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Is This Newcastle´s Best Team For Chelsea?

10:25 pm, Friday, September 25th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 40 Comments

It´s a very tough game for Newcastle tomorrow at home tho Chelsea, the reigning Premier League Champions, but one ray of hope is that we have beaten Chelsea four times since the beginning of 2002, and Newcastle have won this corresponding fixture for the last three seasons.

So there may be some hope but it would be a brave Geordie who would forecast a win for Newcastle tomorrow – but you never know.

Rolando Aarons at Swansea+City+v+Newcastle+United+MPInVhXPPYll

Rolando Aarons – will he be gioven a chance?

Daryl Janmaat is fit again after taking ill and having to leave the game on Wednesday at half time, and there are doubts about Jack Colback, Sadio Massadio and Rolando Aarons – but for the purpose of the team we will assume they will all be fit.

This is the side that could start tomorrow:

Janmaat Mbemba Coloccini (c) Haidara
Colback Sissoko
Wijnaldum de Jong Aarons
Subs: Darlow Lascelles Williamson Anita Thauvin Obertan Perez

There´s a chance that McClaren may use Anita at left back in place of Haidara.

We have Aarons in the side for Thauvin, but we would still be surprised if McClaren starts Rolando.

And we´d like to see Sissoko start in defensive midfield to give some size and strength in that position.

What would your team be for this game tomorrow?

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40 responses so far ↓

  • 1 SUTTY1978 // Sep 25, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Angel, i think we’ll have a filthy sheet tomorrow!

  • 2 SUTTY1978 // Sep 25, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    Ed always likes to have a geordie in his team. Dont think Colback should be anywhere near the first xi on his showings this season. Then again theres not too many others that should. Would love a change from 4231 but Ginger Pardew wont have it any other way

  • 3 Jib // Sep 25, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    Tim Krul, Georginio Wijnaldum, Vurnon Anita and Daryl Janmaat have all been named in the provisional Dutch squad for the concluding Euro 2016 qualifiers away to Kazakhstan and at home to Czech Republic.

    Team for tomorrow

  • 4 ZIPPIE57 // Sep 25, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    The referee must be strong tomorrow and not be afraid of Mouriniho comments etc
    We will lose,but please lose with dignity and pride ffs

  • 5 Blackley and Brownlie // Sep 25, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    Are you and Expat in town tomorrow? Seek me out now you have my picture.

  • 6 Mister Tuff // Sep 25, 2015 at 11:16 PM

    Blackley – expat is on Tyneside don’t know if he’s going to the match tomorrow -expect he will be. He’s going to call in to see me on Sunday morning though.

  • 7 SUTTY1978 // Sep 25, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    So Ginger Pardew strikes again – trying to offload Aarons much like his namesake offloaded Ben Arfa. Why is it that these crappy Britsish manager can never find the best out of creative attacking players so prefer to get rid? Loser.

  • 8 Sazzer // Sep 25, 2015 at 11:19 PM

    The least bad team ED. We only have players that at any other club would have been benched based on recent performances.

  • 9 stan anderson // Sep 25, 2015 at 11:45 PM

    Ginger it.
    Ashley OOT

  • 10 nightfa11 // Sep 25, 2015 at 11:46 PM

    Janmaat Mbemba Coloccini (c) Haidara
    Colback Wijnaldum
    Perez de Jong Aarons

    perez is our best forward. i dont know why you always put him on bench..

  • 11 Tsunki // Sep 25, 2015 at 11:55 PM

    Whatever the best team is, it ain’t gonna be enough. Steve, it’s time to get the magic wand out. The magic wand of unprecedented motivation.

  • 12 John Tudor // Sep 25, 2015 at 11:56 PM

    he will resign after the makem game

  • 13 Tsunki // Sep 25, 2015 at 11:59 PM

    If Steve can survive mackem defeat, he may get his much needed transfer window.

  • 14 Tsunki // Sep 26, 2015 at 12:02 AM

    This blog was awash with criticism of HBA. Lazy. Petulant. Never tracking back. How we could do with him now.

  • 15 jimmysmith // Sep 26, 2015 at 12:04 AM

    …… a hole in the head.

  • 16 stan anderson // Sep 26, 2015 at 12:06 AM

    H.B.A.would not improve our current dire position.

  • 17 jimmysmith // Sep 26, 2015 at 12:21 AM

    I suppose he might stick with Thauvin, considering he clearly has been bought to figure now and long term, but he really needs to match his opponents commitment, lung and leg work, or in his case make his opponent work, looking to go past him and get balls into the box, and definitely no tux.

    Dropping Aarons into this is not ideal. You could understand McC reticence, but he must be tempted to give him the nod, considering Thauvin’s almost zero impact up to now, that the side will naturally be up for it considering the opposition, and because he’d have it all over Ivanovic for pace.

  • 18 pspelectrical // Sep 26, 2015 at 12:32 AM

    Am i the only one who thort we had a half canny side (missing a Center half of course) this season?

  • 19 Brummie // Sep 26, 2015 at 12:59 AM

    Gosh people Still doing this…..ok then here’s my team for tomorrow. I thinks it’s gonna be a shocker.

  • 20 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 26, 2015 at 1:04 AM

    I am going to look forward to more of this lovely 4-2-3-1 😉 hurray!

  • 21 usmagpie // Sep 26, 2015 at 1:23 AM

    Ok Geordie Nation, here’s how to handle this weekend.
    You will need a pen and paper for this, firstly take out the credit card or cash if need be. Go to the local store and purchase three things. Number one: Case of Newcastle Brown if you cannot handle Newcastle brown try supporting Sunderland. Second a very large bottle of Vodka or Whiskey, same again Sunderland Supporter if you cannot handle. Third and the most important purchase, big bottle of bubbly, this is the clincher for me, if we beat Chelsea we need the players to hear corks flying all over the town. Of course after all this drinking be it good or bad maybe while at the store purchase to headache medication. Ok the headache medication was a red hearing for the Sunderland Supporters. Newcastle fans don’t take headache pills because we tougher than nails. So there you go, I have purchased all these items, well to be honest I have them every weekend watching Newcastle, its either pissed off drunk or happy drunk, I want the happy drunk on the bubbly as I really want to pop that bottle.

  • 22 loonie-toon // Sep 26, 2015 at 1:40 AM

    I put nufc before my own gf haha longs I got my sky sport app cushty the achol. I drink to morro will keep me warm in bed lmao

  • 23 sickandtired // Sep 26, 2015 at 2:25 AM

    So, even Dr Ed goes for 4-2-3-1?

    Deserve all you get, and that’s hard to figure out as you are so settled on the fence, the railings are embedded in yer ar@e!.

  • 24 davis_toons // Sep 26, 2015 at 3:31 AM

    “We have to change a lot; philosophy, culture, standards, training and some people adapt quickly to that and some don’t, but it’s necessary.”

    Management of Change.

    Adaptability is Key. I hope McClaren can be successful.

  • 25 davis_toons // Sep 26, 2015 at 3:33 AM

    As McClaren have said before different players for different kind of Games. No matter what kind of formation our aim is to “win” games.

    To draw is also to win.

  • 26 Blofal // Sep 26, 2015 at 3:43 AM

    How did Ivan Toney look last game? I haven’t seen him play yet. Is he quick? Positioning?

  • 27 willowdalerez // Sep 26, 2015 at 4:05 AM

    Thauvin with De Jong and Gini and with Mitro back hopefully that’ll spark some goals. Perez will be late sub… Don’t look for any changes, Haidara will start too… Macca is trying to put together a squad he won’t be looking to change things up this early he’ll tsay consistent and tell the lads their fortunes will change as they get used to his system. If her were to start dropping players or tinkering with formation etc. this early the lads would sense desperation and lose all confidence in him. He’ll only look to do that if the team fails to play with heart and get at least 4 point points from the next 4 prem fixtures. That’s my prediction because it’s what I’d do in his shoes.

  • 28 sing in the corner // Sep 26, 2015 at 5:13 AM

    I’m looking for more from De Jong and Wijnaldum tonight. No excuses for De Jong now. He was billed as a cultured passer who could make our forward play tick, and weigh in with a few goals. Lets see it now he’s FINALLY fit.
    Wij has had some time to get the pace of the Prem. I like them both but the glimpses have to become consistency NOW.
    On SMc… I know he doesn’t want to look like he’s panicking. But please stop with this sudden Tourettes style huge grin / twitch in the middle of a sentence when we’ve just been humiliated. Or the urge to slap will become irresistible.

  • 29 davis_toons // Sep 26, 2015 at 5:57 AM

  • 30 davis_toons // Sep 26, 2015 at 6:17 AM

    De Jong for me is not up to par tbh…Too slow for the premier league and no motivation to chase after the ball.

    AP once said he resemble Teddy Sheringham. Sheringham was a beast actually.

    In my personal optional he is worst than Hatem Ben Arfa. I hope he prove me wrong.

  • 31 jimmysmith // Sep 26, 2015 at 6:24 AM

    I think De Jong is bright, and technically good, so is a player who should adjust. If there is a problem with pace or durability, then Carr is at fault, among others, he should never have been signed, but then again we’ve signed loads of players who have lacked one thing or another that has stopped them from succeeding in this league, but physical attributes should surely have been thoroughly scouted.

  • 32 jimmysmith // Sep 26, 2015 at 6:26 AM

    Dreadful punctuation. Ed the little box we have to write in is too small.

  • 33 davis_toons // Sep 26, 2015 at 6:34 AM

    ..another link..

  • 34 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 26, 2015 at 7:12 AM

    “It is important to state that we bear collective responsibility for our position in the table. Identifying the problems in order to find the solutions is crucial, but we are not in the business of apportioning blame. We are a team, from the boardroom to the boot room, and we will respond like one.”

    I can tell you where the problems are easily 😉

  • 35 sing in the corner // Sep 26, 2015 at 7:20 AM

    We’re going to learn even more about bottle and our players in the next 2 games.
    I will be watching Colo closely. When he took the contract extension and the armband preseason he took the responsibility that goes with it.
    He must lead and organise.
    I don’t think he can.
    The rest of team are crying out for someone to follow.
    Whilst he shouldn’t shoulder all the blame by any means, God knows there are other problems, if a tough decision isn’t taken with him (replaced) at the January window, at the latest, I don’t think we can save ourselves this season.

  • 36 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Sep 26, 2015 at 7:27 AM

    Best team
    Does not matter what team we put out we’ll get a good stuffing today and next week
    At the moment we have a gutless clueless team with no leaders on the pitch
    6-0 to Chelsea
    7-0 to City next week
    if we play anything like we have in our last two games

  • 37 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Sep 26, 2015 at 7:44 AM

    “This blog was awash with criticism of HBA. Lazy. Petulant. Never tracking back. How we could do with him now.”

    Exaaacttlyyyy thaaat… That kind of player we won’t see for a foreseeable future. People have 0 clue. They spat on him for games on end. Only player to have any real creativity.

    It was actually a tragedy we could not manage him.

    Now be prepped for some serious losses. I predict two enormous losses home and away.

    I am surprised Macca is not fired but what do you expect from an owner who knows nothing about football.

    I can’t believe we still chose to pay English managers to do the job when they are clearly inept.

    Needed a continental manager all along.

  • 38 ilovetoon8788 // Sep 26, 2015 at 7:47 AM

    Parking the bus and then saying it was a good defensive performance will be annoying to hear.

  • 39 jimmysmith // Sep 26, 2015 at 7:48 AM

    The tragedy is that he can’t be managed.

  • 40 nufc 11 // Sep 26, 2015 at 8:25 AM

    Collack very handy at lb.

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