Date: Sunday, 11th November.
Kick off: 3:00pm
Referee: Mike Dean (the Wirral).
UK TV: None.
Good afternoon and welcome to our “match banter” feature for this afternoon’s game against West Ham.
Today, around 50,000 Geordies and a few Londoners will gather to watch Big Sam’s long balls and Alan Pardew’s long balls clash. As I mentioned in my previous match preview for the game, Newcastle United and West Ham are two of the biggest “route one” teams in the Premiership, so expect to see quite alot of “mortar fire” into both teams’ penalty areas this afternoon, and possibly a fairly tight contest between the ninth and tenth placed teams in the Premiership, as though Big Sam’s teams may not be they most entertaining to watch, they are usually tough nuts to crack.
Of course, today’s game will see the return of no less than three ex-Magpies, Big Sam, Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll, so let’s hope that they all get a real Geordie welcome!
Well, as I’ve already said most of what I had to say in the run up to this game in the abovementioned match preview, I’ll just get on with reminding you that that as usual, I will be adding the teamsheets for the match below when they become available. Finally, this match will not be shown on UK TV, but I will also be posting some online links for this game, as well as some match highlights and possibly, probably posting a video of the whole thing if/when that becomes available too so stay tuned if you aren’t gannin’ to St James’ but still want to see the game.
Howay the Lads!
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul (G), Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon, Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez (C), Shane Ferguson, Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse.
Subs: Rob Elliot (G), Vurnon Anita, Gael Bigirimana, Romain Amalfitano, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, Shola Ameobi
West Ham United (4-4-1-1): Jussi Jaaskelainen; Joey O’Brien, Winston Reid, James Tomkins, George McCartney; Yossi Benayoun, Mark Noble, Mohamed Diame, Matt Jarvis; Kevin Nolan (C), Andy Carroll.
Substitutes: Raphael Speigel, Guy Demel, James Collins, Gary O’Neil, Robert Hall, Modibo Maiga, Carlton Cole.