Vital Football

Latest Newcastle United News

Parker the only doubt

Newcastle
vs.
Zulte-Waregem

St James Park

22/02/2007

19:45

Last week`s main event over in Belgium was a bit of a damp squib to be honest. Without being overly patronising, Waregem would have struggled to give North Shields a game. On a pitch cut to ribbons, with spaces evident all over the stands, it wasn`t exactly a showpiece event for the UEFA`s junior tournament. In fairness the same will probably repeat itself on Thursday night.

Despite rumours that the Intertoto Cup will be presented pre-match ticket sales have been sluggish for this one. Whether it`s the fact that we`ve got a comfortable lead, the game is on terrestrial TV or people just don`t fancy it against pub team opposition, it looks as if St James will only be half-full by 7:45pm. The gaffer has promised to turn out his strongest available side, with only Gooch cup-tied and Parker a doubt with a hamstring injury. On a personal level Parker shouldn`t even be an option. Rest the lad until Wigan this weekend to let it fully heal and keep with Dyer and Butt in the middle of the park. Elsewhere I`d keep Milner in for Nobby and rest the Peruvian wizard for the weekend.

From a long-term perspective I`d like to see the likes of Carroll and Lua-Lua given longer than the statutory two minute subs appearances Glenn has been giving them. After a week of tub-thumping about how great our academy is, why not give us a chance to see the results for real? If Kazenga really is the next Gazza (God help his liver if he is…) then surely second tier opposition like these would be a good starting point for a run out.

Vital Quotes: Roeder's Notes

"We will be playing the strongest side available to us. Oguchi Onyewu is not eligible, and this leaves us to look at the situation regarding Scott Parker and his hamstring problem. It is touch-and-go whether he makes it tomorrow night, but if he does not then it will be 100% certain he will play against Wigan Athletic on Sunday.

Zulte scoring an early goal is not in my assessment of how things will go tomorrow night. What is in my assessment is that we keep a clean sheet and build on our lead from the first leg. We have to defend set-pieces properly and be the first to the ball. This is what we have been working on in training this week.'

Newcastle Team News:

Parker doubtful, Gooch Onyewu cup-tied, Milner one booking away from suspension.

Player to watch: Obafemi Martins

Surely a chance for our top scorer to fill his boots against this lot? Big Al's 20 goals a season benchmark seems really attainable if he keeps up his current form.

Zulte-Waregem Team News:

2-0 losers at the weekend - nothing much else has come over the North Sea ahead of their visit. Written off as no-hopers by just about every media outlet. Birmingham 5-1 anyone? (Not likely)

Player to watch: Karel D'Haene

Possessing a girl's name, he scored against us in the first leg. Little else really to say about him/them generally.

Match Facts & Stats

Previous European home games v Belgian teams:

1969/70 Anderlecht won 3-1 (Fairs Cup)
1994/95 Antwerp won 5-2 (UEFA Cup)
2001/02 Lokeren won 1-0 (Intertoto Cup)

Ref Watch:

N Ibanov (Russia)

Match Prediction:

The Belgians lost 2-0 at the weekend to Cercle Brugge in the Jupiler League. I`m going to go one better and tip a 3-0 home win.

Next Fixtures:

Premier League: Wigan (Away) Sunday 1pm KO.


Writer:Ross Molyneux
Date:Wednesday February 21 2007
Time: 2:39PM

Best of Vital Network

Login to post a comment

Site Journalists

TNMW
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Cardiff MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Elliot1%
Yedlin33%
Mbemba0%
Clark0%
Dummett0%
Perez0%
Hayden66%
Colback0%
Atsu0%
Diame0%
Murphy0%
Sub - Mitrovic0%
Sub - Shelvey0%
Sub - Sterry0%
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 45 28 7 10 91 42
3 Huddersfield 44 25 6 13 81 3
4 Reading 44 24 7 13 79 1
5 Sheff Wed 44 23 9 12 78 15
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 45 16 11 18 59 -4
14 Barnsley 44 15 12 17 57 0
15 Wolves 44 15 10 19 55 -3
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
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Newcastle United Results (view all)

Newcastle United Fixtures (view all)

May 7 2017 12:00PM : Barnsley (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Toon_NoMatterWot170
2.keggy_keagal79
3.Mcnamee6775
4.CuckFan64
5.billybobcat57
6.PieMag35
7.officemonkey19
8.crooktownmags17
9.The Pyrry16
10.vin189216
The Vital Football Members League