Newcastle vs Liverpool – Match Preview


The game today between two clubs who were founded back in the same year – 1892 – is perhaps a water-shed game for Newcastle, when we take on Liverpool at St. James’ Park this afternoon.

Newcastle have not fared well since the Southampton game in the league, and in the last seven league games since then, we have only two wins but four defeats against Swansea, Wigan, Manchester City and Sunderland.

And this home game is yet another sell-out and the Geordie crowd will know just how important it is to get something out of this game.

Newcastle have been given a huge boost because Luis Suarez will not be playing this afternoon, as Liverpool have wisely decided not to appeal against the Uruguayan’s 10 match ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic last week for his Sunday lunch.

So that’s a little bit of luck we have been given, and let’s face it, Newcastle haven’t had much of the commodity this season.

Fabricio Coloccini is back in the squad for this game and recovered from his back injury, although it’s likely he will start on the bench, and Cheick Tiote is also back and fit to play.

But Cheick may not start this game, and Alan Pardew could prefer James Perch in the holding modified role, depending on how James has been looking in training.

And the great Ben Arfa is now said to be 100% fit after his hamstring injury and he could start, but Sylvain Marveaux still seems to be out with a groin strain.

This could be the team Alan Pardew puts out against the Reds today:

Debuchy Taylor(S) Yanga-Mbiwa Haidara
Gouffran Cabaye (c) Perch Ben Arfa
Subs: Harper Williamson Anita Tiote Gutierrez Obertan Ameobi (Sh)

Alan Pardew could prefer Tiote to Perch and we have a feeling he will find some place in the starting eleven for Gutierrez, because he works his socks off and tracks back well – and he may be played to help out young Haidara on the left, as the 20 year-old gets used to the Premier League.

The keys to this game are that Newcastle must defend solidly, and we cannot afford to miss good chances, which basically cost us the win last week at West Brom in the first half.

So if we see the lads creating good chances this afternoon but not taking them, that would not be a good omen.

And this is the first home games since the Sunderland debacle, so it’s a chance for our players to start to make up fr that surrender against Sunderland – which both embarrassed and infuriated Newcastle fans.

It’s another full house at St. James’ Park this afternoon and they’ll be cheering on the team – hopefully to victory.

A win this afternoon will be huge for Newcastle United.

And 77% think we’ll get something out of this game.

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225 comments so far

  • Mark the Mag

    Apr 27, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #1


  • BigKirky

    Apr 27, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #2

    I know people were mentioning a lot about the bookies slashing Pardew’s odds to go and obv that IndyKaila guy on twitter mentioned about links to Benitez.

    Anyway, just had a look for his tactical approach as I know he basis his philosophy on it rather than Keegan and Redknapp esq heart of sleeve attacking.

    Found this good article on his tactics. Was a very good read I thought. Just thought I’d share if any of you are interested, even if it’s just to open your mind to more tactics with football:

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 27, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #3

    Billson, what do you expect players to say, given the fortume they are earning. If you are that confident about Pardew, why dont you put forward a defence for him?

  • davetoon

    Apr 27, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #4

    sad facts:

    Newcastle have taken four points from their last five league fixtures.
    They are 25 points and 12 places worse off than at the same stage of last season.
    Only Reading and Aston Villa have conceded more than Newcastle’s 60 goals.

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 27, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #5

    Isnt it laughable that QPR are now in a worse position in the elague that when Arry joined ( 4th last ) . What a plum.

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 27, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #6

    Id hate Benitez as coach. A total knob.

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 27, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #7

    Munster…Two things we agree on. Benitez drives me nuts (but yes, he has won silverware) and Redknapp has provided lots of entertainment this season. Somehow made them even worse.

  • davetoon

    Apr 27, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #8

    I’d prefer Harry to Benitez any day

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 27, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #9

    dave…I really wouldn’t want either tbh. Would rather keep what we have until a better manager came along. Wouldn’t call either as progress really, more accomplished perhaps, but not moving forwards. Just my opinion of course and might be more down to personal dislike of the two of them.

  • yo-yo

    Apr 27, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #10

    That Big Kirky piece is pretty good as an analysis and shows how good Benitez is tactically, He really could do the biz for us imo as he’d solve the Pardew shortcomings tacically very rapidly though I don’t warm to him as a person at all.

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Apr 27, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #11

    ED you got to be realistic mate with that lineup, as much as we all want that lineup it will NEVER happen

  • davetoon

    Apr 27, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #12

    don’t get me wrong, I think Pardew deserves another season unless it starts like this one but if I had to choose between Harry & Benitez, I’d go Harry

  • bills-son

    Apr 27, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #13

    Munster – players don”t have to say anything in support of a manager. The fact that plenty of ours do on a regular basis to me means they have a lot of respect for him.

    On making a case for him – I just think the criticism is way over the top. We have had a horrendous injury run to a squad that was already thin. We’ve hardly played a settled side all season and we”ve still had injuries even after the January signings. Remy going to QPR was another body blow.

    I just feel that after his 5th finish last year that Pardew has earned the opportunity to have 10/12 games at the start of next season to prove that he can get results with a settled side. Hopefully those games are in the Prem.

  • BigKirky

    Apr 27, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #14

    Yeah, I thought it was a good piece too, Yo Yo.

    To be honest, I showed the piece to my pal this morning as he doesn’t like Benitez, but also said his CV is very good and if he won us something he would happily take Benitez.

    Again, even just reading the article to broaden your own tactical awareness it’ll be beneficial.

    Read that then try and apply the theories behind what we see each week. It’ll put into perspective the ineptitude of our ‘approach’ to football.

    Give it to Sissoko and let him run, or give it to happen and get him to hopefully creat something. We’ve gone a goal ahead, everybody now sit back and “dig in”.

  • BigKirky

    Apr 27, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #15

    *Hatem, not happen.

  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 27, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #16


    If a player is asked in an interview about his manager though he has to say something, can’t ignore it, looks too bad.

    I think you take those comments with a pnch of salt really. If a player backs a manager he could mean it or be sucking up. Same as if he criticises a manger, could just be bitter.

    I haven’t seen anything on the pitch that suggests he has lost them though, and that’s where it’s usually best to see.

  • chris_g

    Apr 27, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #17

    George Caulkin ?@CaulkinTheTimes

    One of Newcastle’s best pubs @_thebroadchare is offering a topical tipple just now. #nufc #lfc

  • yo-yo

    Apr 27, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #18


    The things that leapt out at me were the “three playmakers” behind the centrefoward – we haven’t got anything like that organised and how he rotates them – so say we used Cabs, Benny and Marv in that role he’d keep one on the bench to stir it up with the opposing defence during the game.
    Also he’d ensures there is cover down the wings when his wing forwards were going forward so the CBs weren’t exposed (the Santon hole) – and that he nade sure the gap between the DM s and AMs didn’t get too big by playing zonally and depping a player to fill the link up role as well as dropping back into a 4-4-1-1 and attacking as a 4-2-3-1.

    It all makes sense for the 4-2-3-1 master tactician and it works for the sides he runs.

    It seems to me we seriously need a bit of that level of tactical nous – as I think Pards is okay – but we could be better than okay with better coaching. Rafa has other defects as a manager and is probably best as a first team coach.

  • Cisse's Big Toe

    Apr 27, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #20

    i dont like benitez but he could work wonders with the squad we have, fit his play style too

  • yo-yo

    Apr 27, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #21


    I hope you’ve piciked up on Mbiwa’s comments in his interview

    ““I’m perhaps a bit disappointed not to be facing Suárez, you always want to come up against the best players in the world.”

    “From the point of view of getting the three points, though, perhaps it’s an advantage for us that he’s not on the pitch.” “As a professional, though, you always want to play against the very best.”

    It supports the view that our best players do want to play against the best but team wise its probably better he’s suspended – so everyone who argued that thread a few days ago was right !

    Personal challenge but pragmatic too – old head on young shoulders Do you rate him ?

  • yo-yo

    Apr 27, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #22


    Our squad would work with Rafa’s coaching methods and tactical style really really well – the fit is there. I’m not a fan of his but would accept him as a definite upgrade.

  • Novocastrian66

    Apr 27, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #23

    Benitez is a top class manager. He has Chelsea playing really well at the moment, he is on another level to Pardew. If and it’s a big if, he became our manager it would be a massive statement of intent and ambition, that we do not intend to be down amongst the dead men and making up the numbers.
    He would not move to a club that wants to stagnate. Cannot see it happening. We’re stuck with Pardew unless we go down.

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Apr 27, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #24

    i think Rafa could change our team to a top flight club with our players

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 27, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #26

    Personally can’t stand Benitez
    But he’s a decent manager and the most realistic out of the names being banded about!
    Harry is a p1ss poor manager, people thinks its a crime for us to be where we are with the players we have, well it’s the same for QPR redknapp was possibly the worst thing to happen to them

    On the previous article
    Does anyone think that maybe mbiwa could be considered for captain?
    Think cabaye would be the obvious choice to most, but with his problems off the pitch, fatigue on the pitch and up and down form do you think maybe the club our questioning if he has the character to be club captain?

  • Cisse's Big Toe

    Apr 27, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #27

    no alderweireld and abeid gone, kets may just top himself

    would benitez actually consider us in our current position anyway? he must see the potential if he would..

  • BigKirky

    Apr 27, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #28

    Yo Yo, yeah there’s a structured plan offensively and defensively intergrated into one in those tactics. Chelsea look like they’re going to the Europa final and there’s the domestic cup too. He’s already won the Champions League twice, so he’s doing something right.

    Not necessarily saying I want Pardew out or Benitez in, just highlighting some things as I really am sick of us sitting on a goal lead and still not getting full points. Plus the generally unorthodox approach personnel-wise and tactically which we play.

    We haven’t really seen top interchanges of passes on a regular basis which lead to ‘simple’ team work goals. Rather just the sublime by individuals.

    There should be both, but the sublime shouldn’t be relied upon week in week out to nick us a goal, which is what seem to happen when we score. The quality of the players and their individual abilities are papering over the cracks of good teamplay and well worked goals, for me anyway.

    Look at it this way, if we had lesser players who couldn’t keep producing these match point gaining goals, what would we have left? Not much, as we’re already 16th.

    A well coached squad should in effect be interchangeable as they follow the same tactical formula, which helps to accomodate a lesser replacement player for an injured better player. The system is the basis for the team, not the individuals who are put into a formation, if you catch my drift.

    That’s where “playing As a team of individuals” comes in.

    I really want consistency, continuity and stability in a manager. My worry is that if you build your foundations on the wrong surface, like an old land fill site or mine, your structure may keep collapsing. The more time goes on, the less I see the team performing better as a unit.

  • davetoon

    Apr 27, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #29

    tads- you don’t think he did a good at Spurs. He took them from relegation candidates to the champions League QF

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 27, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #30

    Ok lads best results this weekend that should see us safe?

    Saturday 27th April 2013

    Man City v West Ham city win

    Everton v Fulham Everton win

    Southampton v West Brom draw

    Stoke v Norwich. Norwich win

    Wigan v Tottenham Spuds win

    Newcastle v Liverpool TOON WIN!!!

    Sunday 28th April

    Reading v QPR Draw hopefully relegating both

    Chelsea v Swansea chelski win

    Arsenal v Man Utd Manure win

    Aston Villa v Sunderland mackem win *shudders

    Hopefully with those results:
    QPR and reading will be relegated
    Wigan or villa will be good as relegated
    Arsenal will be out of the 3rd place race and have nout to play for on the last day of the season

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 27, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #31

    Not really, he had a great squad and huge amount of financial backing
    Taking that one spell out of his career is like concentrating on pardew finishing 5th
    Look at the mess pompy are in that’s mainly down to redknapp promising Europe if he had investment, failing to deliver then bailing
    Southampton it took them til this season to recover from the mess he left them in
    The bloke is a Cnut a greedy one at that and I’d never want see his horrible saggy face in the home dugout at SJP ever

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 27, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #32

    Tads…Agree with all of that except Stoke vs Norwich (preferably a draw) and Soton vs West Brom (don’t see us catching them being 8 pioints ahead with a game in hand so would rather Soton get no points).

  • ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~

    Apr 27, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #33

    My team for tonight,


    – Harper
    – Simmo
    – Willo
    – Anita
    – Tiote / Obertan
    – Campbell
    – Strolla

    I’d be livid if Tiote walks into the team again. He does not deserve his spot in the starting 11.

  • ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~

    Apr 27, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #34

    Oh cr@p I forgot Arfa.

    Arfa instead of Obertan/tiote.

    I’ve become to accustomed to him being injured. Forgive me for I have sinned.

  • Cisse's Big Toe

    Apr 27, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #35

    would love to see sissoko and anita defensive with cabaye marv benny as an attacking 3 today

    player of the year this year? my vote has to be carrick

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 27, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #36

    Yeah true on west brom but I’d like too see stoke dragged further in to the relegation battle!!!!

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Apr 27, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #37

    Afternoon ladies and gents, it’s that time again, it’s match day! 😀

    Must say if we’re talking about Benitez vs Harry then it would have to be Benitez every single day of the week and twice on Sundays. Harry would never come to the North East, it’s too far away so I think it would never happen any way.

    Thoughts on the game lads? Sturridge to lead the line all by himself, will he be able to do it? Will we try and close out the Liverpool midfield? Or will we allow Liverpool to bowl us over as so many teams have done at SJP this season?

  • Cisse's Big Toe

    Apr 27, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #38

    i think pardews mantra is its better to win 1-0 and draw 0-0 than to win 6-0 and lose 5-4

    unfortunately it dont work

  • yo-yo

    Apr 27, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #39

    Big Kirky @ 28

    Yeh – Sound

    I’d even forgo the 4-3-3 for a well worked 4-2-3-1. As long as the players are working to a well thought out system I’d be happy.
    In that case we’d need a super striker to replace Ba and rotate with Cisse and some serious playmakng upgrades too. Not endless DMs playing out of position – we need playmakers to work alongside Cabs

  • davetoon

    Apr 27, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #40

    tads – when you put it like that, its hard to argue

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