Newcastle United vs Fulham match banter!
Posted on August 31st, 2013 | 58 Comments |
Venue: St James’ Park, Newcastle.
Date: Sat 31st Aug, 2013.
Kick off: 3.00pm.
Referee: Chris Foy.
UK TV: None.
Hello, good afternoon and welcome to our ‘match banter’ feature, this time for this afternoon’s game against Martin Jol’s solid, middle of the road Fulham.
Now call me a mad irrational fool, but I have a funny feeling in my water that we might not lose this one, and that if the wind is blowing in the right direction, we might even scrape a win! Although Fulham have assumed their usual position after only two games, ie solidly mid-table (12th), they haven’t been totally convincing, scraping a 1-0 away against a transitional Sunderland side then falling at home 1-3 to their fellow Londoners from Arsenal.
Like the abovementioned Sunderland, Fulham made quite a few signings in this current transfer window, nine to be precise. Being Fulham, they are mostly solid old pros either nearing or over 30 such as Scott Parker, Maarten Stekelenburg and one who I’m sure some Toon fans will be keeping an eye on this afternoon, Darren Bent.
On Bent, he came off the bench to score Fulham’s consolation goal against the Gunners, but failed to score in his first start against Burton Albion in the League Cup, leaving it to fellow hitman Hugo Rodellega and fellow new signing, Adel Taarabt, to score the two goals which eventually saw Fulham through to the next round (though only on penalties).
New Metro blog.
I just have time to remind you all that my latest blog on metro.co.uk, entitled “Newcastle United’s transfer window and the elephant in the room” is now up!
So now I’d better crack on and give you my usual reminders that I will be putting the team sheets up for the game very soon, and posting some links to watch the game online as it will not be broadcast on UK TV. Finally, I will also be publishing highlights of the game, and possibly a video of the whole match so stay tuned!
So with that I will sign off and get the teams, links etc!
Howay the Lads!
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul (G), Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Davide Santon, Hatem Ben Arfa, Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita, Sylvain Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Papiss Cisse.
Subs: Rob Elliot (G), Paul Dummett, Dan Gosling, Yohan Cabaye, Sammy Ameobi, Yoan Gouffran, Loic Remy.
Fulham (4-4-2): David Stockdale (G), Sascha Riether, Brede Hangeland (C), Aaron Hughes, John Arne Riise, Alex Kacaniklic, Steven Sidwell, Scott Parker, Bryan Ruiz, Dimitar Berbatov, Darren Bent
Subs: Neil Etheridge (G), Matthew Briggs, Derek Boateng, Giorgios Karagounis, Damien Duff, Adel Taarabt, Hugo Rodallega.