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Newcastle vs Chelsea – Match Preview

11:48 am, Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 152 Comments

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Demba Ba returns today to St. James Park in a Chelsea shirt, and he will be one of the danger men for the reigning European Champions.

Newcastle lifted the gloom and doom on Tyneside last Tuesday night with a vital 2-1 win at Aston Villa.

That was after we played miserably in the second half of our last game at home to Reading, when we allowed Reading to win for the first time at Newcastle in eight visits, after losing the previous seven – and that was their first away win of the season.

And that was after we were 1-0 up after 70 minutes – but Newcastle have a bad knack of giving away goals (and therefore points) late in games this season, and the same thing almost happened last Tuesday night – but we just hung on for the win – our first away win of the season.

Newcastle should be able to field a strong side this afternoon and Alan Pardew could well decide to start the same side as he did on Tuesday night, even though Sylvain Marveaux and Gabby Obertan are now fit.

Long term injured players Ryan Taylor, Haris Vuckic and Dan Gosling are not fit for this game – but Dan is back in training – and Ben Arfa is still out with that hamstring injury – but expected back in a couple of weeks.

Here’s the side from Tuesday night and the probable substitutes today.

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

That must be the strongest bench we’ve had this season and Perch could be replaced by Marveaux in the starting line-up.

And this is what Alan Pardew said about the opposition today, and he’s hoping there will be extra pressure on the visitors:

“Just recently, a little bit of pressure has fallen their way because of a few draws, when they have actually looked like they were going to win games. Sometimes you play really well but can’t get over the line and get a win, and I think that’s where they are at.”

“They will be searching for that against us, and I am hoping that we can stay in the game and they get edgy towards the end and we see a victory out.”

We have to move away from the relegation zone as quickly as we can, and get those 40 points – which usually gives teams safety from relegation, although West Ham were relegated under Glenn Roeder with 42 points back in 2003.

In the game at Stanford Bridge back on August 25th we were well beaten 2-0, so it would be good to level things this afternoon with a win – which is really what we want to see.

Then we’ll really be buzzing.

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

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Finally I’ve been asked to remind Newcastle Supporters attending the game that the Safe Standing Roadshow will be at Newcastle today. This is an important day for the campaign to allow fans the choice of standing and if successful will offer safe standing areas with cheaper prices and hopefully a terrific atmosphere!

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152 responses so far ↓

  • 1 wolfshead@toon // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    sorry but i hope mata does play hes the capt of my fantasy football team tehe

  • 2 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    i really hope sissoko is fully up to speed, he could be our ramires. hes a machine

  • 3 Tommyy // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Chelsea are here for the beating! I’ll be so annoyed if we lose but in a manner in which we could have won bar lacking that bit of quality (like arsenal and Man U).
    We now have that quality and we need our best team on paper out on the pitch! No perch or Jonas, they are not good enough and players like Anita and Marveaux should not be behind them, it’s criminal.
    I can take Saylor instead of mbiwa because he’s a good player and will battle, but that’s the only one I could fathom.
    Please Pardew be exciting and attack Chelsea like you said you would!

  • 4 numba9 // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    marv should play he is in form and him cisse and hatem should be the frontline when all fit

  • 5 croftus5678 // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    (crosses fingers that mata + chech are not playing)
    think we have a really good chance of beating them this game as i can not see it being as hard as the villa game.

  • 6 Paps // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Bit random but I have a bad feeling that Cashly will refuse to spend in the summer.

  • 7 Robby Bobson // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Pardew added: “Marveaux was unfortunate to get injured just before the game because he would have started the game.
    “However, the team did so well it means I have a decision to make.
    “The team will be pretty much as it was.
    “We have to build on Villa now, that one is done.”

    Read More http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/newcastle-united/nufc-news/2013/02/01/pardew-predicting-a-lot-from-his-new-man-sissoko-72703-32723535/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#ixzz2Jk4p1Q3g

  • 8 Dennis Twice // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Attack Toon Attack Attack!!!

  • 9 Southern Pride // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    I dun give give a crap about your fantasy team wolfhead. never ever put something like ahead of our team. HWTL

  • 10 croftus5678 // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    @6

    ashley will not risk whats happened this season again.

    he will look at the team and how it does from now till the end and see whats needed but at the very least we will get a striker (even if its gomis for free) and maybe 1 or 2 young lads for dev squad.

    he has realised now how much the fans have come around to him and his hands on approach to signings and think he got a taste for it with him signing 6 players in total and think he enjoyed himself and watching how much “his” signings grow in value.

  • 11 papattack // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    fantasy football never comes before your team!

    toon toon barmy army!

  • 12 FloridaToon // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Only change should be Marv for Jonas.

  • 13 sirtoongospel // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Well. Enjoy it guys. Hopefully be a happy blog tonight. I think there will be goals today. 2-2 for me. But would love a win with Cisse being the hero.

  • 14 numba9 // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    brighton signed a player this month that i mentioned last jan window, leo ulloa and he scored on his debut v arsenal, proven goalscorer right age and will do well for them. sure we could have got him over the line as pards likes to say

  • 15 sirtoongospel // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    I agree with Florida. A fresh Anita at around 70 minutes would be a big asset. No guarantees that certain players will see the game out.

  • 16 NUFC_LEAZES END // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    I hope this standing up thing goes well, theres nowt worse then when theres no atmosphere at a game.
    when I watch match of the day tonight, I don’t wanna be able to hear the players talking to each other.

  • 17 mauritius island // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    ——————–krull—————-
    debuchy—saylor–collo–—santon
    ——–sissoko-cabaye-—–Gutierrez
    cisse———Gouffran

    LIVE ON Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation

    http://mbc.intnet.mu/mbc/readmbctv.php?id=9899&channel=mbc3&tv_channel=MBC%203

  • 18 Unbelievable Tekkers // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    lol remy injured again

  • 19 wolfshead@toon // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    ok (

  • 20 Trent Toon // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    I still can’t believe we are playing peter parker again. What is wrong with Pardew can’t he see Jonas is shithaus

  • 21 mauritius island // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    LIVE IN MAURITIUS

    http://www.canalplus-maurice.com/Programmes/Sport/Sport-europeen

  • 22 mauritius island // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    RATE MY TEAM ON FANTASY
    http://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/140162/event-history/25/

  • 23 proudtobageordie // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    wonder how many of you’s turn on a sixpence when things don’t go our way this afternoon. sack pardew? jonas useless? i can see it allready. what we have got to remember its CHELSEA we are playing not one of the teams around us. i would be over the moon to get anything out of this game but be realistic gents even with us being at home and in our current form. head says defeat heart saying win. HWTL

  • 24 cockneymagpie90 // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    KRUL
    DEBUCHY-MBIWA-COLO-SANTON
    SISSOKO-CABAYE-ANITA
    MARVEAUX-CISSE-GOUFFRAN

    Thats our strongest line up but i guarantee hel play Taylor, Perch, and Guti instead of Mbiwa, Anita and Marvo.

    Its a shame because as much as i like them, they are not the quality of the other 3. That line up would play keep ball for fun and bang the goals when they want!

    Id like to think that Taylor, Perch and Guti would be a lot better as impact subs because of experience, communication with the manager and captain. (Guti running on and telling Colo in detailed Argentinian whats the new game plan). Haha!

    If pardew lines up how i say, u can expect a draw or a scraped win. If he does the above line up i think we would win 3-0 and show the fans some entertainment thats sorely been missed.

  • 25 ~Anita One Bites the Dust~ // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    I call dibs on slagging off Ranger after the game.

  • 26 proudtobageordie // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    PMSL it has started allready and no official team sheet yet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! unbelievable

  • 27 MacToon // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Jeeez flippin Redknapp floppy chops first on Footy Focus, was nice while he was outta the game, now it’s back to all about him!!!

  • 28 Jail for Ashley // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    First beer down,into me second,hip flask filled up, singing corner here I come.
    Howay the Toooooooon

  • 29 proudtobageordie // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    gents judge our preformance and team selection at 1700 hrs not 1200 hrs

  • 30 MacToon // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Proud, I seriously think Pardew has a handful of games to prove he’s the man for the job. Wouldn’t be surprised if those above him have already started to look for replacements.
    I hope he does well because that will mean we are doing well!

  • 31 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    @proud but i want to judge now. on my speculation only and not facts

  • 32 Krul to be Kind // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    morning folks!

    2 1/2 hours to go!!!

  • 33 Jail for Ashley // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Who’s ya Fatha
    Whose ya Fatha
    Whose ya Fatha referee
    You haven’t got
    Coz your a Bastd
    Whose ya Fatha referee.
    Cmon the Toon

  • 34 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    @jfa what’s in the hipflask?

  • 35 MacToon // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    1 game back and Taylor’s on tv talking a good game ha ha, priceless.

  • 36 Jail for Ashley // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    PPB,
    Vodka,with a dash of lime to take the edge off.

  • 37 MacToon // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    lime! Big girls blouse, enjoy the match Jail ;-)

  • 38 MUTINYbyLEMONS // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Loved the peter Parker Jonas reference

  • 39 Krul to be Kind // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    by the sound of things a striker is top target for the summer

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/newcastle-united/nufc-news/2013/02/01/pardew-newcastle-will-look-for-striker-in-summer-72703-32725083/

  • 40 proudtobageordie // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    mactoon

    end of the season pardew will be judged imo. ashley will then sit down and see what is the best way forward for our club

  • 41 Krul to be Kind // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    enjoy the game JFA, wish i was going to this one, i think the atmosphere today will be electric after tuesday!

  • 42 Krul to be Kind // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    proud

    is that a hunch on Pards or have you heard anything?

  • 43 Jail for Ashley // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Mac,
    Just adds that certain finnesse to what is a pretty raw drink,still a little bit girly like,never looked forward to a match this much in a long time,amazing wahat a few signings can do (ARE YOU LISTENING MASHLEY),bearing in mind because of work I missed all the good games last season and had to witness all the dross that only three points made up for,the best I seen us play last year funnily enough was the 0-3 against Chelsea,so hoping we put that to bed today.

  • 44 proudtobageordie // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    krul

    just a hunch mate. if he can’t do anything with what he has got now he dosn’t deserve to manage our club

  • 45 MacToon // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Proud, we have a run of games from the end of Feb through March that will be vital for us, I hope Pards is here and winning but that run of games will be vital imho.

  • 46 MacToon // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Jail, can’t help feeling that this is the type of game our new recruits signed up for, a home crowd of 50k screaming support (hopefully) up against current European Champions.
    I hope we put up a good fight and hopefully get a point atleast.

  • 47 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Good afternoon lads!

    …lets hope for two good halfs today :-) and those of you going to SJP make yourself as loud as possible!

  • 48 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    *halves

  • 49 Krul to be Kind // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    i agree proud, judgement when the curtain comes down, he has the tools now so no more excuses, i don’t think the 8 year contract will mean much if he’s not performing, i’m just glad they held back on the trigger finger thus far

    hopefully knee jerk reactions are a thing of the past, but a review of the season is essential in the summer, giving how things have gone i do think the club from top to bottom are clearly learning from their previous mistakes and we will get that striker

  • 50 Krul to be Kind // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    afternoon Jesper

  • 51 Jail for Ashley // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Mac,
    Unless they get a goal in the first five that place is going to be f$$king bouncing today just to show these new French lads that were not a stepping stone.

  • 52 Toon_Tom // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    AP manages to get “over the line” into anything he says, on any topic on anyone!!!!

    Maybe he is on crack

  • 53 Tommyy // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Proud – Jonas is useless (well not useless but poor) and I’ll say that at any time of the goddamn day sir. He’s not good enough to be starting against Chelsea, simple as that.

  • 54 Jail for Ashley // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Mac,
    Complete sell out today,I had to get me ticket off of that viagoogoo,the ripping off t&ats.

  • 55 proudtobageordie // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    mactoon

    with the squad we have these players should be able to beat anyone if played in there natural positions. thats down to pardew. it is now time for him to earn his crust. lets see if he is capable cause at the moment the questions are still unanswered. get behind him and the club and give him every chance

  • 56 Jail for Ashley // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Toon_tom,
    I don’t think crack as he seems to calm,I think more possibly a clinical overdose of Evo,I mean ego.

  • 57 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Do we feel confident today?

  • 58 Toon_Tom // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    JFA – quite possibly. Get this guy in to Rehab for 12months

  • 59 MacToon // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Think the atmosphere will be jumping today after such a good winter window bar the extra striker ofc.

  • 60 proudtobageordie // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    captain

    not really but the heart is pumping lol

  • 61 Krul to be Kind // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    jesper

    confident of no less than a point today, possible win… the crowd will be the most crucial 12th man of the season today!

    HWTL

  • 62 Tommyy // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Proud – whole heartedly agree on player positioning. How often have we seen Pardew bring on subs out of position and our whole team just shuts down as they have no idea what they are supposed to be doing.
    This for me is fundamental and needs to be adressed.

  • 63 proudtobageordie // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    krul

    we are playing the european champions

  • 64 MacToon // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    I agree Proud, Pards has been given some new tools for his toolbox and he has everything to prove now. That run I mentioned has some “winable” games so will be vital for our survival. Today is a day to celebrate our new look team, perhaps? lol

    Aye Jail I seen. £6 extra aint too bad ya tight get lmao.

  • 65 Jail for Ashley // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Jesper,
    I’ve got goose bumps and butterflies in my belly thinking of the atmosphere in there today.

  • 66 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Proud…that’s also a good sign ;)

    Krul…we need to remind Ba what 52000 Geordies sound like (he’s not used to such big crowd anymore)

  • 67 Krul to be Kind // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    proud

    they have been way off par lately and we are riding the crest of a wave after the signings and at home

    are you not so confident?

  • 68 Jail for Ashley // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Mac,
    Lol :)

  • 69 Tommyy // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    I will have a little moan if perch and Jonas start, just due to the fact we have better players to field. It’s one thing Perch starting against a weak Villa away from home and having a solid game and Chelsea at home.
    I’d much rather have Anita for his ability to keep hold of and play the ball, there should be more space in this game.

  • 70 proudtobageordie // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    tommy

    that is what he really needs to address. subs in games either win you the game or in pards case (recently) loose us the game. there should be no sentiment in football for favourites but there is. right from sunday league to the premiere

  • 71 Jail for Ashley // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Mac,
    Any idea what they charge for selling it back through them.

  • 72 bills-son // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Like Jail I just hope Chelsea don’t get an early goal. Benitez is taking big flak and the players will be pi$$ed off at throwing 2pts away to Wigan in the last few minutes. I reckon Chelsea will be just as fired up as we are and I think Ba will be right up for it as well.

    This game reminds me of the Liverpool game last season when AC came back – if we get the same result I’ll be owa the moon.

    My only worry is Santon defensively and to a lesser degree Debuchy who seems to be beaten for pace all too easily. I’d rather the pair of them were brilliant defensively and average going forward than the other way around.

  • 73 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    JAF…go and make proud :-) I’ll have to do with the sofa and the telly!

    …would have loved to be there – just give ‘em hell!

  • 74 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    *JFA

  • 75 Jail for Ashley // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    If they’re elderly,infirm or just like a quiet game,I feel sorry for sitting next to me today.
    HWTL

  • 76 MacToon // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Jail, I’d guess it’s a similar amount, quick turnaround, easy money for them but must admit I’ve never used tham before.
    £6 !!! only what, a pint n a half or half a bottle of cheap vodka ha ha ;-)

  • 77 Jail for Ashley // Feb 2, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Mac,
    Cheeky fuska,I’m on the Stolly :)

  • 78 wolfshead@toon // Feb 2, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    lol tom )

  • 79 numba9 // Feb 2, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    cabs and sissoko to boss midfield 2day

  • 80 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 2, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Morning boy’s,lot of talk on here about Jonas,i love the guy,it get’s on my nerves what people say about him after what he has gave to the club,from his debut he has given 100% and worked his ass off,his form recently has been poor but i think his confidence is at an all time low,imo he needs to be on the bench for a few weeks to rest his mind and body,i’m confident that when he has to fight for his place we’ll see the old Jonas back.

  • 81 MacToon // Feb 2, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    ee ya flash get ha ha and ya moanin’ about £6 ha ha ;-) If I knew I’d arranged to meet ya for a glass or three ha ha.

  • 82 Jail for Ashley // Feb 2, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    HWTL,I’m off.

  • 83 Joe Blog // Feb 2, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Always knew JFA was a bit of a scally ;)

  • 84 Krul to be Kind // Feb 2, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    for those overseas or unable to get a ticket and attend see yous at 3

    for those at the game, enjoy the atmosphere and our new newcastle united

    HWTL

  • 85 MacToon // Feb 2, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    *must be duty free for Jail lol, enjoy the match mate, hope we have something to really cheer about.

  • 86 Lu-toon // Feb 2, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Proud

    Yes we are playing the European Champions

    But they are playing Newcastle United! A team who are hurting, a team who are ready to bite back after a poor 1st half of the season, a team who are chomping at the bit after our recent reinforcements, a team who will be carried home today by 52000 of the most passionate fans in the country.
    Come 5pm Chelsea will not know what has hit them, Ba will be humiliated, Terry if he plays will wish he sat out one more game and Raffa certainly won’t be getting the job after today.

    Pardew now has the tools. Agree, let’s give him the benefit of the doubt and see what he can do between now and end of season.

  • 87 GeordieToon89 // Feb 2, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    proudtobageordie – I’m putting it out there now.. Jonas is useless even if we get beat and he has a blinder(which will be the first one since his debut) he’s still useless and offers us jack sh*t

  • 88 proudtobageordie // Feb 2, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    lu toon

    to be honest it wont be the players who win or loose the game it will all depend on pardews second half tactics and decisions that will decide it. lets hope he gets it right today for a change

  • 89 Twatter // Feb 2, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    I hope so Mojo, I really hope so.

    Can’t see us winning today lads, I’m afraid. Going to pray I’m proved wrong but we haven’t managed two excellent halves of football in one game alone for quite a long time. Either we’ll start all guns blazing and burn out or play shockingly for the first half and then put in a decent, albeit too late, performance after we’ve conceded.

    Either way I think if we are to get something from this game, it will be because Chelsea f***ed it up rather than us outplaying them.

    Once again, I would like to be proved wrong but this is how I see it!

  • 90 proudtobageordie // Feb 2, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    gt89

    what a load of bolloxs mate. jonas has been a great servant to our club and it has only been recently his form has dipped so stop posting such utter nonsense. i know people have there own opinions of players but have a bit of respct for pro footballers who sweat blood and tears for there clubs

  • 91 Lu-toon // Feb 2, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Proud

    I have my doubts also about Pardew, but I do feel he has had it hard and has been too negative or maybe was forced to play negative because of what he had as his disposal, he has to show us now that he can snap out of this mindset because he can have no excuses now with what he has available to him, and that’s why I say lets see what he does between now and end of season

    But I do feel a great performance is coming today

  • 92 Joe Blog // Feb 2, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Hope if we’re being beat 3-0 approaching stoppage time, the board goes up and says ‘next goal winner’, triggering a frenetic scramble, like when you’re a kid and one team is winning 12-3 but the kid whose ball it is has to be in fit tea.

  • 93 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 2, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Lads,before the Chelsea away game last season i was a bit worried,we were fighting for a champions league place and we needed to win,i went online and came across a photo that made me feel a lot better. http://p.twimg.com/Ar_qRjsCAAAX6fO.jpg:large

  • 94 Joe Blog // Feb 2, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    *for tea

    Smartphones aren’t very smart, are they?

  • 95 ConsettToff // Feb 2, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Today is a six-pointer, and for me, nothing less than all six points will be good enough!
    Anything less and I’ll be calling for Pardew, Ashley & co to all go. MA showed a total lack of ambition by not signing Messi and Ronaldo last month.

  • 96 ConsettToff // Feb 2, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Ok, I’ll settle for 5 points…

  • 97 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 2, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Feel really sorry for Xisco. He wasn’t given a chance and we’ve ruined his career. He was a good player before he came to us. He did well in our reserves and did okay when he played for us. He should’ve been given a 15 game run-out in the first team. When you pay out £5.7m for a player, he needs to play. We shouldn’t have got rid of him. We’re short up front and can’t rely on Shola to get us out of trouble. 2 half decent strikers isn’t enough. Every team needs 4/5 world class strikers. We have got one of the best midfields in the premiership though.

  • 98 Joe Blog // Feb 2, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Ketsbaia

    I share your hammy, mournful sentiments.

  • 99 Dennis Twice // Feb 2, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Shout it out loud!!! Toon! Toon! Toon! Attack! Attack! Attack!

    Best Regards,

    Vodka

  • 100 Dennis Twice // Feb 2, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    I have a good feeling Toon 2 – Chelski 1

  • 101 TorqToon // Feb 2, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Afternoon gents.

    How we all feeling today? I’m hoping everybody is staying grounded and NOT expecting Barcelona-esq football and remember that we are playing the European champions.

    I’m the most positive I’ve felt on a match day in a while – but I hope the tide doesn’t turn to anti-pardew / Ashley out etc as soon as things don’t go our way or people don’t agree with the starting XI.

    Back the lads and here’s hoping for a good performance! HWTL

  • 102 ToonMauritius // Feb 2, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    mauritius island
    Ki position
    ki score tanto?

  • 103 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 2, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    I reckon we’ll get a 1-1 draw today. Got a feeling Gouffran will net.

  • 104 proudtobageordie // Feb 2, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    torq
    afternoon mate, exactly what i said in my earlier posts but it is obvious it will happen by some if not most

  • 105 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 2, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    QPR’s got a decent bench. Good job we strengthened, but we need to keep players like Willo and the Ameobi’s off the bench.

  • 106 thai-mag // Feb 2, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    ketsbaia
    every team needs 4 or 5 world class strikers, I think you are bit over the top there mate

  • 107 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 2, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Well said Torq,it’s not going to happen though,as soon as the team news is announced people are going to get crazier than a bag of weasels on LSD.

  • 108 papattack // Feb 2, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    kets

    players dont get a 15 game run in the prem if they arent up to scratch unless they are the only player available. lifes tough at the top, he knew that when he joined, we havent ruined his career.

    majority of the time theres no room for sentiment in sport.

  • 109 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 2, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Would anyone play Vuckic as a centre forward? I think he’d make more an impact than Shola and we have too many midfielders. From what I’ve seen, Vuckic isn’t a midfielder. He is also fairly slow.

  • 110 Offkey // Feb 2, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    qpr penalty :(

  • 111 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 2, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Saved

  • 112 Offkey // Feb 2, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    saved

  • 113 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 2, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Just popping in lads,

    Pardew out, Pardew out! ;)

    HTL!!!!

  • 114 JAMSHA // Feb 2, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    IIIIIIIII KNEW BUN WOULD SAVE NORWICHHHH YESSSS

  • 115 Rotonda heights // Feb 2, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    All I’m hoping for is:-

    1) That Anita starts ahead of Perch and Marv ahead of Jonas.

    2) That it is a good player selection

    3) Players are in their right positions.

    4) The formation is 433

    5) Subs if made are good and the right ones.

    6) No long ball

    7) No sitting on a 1-0 lead if we get it and inviting endless pressure for the rest of the match.

  • 116 Dannyo // Feb 2, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    #NUFC (4-2-3-1) v #Chelsea: Krul; Debuchy, S.Taylor, Coloccini (c), Santon; Perch, Cabaye; Gouffran, Sissoko, Gutierrez; Cisse. #BPL

  • 117 Offkey // Feb 2, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Newcastle United FC ?@NUFCOfficial
    #NUFC (4-2-3-1) v #Chelsea: Krul; Debuchy, S.Taylor, Coloccini (c), Santon; Perch, Cabaye; Gouffran, Sissoko, Gutierrez; Cisse

  • 118 Dannyo // Feb 2, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    #NUFC substitutes v #Chelsea: Elliot, Yanga-Mbiwa, Bigirimana, Anita, Marveaux, Obertan, Shola Ameobi. #BPL #newcastle

  • 119 proudtobageordie // Feb 2, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    here we go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

    same team as villa jonas and perch start

  • 120 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 2, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Here we go.

  • 121 Rotonda heights // Feb 2, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Torq

    after what ashley did in the window I don’t think anyone will have a go at him.

    pardew is another matter, now he has no more excuses.

  • 122 Lu-toon // Feb 2, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Ha h ha. Bet Harry is wobbling his half chewed toffee face like there’s no tomorrow

  • 123 Big Pappa Cissé // Feb 2, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Feel so sorry for Anita

  • 124 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 2, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Anita and Marv On bench :/. it seems like we have 2 players for each position and pards will move onto the second player regardless of quality.

    i.e. perch is the second cdm so him ahead of anita

  • 125 Rotonda heights // Feb 2, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Well that didnt’ last long before he disappointed me yet again!! Jonas and Perch above Anita and Marv – wtf!!!

  • 126 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Feb 2, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    AGAIN horrid team selection WHY is MBIWA on the bench_!_!_!_!_!_!_!__ PARDEW OUT I am sick of this guy!

  • 127 check the toastie // Feb 2, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Keep it tight 60mins then bring on the players who should start, and I don’t fooking mean shola

  • 128 Joe Blog // Feb 2, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Gutierrez starting, abominable decision – he’s unstoppable in Pardew’s doughy eyes. Perch I can accept, as he turned in an adequate performance, last match.

  • 129 Hatem's better than Messi // Feb 2, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Mr Predictable.
    Hope they play like the first 45 v Villa for 95 minutes.

  • 130 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 2, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Hahahaha! Roll the drums, Jonas is playing!

  • 131 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Feb 2, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    PARDEW OUT PARDEW OUT….the arrogance of playing a half team for Chelski….. its actually amazing…..the cheek….. who is he kidding_

  • 132 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 2, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Have people forgotten we won with this team on Tuesday,away from home,against a team throwing everything at as?

  • 133 Joe Blog // Feb 2, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    *undroppable

  • 134 Sinner // Feb 2, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Honestly, Jonas starting ahead of Marveaux is completely beyond me!Don’t give me the random defensive duties he does!How can he start ahead of Marveaux who has the most assists to his name!And starting a utility player ahead of proper defensive midfielder in Anita shows that Pardew is running the risk of demoralising the team!

  • 135 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 2, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Lets just hope Pardew makes changes and subs at half time (that’s where he f’s it up usually any way :)) lol

  • 136 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 2, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Pardew is completely ruining our team!

    Wait! We cant possibly start with the team that dug in against villa and got a result! That would be scandelous!

  • 137 davis_toons // Feb 2, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Thats it…WE ARE DOOM. NO MORE POSITIVE.

    How can we be positive when WE RE PLAY SO MUCH DEEPER NOW?

  • 138 davis_toons // Feb 2, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    CISSE was LUCKy to STay on the Field. Man-hander Cole.

  • 139 davis_toons // Feb 2, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    If Webb saw that we will be 1 man down…

  • 140 davis_toons // Feb 2, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    The GAME is GOONE…We need to get the guys up on the field…

  • 141 davis_toons // Feb 2, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Cisse is not playing football now…what is he doing?kicking anyone in his way..

  • 142 davis_toons // Feb 2, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Rafel have got the effect…

  • 143 davis_toons // Feb 2, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Who started it? ITS JONAS Gutierrez

  • 144 davis_toons // Feb 2, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Sissoko must have two lungs…Out spring…Cole..thats not easy

  • 145 davis_toons // Feb 2, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Now taylor got a cut..

  • 146 davis_toons // Feb 2, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Taylors got a bad cut on his eyes

  • 147 davis_toons // Feb 2, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Jonas is not switch to the LEFT

  • 148 davis_toons // Feb 2, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    now.

  • 149 davis_toons // Feb 2, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Debuchy at work just now..

  • 150 davis_toons // Feb 2, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    CISSE have missssss too much…this season…

  • 151 davis_toons // Feb 2, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Its time to bring James off

  • 152 davis_toons // Feb 2, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Maybe we should buy Bentike…




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