Newcastle return to St. James’ Park on Saturday to face Brentford in a battle of top ten clubs. The atmosphere should be euphoric as Newcastle celebrate the one-year anniversary of the transformative takeover.
BBC pundit Chris Sutton has given his prediction for Saturday’s clash. He is picking Newcastle to win 2-1 for the first back-to-back win of this campaign.
Here is some of his take on the match:
Brentford are quite a stubborn team but Newcastle will take the game to them, and I can see them creating enough chances to win it.
Bees striker Ivan Toney will have a point to prove going back to St James’ Park – he is in my fantasy team, but he needs to pull his finger out if he is going to make a difference on Saturday.
Brentford have performed admirably since their promotion a few seasons ago. A hot start kept them above water until things began to unravel by winter. They added Christian Eriksen in January to help arrest the slide and ended up finishing comfortably in 13th place.
This season they have produced another promising start with 2 wins and 4 draws across their 8 fixtures. The Bees will hope to spoil Newcastle’s festive anniversary and potentially jump into the top six.
Newcastle are coming off of a dominant display at Fulham. The win was heralded by the return of Callum Wilson, who got the scoring started with the opening goal en route to a 4-1 thrashing. It was the performance of Miguel Almiron that caught the eye.
Miggy scored a brace that included a volley that will be raved about for years to come. Eddie Howe continues to get the best out of players whose futures looked in serious doubt just one year ago.
Howe could have Allan Saint-Maximin in tow on Saturday. However, he may keep the Frenchman for a second-half cameo after some of the performances last weekend. Jacob Murphy was stellar as was Sean Longstaff, who starred in the absence of Joelinton.
There are selection headaches galore for the head coach. Whoever is named will be backed by an adoring crowd. If Sutton’s scoreline is correct, there will be some nervous supporters in those stands.
184 comments so far
Oct 7, 2022 at 9:04 AMComment #161
I like Isak and suggested we buy him a couple of years ago, but feel 70m was far too high. I think they saw Wilson was injured and added 20m
Oct 7, 2022 at 9:21 AMComment #162
Stupid from Louise Taylor. Why would or should Howe speak out?
Considering the Saudis have been making great strides with human rights issues over the last few years and continue to do so, what good does a CLUB FOOTBALL MANAGER speaking out do? Ridiculous. Maybe Howe should speak out about how many peoples’ lives have got worse in this country over the last 12 years too? Nah…I’d rather he didn’t.
Oct 7, 2022 at 9:26 AMComment #163
Saudis haven’t got a patch on a certain nation the papers don’t seem to be allowed to criticise. A nation that stands for democracy but has a massive history of killing democratocally voted leaders and replacing them with dictators.
The Mighty Quinn
Oct 7, 2022 at 9:31 AMComment #164
The Saudi’s celebrating 1 year takeover anniversary today.
Happy Anniversary everyone.
Oct 7, 2022 at 9:32 AMComment #165
ZG – I’ll always credit someone or a group of people who are looking to improve more than those who are not. The Saudis are making things better for their people overall, meanwhile we’ve seen a real wage drop in this country over the years, have an energy crisis, are getting some rights and freedoms stripped, and extremism is on the rise.
So no, I don’t want Howe to get involved. I’m sure he’s got his private views and he should be allowed to keep them private. Southgate is a different situation, he’s the National manager, represents the country, and he’s spoken out before so he has to speak out about Qatar. Very different situations anyway.
Oct 7, 2022 at 9:39 AMComment #166
It seems like the stars are aligning for tomorrow’s match given the current weather passing over the North East.
Tomorrow’s weather forecast is looking really good and promises great conditions for everyone.
The sun shining, a few goals, another win, celebrations before and after; what’s not to like?
Lee Charnley Bunga Party
Oct 7, 2022 at 9:43 AMComment #167
This feels like a pivotal moment in our season
1st year anniversary playing Brentford at home a win could take us within touching distance of the top 4
The expectation levels are huge going into this game normally we bugger up games like this but it feels different especially having Wilson back in the team he’s a big game player
Then Man Utd Everton in quick succession if we could get 7 out of the next 9 points available the “big 6” will be bricking it
Oct 7, 2022 at 9:43 AMComment #168
I’m very jealous of all of the people watching the Brentford game tomorrow. I booked the tickets for Oktoberfest months ago but I’d definitely have planned a trip to Newcastle otherwise. Hope you all have lots of fun!
Oct 7, 2022 at 9:45 AMComment #169
Louise Taylor had gone up in my estimations over the last few years as she often wrote good pieces on us and didnt sugar coat it or patronise the fans.
But going after Eddie is ridiculous – I wonder will she trumpet how much our ladies team is now growing in importance at the club
I’m sure Eddie should be expected to discuss Ukraine too, the Energy crisis and Global warming.
Oct 7, 2022 at 9:52 AMComment #170
How did I feel 12 months ago on this day?
Absolutely “over the moon” that the take over I had faith in had come to be.
How do I feel today a full year later?
Absolutely “over the moon” and immensely grateful with the progress we are making and at the thought of things to come.
Come they will, it’s not a case of if but when!
HOWAY me Bonny Bairns!
Oct 7, 2022 at 9:53 AMComment #171
Munster – when it suits them, improvements are labelled as sports washing. The Saudis get involved in the western world and make changes to their country and it’s sports washing to cover up the bad things they’ve done in the past, they remain isolated and don’t change and they’re backwards. Negativity gets more attention than positivity sadly…just look at this blog!
Oct 7, 2022 at 9:57 AMComment #172
Jail…no idea mate…seems an exchange is an argument on here! 😉
Oct 7, 2022 at 9:58 AMComment #173
Belated but heartfelt Happy Anniversary to Mr and Mrs Anytoon Indiana for 20 years yesterday.
Happy Birthday to young Munsters lad today.
And of course a Happy 1st anniversary to all Toon fans everywhere. Someone asked how it felt?
On the 6th October we were on life support with grim prospects, but on the 7th someone brought the defibrillator and sparked us back to life with an amazing future ahead. That’s how it felt and still feels. 😀
Oct 7, 2022 at 10:08 AMComment #174
Sparky – some people want to drive a wedge through this blog. They want a “them and us” situation. Most of us can disagree firmly with someone on here but would happily have a pint and talk about the Toon should the opportunity arise around a match.
Great White Hunter
Oct 7, 2022 at 10:08 AMComment #175
Morning all from a very Newcastle, From earlier, Fenham, thanks for your kind words,appreciated, your a canny lad……in answer to your question only posted once recently,whilst on holiday, yes had a couple of health issues but now I,m fighting fit,lol. Great time atm being a Newcastle supporter, even extra special today regarding the T/O anniversary etc…… going to have an extra can or ten tonight, been reading he blog each day, still a couple of spats between posters….but who cares, we,ve got the best owners, team and supporters there are and it’s going to get a lot better,IMO. Enjoy your day all and Fenham,Wife & family, speak later,if I,m sober……. cheers. GWH
Oct 7, 2022 at 10:11 AMComment #176
2 things (1). Lesh – you are funny, a number of people were were having a generalised non political discussion about various aspects of economics and you come on and accuse me of being a supporter of Trussonomics, and then link it with my wish to see the environment ruined in a chase for “riches”.
I suspect you need to get out more and stop reading all the lefty rags that invent stupid phrases for things they don’t understand.
(2). For once can all the lefties just put the needs of our Country ahead of their idealistic nonsense and accept that future fuel independence for us as an Island Nation is a far greater priority right now than short term environmental issues. Our total CO2 output is less than 1% of the Worlds total and if we add a little in the next couple of years it’s going to make f all difference to the World’s climate. And just so you understand, a panel of over 200 of the Worlds top environmental scientists have slammed the whole CO2 argument anyway.
Here’s a thought, if All the Worlds left wing windbags stopped breathing, we’d fix Global Warming!! We all breath out CO2 with every breath!!! 😆 😆
Oct 7, 2022 at 10:14 AMComment #177
The worrying thing about Truss and her puppeteers is that the more they repeat their mantras, Joe public’ll fall for them and vote ’em back in – though probably without Truss.
Oct 7, 2022 at 10:19 AMComment #178
Gary Neville getting slagged off for hypocrisy ref his job at the World Cup.
Thus multi millionaire lefty hypocrite is a disgrace – clearly is a money greedy person – a lefty tw**.
Oct 7, 2022 at 10:20 AMComment #179
Bob & Lesh – gotta say that I’m with Bob here. Not in terms of his politics but we were having a decent discussion around economics in general and it really didn’t need anyone firmly on the left or the right to jump in and insist they’re right. Lesh, all you’ll succeed in doing by insulting those on the right is make them dig in further, just the same as when you’re insulted for being on the left you do the same.
Personally, I find the middle ground a nice place to be. 🙂
Oct 7, 2022 at 10:24 AMComment #180
But your views nicely echoed those propounded by Truss and her puppet-masters. As far as energy’s concerned, damaging might it not be too high price to pay?
There are those that support the failed trickle-down, growth at any cost philosophy because they’re sufficiently affluent and feel they’d materially benefit from or won’t be affected by it and others that suffer, take the hit and lose out.
Which side of that fence do you sit on? I think we know that answer now.
Greed has no morals.
Oct 7, 2022 at 10:25 AMComment #181
Ibiza’s fence is a comfortable and affable place to hang out. 🙂
Oct 7, 2022 at 10:29 AMComment #182
Not wishing to go over old ground, but the economics discussion did bring with it a view which chimed with those currently being peddled.
Oct 7, 2022 at 10:31 AMComment #183
The bus leaving the world economic forum has departed. For those wishing to travel to more football based discussions please proceed to the next thread.
Oct 7, 2022 at 10:31 AMComment #184
And, I don’t do insults. As you often suggest, if some feel insulted about an opinion then they may be a tad oversensitive.