Cardiff vs Newcastle – Match Preview

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Newcastle United will travel to the Cardiff City Stadium today, hoping to pick up some points, and climb up the league table before the two week International break starts.

And Newcastle are coming off two league defeats in a row against Hull City and Everton by three goals to two  in each game, and we have played some of our worst football of the season in those games.

And as the scoreline suggests our defense – once again – does not seem good enough for the Premier League, even though we brought in three French defenders last January – Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Massadio Haidara, who is still out injured.

Newcastle have only 7 points form the first 6 games, and although that’s the same total as Manchester United have under new manager David Moyes, it’s just not good enough, especially when we have a better squad than last season, and we will have fewer games to play than last season too.

Alan Pardew is under pressure to get some wins, and last week there were even rumors that he had been sacked that started out on Twitter, but none of those were true.

Pardew will be up against his former captain at West Ham – Malky Mackay – and he even tried to get Malky to Newcastle as his assistant in early 2011, when Malky was the Watford manager,  but that failed in the same way Booby Robson failed to bring in Jose Mourinho as his assistant back in October of 1999.

They were both looking for something bigger then being the Assistant manager at Newcastle.

Alan Pardew has talked about his friend Malky Mackay today in the press:

“I did speak to Malky at the time, but he’s gone on in his own right to be what he is, a Premier League manager, and he’s done that quickly and started really really well.”

“He’s a great great guy who was my captain at West Ham and I love him dearly but I won’t be loving him dearly this week and he knows that.”

“I can see the frustration of both the players and the fans, but I think the supporter needs to know that on the training ground everyone here is working extremely hard to right the wrongs.

“Nobody is perfect, but I don’t think any player would overstep over the white line and think they are not trying to try.”

The big question this week is what team would Alan play today, since our defense was completely hopeless in that first half at Everton.

And it seems that both Mike Williamson and Yohan Cabaye will start this game, and we have an inkling that local lad Paul Dummett could come in at left back for Italian International Davide Santon.

We assume Shola Ameobi and Jonas Gutierrez are now fit again and available for selection for today’s game.

So in a 4-3-3 formation this is the team Alan could start today:

Debuchy Williamson Coloccini  (c) Dummett
Sissoko Cabaye Tiote
Ben Arfa Remy Gouffran
Subs: Elliot Yanga-Mbiwa Santon Marveaux Cisse Gutierrez Ameobi (Sa)

No place in the 18 man squad for Vurnon Anita, Shola Ameobi and Gabby Obertan.

Let us know what your team would be for today.

Some changes to the side could see Rob Elliot replace Tim Krul in goal, and Anita start in a four man midfield with two up front – a 4-4-2 formation in effect – to give more solidity in the middle of the park.

Keys to the game are that the Newcastle defense can be strong and steady, and not let in any soft goals, and we’ve conceded six of those is our last two league games.

Every player has to work their tails off today, since it will not be an easy game  at the Cardiff City Stadium, in front  of a partisan crowd.

It seems that around 68% of Newcastle fans (at the time of writing), think we will  get something out of the game today, with 44% believing we can win the game, and 24% thinking we can get a point.

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The two week International break follows the weekend games, so it would be nice to see a good performance and a good result from the lads today.

We’ll have to wait and see.

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78 comments so far

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Oct 5, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #1

    Pardew’s excuse – They turned out in Red, we were expecting Blue

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Oct 5, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #2

    Great chance to lose again, a big lose.
    disappointed to us again and again.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 5, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #3

    Arty, on previous post, yes I agree.

    It was crying out for a change in August. Paying a decent wage for a good manager plus bespoke coaching setup probably would be a similar amount to buying a decent player.

    In my opinion that is far better than adding more and more players to an already dismal system of play.

    It’s so annoying.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 5, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #4

    We’ve just added all those players and January plus Remy, when do the Pardew and Ashley supporters realise that it doesn’t matter who you add, the system is wrong.

    Put the best player possibly of all time, Messi, up front and see how he gets on. You’ll see him lose the ball, get tackled, get frustrated, because we play unorganised football offensively. Very little movement, very little idea of pre-planned runs and link ups.

    It won’t change until the man in charge goes, because he is severely limited and would have been sacked after the Reading game last year by most other clubs I reckon.

  • Marty-Toon

    Oct 5, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #5

    I’d be very disappointed if I was Anita and lost my place to Gutierrez after the way Anita has played this year.
    He’s much better with the ball than Tiote
    Leaving Cisse out of the team after him scoring in the cup is stupid,he’s always gonna be a threat.
    Those that don’t seem bothered should be out of the team.
    I’d have Remy,Cisse,Cabaye,Anita,Sissoko and Gouffran in our front six
    Maybe with Gouffran(Ben Arfa) just behind the two strikers and the other three in midfield

  • Unbelievable Tekkers

    Oct 5, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #6

    Anita must be injured surely?

  • Marty-Toon

    Oct 5, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #7

    Pardew is the boss,
    It’s his job to get these boys up for the game and every game.
    We’ve got quality players playing long from their best.
    His job is to put some fight into the lads and get them playing football with some heart and passion to win the ball back,better movement for teammates and an extra burst into the box when needed.
    I agree with others saying we should’ve got Rafa in when he was available,he would’ve known how to get the best out of our quality players but again we’re stuck with le Pards and that’s how it’s gonna be for quite a while it seems.
    Hopefully some of our lads get the finger out today and we get a couple of quick goals and with that push on for a few more.
    We need a big win,can’t see it but we need it.
    Bellamy will kill Debuchy

  • cyprus

    Oct 5, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #8

    Playing against CARDIFF and getting the jitters!! Damn

  • yo-yo

    Oct 5, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #9

    Anita is the one constant performer this season. He has not had a bad game and a couple of MoM level performances imo. I hope it is a minor injury and not him being dropped as that would signal a return to the bad old days of AP’s team selection preferences – and away from a passing game too.

    A draw this afternoon would be frustrating but about the best our bunch of underperforming journeymen might manage. Any points are better than none when you’re 16th.

  • jimmysmith

    Oct 5, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #10

    Call me deluded or even dim witted, but……


    Debuchey. Taylor. Collocini Santon



    HBA. Cisse. Remy

    …….. still seems a formidable lineup and an excellent bench, even with Willo or Mbiwa in it and should get a result at Cardiff.

  • Marty-Toon

    Oct 5, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #11

    Tayls is injured is he not?

  • cyprus

    Oct 5, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #12

    Taylor! Why not Shola too. We are getting desperate… But definitely not deluded or dim witted.

  • KenyanMagpie4Life

    Oct 5, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #13

    Could someone assist me with a link to stream the game. Cheers, Cardiff 1 NUFC 3!

  • jimmysmith

    Oct 5, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #14

    The Guardian has Taylor fit and in a probable 11, which of course means jack sh@t.

  • davybtoon

    Oct 5, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #15

    Dummett in yes, but if anyone should b dropped its tiote he’s awful anita is our best midfielder right now

  • Wiz

    Oct 5, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #16

    Following my confident prediction of an easy victory against Hull, I now offer my equally confident forecast of a poor performance and miserable defeat against Cardiff today. Nobody seem to find it incredible, as I do, that Williamson is once again seen as a first-choice Premiership centre-half. We will ship goals accordingly. And it might be touch and go for Pardew. An international break might be a good moment to bed in a new manager.

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Oct 5, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #17


    check this thread out

    Alan Pardew Has Really Helped Me – He’s My Mentor

    check the bottom page mate

  • toonbrother

    Oct 5, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #18

    no excuse for anything less than 3 points

  • LeToonARMY

    Oct 5, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #19

    “He’s a great great guy who was my captain at West Ham and I love him dearly but I won’t be loving him dearly this week and he knows that.” (Gay)



  • MacToon

    Oct 5, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #20

    Again Lilongwe Geordie has mentioned the #T4C protest and again has incorrectly reported on it. You take it as gospel because one person said on here that 5000 “scouses” will march. This obviously has hit a nerve but you continually report this and there is absolutely no truth in it. Now you have relayed this incorrect information via TrueFaith. They will have to be made aware of the article’s inaccuracies.

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Oct 5, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #21

    i would expect a win against Cardiff today but i can see another Hull fiasco.

    today a lose or draw is unacceptable, a win should be on the cards today

  • jimmysmith

    Oct 5, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #22

    Well sacking Pards and replacing him with a dud as you’d expect they will, would at least add some impetus and momentum to the time4change movement.

    Always looking for the bright side me!

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Oct 5, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #23

    i wonder who would come in to replace Pardew if he does get sacked after the game, is there any good managers without a club now?

  • Tommyy

    Oct 5, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #24

    Is it confirmed that Anita is out of the squad? If so we can kiss goodbye any midfield possession with Tiote in the side.

    I’ve never seen a player become so poor so quickly, he offers nothing these days it’s a real shame.

  • nut meg

    Oct 5, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #25

    If we play Collo &Williamson as the CBs & Cisse & HBA up front we will be cut to shreds. CBs too slow & Cisse & HBA lose possession too easily which means we’ll be under the cosh which will guarantee hoofball again,to play Tiote & leave Anita out will be disgrace & will only allow Cardiff more of the ball while reducing our chances of any worthwhile possession,heaping more pressure on our fragile defense, Bellamy will think it’s his birthday!!

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Oct 5, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #26


    Tiote will probably be starting ahead of Anita today, we all will know Pardew is gonna setup a defensive team today against Cardiff

  • Rake

    Oct 5, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #27

    I would say to tiote tackle, protect the defense no stupid yellows and pass the ball forwards or two cabaye / sissoko as quickly as possible. I’v never seen a player who thinks spinning around in front of the defense is a good idea…

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 5, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #28

    I thunk Pardew is naive when he says that players cross the white line and try…..they may try, but not very hard. His new hero Sissoko was desperately poor against Everton. There are worse managers out there than Pardew, but he was chosen for the wrong reasons, and without “due Diligence” in selection terms by Ashley. But then we know what we are going to get from Ashley dont we ? Unreal and stupid recruitment decisions , little investment to push us upwards, no strategy that we can believe in, and no real ambition. As I have said before, I shudder to think what we would have done without the Carroll money. Where is TDS today? Probably reading the accounts so he can bore aus all again later whilst the rest of us make fair points as above?

  • Klatoon

    Oct 5, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #29

    Why focus on our weaknesses? so what if HBA does not track back, let him do as he wishes on the RW and maybe their LW will be too busy covering the LB to even trouble Debuchy. Play to our strengths, let them worry about us!!! We are ‘effin Newcastle and they are Cardiff!

  • jimiley

    Oct 5, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #30

    In Shola and Jonas we trust!!!!

  • Blofal

    Oct 5, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #31

    If Anita doesn’t make the bench I will be furious. Guti must earn his way back into the team. Our midfield has not been our worst component this year and to drop one of our better performing midfielders as Ed suggests in his initial line up is not good enough.

    Give Guti a run in the cup games if anything… Against Man City it is probably good to have a defensive player like him running around and getting us free kicks.

  • toonking

    Oct 5, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #32

    if anita is missing from this team then surely he must have some sort of injury.

    the rest of that starting 11 looks ok but when I see dummett now becoming our new LB it seems to make the real problem look all the more clearer.

    their is one area which I look at and am thinking is something our team misses.
    a decent right footed winger or striker.

    gouffran can play with either foot and my guess with rem is he prefers his left foot, HBA is better with his left foot too as is marvo. really their is only obatan suited to the right.

    I might well get lots disagreeing but what I am starting to think should be looked at is bring obatan in moving HBA to his preferred side and dropping tiote from this team

    my team




    also if you want to play HBA just behind the forward as the number 10 then really obatan is the only way for that to happen because remy and goufran are preferred as forwards and remy seems to like the left is he is a winger marvo is a left winger Sammy is even Jonas prefers the left.

    so the HBA no 10 role





    the reason I take anita out of that team is sissoko or tiote are the type who provide the power.

  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Oct 5, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #33

    You must be crazy Ed leaving Anita out of the 18 man squad.

  • jimiley

    Oct 5, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #34

    JFK will be in charge within a month. You could not make it up!!!! Comedy club.

  • toonking

    Oct 5, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #35

    I did say drop tiote but only as sissoko is in

  • Blofal

    Oct 5, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #36

    I think until HBA gains some consistancy he is better off coming off the bench and running at tired defenders.

  • Bearsize

    Oct 5, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #37

    Away to new team. 1-1 is normally the score at best!

  • Tommyy

    Oct 5, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #38

    Absolutely no reason for Anita not to be playing unless injured, he’s our only pass and move player who keeps us in possession nicely. For me he’s essential if we’re going to win the midfield battles.

    Remember even when we finished fifth every single game we were questioning why we had been overrun in midfield even when we won.

  • toon kk

    Oct 5, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #39

    We’ll never keep up with Cardiff they’ll pass us off the pitch. We have a better squad on paper but they have a better team.

  • toonbrother

    Oct 5, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #40

    this line up would destroy cardiff,

    unfortunately pardumb is too cowardly to dump coloshitty


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