Aston Villa vs Newcastle – Match Preview


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We had a relegation 6 pointer against Reading last time out, and after dominating the game in the first half at home, when we should have been more than just the one goal up at half time, we managed to collapse again in the last 20 minutes, and that allowed Reading to win a game at St. James’ Park for the first time ever – after seven previous defeats – and it was also their first away win of the season.

The mood of Newcastle fans after that game was doom and gloom to say the least.

But Newcastle have since brought in four French players in four days – in one of the most hectic transfer weeks in Newcastle’s long and glorious history,  and the mood on Tyneside is now decidedly upbeat, and credit goes to Mike Ashley for personally getting involved with the transfers, after the disastrous home defeat against Reading.

But we must start picking up some points, and if we play well in the first half tonight – we don’t want to watch a different Newcastle side in the second half – which has happened far too much this season, and we have to hope the new French players will have buoyed the dressing room and given the Newcastle players a big lift mentally.

There has been criticism in outside quarters about Newcastle signing French players – but most of it is utter tripe – and we don’t care where our players come from as long as they are fully committed to the Newcastle cause – and anyway I love French food. 😀

And judging from the comments that have been made by our new French recruits – they are just simply delighted and proud to be at Newcastle United Football Club, and that’s good enough for us.

And tonight’s game is huge game for the club – make no mistake about that – and his is what the Newcastle manager Alan pardew had to say today:

‘This is a big occasion, make no bones about that. A win is imperative for us both and we’ll both be pushing for it.” ‘The importance of the fixture is hard for the new players to comprehend and what happened at Aston Villa four years ago is a message that will be difficult to portray, but one or two will remember it.”

With the new recruits that have been brought in and players like Yohan Cabaye, Steven Taylor ( and soon Ben Arfa) returning to the fray from injury  – the mood for the final 15 games of the season is decidedly upbeat, and Alan Pardew has that even his secretary was very pleased yesterday:

“My secretary was very, very pleased to type up the list of players who are travelling. She said it was the first time she had not had to put any young reserve players in there, so it cheered her up, if nothing else.”  “It is very important because we have had to play good young players before their time and it’s been unfair on them too.”

Pardew has already revealed that former Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko will make his starting debut for the club, but it’s difficult to know what starting eleven Alan may choose  – but here’s our shot at it:

Krul
Debuchy Coloccini (c) Taylor(S) Santon
Marveaux Cabaye Sissoko Obertan
Cisse Gouffran
Subs: Harper Yanga-Mbiwa Williamson Anita Perch Ameobi (Sh) Gutierrez

Notice there are no youngsters on the bench – and it seems harsh to have Vurnon Anita out of the side – and he may start in place of Obertan, but competition for places in now huge with the four new players brought in last week, and the manager will have lots of different options on the bench for substitutions – depending on how the game goes tonight.

That’s something Alan hasn’t has for the last three months.

Newcastle have to start picking up some wins, and we’ve only two wins since early November – so a win is certainly due – and we think the new French players will be fighting hard to get the side a win tonight  in their very first game in the Newcastle squad, but Newcastle also have to end their terrible ability to give away sloppy goals.

It looks like around 80% of readers think we’ll win the game tonight — so we hope it’s not another terrible let-down – like the Reading result.

Let us know how you think the game will go tonight.

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390 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #1

    Obertan over Anita? Nee chance 🙂

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  • daztoon

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #2

    If we start with a high tempo it’s a win

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  • rainrix

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #3

    Somehow i doubt obertan will come back into the side considering he didn’t even show up at reading and norwich

    I hope for

    ====================Krul=============================

    ——Debuchy——Mbiwa——–Colo————Santon—–

    ——————–Sissoko———Anita————————

    Gouffran——————-Cabaye——————Marv

    Cisse

    Although in reality it’ll likely to be jonas in for gouffran and stevie t in for mbiwa. Still even then its a decent looking side with some quality on the bench.

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  • Mat Thai NUFC

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #4

    torq RE previous thread. when you said it seems inevitable (what your hearing / impression your getting) that something firm will happen with PEA soon did you mean specifically NUFC or could be any team? I REALLY want this player in black n white!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #5

    rainrix

    Thats the team I want to see as well.

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #6

    any money on jonas being in the starting 11?

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #7

    yehh

    it let me post

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #8

    catchy

    It wouldn’t surprise me…nor would it greatly disappoint me.

    I think jonas has had a poor season but I don’t think pardew will want too many changes to disrupt the side which is understandable.

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  • pawl250

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #9

    I would start 4-3-3 then revert to 4-5-1 as the match goes on depending on pressure, score.

    ———————- Krul ———————-
    Debuchy – Mbiwa – Coloccini – Santon
    ——– Cabaye – Sissoko – Anita ——–
    Gouffran ——— Cisse ——- Marveaux

    Reverting to:-

    ———————- Krul ———————-
    Debuchy – Mbiwa – Coloccini – Santon
    ————– Sissoko – Anita —————
    Gouffran ——- Cabaye —— Marveaux
    ——————— Cisse ———————

    Pardew will play:-

    ————————— Krul ———————–
    Debuchy – Williamson – Coloccini – Santon
    —————— Sissoko – Perch —————–
    Anita —————- Cabaye ——- Marveaux
    ————————– Cisse ———————-

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #10

    Catchy…I’d put money on him starting Jonas.

    Has Ed been censoring your posts?

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  • clinath@ed

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #11

    Where you been Catchy?

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  • TorqToon

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #12

    Mat Thai – It’s my pleasure. I always only try to post what I feel is accurate and reliable. And pray that nothing happens to get people on my back. Have been called a fake ITK, a dreamer and a bullsh1tter in the past when I mentioned we were in for Yanga and Sissoko (when spurs/arsenal etc were in the papers wanting them!) but look where they are now.

    And those bloggers have been very quiet of late.

    I’m weird in that I love my job and meet lots of people. This blog and 99% of the people who contribute to it make it a great place to chat and air views…the other 1% just try to bring it down and are probably from Wearside if truth be told!

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #13

    Transfer Sage

    i looked at a site today, jonas 19 games. 1560 mins 0 assists 0 goals
    half of those games he has played as a left winger or left of a front 3 ,

    i remember him as captain v man u pointing to, player J evens, telling ppl to pick him up , he had no one, he ran past him and scored,,

    not the player i want on my team

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #14

    This is my interpretation of what we are going to do to Villa tonight,via the medium of music. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9zeb5BfpgE

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  • TorqToon

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #15

    Mat Thai – all I know is our interest in the player was real and genuine….not merely paper talk.

    We stand as good a chance as anybody – the money is right and I can’t see the need for him at the bigger, richer clubs where 1st team opportunities would be slim.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #16

    Torq

    You get a nice crowd on through the day, views on either side but generally more accepting and willing to engage.

    You get some people later on who just seem to be here to state their point and insult everyone else.

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  • pawl250

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #17

    When people say these plays need time to gel my god!

    Mbiwa has played CL football, against Arsenal! This is against Villa. He has Debuchy who can speak French on the right of him.

    Sissoko AND Cabaye who can speak french infront of him.

    If he plays Williamson or STaylor then why buy a quality CB. Villa is perfect to let him get used to the team.

    Best against Villa then Chelsea/Tottenham does that not mean we will not see our new boys until late Feb?!

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  • G

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #18

    I think the new lads will give the existing lads a lift, and even though Villa will have the cup hangover, I think wor lads will come out fighting tonight. I reckon this one is a banker. 3 points, back of the net.

    Off subject, just seen on .com that it’s Lovenkrands birthday today. Anybody notice his stats? 55 appearances with 29 goals. I didn’t realise just how good he was for us, even though most of those goals are in the champo.

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #19

    i think ed has done something 🙁

    in the last 3 days, i have not been able to post much 🙁

    i think we have 3 great signings, and the other 2 i know nothing about,,

    just for the record, im in the camp that says pardew will f it up,

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  • tequilamag

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #20

    Catchy have you read Colos interview today? kind of blows your theory out of the water that he does not rate Pardew.

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #21

    it did it again
    ggggggggggggrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #22

    catchy

    I agree he isn’t offering a lot. I just think Pards will go with him as he doesn’t like to change too much too quick.

    I would rather see gouffran but think we will do better now we have a more solid team behind jonas.

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #23

    Haha, according to polls, optimism rules the blog once again.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #24

    pawl…When people say “need time to gel” they don’t mean learn to play football. Systems and players are different at every club, so there does need to be a period of time to work things out.

    For instance, the new guys might now know about our secret weapon that is Mike Williamson.

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  • Krul Blow

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #25

    Rainrix – right on the money there pal.
    What a team!

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  • TorqToon

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #26

    Sage – Very true mate! Daytime bloggers are my better ! 🙂

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #27

    Torq

    Agree on PEA.

    Man utd have 4 forwards and 4 wingers….cant see him going there.

    City have 4 forwards (Platt said if balotelli leaves then guidetti might get a chance) and they dont really use proper wide men.

    I think we have as good a chance as others for him like you say.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #28

    Tequila…Ah yes, but if you see the live footage of that interview you will notice Colo has a gun pointed at his head. Not saying he was forced to say those things but….

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #29

    tequilamag

    no

    and to be honest,, i wouldnt believe it, no one ever says anything bad about the manager, not even joey barton,,

    so i would exect him to come out and say the right things

    wouldnt you?

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  • beefman13

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #30

    Jonas will start, well im 99 per cent sure he will, i think Colo had that in his contract that jonas must be in the team alongside him.

    AP again having a go at the younger players but no mention of his senior players who have been pants, then only mentioning sammy n fergie as two who may make it?, he feels sorry for Campbell who has looked very good in training, well Alan you have not the bottle to give the lad a chance and it looks like he may have to go out on loan now, how the other youngins feeling with no mention that they may be able to step up, and weather fans think they can or not, it still must be a dent in their confidence. also haidera is being left out of the squad tonight, yet again a younger player that Pardew can cope with telling your time will come. you better get it right Pardew, beacuse every day you wind me up with your comments.

    I support the regime and owner but i do not like his manager.

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  • tequilamag

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #31

    Ibiza, haha yeah I did see him muttering something about Pardew being a cabron.

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #32

    @Catchy
    Don’t you know that the blog moderates crap?

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #33

    Transfer Sage

    it is this reason pardew will lose his job, 🙁

    right now, its time to ditch what hasnt been working, and try a new approach

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  • pawl250

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #34

    Ibiza – I know what it means, I am just saying any quality player doesnt need it!

    Cisse anyone? Last year took us on a wild ride. Play him now while confidence is high within the team and fans after signing our new players.

    Let them prove their worth against Villa. If they arent good enough against Villa why bother against bloody Chelsea and Spurs.

    We need to get them into the team playing competitive football. Sissoko and Mbiwa must start ASAP. I understand that Haidara and Gouffran may not.

    I would accept Jonas on a wing, I understand he is more defensive than attacking therefore adds security over Gouffran or Marveaux.

    I just dont understand why you would not play a quality CB when Williamson will most likely play instead. I hope I am wrong, Mbiwa would be a welcome start.

    If we ever get £6m+ for Williamson I’ll show my butt in Fenwicks Christmas window later in the year! Seriously, he is gash!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #35

    Well I am off for now. Catch you all later for the game. HWTL.

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  • rainrix

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #36

    Krul… Yup a nicely balanced team with 2 solid holding midfielders who can are capable of attacking and pushing on when needed as well as defending when needed. A pacy and creative front 4 and a decent back 4. How much do you want do bet it wont be the team that starts though 🙂

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #37

    Dannyo

    then how do you get on?

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  • Mat Thai NUFC

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #38

    @transfer sage – that is perfect for me if the daytime bloggers are the best, living in Thailand means im 7 hours ahead and very unlikely to be online when it is later over there!

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  • nufc 11

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #39

    Everyones blaming willo for the sloopy goals of late , mbwia could replace santon tonight think he has been very poor of late although id give him 15/20min on RM depending on the score, taylor for willo becoz his dangerous frm corners and villa are poor at defending them, think wel play anita instea of obertan or jonas on the LM, everyone is very opp that wel win but what if we lose? does AP get the door?

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #40

    catchy

    Whilst I want to see jonas replaced with better I think that chucking 4/5 new lads into a big game is a difficult thing to do.

    Maybe 2 or 3 but more than that can disrupt the team…not that we have had much flow to our play but people know whats expected of them.

    Hopefully we get sissoko and mbiwa (on top of debuchy) in at least then see others from the bench.

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