This Is Newcastle’s Best Team Against Weakened Saints Side


Davide Santon and Sammy Ameobi are back fit again and we think that Sammy will likely get a start against Southampton on Saturday.

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John Carver also said that both Siem de Jong and Mehdi Abeid returned to full training today with Mehdi ahead of Siem in terms of fitness and we could even see Mehdi on the bench on Saturday.

Newcastle played very well last Saturday at Chelsea but we didn’t take our chances so we don’t expect too many changes to be made.

We think Sammy Ameobi for Jonas Gutierrez could be the only change that’s made to the team that did great in that first half at Stamford Bridge.

Krul
Janmaat Williamson Coloccini (c) Dummett
Colback Sissoko Anita
Cabella Perez Ameobi
Subs: Woodman Santon Haidara Satka Vuckic Abeid Riviere

Since December 20th when they beat Everton 3-0 at home Southampton have played seven games in all competitions and won five and drawn two – including a draw and a win against Ipswich in the FA Cup.

Southampton are 3rd top of the Premier League with 37 points from their 21 games, and they have only conceded 15 goals in the league, and that’s the best defensive record in English football, and of course former Newcastle youngster – 6’7″ tall Fraser Forster – will be in goal for the Saints on Saturday.

We are catching Southampton after they had a game last night in the FA Cup 3rd round at Ipswich Town, which they won 1-0 and they beat Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford last Sunday.

But they will be short of midfielder Victor Wanyama, who pulled a hamstring last night just before half time, and also Morgan Schneiderlin is out with an abductor injury, and center-back Toby Alderweireld is also out with a hamstring injury.

So we are catching the Saints with three of their best players missing through injury, and therefore we must have a decent chance of taking something out of the game.

There’s a two week break before our next game so bottom line – a win would be terrific and a defeat would be terrible.

Expectations are not high that we can get a win.

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262 comments so far

  • 70TWO

    Jan 15, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #1

    NO WILLIAMSON!!!!!!

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 15, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #2

    Was it Slank who said no one in the city can 2nd guess MA because he’s such an astute businessman!! Well I think 90% of this blog called carver till the end of the season when pards left!!

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  • optimistic prime

    Jan 15, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #3

    I’d feel much better with Dummet in the centre with Haidra or Santon LB.

    Why not Rivierre on the left of that 433

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  • optimistic prime

    Jan 15, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #4

    Is Abeid fit enough to be on bench?
    Thought he’d just returned to training

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  • dazzler

    Jan 15, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #5

    Am I the only one that read jc’s comments as he’s involved in finding the new head coach as opposed to actually being it. I took it more as he’s out of the running than anything else. Just my interpretation though!

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  • Ron Knee

    Jan 15, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #6

    70TWO
    I second that!

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  • Magpie Myles

    Jan 15, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #7

    I got that impression as well Dazzler!

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  • yo-yo

    Jan 15, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #8

    Unbelievable disrespect from Ashley towards fans of 2 football clubs now. Gers fans already know what he’s like

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  • Average_Contents

    Jan 15, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #9

    No. Just no ed. Please stop stating it’s the strongest possible team. Willo is not a premiership quality CB I’m afraid but you continually have him in your teams. May I ask why because as is apparent to everyone and their goldfish, he’s dogshit but not just any old dogshit, white dogshit. Crumbles upon contact, flaps in the wind and is about as much use as a fart in a trance.

    From what I’ve seen of dummett at CB he’s much better and in that case get hairdryer in at LB because again he’s better than dummett there.

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  • firebug666

    Jan 15, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #10

    Carver said: “I haven’t spoken to [owner] Mike [Ashley], but I had a good conversation with Lee. It hasn’t changed.

    “The club has a process and you can appreciate this is a massive football club, so they have to do their due diligence on everybody.

    “There’s a process and I am involved in that. When the time is right, they will announce the new head coach.”

    This is what Carver said, the last paragraph is interesting.

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  • 70TWO

    Jan 15, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #11

    Riviere(1st half)/Perez(2nd half)
    Sammy-Sissoko-Cabella
    Colback-Anita
    Santon-Dummett-Collo-Janmaat
    Krul

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  • Ron Knee

    Jan 15, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #12

    “There’s a process and I am involved in that.”
    Doesn’t he simply mean: I’m one of the candidates for the job?

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  • Reyantoon

    Jan 15, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #13

    well haven’t see or heard anything new..
    Paper talk as usual..
    Nice comment by Gary Lineker by the way

    I think the board is waiting for what will happen in the next two games.If it goes well,they will give it to John Carver.Then new mgr may be appointed in summer.
    If not,we may see someone new soon..
    I’d rather wanna see a new mgr than a new player to be honest. We don’t need a new player.We have ample good players.Just need someone to inspire them on the pitch.Good to see sdj and Abeid back in training.Let’s hope they will inspire the team in the remaining fixtures!
    Hwtl!!

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 15, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #14

    Possible gutz in for sammy??

    That would be intersting 😀

    Gutz had a great game playing there against chelsea a few years back. I THINK it was a front 3 of him, ba and hba (might be way off, but he was deffo part of a front 3) Whoever they were, they kept swapping around, and Jonas popped up in the centre to Head in a decent goal. Doubt very much we will see owt like that from him these days.

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  • Average_Contents

    Jan 15, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #15

    Dazzler

    I wondered that too mate. Not sure of the context in which it was said so I’d have to see the video but more importantly, why didn’t the reporters pick up on it and grill him? Shithouses. Unless bendy Wendy was there too.

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  • dazzler

    Jan 15, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #16

    Firebug / MM

    To me he’s quietly moving himself away from the role. He’s not explicitly saying he wants it now which he has done pretty much none stop since Pardew left, which is interesting.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jan 15, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #17

    Read this and weep —– Ashley deserves a medal for getting involved with this lot http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Administration_and_liquidation_of_The_Rangers_Football_Club_Plc

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  • dazzler

    Jan 15, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #18

    AC

    It’s a pardewesque comment. Very subtle and vague bit enough to make people think “what you on about you bell!”

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  • 70TWO

    Jan 15, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #19

    If all went as it should a new Head Coach would have a watching brief for the Southampton game and then have two weeks together with team before the next match. Unless they are close to installing someone they should announce that Carver has temporary charge until the summer as soon as possible. But that would be to easy.

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  • Average_Contents

    Jan 15, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #20

    Dazzler

    Yeah get what you mean. I often wondered that after the king spoke lol.

    I believe it’s referred to as “pardspeak” 😀

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  • firebug666

    Jan 15, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #21

    dazzler

    The way I see it it, he is saying that he is still in with a chance, meaning he has not been told no John just NO! (thanks Average for the inspiration).

    On the team, our strongest team will be……

    Any team that does NOT have Williamson in it.

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  • Wayayman

    Jan 15, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #22

    Is everyone forgetting the undroppable Gouffran or am I missing something?

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  • Ron Knee

    Jan 15, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #23

    In The Chronic, he says:
    “We are quite a way down the line in the process, and they are doing it properly and thoroughly, which I agree with.”
    My interpretation: I’m still in the running for manager; Charnley & Carr will (eventually) decide.

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  • Average_Contents

    Jan 15, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #24

    70two

    That would require common sense. A sense our club sadly lacks along with anything else remotely similar.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 15, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #25

    Clearly Carver is not saying too much -this will be to stop further press speculation which could possibly disupt the interviews of all the other candidates.
    Penfold will have to stay highly focused in order to conduct forensic style interviews of all the applicants – very very busy time for him.

    Must dash for a short time into the garden – trying to catch some pixies and elves who are pulling up my shrubs.

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  • 70TWO

    Jan 15, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #26

    Wayayman

    Ed mentioned earlier that the first one to mention Gouffy has to post comments in French for the rest of the day!!!

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  • thebutler

    Jan 15, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #27

    Listening to the editor of Manchester United’s fanzine yesterday and he sounded incredibly passionate and knowledgeable about fanzines, blogs, forums ect. He understood that paper fanzines were in decline numbers wise but criticised there being replaced by online blogs by people who don’t even attend matches with comments from people similarly placed.
    Anyone who believes Williamson ahead of Dummet on Saturday is so far out of touch.

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 15, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #28

    ——————krul
    Jonas-jonas-jonas-jonas
    —jonas—-jonas–jonas
    —jonas—-jonas–jonas

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 15, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #29

    Bench:-

    Krul
    Goofy,jonas times5

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 15, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #30

    Sorry, 4. Only 7 alowed on the bench

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 15, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #31

    No. Mark you fool. 5 was right. Duhr.

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  • optimistic prime

    Jan 15, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #32

    When he says “Theyll announce the new head coach when there ready” suggests to me the decisions made.

    It depends how you choose to view things.

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 15, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #33

    Anyway, thats my starting lineup for southampton. Get used to it people. I am in charge now.

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  • optimistic prime

    Jan 15, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #34

    Maybe a dig at Lineker if not I think decisions made.

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 15, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #35

    Actually,drop one of the jonas’ for colo at cb

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 15, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #36

    I think Carver is saying he’s been interviewed for the role as there is a process and he’s been involved in it.

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  • firebug666

    Jan 15, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #37

    He is keeping to the Wendy / Bishop script, keep everything obscure, and let nothing slip. Typical Ashley regime protocol, where everything is need to know only.

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  • Average_Contents

    Jan 15, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #38

    I’d say everyone’s suggestions are in with a shout of being correct. That’s how they want it. It’s like soviet Russia ffs.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 15, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #39

    that suggests his opinion has been asked probably on the lines of could you work with XYor Z when really he, stone and woodman need to vacate the building asap.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 15, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #40

    firebug

    its funny the extremes ash wll go to to hire pr gurus when everyone, at least on here can see right through all the spin.

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