Newcastle vs Reading – Match Preview

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If Newcastle are going to climb away from the relegation zone soon, then the game against Reading is one we have to win today, and Reading are one of only four clubs who are lower down in the league than Newcastle at the moment, so if we cannot get a home win today, there will be more gloom and doom on Tyneside – it’s as simple as that.

Newcastle should have Yohan Cabaye starting for the first time for a long time today, so that should provide a big boost to the side, and Shola Ameobi is available again after serving his one match ban last Saturday for being sent off during the debacle at Brighton two weeks ago.

Alan Pardew started his management career at Reading back in 1999, and he stayed there for four years before joining West Ham United in 2003, and the manager is well aware of how important this game is today for the side:

“It’s an important game for us and Reading.”  “I still think you need that magic 40 points and that will be more than enough. We’re capable of getting that.”  “People talk about a six pointer and all that but this actually is between us two clubs and we can’t hide from that.”

“We need to get that distance between us and then strengthen and all of a sudden we will look a lot more rosy than we do sitting here today.”  “Momentum is very important and Southampton and Reading have picked up some momentum which is a very strong tool to have in the Premier League.”

“You believe you are going to win. Even last week, Reading were 2-0 down with seven or eight minutes to go and end up winning the game 3-2.”  “It was quite rare that would happen but they had the belief to get something out of it and that’s what we need to gain.”

“There are better teams than the one I am managing that have gone down. I could argue that QPR on paper are stronger than ours in terms of depth.”  “I’m not sure about the starting XI but we haven’t had the starting XI out all year. We need to strengthen, our players need to show some discipline and character and I’ve no doubt they will.”

Reading are coming into a bit of form and have won two of their last three games, and what worries us a little is that last season they came from nowhere in the last few months of the season to go on some fantastic runs to win the Championship, and they may be finding some good form at the same time this season.

Steven Taylor should be back in the squad but Ryan Taylor, Haris Vuckic, Danny Simpson, Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling are not available due to injury, and Cheick Tiote is off to play in the African Cup of nations.

Fabricio Coloccini should lead the side out today, but he will be staying at Newcastle through the end of the season, and hopefully Newcastle will put an end to this nonsense about him leaving for San Lorenzo con Monday, when Newcastle officials will meet with Fabricio and come to some decision on the matter.

And in Argentina there is apparently very little talk of his personal problems, and they are talking more about Fabricio returning to play in Argentina again.

So Alan Pardew should be able to pick a strong side today which could look like this

Debuchy Coloccini (c) Williamson Santon
Marveuax Cabaye Anita Gutierrez
Ameobi Cisse
Subs: Harper Tavernier Taylor (S) Bigirimana Perch Obertan Ameobi (Sa)

One surprise to that side could be Gael Bigirimana starting for Newcastle, because the 19 year-old powerhouse certainly gives some energy to the side, and we think this lad could be a starter as early as next season on Tyneside – he’s that good.

But that’s a good starting eleven and a decent bench and we think Pardew could play in a 4-4-2 formation with Shola Ameobi being a good foil to Papiss Cisse up fornt, and we think the two strikers can play well together, unlike Demba Ba and Papiss.

It will be the home debut for Mathieu Debuchy and we had hopes that Loic Remy would have been starting too, but he is busy trying to convince people he didn’t sign on at QPR for the money – but he isn’t having too much success with that story, given he didn’t even want to meet with them – until they mentioned the wages they were willing to pay him.

But Hary Redknapp says he didn’t sign for the money. 😀

Newcastle must go all out to win this game today, all out, and a draw wouldn’t be great and if Newcastle are going to take pressure off their long suffering fans – they need to start winning games and climbing the league table – very soon.

Let’s start today – please!

For Reading, Danny Guthrie will be back in Toon, and midfielder Hope Akpan could also start his first match, following his move from Crawley, although striker Jason Roberts (hip) and goalkeeper Alex McCarthy (shoulder) are out injured.

And the game is likely to go ahead although one inch of snow has fallen in Newcastle, and this is what it looked like at 9:00 am local time today.

newcastle 19th Jan 2013

The pitch has already been cleared of the snow by our excellent groundsmen, and the surrounding areas are all in good condition, thanks to great help from the council.

And two thirds of Newcastle fans expect Newcastle to win today, and if we cannot do that, it will be another disappointing result for the lads and another depressing Saturday evening.

Let’s know how you think this game will go today.

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9 comments so far

  • Scottishmag1

    Jan 19, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #1

    Repost for those travelling

    Newcastle United are confident that Saturday’s Premier League home fixture against Reading will take place.
    There is around an inch of snow at St. James’ Park, which at 8.30am was being cleared from the pitch.
    Given the preparatory work that took place, and with the assistance of the Council, the surroundings of the stadium are in good shape and not a cause for concern at this time.
    Based on the current position, the Club does not envisage any issues with the match going ahead.

    The Club will continue to monitor this and update via as necessary, as the position may change if there is further snowfall.
    Tickets for the match against Reading are still available. For more information, or to secure your seat, click here

  • Blaydon-Toon

    Jan 19, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #2

    Come on the Toon 3 points is a must and get mwbia on board and get me a smile Ba k 🙂

  • Bambams

    Jan 19, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #3

    Will be a great day today…First big steps to safety

    3-0 Toon

  • chefclarkey

    Jan 19, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #4

    Considering everything with the buildup to the game, I can only see a win for Newcastle today. Reading have had to take a coach ride all the way up, they will of course feel confident from their previous result against West Brom, but it will have drained them completely. It is obvious to see that Ba, was far more destructive than productive for the team, and with Cabaye back in the fold, and the team knowing that there is adequate support on the bench, they will be working a lot harder to produce. They know it is now or never and they all want to start looking up the table and not down. I can see a 3-0 win, with Cisse (x2), and Marvueax with the goals. Wish I was going but will be stuck at work! 🙁

  • toontime

    Jan 19, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #5

    Lets get rid of all this doom and gloom today. A good performance, a good 3 points and then more than a week to get a couple of signings in before Aston Villa game.

    What I want to see most is the players that we have got on the field playing with confidence. We all know we have a few very good players and they are capable of so much better than they have given this season. Lets get behind them today, give them the boost that they need to kick on and put a few goals past one of the weakest teams in the league.

    Prospective signings will be watching this game today. Howay lads, give them a reason to want to join us!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Jan 19, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #6

    please my dear players,bring a smile to the face of your long suffering and loyal supporters.
    may victory be with you.

  • Expat MAG

    Jan 19, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #7

    My team for todays vital game against Reading:

    Debuchy Colo (c) Saylor Santoon
    Perch Anita
    Marv Cabaye Guti
    Subs: Harper Tavernier Wilo Bigi Ameobi (Sh) Obertan Ameobi (Sa)

    Obertan, Shola and Bigi coming on in 2nd half

    We must not lose today’s game and hoping for a 2-0 win…. HWTL

  • AmericanGeordie

    Jan 19, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #8

    Close call Expat. But my team would feature Jonas in a holding mid position rather than the wing.

    I like the idea of these wingers playing on the side of their weaker foot so they can attack the box with their stronger foot and support the lone striker. This pair of marauding full backs can supply the crosses on their overlapping runs.

  • toon kk

    Jan 19, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #9

    Let’s hope for a win today. We have championship written all over us. Desperate need of quality signings with pace. Come on Newcastle go for it.


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