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Newcastle v Fulham – Match preview.

Posted on November 12th, 2010 | 45 Comments |

Coming home Newcastle.
Coming home Newcastle.
Newcastle will be looking to get back to winning ways on Saturday afternoon as they welcome Fulham to St James’ Park.

I would like to say that Newcastle will be looking for some more home comforts, but that hasn’t been the case this season and we appear to be, oddly for Newcastle, an away side.

That away form can’t go on forever though and Newcastle need to start picking up points at home, starting against Fulham, who haven’t won an away fixture in the Premier League for 24 matches now. That is an alarming stat, as whenever one of those kind of stats pops up it nearly always means that Newcastle will duly oblige and end that disappointing run for the opposition.

Joey ‘the one punch machine gun’ Barton starts his three-match ban and will miss the match. Shola Ameobi will face a late fitness test on a hamstring injury that he picked up against Blackburn, although given his past injury history I would be tempted to leave him out altogether, whilst James Perch and Leon Best are rated as doubtful for the match. Steve Harper, Dan Gosling and Hatem Ben Arfa are all still out with long-term injuries.

As I wrote earlier, there will have to be some chagnes in store. So on the basis of what I wrote in that article, I woiuld like to see a team of;

NewcastleTim Krul, Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Wayne Routledge, Checi Tiote, Kevin Nolan, Jonas Gutierrez, Nile Ranger, Andy Carroll.

Fulham are missing a fair few first-team players for the match tomorrow. Philippe Senderos, Carlos Salcido, Bobby Zamora and Chris Baird will all miss the match tomorrow through various injuries. Aaron Hughes will be returning to Tyneside and will surely get a warm reception. The same can’t be said for Damien Duff though who returns to Newcastle for the first time since he left for Fulham back in August 2009.

Their last match was a spirited 1-0 defeat away to Chelsea where they played with a team of;

FulhamMark Schwarzer, Stephen Kelly, Brade Hangeland, Aaron Hughes, Matt Briggs, Simon Davies, Danny Murphy, Dickson Etuhu, Damien Duff, Clint Dempsey, Moussa Dembele.

Fulham have the upper hand over Newcastle with regard to the head-to-head record. Of the 61 meetings between the two sides, The Cottagers (tee hee hee) have won 25 matches compared to Newcastle’s 24 with the other 12 meeting resulting in draws.

Mark Hughes, current Fulham boss, has only won four out his last 23 Premier League matches – A run which stretches back to his Manchester City days.

Yet again it will be a tough game, and Fulham are another side that will no doubt cause us problems. Newcastle need to get this home form sorted, and I expect that they will endeavour to do that tomorrow.

My prediction: Newcastle 2-1 Fulham.

Howay the lads!

Date – Saturday, 13th November, 2010.

Kick-off – 3:00pm.

Venue – St James’ Park, Newcastle.

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45 Responses

  1. Toonsy – people seem to forget that Guthrie played most of last season (not Joey B) – he did really well for us. I believe he has the capacity to fill in well for Barton – but maybe conciosu of his defending duties

  2. Oh dear why did Toonsy predict a win.:(

    Anyway, Newcastle 1-3 Fulham.

    Can’t see us winning.

    Ranger to score his 1st Premier League Goal though.

  3. tattyheed says:
    November 12, 2010 at 4:37 pm
    Toonsy – people seem to forget that Guthrie played most of last season (not Joey B) – he did really well for us

    Couldn’t put it better myself. ;)

  4. i’d look to whoever replaces barton and shola in this match – given the way the starting XI was picking itself, this will be some of those guys on the fringe to prove they belong in there.

  5. I’ve just bet £2 on every Premier league game result for this weekend. I will donate the winnings to the site. I’ll let you know how I got on, on Sunday. ;)

  6. @arcarius: from back to front..all potential scorer from fulham.

    Hang Man always scores sucker punch.

    Dempsey loves long shot

    Not forgetting Duffy. Potential ex-magpies scoring again.

  7. It’ll be another boring game at home for me.

    Fulham may well just sit back and hit us on the break, knowing that we’ll struggle to break them down.

    1-1 I think.

  8. I would like too see this team tomorrow

    Krul
    simpson williamson colo enrique
    tiote
    jonas nolan ferguson
    carroll ranger

    That team would surprise them and with jonas on the right with his right foot i think the quality of his crossing would be an improvement . Ferguson would bring pace with him and he did do well in the carling cup against chelsea .

  9. i do hope that smudge will stay on the bench for this one. I can see him leaving in january for stoke or blackburn. I think hoots understands that we cant play him and tiote as we cant carve the defence. I think toonsy may have got the line up close but i can see a 451 formation as hoots looks to sort out our home form.

  10. tattyheed says:
    November 12, 2010 at 4:37 pm
    Toonsy – people seem to forget that Guthrie played most of last season (not Joey B) – he did really well for us

    ——————-

    I like Guthrie, but not sure I agree when he is used out in RM. But he really thrived last year in the five man MF playing the middle behing Nolan and Carroll

  11. After our disappointing last match performance I believe we will do a lot better this time around ass Hughton will have the players really fired up for this one. Mr Lover should get the nod over Ranger as Ranger is still young and Lover is considering his options and deserves to be played as he is a great player to have. He did really well for us last season and the season before that. Ranger is still young and needs games but he is best coming on around the hour mark for this game in my opinion. Campbell should replace Willo as he did make a few costly errors to in the last game (the sliced clearance in the area, and his lame attempt to win the ball for their second goal. Campbell and Coloccini should be able to form a great and solid partnership too. Willo needs to learn that if you make big costly blunders like he did he will lose his place, it will serve him as a good warning for the future. I must sat he has played brilliantly for us and has been another great bargain buy from Chris Hughton.

  12. but when Guthrie did well it was in the middle on the right he doesn’t do himself justice and the rb will get no help at all. If Guthrie or Raylor don’t play ant idea who’ll take our set pieces?

    DJG…good luck with the bets,what did ya put for the Toon game?

  13. Vuckic or Guthrie must be in for Barton’s absence. What a stupid thing to do from Barton. After how well he’s been playing he has shot himself and the team on the foot. We were reaping the rewards for his new found commitment and calm approach and it’s a shame because he really has stacked up a good number of assists in these last few games.

  14. If Guthrie plays it has to be in the middle. He was poor last season on the right and only really came alive when he went into the middle.

    Routledge and Simpson played well together last season. I know Wayne has been disappointing this season, but lets not forget that he had Perch behind him and may have been mindful of the fact that he needed to cover him.

    Heres hoping anyway…

  15. Toonsy im not saying I dont believe you :) im just saying its an amazing bad run.
    I would like to see Lovens getting a run out in place of Strolla, and Routledge for Joey Calzaghe.

  16. Newcastle – Tim Krul, Danny Simpson, Sol Campbell, Fabricio Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Wayne Routledge, Guthrie, Kevin Nolan, Jonas Gutierrez, Xisco, Andy Carroll.

    :lol: :lol:

  17. Lovenkrands has looked crap this season, Carroll and ranger upfront I hope, but I think it’ll be 4411 with Nolan playing off Carroll, Guthrie or smudger in the middle.

  18. I’m not sure if CH would be comfortable with it, but he needs to rest at least one defender, get some punch on the right wing, and find a replacement for Barton for the next 3 games. I’d rest Willo & maybe Colo, or just give them half a game. They were both out of gas by the 70th minute Wednesday. There is no way Rovers score if CH had brought on at least one central defender to finish the game.

    On the right side, I’d like to see Xisco based on his sparkling cameos vs. Manu & Villa. But I expect CH to give WR another shot. That is unless he uses Ranger as a monster winger. But I really think NUFC needs to make other teams defend deep right. One way to get that would be to flip Jonas over to that side for a part of the game.

    I gotta cast my vote for having Guthrie in the middle. He and Tiote are superior at distributing the ball, and the front line needs the balls in hwere they can do something with them.

    With evenly matched teams, it seems it is the breaks that determine the outcome. All 3 gaols Wed. were surprises. I’m hoping CH is drilling the boys on diving and feigning injury to secure the calls in those areas.

    As for Joey Barton. Time to profess Christianity and hand out tracts to players in the game that throw in the bad boot or issue verbal abuse. I don’t think the FA has a rule against sarcasm or cynicism.

  19. @Big Dave: got gut feeling that Williamson will be “injured” tmr. :lol:

    Fulham defense would be hard to break down,with most of them fugging tall. Brede Hangeland would be the key player of Fulham,he can both score and keep carroll quiet.

    We can’t pump Long High ball tmr. We should play on ground.Hopefully,CH addresses that.

    Guthrie for Tiote: Too risky to play tiote,i would rather keep Him till chelsea Match.

    Sol for Williamson: Might be “injured”.

    Xisco for Shola: A chance to prove,must faster than Peter.

  20. Jay I wouldn’t say no to Ranger I just dont think CH will give him a start, as for Lovens he has only had 2 games I think, and think he needs a few games to get going ;) . If it is a 4-4-1-1 I would have Guthrie in the middle aswell as I think Guthrie showed he is good in there.

  21. ranger in shola lovenkrands dosent deserve a start he has been poor, routledge for barton as guthrie is sh*te on the ryt wing and anyone who says he isnt dosent kno footie if hes in the middle then yes quality player on the wing no way, n i agree i think sol will start for willo jus to freshen it up n keep ppl on there toes

  22. BeeGuy-I agree- I’d give Sol or STaylor a start tomorrow. Got to play those two sooner or later and Williamson looks like he could use a day off.

  23. Toonsy cut out the positive predictions mate, its doing us in! Seriously though..think staylor might get the nod ahead of williamson, at least for a half or so. Not really sure what happened to Williamson on wednesday, looked like he took a knock in the ribs when he went down, but it didn’t look that bad, and if he fell looking for the foul then that’s probably what cost us the game. At the same time, it would be hard to argue that we deserved to win the game, a draw probably would have been fair considering the whole teams performance, and its probably unfair to drop Williamson after some solid performances.

    As for up front, or the link with Carroll, might be tempted to throw loven on just for a full game. He has been poor in the league matches, almost non existant in fact, but I’d like to give him one full chance for the next match at least, and see how he does. Whilst Ranger does need the experience, he’s been far from impressive himself. If loven makes a meal of it then we can count him out for the future and use ranger/vuckic to back up carroll…or maybe even the mighty xisco? :)

  24. I’d rather play Raylor at RM, without Barton we have no-one who can deliver a cross for Carroll. Routledge has proved his final ball aint great and jonas is hit and miss. But if Raylor doesnt play Jose to whip in the free kicks for AC????

    Anyone?

    Also is CT one yelow away from a ban?

  25. Going for a draw in this game. Thats if we continue to use the same formation at home.
    Though I’d like to see this team but pretty sure Hughton will start Routeledge.

    ————————Krul————————-

    Simpson——–Coloccini——-Willo———-Enrique

    ———————–Tiote————————-

    ————–Guthrie———–Nolan—————-

    Ranger——————————————Jonas

    ————————Carroll———————–

    Either 1-1, 2-2 or 2-0 to us :-)