The Newcastle United Blog

News and Commentary On Newcastle United By Ed Harrison, A Proud Exiled Geordie And Lifelong Fan

The Newcastle United Blog header image 2
Banner created by Reilly - one of our readers
Howay The Lads!!

Newcastle vs Metalist Kharkiv – Match Preview

2:10 pm, Thursday, February 14th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 153 Comments

Metalist Kharkiv

The game tonight against Metalist Kharkiv is the round of the last 32 in the Europa League – so if we can get through this tie and win the next two game tie, then  we’ll make it through to the quarter finals stage – and that would be good.

But those are four games we still have to negotiate in Europe before that,  and we expect Newcastle to be going all out tonight for a win to get us off to a good start against the Ukranian side.

And just so we remember how we did in Group D here are the finishing positions – and while we finished second top to Bordeaux – over the last three group games our squad was just a little decimated (yes – that’s an excuse).

PositionTeamPlayedGoal DifferencePoints
4Club Brugge6-54

Metalist Kharkiv finished top of their Group K on 13 points and they were on the same number of points as Bayer Leverkusen, but won the group on head to head competition as they drew 0-0 and won 2-0 in their games against the Bundesliga side – and their goal difference was one less than that of the German club.

So they are a good side,  and it’s hard to know how their winter-break will affect them tonight, and they currently in 4th place in the Ukrainian Premier League after 18 games before the break started in December.

This is what Alan Pardew said about the opposition today:

“We’re up against a new name in terms of European football – and it’s a name, I think, that’s going to stick around for a while.” “It’s a good platform for them but we don’t want to be the victims of that.”

“We’re an old name, a legendary name in some ways in competitions in Europe, and we want to keep it that way and make sure we renew our reputation.” “We were at Whitley Bay on Sunday and they played very well at a difficult venue.”

“They have a large influx of South American players who give the team a real characteristic of technique and that’s probably what we’re going to have to come up against.” “They’re very good at keeping the ball and keeping it away from us, and will probably take our tempo out of the game, so that’s their strength and on the break they’re fast.”

“So we need to be on our guard. As Juventus proved at Celtic, you have to be very clever in how you attack.”

It’s going to be a tough choice for the starting eleven tonight  for Alan Pardew, as he supposedly will try to give some players a game – but it looks like he will simply go for his strongest side available for this game.

This could be the starting eleven tonight with the substitutes:

Santon Coloccini Yanga-Mbiwa Haidara
Anita Cabaye Sissoko Marveaux
Cisse Ameobi (Sh)
Subs: Harper Perch Williamson Bigirimana Ferguson Obertan Campbell

What team would you field tonight?

We expect 18 year-old Adam Campbell to be on the bench tonight – and who knows the North Shields youngster may get his second first team appearance tonight – and it would be great if he gets on in the second half.

We thought Mike Williamson would get a start tonight – but it doesn’t seem like he will – so we expect captain Fabricio Coloccini to start this game and play alongside Yanga-Mbiwa who is making his starting debut for the side.

It will also be important for our lads to keep a clean sheet tonight, because of the away goals rule in European competition.

And the result of our poll on the outcome of the game is that over 90% of fans expect us to win this game, so anything else but a win will be extremely disappointing and will put doubts on whether we can get through.

We don’t think the starting eleven in the Ukraine next week will not include any players who will start the important home league game against Southampton on the following Sunday.

How Will Newcastle Fare In Home Leg Against Metalist Kharkiv?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

We need a good win tonight, and that will help the team in pushing on for the season – both in Europe and in the Premier League.

Howay The Lads!!

Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and +1 us on Google+:

You can also reach Ed at


Tags: Europa League · European Competition · Match Preview · Newcastle News

153 responses so far ↓

  • 1 JackButler // Feb 14, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    During the group stages we were a poor side playing poor football in the league, but now we are moving forward with the additions from January and the mentality around the side is far better.
    Think we’ll win tonight, but it wont be easy

  • 2 Mark // Feb 14, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    I reckon we’ll have the strongest possible XI out tonight, and try and have a good advantage going into the second leg where a weaker team will be played

  • 3 toonLYF // Feb 14, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Their badge is awful. I really want to put them to the sword for that.

  • 4 Rotonda heights // Feb 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    I think Pardew may have to get a restraining order for Ian toon!! Obsessive fan worship is getting a bit creepy!!

  • 5 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 14, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    LYF…Nothing to do with getting through to the next round, we just dislike their badge 🙂

  • 6 mindshaft // Feb 14, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Right – have dinner booked for 6pm, need to make sure wife doesnt have a starter, wolfs her main down and skips pudding – quickly back home for rumpy, then give her a kiss and get myself to match – should take about 15 mins on the metro – might make kick off if I can make the meal last less than 100 mins

    I know, I’m a right old romantic

  • 7 mindshaft // Feb 14, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Yup – reckon Pards will put strongest team out tonight hoping to get a decent win which will allow him to leave some players behind for the trip to Ukraine

  • 8 toonLYF // Feb 14, 2013 at 2:28 PM


    It’s all about Graphic design, not footballing success 😉

  • 9 Mister Tuff // Feb 14, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Ian Toon – you do not have to answer this if it causes you any embarrassment. You have mentioned you are having a rendezvous with Catchy tonight – whilst it may be of no significance I do note today is Valentines Day.
    Did you organise your meeting through one of these online dating agencies.

  • 10 pawl250 // Feb 14, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    For me —-

    ——————— Krul ———————
    Santon – Mbiwa – Coloccini – Haidara
    ————— Anita – Tiote —————
    —— Sissoko – Cabaye – Marveaux —
    ——————– Cisse ——————-

    Sissoko/Marveaux are not playing on the wing, more a central role that can drift and rotate, this would make it difficult for the opposition to pick up individual players.

    I think STaylor needs to stay fit, would be too risky playing him all the time, Colo needs to concentrate on his football and Mbiwa deserves match time.

    Cabaye and can slot back into a 4-3-2-1 formation if needs be to play deeper, and a playmaker alongside Anita.

    Santon right back and give Haidara his chance, natural left footed left back is rare these days for us, I mean RTaylor, Santon, Jonas, Perch, Anita have all played in that position.

    Think we can get a 2 or 3 nil win we can take it easier in the next leg. Take over the secondary team with a couple of 1st team players on the bench to come on if needed.

    Tonight its imperative we keep a clean sheet! The back four and holding players look solid in that team and believe we can do that! Come on!!!

  • 11 JackButler // Feb 14, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    We have to be as strong as possible tonight with no game at the weekend we can really go for it and try end the tie after 90 mins

  • 12 toonLYF // Feb 14, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    …and speaking of graphic design…does anybody need any logos, posters, album covers, business cards, advertisements etc. etc. etc.? I’m working for free in order to build myself an active portfolio for when i return to University this year after taking a few years out.

  • 13 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 14, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    LYF….Should get to work on a new chant to let them know how little you think of their designs….you know..hit them where it hurts.

    Rotonda/Tuff…Don’t be down lads, I’m sure Ian will still make time for the two of you as well as Pardew and Catchy.

    Mindshaft…That’s so beautiful they could make a movie about it 🙂

  • 14 JackButler // Feb 14, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    No Valentines Day headache for me as wife is away and Rebecca is booked in for 22:00 😀

  • 15 dinosaur // Feb 14, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    The phenomenon of the striker shooting straight at the goalkeeper has been noted of late, particularly in the case of our Cisse. Is this because the goal keeper has positioned himself in such a perfect spot? Or is there some innate tendency of the brain to shoot at something visible? Which leads to the question as to wether the goalie should wear a dingy green, and try to look invisible, or a flamboyant luminous yellow, to try to be as conspicuous as possible. ‘Tis a puzzlement.

  • 16 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 14, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    JB…After a night with Rebecca a headache will be the least of your problems.

  • 17 JackButler // Feb 14, 2013 at 2:37 PM


    penicillin at the ready mate

  • 18 toonLYF // Feb 14, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    how about this Ibiza…

    “your badge…it’s shit, not good enough for my rectum, you’s need to go back to the drawing board, and study the fcuking colour spectrum!”

  • 19 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 14, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    JB…That a boy. Don’t hold her up though, she’s supposedly booked for 22:07 at mine….it’s her busiest night of the year and I’m not going to be happy with a replacement this time. I do insist my mature women have at least 3 or their original teeth.

  • 20 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 14, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    LYF….Wow, first attempt. Nice job. Colour me impressed!

  • 21 JackButler // Feb 14, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    seven minutes is more than enough time mate 😀

  • 22 pawl250 // Feb 14, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    If I put a full team out on current form (no restrictions) it would be –

    ——————– Krul ———————-
    Debuchy – Mbiwa – STaylor – Santon
    ————– Anita – Cabaye ————–
    Ben Arfa —– Sissoko ——- Gouffran
    ——————– Cisse ———————

    Bench – Elliot, Colo, Perch, Jonas, Tiote, Marveaux, Shola

    Its a pretty strong team, and bench for that matter, given Perch, Colo, Jonas, Tiote, Marveaux could start normally.

  • 23 sanchez // Feb 14, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    I think he’ll put out in a 4-4-2…
    Santon M’biwa Taylor Haidara
    Obertan Anita Perch Marveaux
    Cisse Shola

    Can’t help but think we could do with a Cabaye or a Sissoko or a more fancy formation though.

  • 24 sanchez // Feb 14, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Actually Tiote for Perch

  • 25 JackButler // Feb 14, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Gotta say I’m really looking forward to seeing M’Biwa tonight

  • 26 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 14, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    JB…Once again…that a boy 🙂

    Pawl…Isn’t it great, with the exception of Shola (Bless, but…) that is a brilliant team.

  • 27 JackButler // Feb 14, 2013 at 2:47 PM


    Think Pardew will go for it tonight, we don’t have a game at the weekend so think Sissoko, Tiote and Cabaye will both start, along with Krul in goal

  • 28 Mister Tuff // Feb 14, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    I think Ian Toon might have been a bit rash in meeting Catchy tonight -does not seem to follow the advice/dangers about internet dating. What happens if Catchy is a delluded drag queen and we never hear from Ian Toon again, mmnn well thinking about it, that would not be so bad.
    What happens if Ian Toon is the deluded drag queen and has lured poor old Catchy into his trap.I really do not know which is the best alternative.

  • 29 rainrix // Feb 14, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    I was going to discuss football with you guys but then i saw you all degrading and abusing my muse rebecca! YOU ARE ALL DEAD TO ME (*sobs*) 🙂

    I heard that both cabs and sissoko are supposed to start tonight in the chronicle i think it was. Either way by the looks of things it’ll be our strongest europa side this season.

  • 30 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 14, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Mister…I’m an optimistic guy, so I’m going to go with that they may be both drag queens and it could be a match made in heaven.

    Lid for every pot and all that.

  • 31 Mark // Feb 14, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Simpson – Taylor – Colo – Santon
    Perch – Tiote
    Sissoko – Cabaye – Guti
    Thats my prediction for tonight starting xi

  • 32 Mister Tuff // Feb 14, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Ibiza @30 -you are probably right, I never considered a third alternative. I now have a vision of two blokes in dresses and high heels, wearing long wigs and poorly applied make up and lip-stick running towards each other in the car park at SJP.

  • 33 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 14, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Mister…Nice to see you caught up in the magic of Valentines day. Love is in the air. It could just be pollution…but let’s stick with love.

  • 34 mattnufc // Feb 14, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    My prediction:
    Simpson Collocini Mbiwa Haidara
    Obertan Tiote Kebabs Jonas

  • 35 Ian Toon // Feb 14, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Mister Tuff- oooohh I do hope so. Match what football match!!!!

  • 36 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 14, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Ian.. 🙂

  • 37 rainrix // Feb 14, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    I reckon krul will actually start. I don’t see why he’d be giving a press conference with pards if he wasn’t starting.

  • 38 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 14, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Rainrix…I can see no reason why Krul wouldn’t start tonight. Give him the away game off, we need a clean sheet tonight (i say “need”, but you know what I mean).

  • 39 rainrix // Feb 14, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Ibiza… Ideally we need a clean sheet, away goals are perilous as we found out last time we were in europe. Admittedly it wont be such a disaster if we do concede provided we score a few goals ourselves.

  • 40 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 14, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Rainrix…And what are your views on Sir Shola, our current top scorer in Europe within the current squad. I can imagine you’ll be disappointed if he doesn’t start?

  • 41 rainrix // Feb 14, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Ibiza….. Sholas our top europa scorer? Sweet jes…. Ahem i mean of course the mighty shola is top scorer, who else would be cisse? BAHAHHAHAHAHA! These pesky Ukrainians/south americans are about to be hit by a shola smash! 🙂

    Seriously though i’d probably just play 5 in midfield and cisse as a lone striker. Im not as worried about him getting injured as others on here seem to be, he’s missed about 1 game in a year through injury and that was precautionary. Could be a good opportunity for cisse to get some confidence back.

  • 42 dembademba // Feb 14, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Pawl – u don’t half talk garbage

  • 43 check the toastie // Feb 14, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Could it be possible that Pardew plays Shola and puts Cisse on the right wing, is that possible, i think it is, we shall wait and see, the team he comes up with is a real lottery. The guy is a true enigma. Anita must start for me or he might as well put a transfer request in.

  • 44 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 14, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    rainrix…Not this season, but isn’t he currently our top European competition top scorer that is still at the club? If he isn’t we’ll just say he is.

    Not sure why anyone’s worried about him getting injured really, not like the loss of his goals will effect us much. (just a little joke people).

    I’d go along with that. 5 man midfield in whatever variation with Cisse leading the line.

  • 45 dembademba // Feb 14, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    I’d go for

    cabs-Anita-big cheik

    Anita needs to play those three in the middle need to play together. Maybe sissoko for ober but feel that gabbys pace is good for el n can bring big moussa on

  • 46 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 14, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Check…Did you not see Ferguson is copying Pardew now. ST on the wing…revolutionary stuff.

  • 47 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 14, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    and stop trying to get our players to hand in transfer requests…lunatic!

  • 48 rainrix // Feb 14, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Ibiza… he probably is i’ll take your word for it seeing as i can only think of him and tayls are the only 2 left from the last time we were in europe.

    I think people are worried about cisse getting injured as that would mean we would be stuck with shola. A typically misplaced fear that is held amongst the lower born. Foluwashola Ameobi is easily a 20-25+
    goalscored and is up there with luque and xisco as one of the greatest players who have pulled on the legendary black and white stripes.

  • 49 Mister Tuff // Feb 14, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Ian Toon -the danger of being away from the blog -even for a short time! I now see quite a few Babychams being swigged in the Strawberry tonight.

  • 50 pawl250 // Feb 14, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    DembaDemba – very intelligent of you…… please elaborate on your ….. retarded? (no justification whatsoever what was the point in even typing it?) comment.

    Blue peter badge is awarded too……..

  • 51 pawl250 // Feb 14, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    DembaDemba – with that team…. look who is talking!

    Perch? RIGHT BACK? …. please no! He has no width, or pace the reason he works well holding is he works hard.

    Obertan for Sissoko? Why?! Please tell me, I would never in a million years want Obertan on my starting 11 if I was trying to win! He has 1 or 2 moments in a match but beyond that he is useless.


  • 52 JackButler // Feb 14, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Okay evryone seems to be having a go so here’s my ‘prediction’ for tonights team.

    Santon, M’Biwa, Colo Hiadara
    Anita,Sissoko, Cabaye, Tiote, Jonas

  • 53 TorqToon // Feb 14, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Afternoon gents. Last few hours before the game – we all know the neggers will be out in force later on (probably as soon as the team is released…GUTI??? WTF! Pardew out…blah blah!)

    Think Yanga and Colo will start with Haidara and santon/perch,
    Would like to see Obertan play as Metalist play a very high line and some pace in behind the back will work well.

    Marv, Anita and Tiote will all play I feel. Save Cabaye for luxury appearance after the game is tied up…! 🙂

  • 54 JackButler // Feb 14, 2013 at 3:50 PM


    I expect, well I’m hoping that Obertan will be replaced come the summer. He offers very little even as a squad member

  • 55 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 14, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Rainrix…Your mention of Xisco and Luque makes your Shola comment almost seem sarcastic..but that can’t be right.

    Torq…When did you become so cynical?

  • 56 JackButler // Feb 14, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Tonight is a perfect time to play Saylor and M’biwa alongside each other as they will be our long term pairing, but seeings as Saylor is made of glass, think it’s better he sits this one out

  • 57 toonLYF // Feb 14, 2013 at 3:55 PM


    I was thinking the same mate, but knowing Pardew we’ll probably see Williamson-M’biwa haha

  • 58 HullMag6 // Feb 14, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Field a close to full strength team with maybe 2 changes (Mbiwa/Haidara?) go all out if we can achieve the unthinkable climb the league to mid table and win the Europa to secure european action next season (defending the title and super cup fixture with champs league winner (do i remember correctly?). That would be dreamland for most of us, especially given our form during 1st half of the season.

    Come on lads lets push on…….


  • 59 TorqToon // Feb 14, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Ibiza – I think about 28yrs ago when I saw my first Newcastle game!

    Plus I know match days on this blog too well…!

    They are all bound to be out!

  • 60 toonLYF // Feb 14, 2013 at 4:01 PM


    I was in Hull last weekend and it was incredible how many Newcastle tops/hats/scarves i noticed. I was wearing my toon top underneath a jumper on a night out and about 6-7 people started talking to me regarding Newcastle.

    You noticed this?

  • 61 AmericanGeordie // Feb 14, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    I feel very strongly that this should be our team:

    Play the strongest side possible tonight because the next PL game is 10 days away, and if we get a very strong result tonight AP can play an entire 2nd 11 next week, resting the starters for Southampton, and still get through to the final 16.

  • 62 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 14, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Torq…But today is the day of love, surely everyone will be in good spirits? Sorry, just thought about that, my bad.

    I may man up and come on the blog if we’re 3 goals up….should be somewhat safe in those circumstances.

  • 63 HullMag6 // Feb 14, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Glad to get on, been unable to post with some android phone/blog leaving me unable to log on. I’ve just hijacked the family laptop lol.

    Stuff to do, fingers crossed for later – the day being what it is will try to keep tabs. Howay the lads.

  • 64 Kris // Feb 14, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Hope for this team tonight:
    Simpson, Mbiwa, Coloccini, Haidara
    Tiote, Cabaye, Anita
    Obertan, Cisse, Marveaux

    Bench: Elliot, Santon, Ferguson, Williamson, Perch, Amalfitano, Shola.

  • 65 HullMag6 // Feb 14, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    ps that rebecca has just been pestering me – she gets about a bit. I’ve had a better offer .

  • 66 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 14, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    HullMag…Almost believed you there, until you mentioned having a better offer.

  • 67 HullMag6 // Feb 14, 2013 at 4:07 PM


    Re: Toon Affinity in Hull – One of Hull’s Super League teams Hull FC play in Black and White and those that choose to support everything Black & White then choose the toon for the football instead of the Tigers who seem to be doing rather well under Agent Bruce possibly even coming back up to the EPL if they can rediscover and maintain form.

  • 68 HullMag6 // Feb 14, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Ibiza – better offer = wife & daughters

  • 69 AmericanGeordie // Feb 14, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    @ JackButler (#56). Great point, mate. 100% agreed. Perfect time to see what Taylor and M’Bwia look like next to each other. Not only for next year; I don’t think Colo has been in the best form this season.

  • 70 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 14, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    HullMag…I got that, I just think you may be underestimating Rebecca. Probably not though.

  • 71 Tsunki // Feb 14, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Hull mag – careful though – no matter where you are she will always be only 3 miles from you. And she is a master of disguise.

  • 72 rainrix // Feb 14, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Tsunki… So true apparently according to my computer she’s only 3 miles from “Anonymous proxy server” boy she gets around 🙂

  • 73 Tsunki // Feb 14, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    And btw when I said ‘master’ and not ‘mistress’ I knew what I was saying 😐

  • 74 lordy_geordie // Feb 14, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Lets put the mentalists back in the asylum!!!!

  • 75 WWYCD // Feb 14, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    6-2 NUFC tonight lads I know bugger all about Metalist but sod them we are better, we are stronger, we are tougher and damnit we are in St James Park! Bring them on and send them home broken! TOON TOON!

  • 76 eaststandgeordie1982 // Feb 14, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Not long till i head off for the match, we have to get at these tonight our fitness should be better than theirs over the 90 mins i believe that if we get a few goal cushion it should be enough to see us go through to the next round, tonight will see our strongest team fielded in this comp and im hoping for a nice win tonight.


  • 77 WWYCD // Feb 14, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    And who the hell is Rebecca? Unsettles me everytime I read it

  • 78 Rotonda heights // Feb 14, 2013 at 4:48 PM


    why on earth would you hope for simpson? we need to attack

  • 79 Carryingcoals // Feb 14, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    The end of Pardew’s cup team ??

  • 80 Rotonda heights // Feb 14, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Really hope Anita gets a game tonight . Don’t care if it’s RB, DM or RW. The thought of him on the bench behind Perch Simpson, Willo and Shola is very depressing.

  • 81 Carryingcoals // Feb 14, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    The end of Pardew’s cup team?

  • 82 Carryingcoals // Feb 14, 2013 at 4:51 PM


    I’d like to see Anita start also

  • 83 Mister Tuff // Feb 14, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Tsunki – MMMMmmm Rebecca is a master of disquise -possibly wearing a wig, make up – I bloody well know who it is now -it’s Ian Toon.

  • 84 Markaccus // Feb 14, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Rotonda, agree with your sentiments on anita, appart from having perch in your list of players who are definitely behind him in the pecking order. Perch has become a very solid and useful player for us, and has repeatedly earned his place each time he plays. For me, he is the only TRUE alternative to tiote, a defensive mf play breaker, and on current form, I’d have him in ahead of tiote (mr liabilility). I don’t doubt tiote can get back to his old self, but he’s not there at the moment. Anita is a more attacking player, I’d even try him as one of the attacking wingers in our 4231.

  • 85 Newcastle for alltid // Feb 14, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    I watched Metalist in their two games against Rosenborg in the group stage, and they are a qualiy side. Good at keeping the ball, and effective up front. They took a while to get going in Norway against Rosenborg, but when hey got going they were a far superior side.

    Of course Rosenborg is no longer the club it used to be, so measuring Metalist from those two games isn’t right. The point is that this is a side full of creativity and movement with a South American “look”, and we really have to watch out for them. IMO better than both Club Brugge and Maritimo, and on a good day on par with Bordeaux.

  • 86 Markaccus // Feb 14, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Suarez has just ballsed up a complete gift of a chance!

  • 87 9 // Feb 14, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    The Colo situation is very delicate. He clearly has no future with us, and we are led to believe Mbiwa is class, so the obvious course of action is to start pairing ST and Mbiwa ready for the future. With Colo being captain, it’s very difficult to drop him for premier league matches to achieve this. Tonight is an opportunity, though I am also wary of the point re ST fitness/injury liability; however, on balance, Colo out of the starting XI as quick as poss.

  • 88 Marty-Toon // Feb 14, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Think we should rest Cabaye tonight,maybe leave him on the bench.
    Tiote,Anita,Bigi/perch ,jonas
    Cisse Shola

  • 89 Markaccus // Feb 14, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    That Hulks movement is excellent. Its like there’s 3 of him around liverpools box.

  • 90 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 14, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Mark…Do you not mean his movement is…incredible?

  • 91 Markaccus // Feb 14, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    I’d like us to start with the same midfeild 3 as the last few. Tiote only comes off the bench if his heads right due to current events. Try anita wide right in place of goofy, I think he’s fast enough and skillful enough to play there, and he’ll track back and tackle, too.

  • 92 Markaccus // Feb 14, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Hahahaha ibiza. Incredible hulk movement. Ba-dum tsss!
    He’s causing all sorts of problems for liverpuddle

  • 93 89Norcal // Feb 14, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Marty Toon

    But there’s no PL games this weekend. I think we should play Cabaye.

  • 94 Marty-Toon // Feb 14, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    I get that but you don’t want the lads getting injuries and he’s not long back from one
    Give him half an hour from the bench to help the team through if we’re winning

  • 95 darrenfletcher88 // Feb 14, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    I hope cissie starts, I’ve got a feeling it will be obertan shola and Marv. Any thoughts???

  • 96 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 14, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    mark….A bit obvious, but effective.

    Marty…I think it’s the ” if we’re winning” bit that makes people want him to start. If we’re doing well, take him off for the last 30 minutes.

  • 97 Markaccus // Feb 14, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    I also would like cisse to start. I don’t think pardew will play marv shola obert up front, because he has said he will field a strong team. One of those players might make the start, but hopefully that’s it. Our strogest team is the. One that has the form players in (albeit very recently aquired) and it is the nearest team possible to the one that has won 2 out of the last three games. Fingers crossed pards doesn’t mess too much with it!

  • 98 santonthenewmaldini // Feb 14, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    I actually think Anita would be a perfect right winger for us he has it all pace , skill , intelligence and movement!!!

    Oh and he can also deliver a ball as someone on this blog said recently that him and Santon have created the most amount of chances from open play this season?!?

    Would also negate the worry about him getting muscled off the ball in the middle as he would trouble most teams out wide

    I would play Cisse tonight as well as we need him to get some form and the only way for him to do this is to play and hopefully score

    If we are to progress in this competition Cisse will probably need to play every game up front which means Gouffran can play up front in the league if Cisse needs a rest

    Would like to see Santon get rest as well as he has played every game full pelt and looked tired against Spurs

  • 99 IITianToon // Feb 14, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    When asked who is the best player in the world right now.. most of you would say Messi.. some would say Ronaldo.. but how good is Andres Iniesta?
    I think he is not only one of the most skilful, but also one of the most selfless. He knows he does not have the speed of Messi (I believe he has the skill), so he can never be a goalscorer like Messi; instead he does all he can to set up Messi with a lot of simple finishes!
    Plus he is a gem of a guy.. genuinely my World Player of the year..

  • 100 Markaccus // Feb 14, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    The commentator has just said ‘Hulk smashes’. My day is complete 😀

  • 101 Tsunki // Feb 14, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Mr Tuff. – I prefer Rebeccas alter ego to be Ian Toon because if its Catchy. That’s much more ominous. A 6 foot plus 120kg tranny mistaking you for Alan Pardew in the Strawberry car park? Hang on, that works with Ian Toon as well! Now that is scary 😐

  • 102 89Norcal // Feb 14, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Marty Toon

    True, sort of glad Debuchy won’t have to play. God forbid he gets injured.

  • 103 JackButler // Feb 14, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    We have no game the weekend so we have to start with the strongest side possible. Taking Kharkiv lightly will see us dumped out on our arse very quickly

  • 104 Tsunki // Feb 14, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    What is the Metalist pre match routine? Air guitar followed by head banging and devils horn salutes?

    I hope by ‘strong team’ pards doesn’t mean ‘ a team which saves my decent players legs’ or we will feast on a wishy washy nils-er. Go for it Alan! Give all the big guns a bash and let’s have a four goal fest for the kids to defend next week.

  • 105 JackButler // Feb 14, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Roses are red
    Violets are glorious
    Don’t try and surprise Oscar Pistorious!!!!!

  • 106 Moat1 // Feb 14, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Santon colli haidrier Simmo
    Marveaux Cabaye Anita Tiote Jonas

  • 107 IITianToon // Feb 14, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    @Tsunki my dear, obviously Pardieux , by “strong” Pardew means “physically strong” ala Willo and Shola 😀 😀

  • 108 nick_9 // Feb 14, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Santonthenewmaldini – that was me regarding Anita, it cropped up on the Nufc stats page on twitter so is there for all to see. It was either 23 or 24 chances joint chances which isn’t bad given how often santon puts crosses in. I agree on your point that Anita could play rw as we don’t really use direct wingers and the fullbacks do plenty on the flanks anyway.

    I’m torn between Anita and tiote starting now, feel a tad let down by recent performances from tiote. Against spurs he tried to spread it about a bit much and isn’t accurate enough, he needs to work on his passing in my opinion. Anita looks great further up the pitch away from the Defense, he has got plenty of little flicks and neat passes.

  • 109 Wayayman // Feb 14, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    This is a very strong team we’re up against tonight. I think we need to play our best available team against them or we’ll come unstuck.

  • 110 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 14, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    “I just post, to say, I love you”

    Thought it had gone a little quiet, so giving some Wonder love out.

    Any whispers on the line up yet?

  • 111 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 14, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Not line up news, but..

    Lee Ryder ?@lee_ryder

    Good luck to Geordie boy Michael Richardson who has joined Gillingham on loan #nufc

  • 112 Jonny // Feb 14, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    looks like we may have anzhi if we get through….great

  • 113 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 14, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Jonny…Looking that way

  • 114 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 14, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Unlucky Bindippers. Feel bad for them…no really…. 🙂

  • 115 JackButler // Feb 14, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Brendon Rogers is managing Liverpool the same we did with Swansea, no plan B what so ever

  • 116 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 14, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    What sort of a manager has no plan B? Wait, don’t answer that.

  • 117 JackButler // Feb 14, 2013 at 6:39 PM


  • 118 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 14, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    How long before KO does the team normally get announced?

  • 119 SimonCypher // Feb 14, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Toby Alderweireld scores for Ajax. Rumour is that we’re circling the youngster along with Spurs, anyone know much of him? His current deal expires in 2014 and with him being only 23 could be someone to look at…

  • 120 rainrix // Feb 14, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Ibiza… Its usually an hour before on the dot really so 7:05 or whatever that is in ibiza 🙂

  • 121 Markaccus // Feb 14, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    I went up to bath the bairn, and I come down to see flibberfool losing. I’m getting a good feeling about tonight :p
    Also, Jack Butler, that is the funniest valentine rhyme since my fave… Roses are red, violets are blue, I’ve got Alzheimers, cheese on toast.

  • 122 obatoyou // Feb 14, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Hey, does anyone know a website we can watch the game? I’ll even pay for it
    I have Setanta, but that is showing Tottenham v Lyon

  • 123 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 14, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Rainrix…Can’t they do it 15 minutes early…just to save my refresh button?

    Mark and JB…My personaly fav is:

    Roses are red
    Violets are blue
    I have a gun
    Now get in the van.

    Love, love, love.

    Simon…A goal scoring CB? Why would we want one of those?

  • 124 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 14, 2013 at 6:47 PM



  • 125 rainrix // Feb 14, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Zenits pitch is horrendous thank god for british turfmanship 😉 zenit do look good mainly down to hulk and that dude with the afro. At least the bindippers are out regardless what the commentators are saying 😉

  • 126 JackButler // Feb 14, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    So funny had to post it twice 😀

    Roses are red
    Violets are glorious
    Don’t try and surprise Oscar Pistorious!!!!!

  • 127 rainrix // Feb 14, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Ibiza…. Keep hammering f5 bro it’ll come 🙂

  • 128 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 14, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Rainrix…Are we still talking about the same thing? 🙂

  • 129 rainrix // Feb 14, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Jb…. Oscars broken a lot of records, now he’s got the worst valentines gift ever award 😉

  • 130 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 14, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Lee Ryder ?@lee_ryder

    #nufc team Krul; Yanga-Mbiwa, S.Taylor, Coloccini (c), Santon; Tiote, Cabaye; Obertan, Sissoko, Gutierrez; Cisse.

  • 131 northernirishtoon // Feb 14, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Team confirmed

    @lee_ryder: #nufc team Krul; Yanga-Mbiwa, S.Taylor, Coloccini (c), Santon; Tiote, Cabaye; Obertan, Sissoko, Gutierrez; Cisse.

  • 132 rainrix // Feb 14, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Ibiza… I dont know anymore. Although i can tell you harper isnt starting as he’s just been on bbc north east :). He said again its a strong team only 10 minutes to go!

  • 133 JAMSHA // Feb 14, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    is our match today????

  • 134 northernirishtoon // Feb 14, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    With all the right backs we have, can’t understand mbiwa playing there assuming that’s where he is playing

  • 135 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 14, 2013 at 6:56 PM



  • 136 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 14, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Northern…Well Debuchy isn’t registered for the EL, Simmo if fit, has just returned. Other than that we have Perch and Tav, right?

    Pretty happy with the line up to be honest.

  • 137 shearerclass09 // Feb 14, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    @obatyou you sure they are not on satana mate on my listings it says they are ? tottenham are on itv ,, hwtl

  • 138 JackButler // Feb 14, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    No Anita, Haidara or Marveuax…………………………..Hmmmmm interesting

  • 139 northernirishtoon // Feb 14, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    I would play Anita there rather than have him on the bench

  • 140 Jayden // Feb 14, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Gutted for Anita, Marv and Haidara. Maybe next week?

  • 141 kevymartins // Feb 14, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    What a goal hulk scored liverpool on there way out?

  • 142 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 14, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    ESPN saying Mbiwa at RB. Basically as I set it out above.

  • 143 rainrix // Feb 14, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Marv and anita still cant get a game? Bizzare line up imo

  • 144 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 14, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    No Marveaux, Anita or Haidara in the side? Take it Mbiwa is playing at right back. His natural position is at centre back. Pardew doesn’t like Anita and Marveaux for some reason. They’ll be leaving in the summer.

  • 145 Owldman // Feb 14, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    I will be at the game tonight, looking forward to the quality of the the other players we’ve brought in not too concerned about result as long as the team come throught it unscathed, feeling it might just be one of those magic SJP nights

  • 146 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 14, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    Someone was saying earlier they play a high line and that their defense isn’t the quickest, so that might explain Obertan starting as Gouffran is out, someone to expose that weakness. Also they’re pretty physical, so Tiote in there to show them what physical means.

    Cabs and Sissoko are a no brainer. So really only Jonas for Marv or Anita. Nothing to write home about imo.

  • 147 JackButler // Feb 14, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Why does Pardew insist on playing players out of position???

    Something I simply can’t understand myself

  • 148 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 14, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Anita is a better player than Tiote in my opinion and Marveaux is better than Gutierrez. I’m surprised he’s started Saylor and Coloccini. Wouldn’t be surprised if Saylor got injured tonight.

  • 149 mattnufc // Feb 14, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    “They’ll probably be leaving in the summer.” No, they’ll probably not.

  • 150 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 14, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Obertan instead of Marveaux?. Pardew is mad.

  • 151 obatoyou // Feb 14, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Thanks Ibiza for the link~

  • 152 mattnufc // Feb 14, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Kets, Marveaux has never played well on the wing. At least Obertan has shown some sort of competency in European games. And the opposition are in their winter break so playing someone with huge pace makes sense, so yes Kets Obertan for Marveaux.

  • 153 TorqToon // Feb 14, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Kets – can you not see the benefit of playing Obertan with his pace against a Metalist side who keep a high line?

    Also Yanga has played many times at RB so can play there. Althought I would prefer him at centre half.

previous post: What’s This – Love Gets In The Way Of Watching Newcastle?

next post: Yanga-Mbiwa Starts In Very Strong Newcastle Side