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:
Debuchy Taylor(S) Yanga-Mbiwa Haidara
Ben Arfa Cabaye Anita Gouffran
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.
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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