Newcastle have won only three games of our first 10 games in the Premier League this season and we’ve drawn five, and to climb the league table we need wins, and that’s what we’re looking for in today game against West Ham United today at St. James’ Park.
Newcastle are in 10th place on 14 points from 10 games, and West Ham are one point better off and one position higher than us, in the league table.
West Ham haven’t done all that well on their travels in the league so far, and they have one win, one draw and two defeats in their four road games, and have scored only 3 goals and conceded six in their four away games.
And old faces are returning to the club today with former manager Sam Allardyce now managing the Hammers, and former captain Kevin Nolan, and local striker Andy Carroll will both start the game for the opposition this afternoon.
As far as Newcastle go, we have Coloccini suspended for the next three games and Cheick Tiote suspended for this game, but this will be his final game he sits out, after being sent off after 25 minutes at Sunderland.
And just by the way – Sunderland lost again 2-1 at Everton yesterday – and yes – they actually scored through Adam Johnson just seconds before half time to go ahead, but let in two goals in the final 45 minutes, and now find themselves 5th bottom of the league.
Haris Vuckic, Ryan Taylor and Dan Gosling have long-term injuries at Newcastle, and Alan Pardew said during his press conference on Friday that Sammy Ameobi was a slight doubt for this game, and of course James perch is out for several weeks.
Danny Simpson is also a doubt, but we’ll assume he will be fit, so here’s a possible team that Alan Pardew could start this afternoon:
Simpson Williamson Taylor (S) Santon
Ben Arfa Cabaye Anita Gutierrez (c)
Subs: Harper Tavernier Ferguson Bigirimana Ameobi (Sa) Obertan Ameobi (Sh)
The question is who will Alan play in defensive midfield today, since Tiote is suspended and James Perch is out injured for a few weeks, and it could be that Alan prefers 19 year-old Bigirimana, because he is a more physical type of player than Anita, and probably better fitted against a strong and physical West Ham side.
But given Anita’s excellent game on Thursday night at Brugge, and his fantastic goal we expect Anita to start somewhere today.
The main battles today will be between Mike Williamson and Steven Taylor against the aerial threat of Andy Carroll, and the goal scoring threat of Kevin Nolan.
For West Ham United, defenders James Collins and former Newcastle target James Tomkins will have fitness tests and could play, and Guy Demel is available again.
But significantly West Ham are hit by injuries with Matthew Taylor, Ricardo Vaz Te and Jack Collison all out injured, and they will not play today.
The referee for the game is Mike Dean of Wirral.
The game today will be preceded by a wreath laying ceremony and one minute’s silence as part of Remembrance Sunday, when we remember those who gave their lives and perished for their country in previous wars.
It’s simple what Newcastle need today – a win and all three points.
And finally, let us know how you think the game will go today.
Howay The Lads!!
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