Vital Football

Latest Newcastle United News

Blackpool v Newcastle, TOTT preview

Blackpool v Newcastle, TOTT preview

Newcastle swap the North Sea for the Irish Sea for the Easter trip to Blackpool. Will the Magpies fly away with the points, or can Pool find the pleasure beach and reverse the dip in a roller coaster season.

It will be remembered that it was this fixture last season which cost Newcastle their unbeaten record, Holloway masterminding a slightly surprising win. Blackpool won at St James` this season too, the first time since they achieved a Toon double in April 50 years ago in the return fixture. Newcastle last won at Blackpool 40 years and 20 days ago in another April fixture.

The visitors will feel, perhaps, that they can afford to put on a show, Premier League safety almost being assured after the impressive home draw against the Manc Yanks. Certianly a win would be welcome for either side with Blackpool battling from a bottom 3 position for the first time.

It is widely reported that Blackpool have the worst home record in this league, with a mere 4 wins, Newcastle having the best away record outside the top 5. Pardew`s wins have all come against bottom teams, if you exclude the players` revolutionary committee defeat of Liverpool, losing in each match against either of the other promoted teams so far this season.

Looking at the squads, Blackpool did more to strengthen in both transfer windows, Tiote being the only likely starter for the Toon who did not feature in the home win against the hosts just over a year ago. The Pool can be seen to have bought in a variety of positions.

Team selection sees at least one enforced change from Manchester United. Krul will continue in goal, seeking to claim a start for next season, Harper still suffering from a knee injury that may keep him out for the rest of the season.

Defensively, it will be hard to justify changing the line up which kept a clean sheet on Tuesday, even though Simspon is kown to be playing through the pain barrier. Ryan Taylor is on standby. Coloccini, Williamson and Enrique complete the quartet.

Tiote has demonstrated his worth, being missed on his previous suspensions. Barton is reveling in his right sided role, whilst Jonas is automatic on the left. Guthrie is going to miss out with his ankle, allowing Nolan an immediate return. Following a Pncrate like cameo for his debut, Ireland is tipped to start on the bench unless Pardew reverts to his seemingly preferred 4-5-1.

It remains to be seen whether Ameobi is fit enough to start with both ranger and Kuqi keen to make their mark if not. Lovenkrands will also hope to have done enough to retain his place.

Newcastle supporters will not need reminding of the tactical flexibility that Holloway brought to St James` in September during the home defeat. Although on paper this looks like an easy trip based on recent form, the hosts are fighting for their top flight lives. This also appears perhaps the easiest of Pool`s remaining fixtures.

Holloway`s first decision is an easy one, to persist with Gilks who had a miraculous day at St James` in September. In front of him we expect to see the celtic flanks with Crainey on the left and Eardley on the right, height coming from Evatt and former Newcastle target Cathcart, with Gateshead born Southern also available.

Captain Charlie Adam is a certainty, acting as an example to the Newcastle hierarchy as to how NOT to sell a key player. Former Pardew protégé Luke Varney will be keen to impress, with Puncheon, possibly a summer target, likely to come from the bench. Higher up the pecking order are Welsh international Vaughan, and Frenchman Grandin also a threat. Former Mackem, Reid, waits in the wings.

Taylor-Fletcher is another Tangerine tomake his mark this season and will ably support the man with a strong history against Newcastle, DJ Campbell. DJ was involved in both the Yeading and first Stevenage clashes in the FA Cup against Newcastle.

Referee for the afternoon is Martin Atkinson, considered good enough for the FA Cup final but who made some bizarre decisions against Newcastle against Man City. He has been good and bad for both sides, even the 6-0 Newcastle win against Villa being tainted by a dubious penalty which divine intervention ensured was missed.

On balance, a draw would be a gratifying result for the visitors but not quite enough for the home side. Blackpool have brought a lot of innovation, fun and sparkle to the Premier League and whatever the result, Newcastle supporters will enjoy the weekend and wish Holloway`s men well for the rest of the season.



lackpool (from): Gilks, Eardley, Cathcart, Crainey, Evatt, Southern, Adam, Varney, Taylor-Fletcher, Campbell, Grandin, Baptiste, Sylvestre, Puncheon, Vaughan, Phillips, Ormerod, Beattie, Reid, Kornilenko, Rachubka, Kingson.

Newcastle (from): Krul, Sodeberg, Simpson, Ferguson, Enrique, Coloccini, Williamson, S. Taylor, R. Taylor, Perch, Tiote, Barton, Gutierrez, Nolan, Ireland, Vuckic, Tavernier, Richardson, Lovenkrands, Ameobi, Ranger, Kuqi.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Rexn
Date:Saturday April 23 2011
Time: 7:00AM

Comments

0
Cheers again Rex.. What would we do without your input...
toon_nomatterwot
23/04/2011 01:06:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Newcastle United Articles

Stats: Newcastle v Preston North End

All the stats from Newcastle (4) vs (1) Preston North End, St James' Park, 24/04/17 Att: 50,212

Newcastle v Preston - Team Sheets

Newcastle are at St James' Park with Preston the visitors for the latest Championship game.

Rafa Interest In Southampton Forward?

Rodriguez was wanted by West Brom in January and could have signed the England forward but for an injury to Charlie Austin. A renewed interest, and that of Newcastle, is claimed.

Newcastle v Preston - Follow Live On Twitter

Newcastle are at St James' Park with Preston the visitors today, this will be a 7:45pm kick-off.

Archived TOTT Articles

TOTT articles from

Site Journalists

TNMW
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Preston MotM
Suggested By:
Elliot0%
Anita0%
Lascelles0%
Clark0%
Dummett0%
Ritchie75%
Shelvey0%
Hayden0%
Atsu0%
Perez25%
Mitrovic0%
Sub-Gouffran0%
Sub-Colback0%
Sub-Murphy0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
P Brighton 44 28 8 8 92 35
P Newcastle 44 27 7 10 88 40
3 Reading 44 24 7 13 79 1
4 Sheff Wed 44 23 9 12 78 15
5 Huddersfield 43 24 6 13 78 2
6 Fulham 44 21 13 10 76 27
7 Leeds Utd 44 22 7 15 73 14
8 Norwich 44 19 9 16 66 12
9 Brentford 44 18 9 17 63 12
10 Derby County 44 17 12 15 63 2
11 Preston 44 16 13 15 61 2
12 Aston Villa 44 16 13 15 61 0
13 Cardiff 44 16 11 17 59 -2
14 Barnsley 44 15 12 17 57 0
15 Wolves 43 15 10 18 55 -2
16 Ipswich 44 13 16 15 55 -6
17 Bristol City 44 14 9 21 51 -6
18 Burton 44 13 12 19 51 -12
19 Q.P.R. 44 14 8 22 50 -12
20 Forest 44 13 9 22 48 -11
21 Birmingham 44 11 14 19 47 -22
22 Blackburn 44 10 15 19 45 -15
23 Wigan 44 10 11 23 41 -16
R Rotherham 44 5 6 33 21 -58
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Newcastle United Results (view all)

Newcastle United Fixtures (view all)

Apr 24 2017 7:45PM : Preston North End (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 28 2017 7:45PM : Cardiff City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
May 7 2017 12:00PM : Barnsley (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Toon_NoMatterWot120
2.keggy_keagal68
3.Mcnamee6768
4.CuckFan57
5.billybobcat49
6.Neppos14
7.vin189214
8.crooktownmags12
9.Rytoon11
10.tooninkent9
Write for Vital Football