🙁

  • Super Magpie

    Oct 28, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #35


    The blog has been dead for a few weeks now.
    There isn’t half the amount of posters on here now than there was last season.

  • archaeomag

    Oct 28, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #36

    International break?

  • Carryingcoals

    Oct 28, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #37


    I think you make a good point point about Cabaye needing to be closer to the forwards, I too would like to see us playing a lot more football on the floor in the final third.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 28, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #38

    Super Magpie…I know 🙁 I am not so sadden about the amount of posters (or decline there of) but more about the fact that many of the regular doesn’t post as often anymore (and what has the world come to when even Ibiza is not on here as often anymore)…sad times 🙁

    …can we please have a win…and a beautiful on as well 😀

  • Super Magpie

    Oct 28, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #39


    No, from the start of the season the blog has had much less posters than last season.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 28, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #40

    So which stream should be use today?

    I was thinking about

    Anyone have a better suggestion?


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