As expected Sol Campbell and Steven Taylor will make their first Premier League starts of the season against Chelsea this afternoon.
And again, as expected, midfielder Cheik Tiote returns from his one-game ban, with Alan Smith on the bench, after he deputized for the Ivorian at Bolton last Saturday.
But Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan is out of the game with an ankle problem, and Wayne Routledge comes in on the right wing to the side, and Newcastle will attack Chelsea in a 4-4-2 formation, with both local lads, Andy Carroll and Shola Amoebi starting up front.
It looks like Danny Guthrie will have a really important role today, as he in central midfield with Cheick Tiote, so we have to hope the youngster is up for the battle with Chelsea’s top midfield this afternoon.
Patrick van Aanholt is on the bench for Chelsea, after the Dutchman was on loan last February at Newcastle.
The referee for the game today is Andre Marriner.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle: Krul; Simpson, S Taylor, Campbell, Enrique; Routledge, Guthrie, Tiote, Gutierrez; Carroll, Ameobi.
Subs: Perch, Kadar, Ranger, Soderberg, Best, Smith, Lovenkrands.
Chelsea: Cech: Bosingwa Ivanovic Alex Cole; Ramires Mikel Malouda; Kalou Drogba (c) Anelka
Subs:Turnbull, Ferreira, Bruma, van Aanholt, McEachran, Kakuta, Sturridge.
73 comments so far
Nov 28, 2010 at 1:00 PMComment #1
I reckon Campbell won’t be able to cope. Hope I am wrong
Nov 28, 2010 at 1:03 PMComment #2
Nov 28, 2010 at 1:03 PMComment #3
This might just be what is needed to add life into the previous 3 stale performances. I rate Nolan and see him as a big part of the team but Guthrie in the middle might give us a chance to see a new contender for the CM spot.also Nolan in would have meant Guthrie on the right and that just doesn’t work.So all round considering our absentees its not so bad.
Nov 28, 2010 at 1:06 PMComment #4
Nov 28, 2010 at 1:06 PMComment #5
who will be the captain? interesting
Nov 28, 2010 at 1:07 PMComment #6
Nov 28, 2010 at 1:08 PMComment #7
i think it will be Campbell, veteran, so…
Nov 28, 2010 at 1:09 PMComment #8
Or CAPTAIN CARROLL!!!!!!!!
Nov 28, 2010 at 1:10 PMComment #9
I reckon S. Taylor
Nov 28, 2010 at 1:11 PMComment #10
I think Saylor is next in line after Smudger for captaincy but it wouldn’t surprise me if that’s changed to Campbell (would prefer Sol tbh).
As much as we’ll miss Nolan I think it could be a blessing in disguise. An actual RW (his ability at this level is still up for question), Guthrie through the centre – my hopes are rising 😀
Nov 28, 2010 at 1:17 PMComment #11
Best on the bench 😛
Nov 28, 2010 at 1:18 PMComment #12
Andre Marriner as Ref, He’s meant to be pretty handy with his cards.
Nov 28, 2010 at 1:18 PMComment #13
Bloody hell, so he is! Didn’t even notice that
Nov 28, 2010 at 1:19 PMComment #14
Carroll for the hatrick!!!!!!!!!
Nov 28, 2010 at 1:20 PMComment #15
Nov 28, 2010 at 1:20 PMComment #16
oh well, suppose he’ll be upset that Barton isn’t playing:-)
Nov 28, 2010 at 1:21 PMComment #17
Great link from veetle!
Nov 28, 2010 at 1:25 PMComment #18
Reckon Campbell and Tayls will have problems,neither have played really.
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Nov 28, 2010 at 1:32 PMComment #19
Andy’s getting a bit rough out there… don’t get any daft bookings lad
Nov 28, 2010 at 1:33 PMComment #20
What a free kick!
Nov 28, 2010 at 1:37 PMComment #21
Nov 28, 2010 at 1:39 PMComment #22
wow Andy…great start..
Nov 28, 2010 at 1:47 PMComment #23
Bloody hell man Krul…
Nov 28, 2010 at 1:53 PMComment #24
Sol is a f**kin’ beast today so far…
Nov 28, 2010 at 1:57 PMComment #25
Lads, how are Sol and Steven handling so far?
Nov 28, 2010 at 2:02 PMComment #26
Absolutely superb. Drop Willo for Sol imo
Nov 28, 2010 at 2:05 PMComment #27
best link i’ve found so far.
Nov 28, 2010 at 2:14 PMComment #28
loving the taylor/campbell partnership!!
Nov 28, 2010 at 2:16 PMComment #29
Looks like that came off Enrique
Nov 28, 2010 at 2:18 PMComment #30
Shola has been disgraceful so far. Routledge has impressed and the backline have all had a great game.
We sat back too much and defensive games = conceded goals. Push up more, lads.
Nov 28, 2010 at 2:19 PMComment #31
ameobi is so frustrating to watch
Nov 28, 2010 at 2:21 PMComment #32
Bad time to concede but overall a solid first half from the lads. Campbell and Taylor make a better partnership than Colocinni and (anyone really) . Hughton, its time to earn your pay and galvanise the lads for the 2nd half .
Nov 28, 2010 at 2:21 PMComment #33
@newcastle10, I agree. Newcastle can do better than Shola Ameobi in my humble opinion.
Nov 28, 2010 at 2:23 PMComment #34
Next goal wins. Played well so far!
Nov 28, 2010 at 2:27 PMComment #35
Not playin too badly but not takin the chances that have come for us….
Tiote needs to watch his late challenges around the box.
Wayne and Jonas need to get more balls in the box
Nov 28, 2010 at 2:34 PMComment #36
It’s not a problem of getting balls into the box, it’s a problem of having somebody on the end of them (who isn’t Shola – howay Bambi, prove me wrong).
Nov 28, 2010 at 2:44 PMComment #37
I’ve a feeling that we’re going to lose these 3 points. We’re standing off and hoping the defensive line or the keeper keeps it out.
Nov 28, 2010 at 2:49 PMComment #38
THAT is what I want to see!
Nov 28, 2010 at 3:05 PMComment #39
We`re not pressing their players at all.
There is only one thing gonna happen now if CH doesn`t change things….
Ameobi is finished for the day
Nov 28, 2010 at 3:06 PMComment #40
We’re getting lucky. I f***ing hate defensive play.
Where are you lot anyway?!