Newcastle vs Sunderland – Match Preview


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It’s been a terrible week for Newcastle fans, first of all in the transfer market we sold Yohan Cabaye to PSG for a reported £20M (that could turn out to be only €20M) and failed to replace him, and then on Tuesday night Loic Remy was sent off with Bradley Johnson, yet on appeal the FA in their wisdom rescinded Johnson’s red card but let Remy’s stand – so he is out for the next three games, including the game against Sunderland tomorrow.

And when we were beaten 2-1 at the Stadium of Light earlier  in the season, that was the first time we have lost two successive games to Sunderland since 1967, when Joe Harvey was managing the club.

And it’s not like Sunderland are a good side either, and they have been fighting relegation for the last two seasons and on Wednesday got out of the bottom three for the first time since last August.

And the last time we lost three times on the trot to Sunderland was way back in 1923, when a certain Edward Harrison and Lilian Oliver were born in Byker and St Anthony’s Estate respectively – and they turned out to be my parents.

So given the week we have gone through, there is no way Newcastle can lose this game, and in fact we must win the game tomorrow.

On the injury front  it looks like Yoan Gouffran and Papiss Cisse are still doubtful for this game, so we assume they will not make it, and of course captain Fabricio Coloccini is still out with that knee injury of his.

So Yohan Cabaye, Loic Remy and Yoan Gouffran are missing tomorrow afternoon, and they have scored 25 goals between them for Newcastle this season, so we wonder where the goals are coming from, and we didn’t manage to score on Tuesday night with Remy in the side., even though we created a bucketful of chances.

With Newcastle playing so well with so little luck on Tuesday night at Norwich, we wouldn’t be too surprised if Alan plays almost the same side, but Loic Remy will need to be replaced.

Alan Pardew has said he will not start Luuk de Jong so we suppose the only alternative would be to bring in Shola Ameobi – but Shola hasn’t scored any Premier League goals this season, but he can be a Sunderland slayer – and this would be a (very) good time to start scoring some PL goals.

This is what the team could be tomorrow:

Krul
Debuchy Williamson Taylor (S) Santon
Tiote (c) Sissoko Anita
Ameobi (Sa) Ameobi (Sh) Ben Arfa
Subs: Elliot Yanga-Mbiwa Dummett Gosling Marveaux Obertan de Jong

Sissoko and Anita will have to play well in midfield, and we know Tiote will give everything he has as captain of Newcastle  for the first time against Sunderland.

And we’d love to see Luuk de Jong come on in the second half, and he’s really got nothing to lose – and if he scores he will be an instant hero on Tyneside.

Luuk seems such a smashing lad, and he’ll get great support form the Newcastle fans, we’re sure of that.

And 47% of Newcastle fans think we can win this game tomorrow.

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The last thing we want is another defeat, that would be unbearable.

And in our last six games we have lost four (in a row) and since then won one and drawn one – and in the last five league games we have only 4 points – so we really need to get back to our winning ways tomorrow.

And after this pathetic transfer window, let’s remember  that saying  “support the team if not the regime” true – and those at the game – give the lads all the support you  can give tomorrow.

And let’s hope they can deliver the goods.

Howay The Lads!!

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168 comments so far

  • G

    Jan 31, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #1

    Oh finally, we are talking football not business studies!

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  • MacToon

    Jan 31, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #2

    Which Striker Do You Want Newcastle To Sign?

    I’m guessing you meant to put up a who will win tomorrow poll! lol, senior moment maybe.

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jan 31, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #3

    Anybody who what channel the game is on tomorrow???

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  • G

    Jan 31, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #4

    JFA, I understand what you are saying mate, and like you, I can identify the problem, but I honestly do not know the solution. The ideas suggested will either hurt working class people trying to eke out a living working for the club, or by staging the sit in, cause us further embarrassment and probably dissuade potential signings coming to us. As much as I am in favour of the sentiment, I simply do not have the solution mate.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 31, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #5

    G,I know what your saying but surely how can we put up with this, people will now say what you on about Jail we’re eighth, but this is as good as it gets.I saw a poster called Harley genuinely believes that we tried to sign Cabayes replacement, is he the type of person that, when an Indian or Nigerian cold caller rings and tells him his computer has a virus he hands over his credit card details immediately to have it sorted out.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 31, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #6

    G,
    Repost.

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  • MacToon

    Jan 31, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #7

    Effectively our final important game of the season except for the basic amassing enough points to stay in the league.
    I’d hate to think they have got a decent manager, we have to thrash them tomorrow, 3 losses in a row is unthinkable.

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  • G

    Jan 31, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #8

    TS, with regard to your last post, on the last thread. You have knowledge ahead of your years mate.

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  • pawl250

    Jan 31, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #9

    JFA I believe we tried to sign Grenier….

    But I am annoyed upon being denied by club or player or both we did not have a plan B or C.

    Why not go for Siem? Cabella earlier? Wijnaldum? Gomis on the cheap?

    We were static and that annoyed me. Especially with 20m in the bank plus that which was not spent in the summer from TV revenue, or Wonga sponsorship.

    We pay to watch the team, I bleed black and white! But hell, I am so frustrated with the club from today and yday or rather this week, its a clear sign of lack of planning behind the scenes….

    How DL got sacked and Kinnear isn’t going to be is beyond belief!

    We actually signed some players under DL! Cisse, Cabaye, Santon, Debuchy, Sissoko, Gouffran, Obertan, Anita, Ba, Mbiwa, Haidara all came under is tenure as DoF …..

    Supposedly those last Jan were MA buys, but who knows…. Still we wished he would go and now we are stuck with worse!

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  • sparky55

    Jan 31, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #10

    so we’re relying on Shola again…the mythical mackem slayer…god help us!

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  • G

    Jan 31, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #11

    JFA, reiteration – I don’t know the solution, but the possibilities suggested so far simply will not work. I’m just toughing it out until the fat man walks, or his heart packs in. One of them has to happen sooner or later.

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  • AaranD

    Jan 31, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #12

    We may have tried to sign players like Cabella and Grenier but made no where near enough effort to push a deal through.
    Ashley makes premium on selling players but won’t pay it himself when push comes to shove

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 31, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #13

    G

    very kind words my friend (not sure what knowledge you are referring to mind) but i’ll accept it all the same

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 31, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #14

    If that window wasn’t a massive F*ck You to the fans i don’t know what was
    MA showed exactly what he’s about this window
    JFK? Please, I don’t know how this man is in a high power job at a top football club, it’s a travesty

    See the master of spin has been in full flow, honestly don’t know how that bloke stands up straight he spins so much he must be permanently dizzy

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  • pawl250

    Jan 31, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #15

    Sparky

    I don’t rely on Shola ….. I’ve seen more movement in the Angel of the North!

    He cannot pass, shoot, head, run, finish …..

    He’s awful, always has been. Some indulge him because he is a “Geordie”

    How can he be. Geordie when he is from Nigera …. His name isn’t even Shola its Foloshuwa or something like that!

    …….. My hope lies in Ben Arfa, De Jong and Sissoko…. Those are our goal threats …. And Gouffran if fit. Possibly Debuchy ……

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  • G

    Jan 31, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #16

    Just suggesting you have an old head on young shoulders mate. I’m surprised, from your tone on here I had assumed you were nearer my age, which is a secret, however, I will concede it is significantly north of 30. Anyway, you don’t sound as daft as half of the armchair experts on the blog shall we say.

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  • sparky55

    Jan 31, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #17

    @12…all smokescreens…we never had any intention to buy anyone…it was never in the plan….we’re safe in the league and in fat boys eyes we have a big enough squad to keep us in the premiership and that’s all he wants…all this Pardew bullish!t about going for a CL spot is exactly that…bullshIt

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 31, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #18

    As for the derby, well i’ve been saying it all day but I am confident and fancy us to hammer them (famous last words i said before the last two as well).

    I genuinely think we have more than enough quality to put them to the sword. The pass around at the back with players not comfortable on the ball, that’s asking for trouble (cost them 3 points at home to villa).

    If fit (i think he is, didn’t play due to bids more than injury) then i’d start cisse and de jong. Play a 4 man midfield of anita, tiote, sissoko and ben arfa, those two in the middle should deal with their lads easy enough and then let sissoko and ben arfa attack and support the fowards.

    Or stick with the same plan as norwich but use cisse instead of remy (we got a lot of balls in the box in that game, cisse will do well playing like that).

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 31, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #19

    G

    Thanks again, I just try to keep things balanced, put things into perspective (sure not all will agree) but I like to hear what everyone has to say, regardless of opinions as even if somebody posts 100 daft posts they might post 1 good one (no offence kets) but i’d say everyone here has the same ambition and that’s to see us do well and win things just we all have different ideas.time scales/plans/tolerance levels etc.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 31, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #20

    G,
    T4C, try their best but too many people want to shoot them down as a tinpot organisation, at least they’re trying to get a reaction, we all want good results but as the lads at NUFC.com say we are becoming victims of tgebteams success, do ok, don’t buy, face relegation five signings, what we hoping for ?

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  • G

    Jan 31, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #21

    I stand by my earlier 3-nil prediction to the toon. I have, however, considered the scoring options, and I reckon it will be Shola to score first, HBA to score 2nd, and one of their spanking new Argies (Las Malvinas Est Anglais) will score an own goal.

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Jan 31, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #22

    I recognize that Ashley saved the club financially and I have defended him for that time and time again…. I have never liked him or how he goes about being the owner of the greatest football club in the world with the greatest fan base, but I have always been grateful we didn’t do a rangers!!!! I am done defending, financially there was no reason to sale yahan, we are firm financially and with tv money coming are actually better off then almost every other club in the league… I could have understood saling yohan if we had a replacement lined up like normal clubs do but that’s not how he thinks…. Newcastle is a status symbol for him socially, and a money maker business wise via marketing his other endeavors…. It’s time to rid ourselves of this cancer… Alan pardew has my utmost respect, he has led this team through all this darkness and done a fantastic job in the most difficult times possible…. The players have been great as well, have to find a way to get rid of Ashley and not hurt the club in process…. Protests and the likes played a part in our relegation, we need to unite and all play the lottery so maybe one of us wins and can buy the club? I don’t know lads, I’m just tired of this idiot and want him out without harming out club!!!!!!

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  • sparky55

    Jan 31, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #23

    pawl250…problem we have for tomorrow is LDJ won’t be starting, remy banned, Gouffy injured, Cisse head fu@ked which leaves the one and only…

    and if he plays 4-4-2 god knows who else will be up there!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 31, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #24

    Sparky

    I’m looking forward to Pardews pre match comments on players….he seemed keen to get one in and wanted to invest the cabaye money. We’ll see if he just says we are fine til the summer or if he gets annoyed.

    On a different note, anyone seen the car zaha was driving? he has far too much cash, heard moyes hated his attitude, apparently he thought he was a big shot, came in demanded the number 7 shirt, said he deserved to be starting, refused to play for the 21’s and also turned up late a few times….moyes has been strong and fair with him

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  • sparky55

    Jan 31, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #25

    i would play the exact same team as against Norwich except for swapping Cisse for Remy and I’d make them play the exact same way…we need to trample the b@st@rds from the get go and dominate them right through…total redemption is required

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  • G

    Jan 31, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #26

    Like I said earlier JFA, I can see the problem, I don’t know the solution. For me, it’s a waiting game. The fans who are shouting for success now clearly haven’t followed Newcastle United for long enough. If they want instant success then they should jump on the Citeh / Chelski bandwagon, because frankly, I’m just a little bit pleased that we haven’t just chucked money we haven’t got at winning a paper trophy. That’s not sticking up for MA, thats having a well deserved dig at the fans of the teams like Blackburn, Chelsea, and Citeh who are small teams with big debts, who will never have my respect as real champions. Even Manyoo, Arsenal and Liverpool have that, but the moneybags mugs can rot as far as I’m concerned.

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Jan 31, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #27

    Even stateside on NBC they know to post a camera in newcastle on deadline day to catch the anger from the fans and watch the three ring circus…. We are not returning to glory we are becoming a laughing stock…. Players only come to the toon in hopes of doing and Andy carrol/ demba ba/ cabaye…. Make a name for themselves and get paid big bucks leaving….

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 31, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #28

    Sgt. Heagerty

    he didn’t save us, we were far far away from doing a rangers….just something llambias said to make his boss out to be a saint and saviour.

    He has turned stuff around financially, but it’s not like we were about to go under.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 31, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #29

    Pawl,
    Have you recently handed over you CC details to a Nigerian cold caller, if I walked into the AUDI garage and offered them 15K for a brand new Q5, would I be truthful/sincere if I told my mates I tried to buy a car today.

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  • pawl250

    Jan 31, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #30

    Sparky it will be 4-5-1 or 4-4-1-1

    Krul
    Debuchy Williamson STaylor Santon
    Sissoko Anita Ben Arfa Tiote Sammy
    Shola

    I am confident this is the team.

    26 years old, watching them all my life, would only be diffident if Gouffran is fit!

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  • Spreadthetoon

    Jan 31, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #31

    Highly cynical here but any chance MA spends more on APs PR affairs than anything else. Does anyone think that JFK attends the same lessons but is a LITTLE SLOW on the uptake! A little like his signings eh? I shudder to think about this summer’s transfer window. Cabaye on record that he wouldn’t have left us if we were a CL club, shame MA has no desire to achieve that in the foreseeable future.

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  • sparky55

    Feb 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #32

    transfer…Pardew won’t even bat an eyelid…he’s been complicit all the way through knowing since last summer Cabs is going this month and has played his part in the propaganda and misinformation.

    he’s well versed in bollox…it’s his trademark

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #33

    G

    I always defend man city (not so much chelsea) as I think they have done things sensibly. They bought a heck of a lot at first but have slowed down the buying in recent windows as they now have a top squad…they could have done it slowly or quickly, either way they were going to improve.

    But they also hired good people in key positions, managers, directors, even viera as ambassador is very good…they are building a huge academy and developing large areas around the ground to boost the local economy.

    Man utd are very lucky in terms of them just happening to be at the top at the same time big tv sky deals started coming in, allowing them to get richer and richer so they could pull away from other sides. If another side had been dominant at that time then they would be the current big name in english football.

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  • DIRTY MAG

    Feb 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #34

    Jog on pawl. Shola is as much of a geordie as any of us.

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  • Supermac09

    Feb 1, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #35

    Mrs Supermac just woke up and asked who have we signed….told her a kid from Barcelona called messi and one for the future called Ronaldo from Real Madrid….she asked are they playin tomoz ….didn’t have the heart to tell her …so just said they weren’t signed in time but available for the next game

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 1, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #36

    sparky

    I am unsure this time, never seen him look this annoyed/dejected.

    We’ll have to wait and see….but i wouldn’t be surprised if he does just tow the party line.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 1, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #37

    i think fulham have done some great business getting in mitroglou and holtby (not sold on him but he is much better than they have).

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  • undercover reporter

    Feb 1, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #38

    Las malvinas son inglés

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  • pawl250

    Feb 1, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #39

    JFA

    I do think we tried…. I don’t think it was very hard lol…..

    If it was we would have got our man. Obviously lodger a bid on Grenier, I mean Lyon Chairman basically laughed at us selling Cabaye!

    …….

    Transfer Sage

    MA did actually turn us around, and we were very much playing with fire. We had a mountain of debts, so much so MA was still paying Real Madrid Michael Owen money on his arrival …. And in doing so also realised we had used up our sponsorship money before even receiving it!

    We were a mess, I have seen it, trust me!

    When we got relegated I think we were the 4th or 5th highest wage bill in PL!

    We were very much a lead balloon and he did a lot for the club in its early days …..

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  • undercover reporter

    Feb 1, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #40

    I once said that to maradona

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