Chelsea vs Newcastle – Match Preview


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The game against Chelsea today is the first game after the disgraceful performance last Saturday against Sunderland, when we lost 3-0 at home for the second time running, and lost three in a row for the first time since way back in 1923 – so it’s all about Newcastle regaining their dignity and confidence from now through the end of the season.

Unfortunately we’ve been hit by injuries recently.and Cheick Tiote picked up a hamstring injury in training early in the week, just to make things that little bit worse, and Cheick will possibly be out until the game at Hull on March 1st.

Fab Coloccini is again taking time to heal,  and that knee injury of his will keep him out until the home game against Aston Villa on Sunday 23rd February.

Loic Remy is suspended for another couple of games, and Yoan Gouffran is unfit but could be back on Wednesday for the home game against Tottenham, and Papiss Cisse is still not ready for today’s game.

And since we fortuitously hammered a nine man Stoke side 5-1 at St. Jame’s Park on Boxing Day, and had taken 22 points from the last nine league games – we have played six games and won only one at West Ham, in Yohan Cabaye’s last game for the club in which he scored two goals and we won 3-1.

And in those six games we’ve scored only two goals. and in our last five league games we have scored only once.

So with Shola Ameobi still to score a Premier League goal this season we are hoping that Luuk de Jong will get a start today, maybe as the lone striker up front.

We think Alan Pardew will play something like a 4-5-1 formation – or some variation of that – to try to combat Chelsea’s brilliant midfield players.

So this is a possible side that Pardew could put out today

Krul
Debuchy Taylor (S) Williamson Dummett
Ben Arfa Gosling Anita Sissoko Marveaux
de Jong
Subs: Elliott Haidara Santon Yanga-Mbiwa Ameobi (Sa) Ameobi (Sh) Armstrong

After Davide Santon got the runaround last Saturday against Adam Johnson, we think he will be benched today, and the only reason we have local lad Paul Dummett starting is that he was the one brought on to replace the Italian on Saturday.

Massadio Haidara could also get the start at left back today, and maybe local lad Steven Taylor will get the captain’s armband.

Sylvain Marveaux deserves to start, after being out in the wilderness this season, but he put in a tidy sub appearance last week against Sunderland.

And we’d also love to see 16 year-old local lad Adam Armstrong make his debut for the club, and that would be great give us something positive to talk about after the game.

It’s not really too surprising that 83% of readers think we will lose the game today, and only one in ten think we can win it – which we did two seasons ago, when Papiss Cisse got those two great goals for us in the third last game of the season, to ensure we would finish above Chelsea in the league table.

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Newcastle could have been fighting for a European place again this season, but with Yohan Cabaye departed, that will not now be possible.

And it was yet another dumb decision by the powers that be at Newcastle, which fully illustrates the complete lack of ambition at the club – just in case we had any doubts about that.

And it again shows we are only worried about making top money from our best players, and we will sell at any time to get the greenbacks.

It’s a really sad state of affairs to be sure – but on the positive side of things, at least we are now rid of Joe Kinnear.

We’d love to see the lads hold out as long as possible today in west London, and even get something out of this game, but reality tells us that’s almost impossible.

But there’s always hope.

What do you think?

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188 comments so far

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #1

    Unless De Jong finds his shooting boots, this could be a very uncomfortable afternoon.

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  • Dennis Twice

    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #2

    Attack Toon attack attack!

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  • Cantbuyye

    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #3

    Stuck £5 on S Taylor to score at anytime 33/1. Hoping we get a few corners. Not expecting win today though.

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  • Rebbeca from 7 miles away

    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #4

    Geordie from previous
    I look at him and cry a bit inside, he has a win rate of 33% 2nd worst only to Guilit, worse streak in top flight ever, biggest home defeat since 70s biggest loss to unwashed since 60s lost 3 in a row to unwashed 1st manager ever to do that.
    I’m sorry his achievements pale into insignificance compaired to his failures, I don’t care about winning at old Trafford fo 41yrs he lost 3 in a row against mackems. He has no credit with me!

    Look what poyet has done with Adam Johnson down the road yet Pardew benches HBA as he can’t work out how to incorporate him into the team.

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  • solano38

    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #5

    I can’t see anything but a hammering. This is going to be a 4-0 or 5-0 job, and yes we won’t score again. I’d love to be proven wrong!

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  • davetoon

    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #6

    i was thinking 4-0 or 5-0 myself. might put a tenner on each to make the game bearable

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  • stuart no9

    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #7

    has there ever been a game n the prem where the score has gone into double figures? or will this be the first one . is alan pardew going to set another record today ???? he likes breaking records.

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  • Rebbeca from 7 miles away

    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #8

    Solano
    I’m a optimist usually right up until I see team sheet and formation, I said yesterday a bore draw.. I’ll stick with that until 2ish when I see who’s playing where!

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  • niafron

    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #9

    @LR32

    It’s not only about beny, it’s about the logic of our play as whole.

    Wether beny did well or not in the last months, the way we play isn’t made for guy like him or Marv.

    We can not hope to use him at best until we totaly change of philosphy.

    Until that, having him as a starter or not do not make a big change for the team.

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  • Cantbuyye

    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #10

    What changed in January? We only lost 2 and drew 1 between Nov and Dec winning all the rest. Fluke? Who knows, all I know is something turned to sh*t. Only thing we can look forward to is guaranteed safety from relegation. Laudrup would be a good choice for me, he’d have no stress as we’re safe from relegation. He could experiment with no gamble.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #11

    No need to play Shola, Gosling, Santon and Taylor.

    Krul
    Debuchy, Williamson, M’Biwa, Haidara
    Sissoko Anita
    Marveaux
    Ben Arfa, , De Jong, Sameobi / Obertan

    Shola = 90 mins futile hoofball a la Sunderland debacle. waste of a shirt

    Gosling: Still have yet to see anything in this guy whatsoever. Another waste of a shirt.
    Saylor; Accident waiting to happen with zero pace

    Santon: massively over rated and the very definition of no end product.

    Ok it means playing one of 2 headless chickens in Sammi or Obertan but it’s limiting the damage.

    If Saylor has to start then MYM should play in Tiote’s place.

    With safety first pardew you know exactly how this will pan out

    Mourinho’s got his mind games going buttering up his ego saying Pardew’s a good manager BS etc (with his one and only good season !!)

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  • Rebbeca from 7 miles away

    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #12

    Stuart
    I believe manure holt record 9 1 against derby I think was a while ago so not quite sure but no ones scored double figures.

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  • Rebbeca from 7 miles away

    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #13

    Niafron @9 spot on mate.

    Rotunda @11 good attacking looking team with what’s available…. Looks far to attacking and optimistic for Pardew but I’d be happy to see that team..

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  • solano38

    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #14

    Rebecca
    Deesn’t really matter who’s playing where : we just don’t have a squad that’s good enough

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #15

    Cantbuyye

    Cabaye was part of the straight 4 game losing streak only scoring 1 goal over the festive period, so I think our problems go a lot deeper, but as usual Pardew plays one player leaving to the hilt and justifies playing 90 min hoofball to Shola!!

    We know today that the usual suspects Shola, Gosling, santon and saylor will a) either provide absolutely nothing as per or b) particularly in saylor’s case will make fatal errors.

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  • Rebbeca from 7 miles away

    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #16

    Look at what people where saying about the unwashed until they found a coach who knows what’s he’s doing..
    There’ll be few who didn’t think they were dead and buried six weeks ago, don’t underestimate a good coach.
    Problem is we don’t have one and are unlikely to get one under Ashley.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #17

    Rebecca

    It would be interesting to see how many fans pick the same team as pardew!

    I just think pardew’s ”containing” football is just as likely to see us lose in the 90th minute so why not have a go. Alway do what the opposition least wants you to.

    Pardew’s negative approach won’t do us any favours today.

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  • stuart no9

    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #18

    rebbecca— my concern today is not the players , we have decent players , however, my guess is those players are dreading this game today. the whole team will be a bag of nerves, coz I think that is what pards instills in them. they will be a beaten team before kick off, there fore a scoreline of 5 0r 6 would come as no surprise to anyone on this blog if they were truthful . On the bright side , a right drubbing could go a bit further to pards resigning.

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  • stan anderson

    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #19

    Whats the betting we get a shock result today and all will be forgiven.
    Not going to bet on it mind,but this is the Toon and we do that sort of thing dont we.
    It would certainly put a smile on Pardews kisser.
    Then he will start talking of the top 4 places again.Oh yeh.
    4-0 Chelski me thinks,fingers crossed .

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  • solano38

    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #20

    Chelsea had a great game v Man City : it’s always difficult to play a much inferior side after a performance like that against the best side in the Premier. That’s our only hope, that Chelsea don’t manage to click today, otherwise we’re bound for another humiliation

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #21

    MYM for Saylor and Marveaux for Shola would be a start. Couldn’t be worse. Sad indictment of our academy system these days.

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #22

    Would be difficult with hba and marv in the side. We would lack ball winners. We’d maybe get away with one. I would promote santon to MF and play 433

    Krull

    Debuchy
    willo
    mym
    haidara

    santon
    socks
    anita

    hba
    ldj
    sammy.

    Marvs stats show him to be a decent impact player so he can come on for 20 mins or so.

    However i think pardew will suffer an outbreak of his overcautious side today

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #23

    Our strongest team for today would be:

    Krul

    Debuchy Saylor Mbiwa Santon

    Sissoko Anita Marveaux Ben Arfa Haidara

    De Jong

    Subs:

    Elliot
    Williamson
    Gosling
    Shola
    Streete
    Obertan

    Lol look at that bench. Our teams depleted.

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  • Cantbuyye

    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #24

    Cabaye must’ve had a real influence in the dressing room. When all the talk of him leaving started spewing out, maybe caused the unrest. The new players we took in maybe got a wake up call on how we operate in transfer windows knowing we won’t strengthen. Us fans always want a couple of new faces to freshen things up, I’m assuming our players expect the same.

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  • Rebbeca from 7 miles away

    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #25

    Pardews call of squad isn’t big enough stinks.
    He doesn’t use the players he’s got, how many times has Sammy stated before Norwich, Mbiwa keeps 3 clean sheets bye bye, Haidra Dummet how many starts they had? Even Benny or Marveux…
    He sticks with his preferred 11 until injury or suspension force a change, except when he puts them all together for a cup game after most em them haven’t started for 3 or 4 months.

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  • stan anderson

    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #26

    I would prefer the shock result and not the 4-0 by the way.
    Just hoping it does not get much worse than that.
    Fingers crossed.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #27

    Stuart no 9

    That’s the only crumb of comfort from losing is to hopefully see another nail in pardew’s coffin. Even Ash must have a tipping point somewhere.

    JFK gone is a great result so there’s a little hope at least.
    people say Pards would get a 10M pay off. How can that be if he’s on 400K a year and has 6 years left. Maths isn’t my strong point but 10M – really?

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  • Cantbuyye

    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #28

    We defo are missing Goofy. He made Santon look better with all of his back tracking. Need more hard workers like him.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #29

    Forgot about Sammi. I’d put him Obertan on the left ahead of Haidara. Dummett will be on the bench.

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  • Rebbeca from 7 miles away

    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #30

    Rotunda
    A pal said the other day the problem is every fans a manager which is of course right, but 50,000fans can’t be wrong and one man right!

    Stuart
    As we usually do well against this sort of team I’m sort of expecting a draw because as STAN said it’s a knocking bet and Pardew gets a rest bite.

    Stan
    I thought there’d be more uproar at the performance after the derby which was shocking but a lot down to Pardews set up and tactics.

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  • jimmysmith

    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #31

    You have to find a place for Mbiwa and Santon in the 11 considering absentees. No way players like Gosling, Dummet or Marv are better.

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #32

    Kets

    anita, marv and hba as our middle 3.
    So we are not bothered about winning ANY ball in the centre of the pitch? Great plan

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  • ErnestHemingway

    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #33

    Can see mym starting at left back today, gosling in midfield and shola up top.

    Flipping heck.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #34

    Anita is great at breaking up the play. Who else can we put in there? Mbiwa can play defensive midfield.

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  • Cantbuyye

    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #35

    Sissoko is a tank, stick him in the centre and Marvaux on the wing.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #36

    We need 2 centre backs, 3 midfielders and 2/3 strikers in the summer. At least 7 new players.

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  • Santon03

    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #37

    I still don’t understand why pardew doesn’t want to try Santon as RW or LW from the start.

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  • toon kk

    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #38

    We’ll be ripped apart by a far superior team.
    our core has gone so we have no chance.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #39

    Alderweireld, Agger, Konoplyanka, Cabella, Grenier, Doumbia and Benteke/Ba would be great.

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  • niafron

    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #40

    Cab departure was a signal:

    “In cup, we’re out, we can’t pretend to reach a CPL place, the europa league do not interest us, and we’re far from the relegation battle… so season finished for us. Cab will not stay beyond summer, we got a good offer right now, let’s sell him for he could suffer an injury in the next sixth months and the cherry on the cake, we will not have to pay his wages all that time.”

    Yes, “cherry on the cake” is maybe a bad translation from french, but i guess you see my point.

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