Match Preview – Newcastle vs Swansea

There are important Premier League games and important Premier League games, but this one is extra important, after we lost to West Ham United last Sunday – a team we hammered 5-0 in the corresponding fixture two years ago, and we have only three wins in our first eleven league games, compared to seven at the same time last season.

This is almost a must win game today for Newcastle, and the thing we’ll be looking for is some energy, enthusiasm and determination from the Newcastle players as soon as the first whistle blows.

But it could be another frustrating game for our fans to watch, as Swansea play a possession game, made famous by Barcelona, and it could be difficult for Newcastle to see much of the ball today.

And we have some doubts as to who can play today.

Yohan Cabaye is definitely out with a groin problem, and Fabricio Coloccini is suspended, and Jonas Gutierrez is out with his knee injury, although is expected to return at Southampton, in our next league game.

And there’s some nonsense going on about Papiss Cisse, with Senegal upset the player pulled out of the mid-week friendly game with Niger, and they may activate the five-day rule which will rule Cisse out of the game today.

Dan Gosling, Ryan Taylor, Haris Vuckic and James Perch are all out injured.

And Alan Pardew talked yesterday about today starting a hectic spell of games for Newcastle:

“I think we’ve got four games in nine days form Saturday.” “It’s a tough schedule for us and we’re feeling the pressure of that with the injuries we’ve got at the moment and the squad depth and we’re going to have to make sure we come through this period stronger with some solid results.” “It’s a big week for us.”

Cheick Tiote is back today, and he will start in central midfield and we hope he provides the energy we have been missing, but we also hope he can go through this game without picking up yet another caution from the referee.

We’re not sure whether Sammy Ameobi is fit, but we’ll assume he isn’t – so here’s a possible team Alan Pardew could start today:

Simpson Taylor (S) (c) Williamson Santon
Ben Arfa Tiote Anita Bigirimana Ferguson
Subs: Elliot Tavernier Marveaux Abeid Ameobi (Sh) Obertan Cisse

With Newcastle failing to take control of midfield in many games this season, and with Yohan Cabaye missing through injury today, we think Pardew has a chance of starting in a 4-5-1 formation, to flood the midfield so we can get a grip on the game.

He may also elect to play in a 4-3-3 formation, after severe criticism of the 4-4-2 formation he habitually plays, and we really cannot afford two strikers up front, when we cannot get the ball in the center of the park.

We have to hope we can win this home game against a side below us in the Premier League table.

Let us know how you think the game will go – and what team would you start today?

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93 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 17, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #1

    Having his piles cream replaced with fiery jack is too good for Ashley .

  • BelfastMagpie

    Nov 17, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #2

    I actually think these injuries might help us.
    Freshen up the team a bit.

    Hope to see Marveaux start today,behind Ba.

  • JDdubai

    Nov 17, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #3

    From last thread

    Its not the results people are angry with, its the performances.

    If we had got the same results but looked like we knew what we were doing and were trying to play good football then people wouldnt be as bothered.

    Its the utter crap that we have played in EVERY game that is the issue, i just wish whatever miracle happened last season that saw him go to the 4231 happens again as so far this season I havent seen a game plan this season other than hit it long or hope HBA is on form.

    Here’s hoping it changes today, for the record I would have HBA, Sammy and Marveaux as the 3 behind Ba a la Chelsea formation. We are at home and should attack……

  • BelfastMagpie

    Nov 17, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #4

    Apparently Simpson is injured.

    His missus cut his d*** off last nyt… 😉

  • dmac

    Nov 17, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #5

    Swansea are a much better team than West Ham. If we do not buck our ideas up we could be in for some trouble.

    People predicting us thumping them need to get a grip. I really hope that you are right but with the level of injuries and the fact we havent played well as a team since last season im not fancying our chances.

  • IITianToon

    Nov 17, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #6

    @bELFAST if thats true Simmo’s not only an adulterer, but a jackass for even opening his fly with his missus around. 😀

  • fray bentos

    Nov 17, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #7


    Table standing would suggest otherwise

  • mattyNUFC

    Nov 17, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #8

    really hope you’re wrong ed. three DCMs? Where does the creativity come from??? Remember when it was tiote and anita? or even worse bigi and tiote? two DCMs only work if you have the third further upfield.

    But, you’re probably right because based on all APs comments this week, he wants to do anything but less. Scared and should be with the sh!t he’s been putting out

    Anyway, hoping for the best…..HTL

  • mattyNUFC

    Nov 17, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #9

    but lose*

  • BelfastMagpie

    Nov 17, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #10

    Today’s game will be difficult,but I think if we get in they’re faces from the off & stop them playing,we’ll get a result…

    That was my team talk right there… Haha

  • woolerbill

    Nov 17, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #11

    Obertan in, Ferguson out, this would be a start for me. He is twice the player Ferguson will ever be.

  • JDdubai

    Nov 17, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #12

    with Eds team, there are only 2 people who are likely to score a goal, HBA and Ba. This has been our problem for a while, our midfield do not contribute enough goals. Fergie, Bigi, Tiote and Anita are not going to threaten, they wont get into the box to help Ba or bust a gut to get onto the end of a cross a la rob Lee would.

    Need someone in CM to be like Nolan was for us, to have the desire to score goals as none of the current lot do. If it is that team that ed put up Ba will be isolated, if Fergie puts in a cross there will be 1 man in the box to aim for etc just like the West Ham game (Dont count Cisse as he did eff-all). Really think we missed the boat with Sigurdsson in the summer.

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 17, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #13


    everything is sorted,, your invertation was sent,, but im at work 🙁 and now the vessel is delayed until 2 :(, may even miss the first half, driving home

    went for an optimistic draw

    belfast,, i am in your camp thinking/hoping this will freshen up the team and give them some much needed spring in there step

    what i read in the last thread is there seems to be a lot of guys out there like me, if it was just a small number un happy as is suggested all the time, he wouldnt need to send his players out begging for time or feel the need to come out himself,,

    i think what he fials to grasp is last season the position in the table masked over the shit football that was on offer most weeks, and a lot of fans only looked at the table and thought all is ok,

    it was only a matter of time before the poor football was matched with poor results
    he said we played poor only a few times last year, i can flip that and say we only played well a few times last year but still got results

    i was told many times last season, it is the sign of a good team that they can play poor and still win, normally these are good teams that play well most of the time and have an odd bad game but win with quality bits of skill

    what the guy also fails to see is that this is football, if you are a good team the more games you will play, and use the squad and if that means drafting in some kids from the reservs then so be it,
    man u and ars both do this every year

    i fear for him, but i think this 8 year contract is his saving grace,

    for me, my campiagn is startimg right now for OLE GUNNER SOLSKJÆR,,

    won the league 2 times in a row with a team a team that had not won it for over 100 years

  • bills-son

    Nov 17, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #14

    Looking at Ed’s team shows how seriously short of creative CM players we are. I’ve said for a while that this is our biggest weakness, not defence or attack.

    Even last season on the 6/7 game winning run we didn’t create alot of chances we just stuck away, Cisse especially, most chances that came our way. That never lasts.

    Unless Cabaye and HBA are on top form we are always going to struggle to provide much ammo for Ba and Cisse. I think it will be another tough game today, especially if Swansea score first.

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 17, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #15


    in waht way is obertan twice the player of ferg

    as i see it ferg is 5 times the player obertan is

    if this is the line up ED, we are doomed,, 0-0 all over it

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 17, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #16


    from yesterday

    no i dont ever think you have been joking with me, no tongue and cheek comments, all you have ever been is nasty towards everything i have ever said because im not a pardew fan,, or obertan for that matter

  • LewSpi v2.0

    Nov 17, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #17

    Anita Saylor Willo Santon
    ——-Tiote –Perch
    Obertan -HBA– Ferg


    Simmo’s not starting, I’ve heard.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 17, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #18

    I do like to have a moan especially when I get the chance to take a swipe at Mashley,but haway show a bit of faith man.

  • mattyNUFC

    Nov 17, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #19

    here’s a question:

    If YOU were picking the team and realizing we have no one in the middle who could create things upfield, would you start Abeid ahead of Bigi?

    I would. I mean, it’s not like anything else has been working….

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 17, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #20

    Jail for Ashley

    as soon as pardew does i will 😉

  • mattyNUFC

    Nov 17, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #21


    i agree with you most of the time but fergie has a LONG way to go. I’m not an obertan fan either but i think he’d just edge out fergie for me….but i’d still rather see Marv given a go ahead of both

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 17, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #22


    every day, no question

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 17, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #23

    Christ ed really hope that isnt the line up personally think hba will start in ACM with gabby and sammy on the wings

    Anyone seen the stupid rumour of the day?
    Walcott +£8 mil for sterling

  • BelfastMagpie

    Nov 17, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #24

    Well I really hope we don’t start Tiote & Bigi together in a 4-4-2.

    That would be a painfull watch.

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 17, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #25

    i like ferg for his directness, and his crossing, he still has a long way to go for sure, but look at santon, looked shakey last season, but is comming good because he is playing against good players every week

    obertan, has lots of pace, but you dont see much end product from him,

    marv for me isthe better choice too, i think like obertan he suffers from confidence, but has more abilty and has much better link up play as well as crossing

  • bills-son

    Nov 17, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #26

    Catchy, grow up man. I’ve never been deliberately nasty to you, you might not understand my sense of humour but that’s the price we all pay for posting on blogs. I took some vile stick from solano and his cronies when I was defending Ashley a while back and I just got on with it. The few tongue in cheek comments I’ve made about your opinions on Pards, Oba and Simmo are nowt to get so worked up about.

  • Spotlight Kid

    Nov 17, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #27

    Swansea play football on the deck, NUFC have forgotten how to do this judging by the number of wasted or misplaced passes of late (Tiote, Jonas & Cabaye all guilty as charged). So there’s no way NUFC are going to outplay the Swans at ground level. Accordingly it’s gonna be another play-for-percentages hoof-fest which will be overlooked if it works or criticised severely if it doesn’t.

    If so, what is the point of having Ben Arfa – a genuine talent that needs to play pass and go – other than he might pull out a bit of individual magic? What a waste!

    It’s looking like Harvey’s 1970s team to me at present – but without the goals or solid defence. With Green or Smith doing the Ben Arfa bit to bamboozle the opposition (if fit) but most time just hoof it up to the No9 to head down (the Wyn version) or run onto (the SuperMac version).

    For this to work to the max you also need a proven goal scorer/poacher to sniff out rebounds and half chances around the box, in the 70s it was Pop Robson and until recently it was Nolan (both sold to West Ham).

    PS: You also need brown muddy pitches (to prevent teams playing it on the deck) & shorter shorts (makes you run faster….).

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 17, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #28

    Catchy,I think your blind hatred of Pards is on par with mine toward Mashhey and Dastardly ,I’m going to have to step up a gear.
    Shame Im home but unable to go today sister could have waited full the fixture list was announced before choosing her wedding day.

  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Nov 17, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #29

    Catchy – I reckon obertans head is twice the size of fergies, don’t really know if that’s relevant to anything or not.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 17, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #30

    Ha ha,vile stick,you can give it just as well back.

  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Nov 17, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #31

    Just noticed no one has congratulated you on your fiery jacks comment. Bravo, that may be one of your best yet.

  • mattyNUFC

    Nov 17, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #32

    well, whatever we think of fergie let’s be blunt:

    If simmo really isn’t playing and AP decides to play santon RB and fergie LB, fergie will get slaughtered by anyone of Rangel, Routeledge, Dyer or Pablo

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 17, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #33

    True he’s a promising winger but not in a million years is he a lb

  • mattyNUFC

    Nov 17, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #34


    in defense of Catchy

    I don’t think it’s ‘blind’ hatred. I wasn’t a fan of him or his blatant arrogance when he arrived. After that first 3-1 Liverpool win at home, I decided to settle down and see how he made his mark. I’ve still been waiting, all the while seeing his ego get larger and larger. His notepad, his arrogant fist pumps, his cocky interviews. I’d accept it all if we were playing well (note i didn’t say winning every match) but it’s all just confounding in these worst of moments in regards to the football we’re playing

  • mattyNUFC

    Nov 17, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #35

    ….and I also think it should be mention that (catchy, correct me if i’m wrong) he (catchy) was, like me, a supporter of Hughton. Did I think he’d ever take us to 5th? Not really, but I appreciated the honest, hard work he and his team and the football they produced were exemplary of.

    I don’t think catchy, nor myself, are full-time pessimists. AP as a person and a manager just irk us to no end

    Hope i wasn’t too forward including you, catchy 🙂

  • bills-son

    Nov 17, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #36

    Jail, you seriously still hate Ashley?

    Strange, very strange.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 17, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #37

    I know where your coming from but I haven’t got enough hatred in me for three people.

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 17, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #38

    jail for ash

    them 2 are on my list 2 haha

    but at least i can see the plan mashley has, and that is not a bad plan, just his exicusion of it,
    from the way lameass runs a club i am surprised he passed his test to drive a car

    have a great day regardless of the football, at least you got a good excuse to get hammerd if we lose

  • JDdubai

    Nov 17, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #39

    My team for today


    Depends on fitness etc but at least on paper I could see us trying to play football and Abeid seems to have more of an idea where the goal is than any other CM so would offer another body in the box as I would predict otherwise Ba will be very lonely in there today….

  • Klam3r

    Nov 17, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #40


    Totally agree with you!


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