OK folks, here it is. The big day is finally here. The one we’ve all been waiting for. That’s right. Today will be my first ever match-day preview!
All joking aside though, we’re finally back in action following the rather rude imposition posed by those irrelevant international fixtures. Today we face Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa side who are currently just 1 point and 1 place behind Newcastle United in the table in 13th, with 3 points from their opening 3 matches.
However, don’t let the table deceive you folks. Villa’s impressive opening day victory away to Arsenal was followed up by some unlucky 1 goal defeats to both Chelsea away and Liverpool at home. Villa were unlucky to come away from both of those games without at least a point and Paul Lambert’s young side will head into this game full of confidence against our boys who, let’s face it, have had a somewhat unspectacular start to season.
Pardew has a selection dilemma on his hands with the return to full fitness of Cheick Tiote as well as a late fitness test to Jonas Gutierrez possibly giving the Newcastle United manager some additional options to choose from ahead of today’s 3pm kick off. For those who have been following my articles this week, you will know that I am not particularly fond of the idea of either Cheick Tiote or Jonas Gutierrez featuring in today’s game, and that, given both Anita and Sissoko’s impressive performances in the last league outing I hope to see a midfield trio used from the start. With the added belief that Cabaye is due to return to the starting line-up this would see a pretty fluid midfield set up in my opinion.
I’d also like to see our only summer signing, Loic Remy, start today’s game, following his brief, yet impressive, cameo appearance in our win against Fulham.
With all that in mind, here is what I would like to see us start with today:
I have been alluding all week to the fact that Pardew has a chance to redeem himself somewhat in the eyes of the Newcastle United fans. Following a brief 15 minute spell where we actually looked pretty decent against Fulham, some fans still cling on to the hope that Pardew can change his defensive ways, throw off the shackles and let this talented, yet threadbare, squad go out and play some positive, attacking football in an attempt to go for a win. A lot of other fans call us deluded, but we couldn’t be anything farther from that. We’re very easily pleased. We can forgive defeat, so long as the manager sets out the team in the right fashion, and we go out and at the very least try to win. The Newcastle United fans will back you to a man, so long as you try!
Please at least try today Alan!