Newcastle vs West Ham – Match Preview


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It’s Newcastle first home game of the season tomorrow afternoon against a decent West Ham side, and we have to hope we do a lot better than we did last Monday night in our first game of the season, when we were taken apart by Manchester City 4-0, and the score-line could have been a lot worse but for some good goalkeeping from Tim Krul.

At the end of last season, after we just survived relegation, finishing 5th bottom, but still above Sunderland, it was obvious that Newcastle had to get off to a good start this term, so we could put last season down to too many injuries, and those 14 European games that did little else but to tire our players before 14 Premier league games.

Anyway those were some of the reasons (excuses) as to why we had done so poorly in the league after finishing in 5th place the season before.
But if that’s going to be proved true we should do a lot better this season, but it was a terrible start to the season at the Etihad.

One thing that was worrying was our defense again looked all at seas, and Mathieu Debuchy had a very poor game and couldn’t seem to handle the pace and skill of Manchester’s wide men.

But it was only one game and Mathieu is a much better player than he showed in Manchester and we are hoping top see the Frenchman put in a solid performance tomorrow afternoon.

And Steven Taylor is of course suspended for the next three games after receiving a straight red card on Monday night, for a stupid foul he committed out of sheer frustration, and Loic Remy, Jonas Gutierrez and Davide Santon are all unfit.

Cheick Tiote is a doubt with a slight groin strain, but we’ll assume he fit to play tomorrow.

So this is what we think the side will be tomorrow:

Krul
Debuchy Coloccini (c) Yanga-Mbiwa Dummett
Ban Arfa Tiote Cabaye Sissoko Gouffran
Cisse
Subs: Elliot Williamson Anita Marveaux Gosling Ameobi (s) Ameobi (Sh)

There is a chance that Mike Williamson could be drafted in alongside Colo, and Yanga-Mbiwa stays at left back, and when Mike came in over the seocnd half of last season, the 6’4″ defender did put in some solid performances for the side.

And it seems that Andy Carroll has only a slight chance to make the West Ham squad for tomorrow’s  game, and will have a late fitness test on the foot injury he picked up in the last game of last season.

In his press conference for this game Alan Pardew asked the Newcastle fans to support the team big time tomorrow, and the lads needed the support and Newcastle need the win.

The Newcastle manager also said that he expected a lot of transfer business to be done in the coming week, and he hoped Newcastle were part of that and and bring in some players.

Let us know how you think the game will go tomorrow.

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We need the win tomorrow – no doubt about that, otherwise there will be even more gloom and doom on Tyneside.

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167 comments so far

  • Dennis Twice

    Aug 23, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #1

    First?

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  • Dennis Twice

    Aug 23, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #2

    Attack Toon attack attack!

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  • DevonToon

    Aug 23, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #3

    Bloody reposts in the right place this time

    Eire… you seriously underestimate how important colo the colossus is to our team!

    Pokat – Pardew is 100% to blame for Cisse’s form! Putting a guy who took the prem by storm on the right wing, to accommodate a guy who couldnt hit a barn door 2nd part of the season, in the centre… nuffin like faith from ur manager

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  • Cabyebye

    Aug 23, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #4

    But Willo is a horrifically poor player??

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  • nufc_eire

    Aug 23, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #5

    DevonToon

    I know it was a toss-up between Colo and MYM for the other CB. Colo is fantastic but I fancy with the MYM playing we could push right up the pitch because MYM and Alderweireld are both fast lads! PLus we need Alderweilelds height because we will be destoyed in the air if its colo and MYM

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  • Cabyebye

    Aug 23, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #6

    nufc_eire

    Even if we do get Toby [god willing] there is no way I would start him with Mapou for his first game, or any number of games to be honest until he came to terms with the PL. Colo would need to be there to keep a cool head when shit hits the fan.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Aug 23, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #7

    @ Billson

    From previous thread . Anita is far from slow .

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  • JAMSHA

    Aug 23, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #8

    voted for a win…. but seem my vote isnt counted… all i get plzz wait

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Aug 23, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #9

    Team for tomorrow :

    ——————————–Krul——————————

    –Debuchy——-Collocini——–M’biwa——-Dummet–

    ———-Sissoko———-Marveaux————Anita——–

    ———————————HBA—————————-

    —————Gouffran——————Cisse—————–

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  • 2_goal_tino

    Aug 23, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #10

    Don’t worry about Willo. Pardew has said he’s injured and won’t train until Monday and that MYM will definitely be partnering Colo.

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  • nufc_eire

    Aug 23, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #11

    Cabayebye

    Yeah thats fair. If we have no injuries we could bring him on for 20mins a game for a few weeks and see how he gets on. His signing would also allow us to play 3-5-2/5-3-2 if we needed.

    ————–Alderweireld—-Colo—-MYM—————–
    –Debuchy—————————————–Santon—–

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  • Rooster

    Aug 23, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #12

    Ed, if Pardew drafts in Williamson and still plays Mbiwa left back then he genuinely has no clue and I will need to see his resignation if we loose to West Ham.

    He will loose the one ounce of faith I have left in him, The lad Dummett has to play.

    My Team for West Ham

    Krul
    Debuchy
    Dummett
    Colo
    Mbiwa
    Sissoko
    Anita
    Marv
    Gouffran
    Ben Arfa
    Cisse

    It needs shaking up, Tiote dropped, Sissoko playing in front of Mbiwa and Colo, Anita pushing on to feed Marv n Benny to feed Gouffy n Cisse.

    Percentage chance with Pardew of this happening 5%

    We are missing a chance every home game at least, Pardew is way to loyal to certain players, its sickening.

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  • Yohan Kebab

    Aug 23, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #13

    BPC that would get torn apart down the middle and by the flanks

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  • JaxtheMag

    Aug 23, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #14

    krull debuchy collo mbwia santon. benny sissoko anita marv cisse shola.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Aug 23, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #15

    Jamsha…it’s probably just confused why you went for a win. When I voted it redirected me to a mental illness website 🙂

    I said it before the City game and it’s still the same, above all, I just want to see some effort and passion. At least if you do that, even if you fail, you can still hold your head high. Come on lads, the fans need you to come up with the goods, this is all to grim right now

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  • chris.crad

    Aug 23, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #16

    I have looked through hundreds of online threads since Monday looking at potential starting line ups v West Ham and all of them seem pretty similar in terms of personnel and formation. I’d like to see Marveaux involved in the XI though and a much more structured 4-3-3 rather than 4-5-1 which leaves Cisse isolated – though not his conventional position, playing Marveaux with a little bit of a magical touch in the centre of a 3 midfield (a la Cabaye) with a front 3 prong of Gouffran left, HBA right and Cisse up top. Games against WBA at the Hawthorns, Swanseaat the Liberty, Chealsea at Stamford Bridge, Stoke at the Britannia and against Liverpool at home in the 2011-12 season were master class games – we played amazing attacking football and got some great goals in those games! Not a massive amount of overall difference in players available but we just don’t seem to have the confidence to push and attack at the moment!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 23, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #17

    rooster

    absolutely spot on but it just makes way too much sense
    for pardew to consider.

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  • Rooster

    Aug 23, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #18

    Yohan Kebab, in fairness have the teams Pardew been putting out not been getting stuffed, he needs to shake the bugga up. do it now grow a sac while he is at it and put teams out too win rather than not to loose.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Aug 23, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #19

    @ Kebab

    I am sick of us playing so defensive though, especially at home . The other team should be worried about us not the other way around .

    Maybe the reason we get so many multiple goal hammerings is because we worry about who is covering the full back or tracking back .

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  • zimtoon

    Aug 23, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #20

    Only good news is jonas’ injury for me

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  • Charlietoon

    Aug 23, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #21

    BPC all i see is a giant hole running straight down the middle of the pitch.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Aug 23, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #22

    Evening Lads 🙂

    …it’s finally weekend and the sun has been shining here for the last two days…is that a sign? 😀

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  • DevonToon

    Aug 23, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #23

    Eire – correct me if im wrong but I thought colo n mapou where both 6′, that aint short like… maybe a slight worry against the stokes of the world. Easily tall enough for most of the prem though. We could still play a high line with maps n colo, maps has pace with great ability to read the game and colo anticipation etc is top notch

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  • boater

    Aug 23, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #24

    Nothing raises the stock of an NUFC player more than not playing. Marveaux and Anita, have been elevated to the status of rarely-seen, miracle performing mythological creatures, by dint of a decent 15 minutes cameo here and there.

    The blog abounds with a chorus of clapping seals claiming they saw ‘more in 15 minutes from X than Y has produced all game’… ‘make that their whole career’.. etc, etc. ‘SURELY Pardew will start Y and not X’. ‘He’s not that stupid is he?’ ‘I will give up ‘supporting’ if he doesn’t do the exact same thing that we all parrot night and day ad nauseum, having angrily watched via a glitchy feed on our laptop.’

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  • Rooster

    Aug 23, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #25

    Rotonda, I always feel Pardew has safety in mind, but at SJP you go for the throat and get the crowd behind you, Tiote is his boy isn’t he, but he slows our game down like Jonas does fcukin about on the ball, I would grow in respect for AP if he really had a go especially at home but I have not witnessed that in my memory.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Aug 23, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #26

    @ Boater

    Are Marv & Anita can’t be much worse than some of the players in our starting 11 based on recent performances.

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  • chris.crad

    Aug 23, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #27

    “Newcastle Utd starting lineup vs WBA 2012:- Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Perch, Ben Arfa, Guthrie, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Cisse, Ba”

    Now try –
    Krul, Debuchy, Colo, MYM, Dummett – strength from the two CBs and good pushing from the FBs –
    Anita/Sissokho/Cabaye (if available – alternatively pull Marveaux into that position)
    HBA, Cisse, Gouffran –

    Looking at Monday’s bench I’m guessing that Marveaux, Sammy and Shola would have been the preferred subs had circumstance allowed – Pardew probably used it as a chance to give Sammy some game time against tough opposition. Other options are Obertan, Gosling, Sammy, Shola, Williamson – where’s Haidara at the moment? What’s up with Vuckic? I feel that the youngsters have been talked up but not given enough chance so far!

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  • nico

    Aug 23, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #28

    Big Pappa Cissé

    Anita isn’t quick though, he’s average.

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  • nico

    Aug 23, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #29

    Get Gosling in, he’s got more to offer than Anita

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 23, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #31

    Boater, hahaha 😀

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  • DevonToon

    Aug 23, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #32

    Boater – who had the most assists for us last year?

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  • joeinthecheapseats

    Aug 23, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #33

    Memories of last years match was Diame running the midfield against a certain Anita at STJAMES PARK
    Need Sissoko or Tiote to sort him tomorrow in my opinion

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  • nico

    Aug 23, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #34

    ——————————–Krul——————————

    –Debuchy——-Collocini——–M’biwa——-Dummet–

    ———————-Sissoko———-Anita——–

    HBA———————Gosling—————-Gouffran—

    ———————–——Cisse—————–—————

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 23, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #35

    Marveuax, Anita, Ben Arfa and Santon are the best players at the club at the moment.

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  • boater

    Aug 23, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #36

    Rooster – I’m with you all the way kidda.

    Even though Dummett has played 40 minutes of premiership football in his embryonic career – if he isn’t automatically selected to track a senior England International right winger. I think they will surely call for the men in white coats to take Pardew away at last.

    Dummett EVERYTIME – Until he has a bad game of course, and then it’s hell and damnation for him.. and we praise someone else sky high as our defensive saviour.

    Am I doing it right?

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  • nico

    Aug 23, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #37

    That for me has a certain balance to the centre of midfield. Sissoko for strength and box to box. Gosling to link up with Cisse and get in the box with late runs. Anita to tie it together with neat passing.

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  • nico

    Aug 23, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #38

    Is Santon injured?
    If he was fit I’d play him right back.

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  • lukes26

    Aug 23, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #39

    someone needs to tiote not to try passes more than 5 meters

    i remember when he was all over the place making tackles. what happened to that guy?

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  • DevonToon

    Aug 23, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #40

    My team –
    Gk Krul
    Rb debs
    Cb mapou – colo
    Lb santon (fit?)
    Cm anita – socks
    Am marv
    Fw arfer – paps – goof

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