Newcastle Could Find It Tough Going Against Cardiff

West Brom had not won in their last 10 games, and in our poll on how we would fare against them on New Years Day,  a massive 66% thought we’d win and only 13% thought we’d lose the game, and for some reason when we are expected to win, we usually don’t.

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 The same was true against Hull City,when a massive 85% thought we’d win the game, but we found a way to lose by 3-2, after being 2-1 up at half time.

And after two successive defeats we really need a win tomorrow to take us into the 4th round of the FA Cup, and it’s a game we are expected to win, and that in itself has us just a little worried, just like we were before the West Brom game. 🙁

Cardiff City have just appointed former Manchester United great Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their new manager to replace the sacked Malky Mackay, and Cardiff City have just one win in their last 10 games, and interestingly enough that was a 1-0 home win against West Brom.

After that game West Brom manager Steve  Clarke was fired.

So with all that as a backdrop – let’s know how you think this game will go tomorrow.

How Will Newcastle Fare Against Cardiff City?

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107 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Jan 3, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #1

    Well win this one, hopefully iron out a few kinks before the Citeh match.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 3, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #2

    Jail’s too good for Ashley.

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Jan 3, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #3

    probably lose, we lost against the mackems when the new manager arrived, we lost against WBA with there caretaker manager, now Cardiff have a cracking new manager Ole Gunner so we will probably lose.

  • Tsunki

    Jan 3, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #4

    Ha ha Jail I saw those posts re: tads too its funny what happens when you jump in without your wellies on.

    Croftus – heres the thing; if both are fully fit and on top form, who would you pick – Saylor or Willo? Willo or Yanga? Yanga or Saylor? They all have questionable traits.

  • croftus5678

    Jan 3, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #5

    going for a win to us.

    i’d go mbiwa/willo/santon rb/hairdryer or dummet lb then stick cisse and remy up top together seeing as cisse is well well rested.

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jan 3, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #6

    Great chance to lose again this time

  • croftus5678

    Jan 3, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #7

    @4 tsunki

    very true m8

    personally i’d go willo/mbiwa which would give us the right balance for the moment but must admit i think we need an allready prem standard young cb to improve with mbiwa as collo/willo and even saylor are getting on a bit.

  • Scottiedog

    Jan 3, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #8

    Why can’t we simply put Santon in at RB and put either Haidera or Dummet in at LB?? Saylor then can be on the bench and come on as a sub to get some game time!?!?!

  • Tsunki

    Jan 3, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #9

    The back line has to be the one Pardew intends to use against Citeh and it better work, Alan!

    Personally on cb’s, without Colo a bit of disorganisation creeps in. That’s the main problem if we lose colo.

  • jordijohnty

    Jan 3, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #10

    If we do lose this, there will be something fishy going on at this club

  • jazzyp

    Jan 3, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #11

    Game against the mackems has been changed to a dinner time 12.45 on feb 1st. tgi Friday-shearers bar then in to the ground for some mackem slaying……….perfect day with a 3-0 win

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 3, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #12

    A good cup run this year is vitally important, if we go out early we have officially nothing to play for, that fourth spot is tied up between Lpool, Everton and Man U as I think they will have a late run of form buoyed by a good CL showing, that ties up fifth and sixth, so we wil be fighting it out with Spurs for seventh, luckily for us it’s WC year which will at least keep some of the players motivated.

  • HullMag6

    Jan 3, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #13

    Change of subject. Anyone think Jelavic worth a look as a squad player as he is out of favour at Everton – more sense than either cbs mentioned?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 3, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #14

    There is no excuse for playing a weakened team tomorrow especially what happened at Brighton this time last year, I will be fuming if Sammi Amiobe starts, he’s quite simply not good enough.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Jan 3, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #15

    I think we need to give the likes of Cabaye, Sissoko , Remy and Gouffran a rest can have them on the bench if its not working

    I would go for :

    Santon Rb
    Haidara LB
    Arfa RW
    Sammy LW
    Cisse CF

    If we cant beat Cardiff at home with that team then I am sorry but Pardew needs to be sacked on the spot and every player sold because that should be more than enough to deal with them comfortably

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 3, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #16

    That midfield started one of the EL games last season, it was about as creative as paper mache.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 3, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #17

    I have no idea what you mean, i was as always deadly serious!……..:)

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Jan 3, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #18

    @Jail for Ashley

    Thats true but we cant keep relying on Cabaye every single game to provide anything the wide players have to step up with those 3 in the middle we should surely have room for the wingers and fullbacks to really do some damage

    Personally I would like Marveux in as a no 10 as a last chance saloon for him but I think he is probably gone already to be fair

  • HullMag6

    Jan 3, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #19

    I’d only make a couple of changes

    Cisse instead of Shola
    Mym for debuchy
    Saylor for colo

    If that doesnt work then santon/dummett rb mym cb haidara/dummett lb. Leave the rest as is or swap Anita for either cabs/socks/cheik

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 3, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #20

    I would like to see Marv given a last chance but I think there’s more to it than just form, there’s a lot happens behind the scenes that the media and fans never hear about and I think there’s been some serious fall out of some sort, he hasn’t shown enough when given a chance but had the most assists last season, surely more than Obertan and Sammi offer.

  • croftus5678

    Jan 3, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #21

    in all fairness i think he has to change a few things.

    goofy is looking worn so would give him a well deserved 1 game rest tbh and i’d rest cabaye so would prob change the formation also.

    my team:


    ofc wouldnt mind giving marv or guti one last attempt to prove themselves before i’d think about letting them go ! may be good motivation for them.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 3, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #22

    By all accounts Gouffran is looking jaded and some others need a rest, perhaps our squad isn’t as healthy as those claiming Ashley is the new Bill and Melinda Gates foundation for not spending in the summer think.

  • jazzyp

    Jan 3, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #23

    Gutti had apparently a good game the other night as our over age player in the u21’s win over Leicester.But still im afraid the lad has had his day.We need to move forward and not keep taking a step back unless they have something to offer

  • Sav

    Jan 3, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #24

    We looked jaded against Arsenal and I thought some of the players should have been changed in the West Brom starting 11.. Now we’re forced to change Debuchy and Colo (who, unfortunately, had not been those who looked jaded). Gouffron and Sissoko need a change and I expect Hatem and Guti to come in for them. Williamson probably deserves a break but is playing like a train and with 2 enforced changes already in pour back 4, maybe give Saylor a run out if we are winning handy with 20 minutes to go. Willo looks like a man who remembers all that time on the sidelines for Portsmouth and for us and treasures every playing minute now. It would take a brave man to drop him from a kickabout.

  • lesh

    Jan 3, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #25

    Now, what would one think if Saylor didn’t play against Cardiff?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 3, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #26

    A rare line up
    Mbwia. Santon
    Willo STaylor
    HBA. Anita Tiote. Guti
    Shola Cisse

  • HullMag6

    Jan 3, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #27

    Fair one, jail. Oh well – we shall see what we shall see.

  • toonbrother

    Jan 3, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #28

    @ 15santonthenewmaldini
    take a bow son. Excellent post. Pardumb has more than enough resources at his disposal to achieve the success this club craves and deserves. His underuse of Bigirimana and Marveaux is nothing short of criminal

  • wolfshead@toon

    Jan 3, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #29

    shola and cisse two names guaranteed to strike fear into the hearts of defenders

  • Belfast

    Jan 3, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #30

    Be interesting to see his team selection tomorrow.
    His record in the cups is awful like.

  • jazzyp

    Jan 3, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #31

    No contact between Newcastle and Montpellier for Remi Cabella

    Mlactu understand that there is no contact between Remi Cabella or Montpellier and Newcastle for a possible move for the player. A claim that Get French Football News can confirm after receiving multiple versions of the story.

    The Telegraph and the Daily Mail claimed that Newcastle had contacted Montpellier for the attacking midfielder Remi Cabella but at this stage there have been no discussions at all.

    The British press is insistent that the player is interesting Newcastle and there is no evidence to suggest otherwise.

    Montpellier will not sell for any less than €16m but need Cabella to ensure their Ligue 1 status in this second half of this season. Any attempt to sign the player this month will be made extremely difficult by President Nicollin who has a reputation of slowing talks down in an attempt to keep the player in question longer.

    Another reported Newcastle target, Bafétimbi Gomis, has been in contact with multiple clubs in the last days and Get French Football News understands that a move this month is becoming more and more likely. Unfortunately, at this early stage, no further clarification is available.

    Gomis missed training today with Lyon because of ‘a bad back’

  • wolfshead@toon

    Jan 3, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #32


    the same thing was once said when sbr was manager can pardew succeed where others have failed or do the fans have unrealistic expectations of the team

  • Belfast

    Jan 3, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #33

    Doe’s anybody actually know where Marveaux is ??

    Should certainly be ahead of the likes of Obertan and Sammy Ameobi in my opinion.

  • Toonfan8

    Jan 3, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #34

    we should sold Cisse, Obertan deadwood and sign Ba and Cabella….that would be massive improve, maybe 18 M on both and we can get maybe 10M for deadwood…best team should be
    may mix there Collo,Saylor,Anita,Sissoko,Remy,Shola…very strong squad

  • Belfast

    Jan 3, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #35

    Hull Mag,

    Jelavic is exactly the type of centre forward we need. Somebody who can hold the ball up. Probably available at a knockdown price as well. He’s been rubbish for a while though, but sure so has Cisse lol

  • Belfast

    Jan 3, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #36

    I’d be a bit gutted if Ba went to west ham like, and we didn’t even try to get him to come back to us

  • jazzyp

    Jan 3, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #37

    Toon fan
    Ba for 5-6 mill and recoup that from the sale of cisse-No brainer
    Cabella ???? for 10-11 mill and recoup from the sale of marvs-obertan-gutti-saylor -no brainer
    That would give us 2 more first team players who would definitely push if not play in the first team rather than having 3-4 fringe players that add nothing to the squad

  • mag

    Jan 3, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #38

    If Pardew doesn’t fancy playing Obertan, Jonas, Biggi, Cisse, marveaux, Sammy and Saylor why doesn’t he move them on and sign some decent players and while he’s at it resign and let the club get a proper manager!

  • Toonfan8

    Jan 3, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #39

    I have same opinion as you….

  • roy

    Jan 3, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #40

    Pardew just go


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