Newcastle have a tough game this afternoon against second top Chelsea, who have not lost a game in the Premier League since September 14th, when they lost 1-0 at Everton.
But there’s some hope for Newcastle, since Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has never won at Newcastle, and if it stays that way after today’s game, it will have been a every good result for Newcastle.
And we hope our players will be all ready for a top side this afternoon, and start this game quickly, but that didn’t happen last Sunday against Sunderland, so if they cannot get themselves ready to start a derby game quickly, we’re not sure how they will start this game.
Newcastle still have Fab Coloccini and Steven Taylor out of the side through injury, and both players were also out for long spells last season, so it seems that Mike Williamson and Yanga-Mbiwa will get another chance in central defense, and they played solidly enough against Manchester City on Wednesday night.
Newcastle haven’t got too much to lose this afternoon, because nothing much is expected out of this game – at least according to our readers.
And to be brutally honest we cannot see how Newcastle can get the win this afternoon, since everything would have to line up just right, including the stars, for that to happen.
But that should also give some hope to our readers, since we’ve been wrong before – once or twice. 😀
Alan Pardew will have a few selection problems with Vurnon Anita having had another good game on Wednesday night, and Papiss Cisse continues to lack confidence and miss chances.
We thought Shola Ameobi looked good on Wednesday night, so maybe he will get a chance up front this afternoon, and we’re not sure how much longer Alan Pardew will play Ben Arfa as a center-forward, since the Frenchman doesn’t seem to play that position very well, and is better out on the wing.
Paul Dummett is injured and will miss this game, and 20 year-old Massadio Haidara, who played so well in the first half on Wednesday night, is also a doubt, and we’re still not sure whether Jonas Gutierrez is available and back from Argentina – we’ll assume all three are unavailable.
This is a side we think Pardew could start today:
Debuchy Williamson Yanga-Mbiwa Santon
Tiote (c) Cabaye Sissoko
Gouffran Ameobi (Sh) Remy
Subs: Elliot Anita Ameobi (Sa) Ben Arfa Obertan Marveaux Cisse
What would your team be for today?
This is the third game of a tough four game streak for us, and we lost the first two, so it would be good if we can at least break the losing streak.
A draw would be a very good result for us, but the Newcastle players really have nothing to lose, with the expectations not being very high at all.
It’s a very good time to shock us all and win this game.
Howay The Lads!!