Newcastle vs Maritimo – Match Preview

Newcastle are in a bit of a slump at the moment with two successive home defeats and only one point from the last three games in the league, and we have lost three of our last four league games at home, and the only one we didn’t lose was the rather fortuitous win against West Brom, when we scored a fluke goal in the last minute of the game.

But when things are not going well there’s always an opportunity to pull out of the slump, and tonight’s game against Maritimo presents just such an opportunity for Newcastle.

We are doing very well in the Europa league Group D, and are currently leading our group of four.

PositionTeamPlayedGoal DifferencePoints
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Newcastle again have an important game at Southampton in the league on Sunday,  so Alan Pardew is expected to make lots of changes from the side that started in the 2-1 defeat against Swansea on Sunday afternoon.

The good news is that Coloccini is available for this game, but not the game on Sunday, which will be the third game the Argentine will miss in the league, after being sent off at Liverpool.

Papiss Cisse will start tonight,  after the bizarre set of circumstances on Sunday, when he was prevented from playing after Senegal activated the five day rule, because their captain didn’t travel to Niger for their meaningless friendly game last Wednesday.

And Jonas Gutierrez is fit again, and could return to the starting line up tonight.

Yohan Cabaye is out injured and will soon have a minor operation on his groin and Ryan Taylor, Haris Vuckic and Dan Gosling have long term injuries, and Cheick Tiote is suspended for this game.

James Perch is also still out with his thigh injury, and Shola Ameobi is a doubt with a slight groin injury, and it seems Gabby Obertan has a toe injury and will not play tonight.

So you can see we have lots of players not available to play tonight.

We assume Shola is not fit  and maybe this is the side that Alan Pardew will play tonight:

Tavernier Coloccini (c) Williamson Ferguson
Ameobi (Sa) Anita Gutierrez Bigirimana Marveaux
Subs: Elliot Simpson Santon Taylor (S) Ben Arfa Ba Amalfitano

Some changes to that side could be that Elliot starts in goal, and we’re not sure what’s the matter with Steve Harper at the moment, who hasn’t been in the squad for the last several games.

That’s also a strong bench in case the game is not going for us in the second half, and Alan Pardew can bring in some of  our big guns.

Alan Pardew in training with the squad this week

Maritimo are without injured Brazilian midfielder Olberdam Serra and their top play-maker Heldon Ramos, but Ricardo Ferreira, Briguel, Valentin Roberge, Rafael Miranda, Joao Luiz and Leocisio Sami will all return to the side, after they were rested in the game last weekend.

A win is what we’d all like to see tonight, and it’s certainly possible, although our squad is  decimated at the moment.

Let is know how you think the game will go tonight:

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310 comments so far

  • Slank

    Nov 22, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed, Don’t disagree with your line-up for tonight possibly because everyone else appears to be injured or suspended.

    However, we seem to have only one out-an-out striker, namely Cisse. I would have thought that now is the right time to put Xisco on the bench or in the starting line-up.

    We should win this.

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 22, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #2

    That table is wrong i think

  • Graeme

    Nov 22, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #3

    A good win will guarantee us a place in the next round, so he has to go for the win and secure the progression.

    Playing Collo is to be expected to keep him match fit, playing Jonas may help him recover his form and Cisse needs games to get his shooting boots in focus!!

    I’m going for a 2-0 win

  • Graeme

    Nov 22, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #4

    Indian, That table is spot on mate

  • Graeme

    Nov 22, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #5

    Except we have all played 4 games, sorry

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 22, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #6

    Yes, Graeme,

    That’s what i meant

  • martoon

    Nov 22, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #7

    Got my tickets yesterday – so I hope you lads who voted that we’ll lose are wrong.

  • Jamiemac

    Nov 22, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #8

    Haven’t been too impressed with bigi so far this year to be honest

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 22, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #9

    Confident of a win and a good performance tonight.

  • richyg01

    Nov 22, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #10

    Get Xisco in there, that lad could have goals in him that we need in the PL, Europe is an ideal showcase for him.

  • davybtoon

    Nov 22, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #11

    I want see abeid n amalfitano start tonight let us see what they can do ffs

  • Toon Tang

    Nov 22, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #12

    if we lose tonight im gunna kick my pet rabbit up the arse and shout WINSTON

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 22, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #13

    there is no reason not to win tonight, maritimo are not doing so well in there league,
    only scored 5 all season and conceded 14,

    not sure how and where pardew gets his info from , and if it is carver telling him its the last 3 results then someone should have a word with him

    its more to do with the performances then results,,

    if you play well every week there is a probability that good results will come,

    if you play poorly every week the probability is you will loose

    with this team he is fielding tonight he should walk it,,

  • Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner)

    Nov 22, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #14

    Holy sh*t – was that an inkling of positivity from catchy? 🙂

  • rainrix

    Nov 22, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #15

    Catchy… Blackpool played good football every week when they got promoted and where did they end up?

    Anyway i agree we should walk this considering our europa team plays better football then our league team atm

  • rainrix

    Nov 22, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #16

    Conaldo… Must be one of your spells taking effect 😐

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 22, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #17


    agreed, but there didnt really have a good striker, we have 2
    make chances and they both can score, they have both shown us that

    what is missing for them is good quick build up,, well i guess it dont come much quicker than route 1 lmao

    ok i voted draw, 🙁 i think the team is good enough, i think moral is low

  • Graeme

    Nov 22, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #18

    Playing Xisco would probably be a good thing to do, alongside Cisse. It gives a different emphasis at the front; gives Cisse a player up front who wont be in the same place as him and that could open up the game for both of them.

    They both can score goals, so why not let them loose – If Cisse can bag a few tonight, it will kick start his season and that is something we are all waiting to see!!

  • tdt

    Nov 22, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #19

    Tavernier-Coloccini (c)-Williamson-Ferguson
    —————-Gutierrez —————
    Ameobi (Sa)——————Marveaux

    Subs: Elliot, Santon, Taylor (S), Abeid, Amalfitano, Xisco, Ba

    I agree with Ed’s team, but I’d drop a couple of first-teamers from the bench to give others a chance.

  • tdt

    Nov 22, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #20

    *or even take Ba from the bench and give Ranger a run out.

  • rainrix

    Nov 22, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #21

    Catchy… As i recall they were scoring goals for fun, their defence was horrendous.

    Strikers aren’t our problem like you said, we just aren’t creating clear cut decent scoring chances even when we play on the ground we just cant get through, we try to go through the middle, usually fail then try crossing from the wings which also fails, continue until insanity.

    Thats when the long balls start, we run out of ideas. We really need to concentrate on attacking through the centre. If anything our best chances this season have come through counter attacking, something we should focus on.

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 22, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #22

    Help needed chaps. I want to buy my two year old an NUFC shirt for Christmas. Where is the best place to buy ( assume club shop, but havent looked ) . Also, do all the shirts have a blank square on the back, or can they be bought with full stripes. Have seen none on sale in Ireland yet 🙁 Thanks for the help.

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 22, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #23

    Conaldo (The Wizard…Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner)

    conaldo, im always positive, my honest opinion is we have a squad right now that is good enough for top 4, or at least to chalange for that,

    what you call me a nega for is , i dont think pardew has shown us in 2 years any kind of football that i believe can match the players ability,

    i feel he would rather grind out a 1-0 win then set them free and crush some teams, we never ever look like we can score a few goals

    im a nufc fan , i have to be positive,

    i think there are 2 guys in positions in our club that really ahould start at a much lower level,

    dick lame head, and pardew,

    dick, if there is a mistake to make he will make it, prob cost us something points players or league

    pardew, i dont think he knows who to deal with “star players” his reams are always work man like

    now dont get me wrong, to win things you have to work hard, but he could set his teams up a little more attack minded,
    4 defenders and 3 DMC is a little over kill,

    we have the players, he could use them

  • check the toastie

    Nov 22, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #24

    See how we go tonight, need the boys to give me a lift as currently i am completely deflated with our shit season, and annoying leader.

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 22, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #25


    we need to have variation in our attack, and we need to attack more

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 22, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #26

    For me get this group put to bed

    –Marv——Ben arfa——-abeid

  • rainrix

    Nov 22, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #27

    Catchy… I dont think you can say we didn’t attack enough against swansea, we had the most shots on goal of any PL team since 2011. Apart from s spell in the 2nd half swansea didn’t really have possession. But thats the thing when teams get men behind the ball we just cant get through.

    Anyway lunch hour we’ll continue this after, by the time i get back i want full reports from all of you on why simmo and willo are not PL quality including every single variable since they started playing for us. A+ reports get a smiley face sticker Good Luck!

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 22, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #28

    guys can you help me re that kids jersey @22 , tks

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Nov 22, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #29

    Really hope Abeid and Marveaux get starts tonight

  • geordie157

    Nov 22, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #30

    Hope good and Inman at least make the bench.

  • Graeme

    Nov 22, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #31

    Munster, the Club shop has a huge range of kids clothes, literally from babes, through toddlers, infants etc etc.

    Good luck

  • martoon

    Nov 22, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #32

    Munster Mag @22 @28 – I’ve found the cheapest place is normally the Sports Direct shops (believe it or not) but I’m not sure if only the North East branches stock Toon shirts but I dare say they are available online.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 22, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #33

    Not sure how quick delivery is but this is the cheapest i could find for my boys shirt

  • Blaydon-Toon

    Nov 22, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #34

    TDS/Munster just checked that site good prices but no toon kids available 🙁

  • BelfastMagpie

    Nov 22, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #35

    Bloody rip off for a kids shirt,I gave it a miss this season.

    Robbing kernts… 😉

  • naptoon

    Nov 22, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #36

    considering ed keeps telling us our squad isnt big enuff 4 europe hes doing well to show a team with 6 changes that will probably win tonite and will win the group. anyone who thinks europe is to blame for our poor prem form is wrong imo. even without europe i believe we would be in a similar situation thru not strengthening first team squad in summer dont know why pardew keeps trotting it out as an excuse instead of saying what most realise.

  • richyg01

    Nov 22, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #37

    ___________Ben Arfa

    Elliot, Collo, Saylor, Abeid, SaAmeobi, Amalfitano, Ba

  • BelfastMagpie

    Nov 22, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #38

    Munster if you go to sports direct,you get a free mug..

    So every cloud & that… 🙂

  • Graeme

    Nov 22, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #39

    Benitez has signed as Chelski Manager until the end of the season.

    Allegedly, they have offered Pep, £15 million a year to take over at the end of the season. This is obviously subject to the approval of the Chelski Management Board.

    It is expected that Terry, Lampard, Cole & Torres will be able to meet tomorrow to discuss the proposal and their approval should be issued later in the day.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 22, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #40

    So Graeme…Are Terry, Lampard, Cole & Torres part of the Chelski Management board? ;D

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