Date: Sunday 2nd September,2012.
Referee: Lee Probert.
UK TV: None.
Hello good afternoon and welcome to our “match banter” feature for this afternoon’s game against Aston Villa.
It’s very early days yet, but the Villans have had a poor start in their first two Premiership games. Losing both, they currently lie right at that bottom of the Premiership, though they will be hoping to bounce back this afternoon at St James’ Park. Lets hope it doesn’t happen!
Anyway, I’m in something of a rush to get this finished in time so I won’t dwell on things. However, if you are looking for some more in depth background to this afternoon’s game, my collegue Jimbob has already prepared his excellent match preview which, as usual, should have everything you need to know in the run up to this game.
Unlike previous matches, this will not be shown on UK TV but fear not, I shall endeavour to post all the best links for the game before kick off, as well as the teamsheets when they are available. I will also be posting highlights when the game is over, and possibly a video of the whole game if I can.
However, as I write, I’m in a bit of rush for this one, so I’ll sign off now! Well, I will after asking you to vote in our latest poll asking whether you think Newcastle United have had a successful transfer window, or not as the case may be.
Howay the lads!
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul (G), Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Davide Santon, Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Vurnon Anita, Jonas Gutierrez, Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse.
Subs: Steve Harper (G), Mike Williamson, Dan Gosling, Gael Bigirimana, Romain Amalfitano, Gabriel Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux.
Aston Villa (4-4-2): Brad Guzan; Matthew Lowton, Ron Vlaar, Ciaran Clark, Eric Lichaj; Brett Holman, Karim El Ahamadi, Stephen Ireland, Barry Bannan; Andreas Weimann, Darren Bent
Substitutes: Shay Given (G), Nathan Baker, Derrick Williams, Graham Burke, Charles N’Zogbia, Jordan Bowery, Gabriel Agbonlahor.