Newcastle vs Fulham – Match Preview


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Newcastle play their second successive home game against Fulham at St. James’ Park, and a win is exactly what we need, and that will give us 4 points from three games and a very decent start to the season.

On the other hand a defeat will keep us in the bottom three of the Premier League, which is not where we want to be.

And Darren Bent, who was a a target for Newcastle in the summer, but we wouldn’t meet his wage demands so he didn’t arrive on Tyneside,  will be in the Fulham squad, but whether he will start we don’t know.

Yohan Cabaye could well be in the Newcastle squad, after he seems to have come to his sense, but if the Times report today is true – that Newcastle are close to agreeing a £14M deal for the Frenchman with Arsenal, we will not see him today and he could well have played his last game for the club.

We hope Newcastle fans will support Cabaye if and when he comes on – it seems like two thirds of the fans think  we should support him.

Should Newcastle Fans Support Yohan Cabaye Tomorrow?

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Loic Remy is also on the bench today, and could see his first action in a black and white shirt – and this is what Alan Pardew said about the French striker:

“He’s trained,”  “He hasn’t really done a pre-season but I think the option of him on the bench – maybe just for the real last period of the game – might be something I look at.”

“It’d be nice to bring him off the bench. He’s fit and well, there’s no problem with him, it’s just he can’t really do a big portion of the game.”

It also seems that number one goalkeeper Tim Krul will not make it,  and Rob Elliot will be in goal, and his form at Morecambe on Wednesday night was good, so we should have no worries there.

We don’t expect Yohan Cabaye to start the game today and we expect Vurnon Anita and Moussa Sissoko to be the two central midfield players – and Cheick Tiote will again miss out but  should be ready for the game next weekend at Aston Villa – that could be a tough game.

And Sammy Ameobi could be pushing for a start,  after an excellent game at Morecambe on Wednesday, where he was Newcastle’s star player and scored an added time goal to make the score of 2-0 respectable.

This could be the side that Alan Pardew starts today:

Elliot
Debuchy Coloccini (c) Yanga-Mbiwa Santon
Ben Arfa Anita Sissoko Ameobi (Sa)
Cisse Ameobi (Sh)
Subs: Alnwick  Dummett Good Cabaye Marveaux Gouffran Remy

Gosling, Bigirimana and Obertan will probably not make the 18 man squad today, and we think 20 year-old Curtis Good deserves to be on the bench after his promising debut at center-back for  Newcastle at Morecambe..

Newcastle have kept two clean sheets in their last two games, and that’s what we want to see today too, and with Papiss Cisse and Shola up front and some creativity on both wings with Sammy and Ben Arfa, some chances should be carved out for the two strikers today.

We won this same fixture last year 1-0, with that dramatic added time winner from Cisse,  when he brilliantly scored from a  great through ball from Sylvain Marveaux.

We hope Newcastle can get a goal  because a win would be fantastic,  and then we’d have to nervously wait out the last two days of the transferwindow, and see what transpires. 🙁

A win would be great today.

And let us know how you think we’ll do today and what your starting eleven would be.

How Will Newcastle Fare against Fulham ?

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I may be struggling to get the team out today at 2:00 pm, since I have some personal business going on, so if nothing comes out I’ve been tied up – but we”ll back immediately after the game – and hopefully reporting on the first win in the league this season.

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241 comments so far

  • Spotlight Kid

    Aug 31, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #1

    Take it easy, Ed, it’s just a game..

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  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 31, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #2

    6-0 to Fulham today, Pardew to be coronated

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  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 31, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #3

    Man!

    what do i do to come first. 😉

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  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 31, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #4

    Cabaye is just a Rich Man’s Nicky Butt

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  • elpaso_geordie

    Aug 31, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #5

    re previous post

    Id sell Cabaye for 14 mill then straight out to get Ince 8 mill and Will Hughes for 6 mill , job done

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  • Ibizatoon

    Aug 31, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #6

    Each game brings a new opportunity to turn things around. Let’s hope they take it today.

    I’d be tempted to start Sammy today. Love him or hate him, if we’re going to preach that players should be picked of form, then surely Sammy gets in?

    Does that then lead on to Shola too? Shall we scrap this whole pick players on form thing? 🙂

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 31, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #7

    Got to watch out for Bryan Ruiz.

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  • jeff

    Aug 31, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #8

    if we lose i hope we get thumped

    makes ashley see we need to invest and gets pardew one step closer to the sack

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  • JAMSHA

    Aug 31, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #9

    take the spotlight from the kid imdian 😛

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  • Toon Boy

    Aug 31, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #10

    I hope to see if Krul is injured:

    Elliot
    Debuchy–Colo–Mapou–Santon
    Marveaux — Tiote– Sammy
    ———-Ben Arfa——–
    ———-Cisse———–

    Would not be too bad.

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  • JDdubai

    Aug 31, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #11

    Still remember the Hull game and demonstrations from 2008, can see the same frustrations coming again v soon….

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  • ROSHAN MAGPIE

    Aug 31, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #12

    how many of you here want nufc to loose

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  • Ibizatoon

    Aug 31, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #13

    Toon Boy….Tiote is out injured I believe, so that leaves you now with 9 men out of a possible 11…give us a chance mate 🙂

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  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 31, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #14

    Toon Boy

    only 10 players, as you say not bad but could be better 😉

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  • JDdubai

    Aug 31, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #15

    @Toonboy 10

    I applaud your confidence to only play with 10 men, unless you were implying that Shola was the 11th and you just left him out completely??

    also tiote injured..

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  • ROSHAN MAGPIE

    Aug 31, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #16

    I want my team to win cause even if we loose another 10games I don’t think pardew will be sacked even if he gets sacked then he will be replaced with another yes man so there won’t be any improvements

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Aug 31, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #17

    Repost:

    Ibiza…I don’t know but if one good season could see both Tiote and Cabaye’s value sky rocket then why not?

    …it seems getting relegated doesn’t have to have that big an impact on your value . just look at McCartney who is valued at £15M!

    Ibiza thanks for redirecting me 😉 lol

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  • shango87

    Aug 31, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #18

    @ toonboy…you only named 10 players, thats us at a disadvantage already! play hiadarra at left back, santon is right footed, makes no sense! get marvaux to fuck, lazy and over confident, body language is shocking for a player who is looking to prove himself….example- debuchy, looks well more committed than he did last season!

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  • Ian Toon

    Aug 31, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #19

    Ibiza- good morning. The sun is shining and I am eagerly awaiting
    my trip to the theatre of dreams. SJP up on the hill is always
    something to behold and as I pop out for a proper coffee I can see
    countless fans in toon shirts and 4 hours before kick off there is already a buzz about the place.

    I fancy the toon to prevail in a 2-0 win .

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  • Ian Toon

    Aug 31, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #20

    My I phone as being causing me problems.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 31, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #21

    pic.twitter.com/Mx4lOsnvPF

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  • sticklebricks

    Aug 31, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #22

    @ 10 – Tiote is injured as Ed mentions in this article…

    Remy should start, it’s a positive move and we could see how long we can get out of him. For all we know he could last 60 minutes so why bring him on as a sub in the 80th when its going to be too late!

    Debuchy-Colo-Mapou-Santon
    Sissoko-Anita-Cabaye
    Arfa-SAmeobi-Remy

    Bench:
    Dummett-Good-Gosling-Ameobi-Marveaux-Cisse

    Sameobi/Remy interchangable at the top and Arfa playing more behind them than outwide.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Aug 31, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #23

    Cabaye should not be in the team today he doesn’t deserve it & also i would like a win but really can’t see it

    2-0 to Fulham but would love to see 3-0 to Newcastle

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 31, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #24

    I would hardly say that boro reject Sammy Ameobi was excellent the other night, maybe the better one of a very bad bunch.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Aug 31, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #25

    oh also if we play a 4231 we are certain to lose, Fulham will play a 442 and will dominate the game even though they are on poor form like us, we need a 433 or a 4312 to win imo.

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  • DevonToon

    Aug 31, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #26

    Toob boy… thats basicly an 8 man line up, considering ur a man down, tiote injured and samiobi is so lazy he may as well not be on the pitch… fulham aint that bad lad

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  • jeff

    Aug 31, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #27

    would like to see us lose 6-0

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  • jeff

    Aug 31, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #28

    would be for the good of the club long-term

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  • JaxtheMag

    Aug 31, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #29

    pardew says remy is fit and wel but can only manage 10 minutes, another classic from the clown.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Aug 31, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #30

    jeff

    how can it be good for the club if we got stuffed 6-0?

    you really think AP will get the sack? NO!

    you really think MA will invest into the club? NO!

    so why would you be happy for us to get hammered 6-0?

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  • Ibizatoon

    Aug 31, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #31

    Roshan…I’m with you. Unless we’re facing relegation later in the season I don’t expect too many changes tbh.

    Would rather we do well in the meantime.

    Jesper…I think McCartney is valued at a little more than £15m like, now McCarthy on the other hand 😉

    I get your point and I’m in no way saying that I think he will sell for £14m, just interested to see how this one works out, are there any signs of a change of approach…i.e…i don’t care about maximising profit, I just want my money back…signs of desperation etc. I doubt it tbh.

    Still amazed that this seasons shirt launch was the most successful in 3 seasons…wtf?!?

    Ian…I hope the fans who turn up get a good showing. I honestly do fear about the current mood and state of things, but maybe this blog isn’t always the best way to judge the mood….however, even your Ryders of the world are starting to make noises. Whether intentional or not, no one can say this has been well handled….you’ll remember our ifs and buts conversation…I’m working on a new phrase for this silly season.

    Have a good one.

    Jail…Also a true viewpoint…he did at least try and show some intent. At the end of the day I can accept losing, but I want to see people try. Sammy did, can’t knock that.

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  • Fostino

    Aug 31, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #32

    what worries me about par dew is lack of any sort of game plan…he is clueless. we seem to change game plan several times during a game

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 31, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #33

    We can’t win by more than one goal under Pardew and Ashley.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 31, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #34

    Under Sir Bobby, we were beating team 8-0, 5-1, 6-2 etc.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Aug 31, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #35

    Jax…Remy hasn’t played any competitive football in months.

    I can’t think of many examples where a player has been out that long, only been back in training a couple of weeks or so and is then started straight away.It’s standard practice, no?

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  • jeff

    Aug 31, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #36

    another home 6-0 loss and i believe pardew will get sacked

    so yes i do think so black and white army toon lol

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Aug 31, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #37

    Ketsbaia9@33

    aye mate the good old days but it won’t happen again

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  • toon kk

    Aug 31, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #38

    I don’t know where our goals are going to come from, we can’t create never mind score.
    At least MA keeping the club on a sure footing by not over spending. Joke club.

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Aug 31, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #39

    This has a boring goaless draw all over it.

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  • geordie1892

    Aug 31, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #40

    Cabaye should not be allowed to just waltz back into the team after, supposedly, refusing to play. Antia has earned the right to play imo, didn’t whinge once last season when he wasn’t playing and when he did play, did well.

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