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Bolton vs Newcastle – Match Preview

We hope that Newcastle’s good away form will continue at the Reebok stadium tomorrow afternoon.

Newcastle have not been too good at home this season, after going all last season without a home defeat, but this season we have lost to Blackpool, Stoke and Blackburn, and have only drawn with Wigan and Fulham.

Those are home game we would have been expected to win.

But Newcastle are still in 8th position on 18 points from their first 13 games, because our away form has been excellent,  with wins at Everton, West Ham and Arsenal.

We hope we can get another win at Bolton tomorrow, but the Trotters have been in good form so far this season, and that’s been both at home and away.

Bolton have 9 points from their 6 home games (2 wins 3 draws and a single defeat against Liverpool), and have 10 points from their 7 away games – so they are one point above Newcastle right now.

It will be another tough game for the Magpies, as most PL games seem to be this season.

Newcastle have conceded too many goals this season, and one key in tomorrow’s game, is how the Magpies defense will play, which will  likely be unchanged for the sixth league game in a row, since Danny Simpson returned at right back from injury.

Newcastle gave away two bad goals against Blackburn last week, and if they do that again tomorrow, we’ll lose the game, but last  Saturday the defense was much improved, and played very well against Fulham.

But Bolton have conceded even more goals this season than Newcastle, and have let in 19 goals in their 13 league games, and 8 of those in their 6 home games, so they can be scored against – Andy Carroll please take note.

We expect Shola Ameobi and Carroll to be fit for this game, although Shola is said by manager Hughton today to be still touch and go.

And of course Sol Campbell and Steven Taylor are both fit again after both played for the Reserves on Tuesday afternoon, but Cheick Tiote and Joey Barton are both unavailable because of suspension.

Striker Leon Best is back fit again, and also played for the Reserves last Tuesday, but we don’t think he will make the squad for tomorrow’s game, with Ranger, Lovenkrands and Ameobi all available as strikers.

So this is what we think the starting side will look like for tomorrow’s game, in a 4-5-1- formation.

Simpson Coloccini Williamson Enrique
Routledge Guthrie Smith Nolan(c) Gutierrez
Subs: Soderberg Campbell Taylor (S) Kadar Lovenkrands Ranger Ameobi

Make sure to let us know what you think the starting team should be.

Chris could well play a 4-4-2 formation and play Danny Guthrie out on the right wing and bring in either Lovenkrands or Ameobi up front with big Andy.

That may be especially true given that Bolton seem to concede quite a few goals, and Guthrie put in some good crosses from the right wing against Fulham last Saturday – something England didn’t do on Wednesday night even though the 6’4″ Andy was up front.

Alan Smith will get a rare start tomorrow, and he will need to make the most of this chance, since Cheick Tiote will back for the home game against Chelsea the following Sunday afternoon.

Bolton are a good side this season, and seem to have improved since Owen Coyle joined the club last January from Burnley.

Owen has the side playing very well right now (unfortunately), and of course the Bolton side have never lacked fight or grit, but these days Newcastle have an excellent team spirit too, so it should be a good and competitive game.

We’d be happy with a point, but after the single point in the last two home games we suspect Chris Hughton is again aiming to win the game, if at all possible.

Finally, it will be interesting to see what reception the new Newcastle captain, Kevin Nolan, gets at his former club – and we think it will be a good one.

Kevin has been great for Newcastle over the last 20 months, and he has always talked very fondly of his Bolton years, and indeed when he came to Tyneside, he was shocked at just how poor the Newcastle team spirit was compared to what he left at Bolton.

Kevin Nolan has since fixed that – and he is currently a credit to football and to Newcastle, and also acts as a good diplomat for Bolton Wanderers these days too.

We’ll be happy with a point tomorrow, but we’d be absolutely delighted with all 3 points.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 19, 2010 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #1

    Not four five one again, ATTACK… !

    Simpson Coloccini Williamson Enrique
    Routledge Guthrie Nolan(c) Gutierrez
    ——Ranger/Ameobi —Carroll

  • danuneek

    Nov 19, 2010 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #2

    Dont mean to come across too negative but I dont see us getting anything from this game with Tiote and Barton.

  • danuneek

    Nov 19, 2010 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #3

    both banned.

  • branunited

    Nov 19, 2010 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #4

    I read a story in Mexico, saying that Newcastle are interested in the striker of the standard liege meme Tchite his move would cost around 4 million euros, is “good” numbers standard liege 58 (21), Anderlecht 33 (21) Racing Santander 88 (24) and in this tournament withthe standard liege 10 (6), in my opinion would be a good signing, but I would rather try to sign Nicklas Bendtner (who wants to leave the array) and Hugo Almeida (which will be free agent signing in 2011 and cost 7 million euros and may be a lower cost, as I said earlier that it will be a free agent in 2011, are saying?, as the game tomorrow, it will be necessary to obtain a victory and so continue to keep posts about Europe league or uefa champions league, will be vital for us to get good results in the next three games, Bolton, Chelsea and WBA. for tomorrow’s game I trust in God and the players who win, my forecast
    3 -1 is for Magpies

  • BeeGuy

    Nov 19, 2010 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #5

    Should be a nice one to watch tomorrow as both sides like to play football, not just thump & chase. We need to see some pretty goals, as the last few matches have been pretty ugly. Let’s hope NUFC gets the odd one in their favor.

  • Brutooon

    Nov 20, 2010 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #6

    play guthrie and not smith!

    Routledge on the right

  • baro

    Nov 20, 2010 at 4:46 AM

    Comment #7

    We better really win this game! I would put in Routledge and Guthrie in for this game as they will hurt the defense of opposition.

    Nufc 1-0 Bolton

    Jose Enrique to score!

  • cyprus

    Nov 20, 2010 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #8

    We have the fourth best attack in the PL (same as Bolton) and our defence record is about that of Man Utd’s. And we don’t concede much away, roughly a goal per game. I see us starting at 4-5-1, then switching to 4-4-2 in order to get back into the game, which we will 🙂 (see my prediction elsewhere)

  • Darling27

    Nov 20, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #9

    That’s the line up i’d play Ed.

  • xfer

    Nov 20, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #10

    I’ll place my house on Guthrie to start. Without Barton, we need someone to take set-pieces. As I’ve previously mentioned, we are one of the most threatening side when it comes to set-pieces, and we need someone to deliver them in, and that would be Guthrie.

  • Irie-Magpie

    Nov 20, 2010 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #11

    I’m with you on this one xfer Guthrie is a better bet than SMITH, we need to get balls in the box for Andy and Guthries has it in him will be a long game other wise.. Any links for this game lads?

  • Smithy

    Nov 20, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #12

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