Newcastle vs Chelsea – Match Preview


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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 comments so far

  • wolfshead@toon

    Feb 2, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #1

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

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  • Alan Pas-de-clue

    Feb 2, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #2

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

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  • Tommyy

    Feb 2, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #3

    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!

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  • numba9

    Feb 2, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #4

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

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  • croftus5678

    Feb 2, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #5

    (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.

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  • Paps

    Feb 2, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #6

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

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  • Robby Bobson

    Feb 2, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #7

    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

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  • Dennis Twice

    Feb 2, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #8

    Attack Toon Attack Attack!!!

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  • Southern Pride

    Feb 2, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #9

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

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  • croftus5678

    Feb 2, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #10

    @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.

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  • papattack

    Feb 2, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #11

    fantasy football never comes before your team!

    toon toon barmy army!

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  • FloridaToon

    Feb 2, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #12

    Only change should be Marv for Jonas.

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  • sirtoongospel

    Feb 2, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #13

    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.

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  • numba9

    Feb 2, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #14

    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

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  • sirtoongospel

    Feb 2, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #15

    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.

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  • NUFC_LEAZES END

    Feb 2, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #16

    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.

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  • mauritius island

    Feb 2, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #17

    ——————–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

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  • Unbelievable Tekkers

    Feb 2, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #18

    lol remy injured again

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Feb 2, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #19

    ok (

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  • Trent Toon

    Feb 2, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #20

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

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  • mauritius island

    Feb 2, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #21
  • mauritius island

    Feb 2, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #22
  • proudtobageordie

    Feb 2, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #23

    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

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  • cockneymagpie90

    Feb 2, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #24

    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.

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  • ~Anita One Bites the Dust~

    Feb 2, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #25

    I call dibs on slagging off Ranger after the game.

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  • proudtobageordie

    Feb 2, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #26

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

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  • MacToon

    Feb 2, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #27

    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!!!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 2, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #28

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

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  • proudtobageordie

    Feb 2, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #29

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

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  • MacToon

    Feb 2, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #30

    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!

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  • Pardews Parsnip Bonce

    Feb 2, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #31

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

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  • Krul to be Kind

    Feb 2, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #32

    morning folks!

    2 1/2 hours to go!!!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 2, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #33

    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

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  • Pardews Parsnip Bonce

    Feb 2, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #34

    @jfa what’s in the hipflask?

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  • MacToon

    Feb 2, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #35

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

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 2, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #36

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

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  • MacToon

    Feb 2, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #37

    lime! Big girls blouse, enjoy the match Jail 😉

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  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Feb 2, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #38

    Loved the peter Parker Jonas reference

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  • Krul to be Kind

    Feb 2, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #39
  • proudtobageordie

    Feb 2, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #40

    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

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