West Brom vs Newcastle – Match Preview


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Tomorrow’s game at West Brom is a very important game for Newcastle – and yes – I say that for every game Newcastle play in the season – because it’s true.

But tomorrow is a little more important than usual, after we were completely humiliated and humbled last Sunday by Sunderland at home – beaten 3-0 – and by a team who had suffered six losses and three draws in their previous nine league games.

Sunderland are now just two points behind Newcastle, and we are 5 points above third bottom Wigan, who have a game in hand on most of the teams at the bottom, so should they win that game in hand – then we are really only two points above the drop zone.

The interesting games tomorrow are West Ham vs Wigan, Sunderland vs Everton and QPR vs Stoke – and Stoke are in a terrible slump.

In 13 league games this season Stoke have two draws, one win and 10 defeats – including the game when we hammered them 2-1 at St. James’ Park. 😀

Of course things will change tomorrow, depending on the results, and we have to think we can get something tomorrow at the Hawthorns – so that we can at least be safe in the Premier League – and then the Newcastle hierarchy can use the summer transfer window to sort out our squad.

We think players will leave the club and new players will come in over the summer – and we’ll again attempt to be a top six side next season.

But turning to tomorrow’s game, we were told earlier today by the manager that Sylvain Marveaux will definitely miss this game with a groin problem, and that Cheick Tiote is very doubtful with another hamstring strain.

We’ll assume they are both unfit – but the goods news is that goalkeeper Rob Elliot is fit to come in and deputize for Tim Krul, who has a dislocated shoulder, and will have an operation on that on Monday.

We don’t know the fitness of Fab Coloccini so he could even be a surprise starter – but we’ll assume the Argentine is still not fit.

This could be the team that Alan Pardew will start tomorrow:

Elliot
Debuchy Taylor(S) Yanga-Mbiwa Haidara
Ben Arfa Cabaye Anita Gouffran
Sissoko
Cisse
Subs: Harper Williamson Bigirimana Gosling Perch Gutierrez Ameobi (Sh)

Please let’s know what side you would play tomorrow.

There could be variations on the side – with Perch or Sissoko possibly playing in defensive midfield, in place of Cheick Tiote, and of course Vurnon Anita can also play at left back.

Newcastle fans are not too confident of getting too much out of the game  tomorrow and 41% think we’ll lose the game.

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However, the “good” news may be that 91% of our  readers thought we’d beat Sunderland last Sunday, so it’s very possible we can get our second away win in the league tomorrow.

That’s what the lads have to aim for – because if we can pick up 3 points, the mood on Tyneside and with Newcastle fans will be better (maybe even a lot better) than it is at the moment.

A key to the game is that the defense has to be very solid – and we have the third worst goals against record in the league – and we don’t seem to be able to score many goals either, so it’s really important the defense plays well tomorrow.

The Newcastle players need to stand up and be counted – and we are hoping they will be in inspired form tomorrow – because they owe Newcastle fans a lot after last Sunday’s disgraceful debacle.

An awful lot.

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96 comments so far

  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 19, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #1

    I’d like to see this side

    ——————–Elliott——————-
    debuchy–taylor—mbiwa—-haidara
    ———-anita/perch–sissko———–
    benny———-cabs————gouffran
    ——————cisse———————–

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 19, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #2

    Ibiza

    This stage of the season one game isn’t more or less important than another.

    I wasn’t defending Sunderland. Hate them.

    But I don’t expect our manager to be so rude in a cheap way to divert attention away from the fact we lost by insulting a team that was better in everyway.

    He attempted to insult them and thus win us over.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Apr 19, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #3

    Warnock reckons we will stay up. I’m not sure. I think our goal difference is going to haunt us.

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  • daztoon-anti christ is that the time

    Apr 19, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #4

    We have more come backs than cher did lol

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  • Patoon

    Apr 19, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #5

    from previous post

    Cant c us goin down either but a club this size with a fan base this size and with the squad of internationals we hav we shouldn’t even b thinking of this, i hope Alan Pardew reads this blog lol also hope his balls turn square and fester at every corner

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 19, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #6

    Pardew wants 40 pts
    Ain’t going to get them if we play like we did Sunday

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 19, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #7

    I think it’ll be this team:

    ——————–Elliot—————-
    Debuchy—Saylor—-M’bwia–Haidara
    —————Cabs—–Perch———
    Guti————–Sissoko——–Goofy
    ———————Cisse—————-

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  • catchy in norway

    Apr 19, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #8

    Transfer Sage

    from the game against befica, they pu a 20m shift in,, the early part of the game was a coast

    his excuses trip him up and let ppl see the lying shit that he is,

    the players are not playing for him, themselfs, just collecting money

    arogant piece of shit, forget 40 points and just book a flight out of here and stay away

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  • catchy in norway

    Apr 19, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #9

    Beattie25

    isnt elliote injured?

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  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 19, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #10

    beattie

    i think we will go with this.

    ——————elliott——————–
    debuchy–taylor—mbiwa—–haidara
    obertan—cabs—–sissoko—-jonas
    ————ameobi–cisse—————

    can see him reverting to 442 and trying to get it into shola…..think he might try it.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Apr 19, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #11

    Sage; Shola? No way.

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  • daztoon-anti christ is that the time

    Apr 19, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #12

    @Transfer Sage
    Then he has no plan B bringing Shola on

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  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 19, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #13

    catchy

    I want to be optimistic and (like you i imagine) would love pardew to prove me wrong and play good and winning football.

    I just find it difficult to see that he hasn’t managed to improve our play even with the new players. we keep it on the ground a bit more as we have better players at the back, but in terms of moving, passing and creating good chances we still are lacking as much as we were before.

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 19, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #14

    Sage

    Obertan played for the reserves today i think?!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 19, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #15

    novo

    I’m not a huge fan of shola (nice guy, but not good enough) and think he will struggle to get involved over 90 minutes.

    I just have a feeling he will go 442 to get the win. maybe not obertan but gouffran or ben arfa…but can see a 442 getting used.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 19, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #16

    beattie

    did he? maybe not include him then (good news)

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 19, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #17

    An independent fanzine has done a vote on whether Pardew should stay. I didn’t vote, only just found it but its interesting:

    Keep him – 31.4%
    Replace him – 63.1%
    Still not sure – 5.5%

    I think personally the femoral artery is cut and its not if but when.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Apr 19, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #18

    Evening ladies and gentlemen,

    Somehow I think the midweek comments about Cabaye might see Cabs either starting and coming off after 60mins or either not starting at all.

    If he doesn’t start then I would like to see Anita in there, but wouldn’t be totally against seeing Perch in their either.

    Would like to see HBA start but another cameo is probably likely, perhaps a lot will depend on Jonas’ fitness, if he’s burnt out I think HBA might start.

    Want to see a committed display, tireless running, pressing high up, not letting them settle.

    Will we get it? I’m not holding my breath.

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  • catchy in norway

    Apr 19, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #19

    Transfer Sage

    sad fact is we created more chances with the long ball

    he has better players like you say,, but its like what do i do with these ??? scratching his head

    i dont think he is capable of letting a team play natural football, he panics to much

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  • Novocastrian66

    Apr 19, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #20

    Obertan is in the squad for tonight’s reserve match.

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  • Patoon

    Apr 19, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #22

    I’d play Campbell, if it doesn’t work by half time then change it, Cisse needs support, playing Shola would b a joke, b better with the statue of Jackie Milburn, just as much movement, at least Campbell will move and draw defenders towanrds him leaving a bit more space 4 Cisse

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Apr 19, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #23

    So nervous about 2moro can see us either scrapping to a decent win or getting pounded 4 or 5 nil

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  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 19, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #24

    catchy

    The thing what irritates me is that in spells last year and the odd game this year we have played very attacking and really took it to teams.

    So pardew can get them doing it, just not consistently enough. Thats either through his plan or because he simply can’t get them to replicate it consistently.

    I’d be willing to let him have a crack with some good coaches around him but to be honest my preference would be to see him go.

    I don’t think he will be sacked though so the most i am hoping for is some good coaches to assist him and hopefully improve.

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  • daztoon-anti christ is that the time

    Apr 19, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #25

    @catchy in norway

    I don`t think he panics he just doesn`t know what to do next bar put Shola on

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  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 19, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #26

    patoon

    campbell would be a silly move i think.

    I’ve banged on about him being good all season but i don’t think it will do him or us any good to chuck him into a struggling team in a relegation scrap. Best time for kids is when they and the club are in form.

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 19, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #27

    Right I’m off to abuse people on twitter!

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  • DENIro

    Apr 19, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #28

    —————-ELLIOT——————–
    DEBUCHY–TAYLOR–M BWIA–HAIDARA

    ———–SISSOKO—CABAYE————-

    BEN ARFA—————————JONAS
    —————————GOUFFRAN——-
    ————–CISSE—————————

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  • DS_NUFC

    Apr 19, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #29

    the fact of the matter is we should not be in a relegation battle with the players that we have

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  • Patoon

    Apr 19, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #30

    i remember the season we got relegated we thru on Andy Carroll against stoke and he got us a late equaliser, Olsson and McAuley could work with shola all day long, he’s 2 slow, with a pacey Campbell it would create alot more space 4 Cisse and maybe Campbell could get a gaol himself, he has 2 start sum time and now when we’re lacking strikers would b the time 4 me

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  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 19, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #31

    patoon

    Carroll could make things happen himself. a loopy ball into the box and he can win a header. campbell is very good but needs perfect service, difficult for the scrap.

    I think gouffran would be a better striking option than shola or campbell.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Apr 19, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #32

    Wets Brom normally go 4-2-3-1. He has gone 4-4-2 at home before notably against the mackems when they won and against Spurs when they lost. I don’t think Pardew will want to be outnumbered in midfield. Therefore 4-2-3-1 for me, no real surprise as Pardew favours this formation.

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  • kierannu

    Apr 19, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #33

    I would pick
    Elliot
    Debuchy Mbiwa Taylor Haidara
    Gouffran Cabaye Sissoko Ben Arfa
    Cisse Campbell
    then after 65 mins if we’re winning take arfa and Campbell off put anita and perch on, I wouldn’t even bother with ameobi even if we’re losing, leave cisse upfront with guttierez to come on for ben arfa, put sissoko right mid and gouffran up top supporting cisse

    Get through the season get a new manager who knows how to coach a pass and move style of play which our players are suited to, even defensively. This pardew pass and non-movement style of play and unorganized defending comes from the coaching and alan pardew is not good enough for NUFC, but what decent manager would take the post knowing ashleys transfer policy?

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  • Patoon

    Apr 19, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #34

    DENIro

    Prob could b sumthin like this tho if it is i’d switch Jonas and Ben Arfa cos when Debuchy goes forward ther’l b 2 much room down that side, the other side should b ok as Haidara doesn’t attack as much a Debuchy

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  • Patoon

    Apr 19, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #35

    Transfer Sage

    Who ever is gonna start in attack is gonna hav 2 get in the box and help Cisse, completely pointless putting ball in the box and only 1 man in ther 2 score

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  • mattnufc

    Apr 19, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #36

    Ben Arfa isn’t starting to all those who put him in their teams.

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  • beefman13

    Apr 19, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #37

    Ed, no campbell even in the subs? AP has got to show bottle, experience dosnt always do it as we saw last week, you did not put jonas in your starting line up, you do know pardew will tho surely, its squeeky bum time again for us all.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 19, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #38

    patoon

    I think 4231 with the wide men being more narrow and then cabaye behind getting in the box works.

    The issue is we don’t get anyone forward whether we play 1 or 2 up top and therefore the service is poor as it’s hit long and there is no support around him.

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  • Tinman - Catchy for Manager

    Apr 19, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #39

    A managers biggest problem is obviously not an overperformer, they are brilliant.
    Surprisingly to some its not an underperformer, they are easy to spot and get rid of.
    A managers biggest problem is a inconsistent performer, sometimes they are brilliant but they are often very poor.

    This is one of Newcastles biggest problems at the moment. We have very few consistent performers.
    Colo, Santon, Jonas, Tiote, Cabaye, HBA, Marveaux and Cisse are all far too inconsistent yet all of them warrant a place in our starting eleven because of their ‘promise’ or occasional quality performance.

    I fear we will soon be able to add Gouffran and possibly Sissoko to that list however it would be very harsh to do that now.

    The players we buy in the summer need to be consistent performers, who can build a platform for our HBA, Cisse and Marveaux’s to thrive around.

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  • daztoon-anti christ is that the time

    Apr 19, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #40

    Hope Pards proves us all wrong and goes out for the win see ya after the game HWTL

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