Newcastle have lost their last four games in the league and things will be an awful lot better when we can break that streak and get a win – and we are hoping and praying that will be tonight against Wigan Athletic, in a game that is being broadcast live around the world.
Newcastle have nine players out injured at the moment – and those players are Ryan Taylor, Haris Vuckic, Dan Gosling, Yohan Cabaye, Steven Taylor, Shola Ameobi, Hatem Ben Arfa, Gabriel Obertan and Adam Campbell.
And James Perch will also miss the game tonight after picking up his fifth booking of the season against Stoke and he misses one game.
Newcastle must break the losing streak at some time (that’s true isn’t it?), and tonight at home with the Geordie crowd roaring them on seems to be as good a time as ever to do that, and a win will bring massive relief to Alan Pardew, the Newcastle players, and last but not least – the Newcastle fans. It’s been agony these last three or four weeks – plain and simple.
We think this could be the side that Alan Pardew selects tonight:
Simpson Williamson Coloccini (c) Santon
Gutierrez Tiote Anita Ferguson
Subs: Elliot Tavernier Bigirimana Ameobi (Sa) Marveaux Amalfitano Ranger
Maybe Sammy Ameobi will get the left wing berth over Shane Ferguson, depending on how they have been playing in training, but Pardew may go for Shane’s better defensive capabilities.
And one stat that stands out is that Wigan have never won at St James’ Park – so we have to hope they don’t start breaking that record tonight – please.
And another stat worth noting is that only Southampton and QPR have lost more games than Wigan this season so far, Wigan have lost eight, and they have scored the fewest away goals this season, along with Aston Villa – only four goals in their six away games, although they have won two on the road.
A lot will depend tonight on whether the Newcastle players can keep their nerve and play like they did last Wednesday at Stoke, and not give daft goals away late ion the game tonight.
But we want to see an all out performance from the Newcastle side tonight, and if we get one goal up, let’s go for another, and then another – let’s not try to sit back on any lead tonight – just go for it – all out!
Let us know how you think the game will go tonight:
Howay The Lads!!
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