Preview: Everton vs Newcastle Utd – 30/09/13

Match preview by Cisse’s Overheating Torso, click here to go the our match discussion thread

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Monday night’s game sees Newcastle travel to Merseyside for a 8pm kick-off. A win here would leapfrog 8th place Everton who in turn want to jump into the top four. The home team are in impressive form and hence many neutrals see this fixture as Everton’s to lose. The match is live on Sky Sports and a plethora of non-terrestrial providers.

Form and Fans
Everton DDDWW – Newcastle LDWWL

Everton wish to remain the Premier League’s only unbeaten side. New manager Roberto Martinez has brought his passing style to the club, as opposed to the more direct approach of predecessor Moyes. So far the results have been sporadic, Everton’s possession ratio has markedly increased (twelve percent in the first three games), however in early games against Cardiff & West Brom they couldn’t turn this domination into goals. However, wins against Chelsea and West Ham have shown more promise.

Standing out amongst this new regime has been young Ross Barkley. In the absence of recently departed Fellani, Barkley has impressed in a new number 10 role. Chelsea loanee Lukaku looks to be continuing the great form he showed last season at West Brom. Positive words have also been uttered about new signing Gareth Barry, however personal dislike means I can’t bring myself to compliment him.

There does seem to be some ill will towards our club, as evidenced here and in our pre-match opposition thoughts post. Clumsy-at-best comments by Pardew have not endeared him to the Evertonians. There appears to be some isolated lingering dislike from our first time under Keegan. An impression is abound of Geordies looking down on Everton in a way that was inappropriate. Of course, this is another case of the (perceived) actions of a minority of our fans being extended to apply all of us. Everyone from Newcastle must be the same as what is seen on Sky Sports News!

As a Merseyside based Mag, it must be said that most blue noses on the street are the opposite of this and can be quite genial towards us. Indeed if we were to label all Evertonians as bitter we would be doing the same broad strokes generalisation.

Back to the game, Everton will line up 4-2-3-1 with two more defensive midfielders sitting ahead of the back four. Both full backs have the ability and their manager’s blessing to push forward. Baines deservedly gets plaudits for his ability to set up goals but Coleman is also dangerous. This will free the two wide midfielders to drift inwards and support the lone front man.

Howard
Coleman – Jagielka – Distin – Baines
McCarthy – Barry
Naismith – Barkley – Mirallas
Lukaku

As for Newcastle; only Jonás, Shola and the Taylors are first team absentees. The cup tie against Leeds midweek was a useful exercise to regain some confidence after a terrible game against Hull. It also let the manager view some of our fringe players. Youngsters Dummett and Ameobi put in very good performances impressing Pardew, who has intimated they are pushing for places. The same cannot be said for Messrs Obertan and Gosling. The former spoiled some decent opportunities lacking composure and the latter didn’t do enough to warrant an appearance at his old club.

Some, myself included, would prefer Remy moving to the centre, Ameobi out wide and resting the below par Cissé. However, I suspect the line-up will be the same as started against Hull, barring a frustratingly swap of Tioté for Anita.

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Pre-Match Comments
Pardew:

“Everton have always been a difficult side to beat, especially at Goodison. It’s a tough place to go. We got a 2-2 there last year and we really had to work hard to get that. They’re unbeaten in the league, and, though they lost in the cup, they’re in good shape.

“With the change in manager, their style of play is a bit different. Their retention of the ball will probably be greater under Roberto (Martinez, their new manager). Roberto has signed some good players and you would have to say it looks like a stronger squad than David (Moyes) had last year. The chairman there has done his bit and I think they look as if they could be the surprise package of the season.

“But what we have shown is that we have a real offensive look about us. Now it’s about making sure we are tight enough to cope with that. We weren’t against Hull, but in our previous three or four games we had been, and that’s important if we are going to have a more offensive look about us. We’ve got to make sure the back door is shut. It was against Leeds and to keep another clean sheet was a good thing.”

“Cabaye, Ben Arfa and (Moussa) Sissoko are rested and ready to go. They are a given when fit, those guys. Shola has a chance for Monday. Jonás is getting close but I do not know for Everton, maybe the week after for use. We are pretty healthy and hopefully that continues.”

Martinez on Everton’s unbeaten run:

“It is a fantastic label to have but it is something we will have to work really hard to extend. It is a beautiful label to have but in September you don’t win anything. What we need to do is work harder because it is only beautiful if you can keep it until May because otherwise one day it will become a negative.”

Travel Advice
Trains between Manchester Airport and Manchester Piccadilly are currently suffering rail replacement buses. No other road or rail disruptions are expected.

Liverpool is Britain’s safest city and has friendly locals so is a good place for home fans. However, like all cities it has some not so great areas. Evertonians hopefully wouldn’t mind me saying that Stanley Park is one of those. Street parking is not a great idea, unless a local teenager is paid to look after your car. If fans are planning on going on the sauce after, get yourselves to town hastily and you will get a warm welcome. The Matthew Street area is the most raucous/infamous, with Concert Square/Bold Street attracting the younger student crows. Either way, one might struggle getting in places in a football top.

Prediction
2 – 1 To Everton and a week of me finding blue noses wherever I go.

How do you think NUFC will do against Everton? Or just looking for somewhere to discuss the match before, during and afterwards? Have your say in our match discussion thread here.

Everton Fans’ Thoughts Ahead of the Match

Originally a forum post by you can call me yo, click to read/comment

I went to the GrandOldTeam forum and they didn’t disappoint with their responses. Here are the questions (one is new):

1 – How do you think you’ll line up?
2 – How was Everton’s summer? Are you happy with the transfer deals done?
3 – What is your style of play going to be like this season?
4 – Do you have any more talent coming through your academy? Who are the ‘ones to watch’?
5 – Who should we watch out for / who is your biggest threat?
6 – Which of our players are you most afraid of?
7 – What is your prediction for Everton this season?
8 – How do you think Newcastle will do this season?
9 – Scoreline prediction?
10 – If your football club was a fruit, what fruit would it be?

Portland Toffee

1 – How do you think you’ll line up?
4-4-1-1, Lukaku leading the line with Mirallas, Barkley and probably Naismith supporting.
2 – How was Everton’s summer? Are you happy with the transfer deals done?
Made up to be honest, feel we have a much stronger squad than last year
3 – What is your style of play going to be like this season?
Slow passing from the back, trying to draw teams out then speeding it up in the final third
Do you have any more talent coming through your academy? Who are the ‘ones to watch’?
Our academy keeps churning them out, Hallam Hope and Lundstram have bright futures
5 – Who should we watch out for / who is your biggest threat?
Honestly, this year we have many. Lukaku, Mirrallas, Barkley, Baines….
6 – Which of our players are you most afraid of?
Ben Arfa! Great Player him
7 – What is your prediction for Everton this season?
5th/6th
8 – How do you think Newcastle will do this season?
12th
9 – Scoreline prediction?
3-1 Everton
10 – If your football club was a fruit, what fruit would it be?
We are no Fruits, only cheeses around here mate! Chimay a bitter cheese

SerenityNigh

1 – How do you think you’ll line up?
Predator up top, Milkman near the back with Howard, other lads wherever they want

2 – How was Everton’s summer? Are you happy with the transfer deals done?
Yes, but Moyes can p*ss off

3 – What is your style of play going to be like this season?
Win the passing, also a few games

4 – Do you have any more talent coming through your academy? Who are the ‘ones to watch’?
The kids will make Kenwright rich some day

5 – Who should we watch out for / who is your biggest threat?
Nevermind the LB, but the one with Predator hair will smash your face in

6 – Which of our players are you most afraid of?
How about the one that punched the horse?

7 – What is your prediction for Everton this season?
5th

8 – How do you think Newcastle will do this season?
Better than Sunderland

9 – Scoreline prediction?
2-1

10 – If your football club was a fruit, what fruit would it be?
Never the pineapple

Minimeister

1 – How do you think you’ll line up?
Same team but with Lukaku starting

2 – How was Everton’s summer? Are you happy with the transfer deals done?
Delighted, you can tell looking at the bench the squad strength has improved.

3 – What is your style of play going to be like this season?
This is going to take a bit of getting used too. Remember turning around and looking at me mate at the West Brom game when for the first 5 minutes of the season we passed it around and never got in their half.

4 – Do you have any more talent coming through your academy? Who are the ‘ones to watch’?
No-one imminent I think but plenty of decent looking lads for the U-21’s and lower.

5 – Who should we watch out for / who is your biggest threat?
I’m hoping Miralles but I hope that every game so I’ll go with the obvious in Baines and Lukaku

6 – Which of our players are you most afraid of?
Ben Arfa scored a cracker here a couple of years ago so him

7 – What is your prediction for Everton this season?
6th

8 – How do you think Newcastle will do this season?
around 9, 10 or 11

9 – Scoreline prediction?
2-0

10 – If your football club was a fruit, what fruit would it be?
A big melon.

Hellerrad

1 – How do you think you’ll line up?
4-2-3-1 with a man assigned to distract Coloccini with tales of home.

2 – How was Everton’s summer? Are you happy with the transfer deals done?
We had a bake sale to finance a couple loans, not bad.

3 – What is your style of play going to be like this season?
Toffee Taka with 3 false 9s.

4 – Do you have any more talent coming through your academy? Who are the ‘ones to watch’?
Sylvan Distin is really coming along.

5 – Who should we watch out for / who is your biggest threat?
Saint Baines.

6 – Which of our players are you most afraid of?
Afraid Ameobi will awkwardly grock somebody.

7 – What is your prediction for Everton this season?
7th, unfortunately as we’re probably good enough for 6th.

8 – How do you think Newcastle will do this season?
Honestly not sure. I don’t dislike Newcastle (/ducks) but probably no better than 10th unless Cabaye finds his feet. Ben Arfa just won’t sustain his form..

9 – Scoreline prediction?
2-0 Everton

10 – If your football club was a fruit, what fruit would it be?
Chicoazul

ilikecheese

1 – How do you think you’ll line up?
4-2-3-1…same lineup as Chelsea game with Lukaku on for Jelly…hoping Deulofeu starts over Naismith…but I don’t think it’ll happen.

2 – How was Everton’s summer? Are you happy with the transfer deals done?
Overall, pleased. Some excellent business keeping Baines and selling Felli and Anichebe for well over what they’re worth. We are a better and deeper side due to the business we’ve done.

3 – What is your style of play going to be like this season?
Build up from the back…passing game. If Deulofeu gets regular games that will give us three midfielders that will scare the sh1t out of defenses when they are running at them.

4 – Do you have any more talent coming through your academy? Who are the ‘ones to watch’?
Barkely and Stones…plus the Spanish kid.

5 – Who should we watch out for / who is your biggest threat?
Mirallas and Lukaku…could be scary good working together

6 – Which of our players are you most afraid of?
Ben Arfa

7 – What is your prediction for Everton this season?
Somewhere between 5th and 7th

8 – How do you think Newcastle will do this season?
12ish…might sneak into the top 10

9 – Scoreline prediction?
3-1 Everton

10 – If your football club was a fruit, what fruit would it be?
Pineapple…on pizza

crusade

1 – How do you think you’ll line up?

4-2-3-1

—————————Howard———————–
——Coleman—Jagielka——–Distin—Baines——
——————-McCarthy—-Barry——————-
———–Naismith——Barkley——Mirallas———
—————————Lukaku————————

Back 5 is nailed on unless an injury comes up. The central midfield duo will be made up from Barry/Gibson/McCarthy/Osman and it’ll be either Deulofeu or Naismith who starts on the wing.

2 – How was Everton’s summer? Are you happy with the transfer deals done?

Very positive. Neville retired which is always fantastic news whilst we also let go Hitzlsperger and Mucha who had run down their contracts.

Joel is a pretty low risk acquisition considering he wasn’t very expensive, is young and only a back up goalkeeper anyway. Alcaraz wasn’t totally needed but we’ve heard good things, unfortunately he’s been injured every single game, he wasn’t going to be first team anyway though. Kone has been disappointing in the short time we’ve seen him and I think if we had gotten Lukaku earlier in the season we wouldn’t have bought him but at least he provides some depth.

Deulofeu and Lukaku were both good loan signings, particularly the latter. We’ve been in desperate need for a 20 goal a season striker and if Lukaku repeats what he showed last year then we might have that for a year. Deulofeu is one of the promising talents in world football so should he step up then it’ll be a bonus. Loan signings aren’t going to be good for us in the long term though, I hope Martinez has a long term plan come the summer.

Selling Fellaini was ok because, although he’s a talented player and I think he plays better further back anyway, he didn’t really fit into the way Martinez wanted to play as he is too slow on the ball and doesn’t have a particularly impressive passing range. James McCarthy is a better fit but we clearly overpaid.

3 – What is your style of play going to be like this season?

We are obviously going to attempt to dominate possession by building from he back, unfortunately Distin and Jagielka will probably have most of the ball. Although our full backs were already pretty attacking, they’ll be encouraged to go forward as much as possible which means our wingers will have to look to come inside fairly often. Though, the more possession you have, the less likely you are to concede. We’ve struggled to break down teams who sit back and park the bus though so I’m hoping Pardew doesn’t set out Newcastle like that on Monday.

4 – Do you have any more talent coming through your academy? Who are the ‘ones to watch’?

Considering Barkley is now a first teamer then John Lundstram is probably the next up who is a strong central midfielder who’s comfortable on the ball. Hallam Hope (20) and Chris Long (18) are also banging them in for the reserves at the moment so could come into something special, particularly the latter of the two.

5 – Who should we watch out for / who is your biggest threat?

We have plenty of individual threats. Baines and Coleman are both massive attacking threats in our style of play and Baines creates several chances per game and is, as you seen from last weekend a threat with set pieces. Kevin Mirallas is our best winger, very pacey and skilful though inconsistent. Lukaku is a beast.

6 – Which of our players are you most afraid of?

Loic Remy played superbly for QPR last season and has started off, at least in terms of goals in a similar fashion for Newcastle. Hatem Ben Arfa is a talent but also inconsistent like Mirallas. That’s all really, Gouffran has scored a couple lately but I haven’t seen a Newcastle game this season and you were woeful last season. Then again, you do have Pardew for a manager.

7 – What is your prediction for Everton this season?

We have a better squad than last season and we’ve started off the season fairly well. We also have a real striker this seasons which will be a boost. It’s hard to say at the moment as things are going well. if and when we hit a slump then things will change but at the moment I’m thinking top 6 and top 7 should be a minimum looking at other teams in the league. It is a transitional season though so with a bit of leeway I’ll accept top 10.

8 – How do you think Newcastle will do this season?

With Pardew, you’ll probably be similar to last season even without the European commitments. Your squad is about 9-11th in my opinion.

9 – Scoreline prediction?

Night game at Goodison, I think we can offer a bit of embarrassment and thrash you 3-0 or something but it’ll probably be 1-1. I think the first goal is going to have a big impact on the match.

10 – If your football club was a fruit, what fruit would it be?

An Apple, I like apples.

dead_soft

1 – How do you think you’ll line up?
Hoping we start with a full team, ready to do their best and overcome the odds. Hope they believe in themselves
2 – How was Everton’s summer? Are you happy with the transfer deals done?
Really nice, thanks. Couldn’t afford a holiday this year but Jags got some sun bed sessions on the cheap from his sister’s mate so he felt good about himself when he came back
3 – What is your style of play going to be like this season?
commitment. Passion. Desire. Skill. Naismith.
4 – Do you have any more talent coming through your academy? Who are the ‘ones to watch’?
confidential
5 – Who should we watch out for / who is your biggest threat?
I think we should all watch out for the increasing privatisation of public services under the Tories. Let’s work together.
6 – Which of our players are you most afraid of?
Remy. But that’s more because I have a sister
7 – What is your prediction for Everton this season?
hope they have a good time, really. Few games of footie and maybe some of them will find love.
8 – How do you think Newcastle will do this season?
Hope Pardew and Kineear destroy each other
9 – Scoreline prediction?
Classified
10 – If your football club was a fruit, what fruit would it be?
Germany

Misc Comments From Everton Fans

“Mate have you drove down to Leeds to use the internet?”

“Do you remember that time you finished second and thought you were dead boss and gonna rule for the next 100 years and tried looking down your nose at Everton before reverting back to being f*cking dross and getting relegated again?

So do I Bonny lad.”

“A good ten years before that mate. Buzzing off thinking they were everyone’s favourite second club the jarg Scottish whoppers.

In bed with the kopites. Get your shirts back on you fat Meffs and stop slapping your birds around.”

“Raoul, Ignore this basket case he’s never been the match in his life”

The thread on their forums can be found here.


Do you think the Everton fans are right to be expecting a home win or to think we’re going to finish in the bottom half? Have your say in the discussion thread here.

TFI – Player Ratings vs Hull City – 21 Sep 13

 Click here to go to the discussion thread by Beatski

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To come up with these figures we ask forum members to rate each player’s performance in the concerned game out of 10, and average these out, their comments on the players’ performance are also combined into an overall opinion of the board. The top scoring player is man of the match, the lowest being mug of the match. 25 members cast their votes and shared their opinions.

After a good all-round performance last week against Villa, it seems that the players thought they could notch up an easy win against a newly promoted Hull side, which wasn’t the case. Apart from a good showing from our man of the match Rémy (with a score of 7.79) our players generally put in sloppy performances devoid of any sort of cutting edge on the attack, or solidity at the back. This was especially noticeable across the back four, none of whom scored above a 5 after conceding three goals, with the worst score of the day going to our mug of the match Debuchy (who scored 3.45), who was consistently beaten down his flank and often far out of position.


(You can click on player names to go to their pages)

 

Krul – 5.10 (Ratings ranged between 4 and 6.5)
With three goals conceded it was unlikely that he’d score highly in the ratings, but he couldn’t really be blamed outright for any of the goals, perhaps he could have done slightly better on the first one but he was just a bit unlucky. Still looked a little shaky, but got in a couple of good saves on the day, he was certainly better than his performance last week at any rate.

Debuchy – 3.45 (Ratings ranged between 2 and 5)
With the vast majority of attacks and all the goals coming down his side, Debuchy picks up our mug of the match award. Despite Hull clearly targeting him as the weak link he certainly wasn’t given enough support from the rest of the squad, Ben Arfa especially. He had a couple of good flashes, putting in some decent tackles, but they were brief reprieves in a calamitous performance, his positioning was consistently woeful and he was poor going forwards too, capped off with a ludicrous attempt on goal.

Yanga-Mbiwa – 4.41 (Ratings ranged between 3 and 6)
He looked alright in the first half but got worse as the game progressed, with a ridiculous attempt at a mazy run being the turning point. Used his pace well and made a couple of nice clearances, but his marking and positioning were poor and his carelessness with possession was disappointing.

Coloccini – 4.77 (Ratings ranged between 3 and 7)
He was the best of a bad bunch but not by much; especially disappointing considering supposed to be the consistent, reliable one. He made several crucial blocks and tackles, but was at least partially at fault for a couple of their goals, losing his man on the free kick.

Santon – 4.44 (Ratings ranged between 3 and 6)
Santon was lazy and very reluctant to make runs while attacking. In defence he was anonymous and did not really putt in any tackles of note, although he didn’t really have much to do in that department with Hull focusing their efforts down the opposite side of the pitch. More of a wing back/winger than a left-back, and I don’t know why he took the free kick either.

Cabaye – 4.46 (Ratings ranged between 2 and 6)
An energetic performance, but one devoid of quality. He ran about a lot putting in some niggling challenges but failed to create anything of note with the ball. He really needs to rediscover his old form and quickly, although his spot in the team will probably be safe regardless. On the bright side, his shot did lead to our second though.

Anita – 5.83 (Ratings ranged between 3 and 7.5)
He was looking good up until we conceded, at which point his performance deteriorated. One of his poorer games this season, conceded a silly foul for their second, and he was asked to try and out-muscle Huddlestone, which isn’t really his game. Despite this he was still the best performer in our central midfield on the day; he’ll probably be benched for Tioté against Everton though.

Sissoko – 5.25 (Ratings ranged between 3 and 6.5)
Similarly to Anita, he started well but worsened as the game went on, putting a lot of effort but lacking a bit of end product. He did show some flashes of brilliance in the game, but interspersed with long spells of anonymity, we really need to see some consistency from him. Good delivery to set up the miscued volley leading to our first goal, conversely he really should have been tracking Aluko for their third.

Ben Arfa – 4.00 (Ratings ranged between 3 and 6)
We shouldn’t have to rely on him to win us the match every game, but we should be able to rely on him to put in a decent performance when he’s not, another that needs to sort out their consistency. He was ineffectual going forwards, with Hull strategically marking him out of the game, and even when he ran at them he was unable to beat his man or create anything. Defensively he was pretty much non-existent, not tracking back and giving Debuchy any much needed support.

Cissé – 3.81 (Ratings ranged between 2 and 6)
A typical off-form Cissé performance, he was a passenger for large swathes of the game, poor dribbling, passing and hold up play. On the bright side, by completely fluffing his lines he accidentally provided an assist, and he seems to link up with Remy better than he did with Ba.

Rémy – 7.79 (MOTM) (Ratings ranged between 6 and 9)
With two goals and an all-round top performance earning him man of the match, Rémy is the only player in the match squad who can legitimately hold his head high after their performance. On another day, and with a bit of luck, he would have scored a hat-trick and single-handedly salvaged a point with a chance that ended up just wide of the post in the dying minutes. Even then he did well with the control and turn to craft himself the chance.

Gouffran – 4.67 (Ratings ranged between 3 and 6)
Gouffran was pretty much anonymous when he came on, failing to live up to the role of ‘impact’ substitution. Like others, he worked hard but had little real impact on the game, other than straying offside occasionally.

Marveaux – 4.42 (Ratings ranged between 3 and 7)
Another substitution that didn’t really have the desired impact, Marveaux was largely anonymous. However on another day he could have made the difference, with an incisive pass that should have been an assist for the equaliser.

Tioté – N/A
Four minutes isn’t really enough time on the pitch to warrant a rating.

Do you feel these ratings are fair, or do you have anything to say about this match in general? If so, do so in our discussion thread here.

Preview: Newcastle Utd vs Leeds Utd – 25/09/13

  Match preview by Minty Fresh, click here to go the our match discussion thread

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This fixture, undeniably one of the most anticipated ties of the competition’s third round, sees the revival of a rivalry that has lain dormant for nearly a decade. Both sides will see this as a welcome distraction to their respective league campaigns; however the importance of the game cannot be underplayed.

The League Cup represents Newcastle’s best chance of silverware, and being dumped out of a domestic cup by a lower division side for the fourth year running will not wash well with the home fans. Leeds on the other hand are well known for relishing occasions like these; last season they claimed the scalps of Everton and Southampton on their way to the quarter final of this competition, as well as knocking Spurs out of the FA Cup. The fact that the away allocation of around 6,000 seats is close to full bears testament to how much the Yorkshire club value these kinds of matches.

Both teams come into this game on the back of disappointing home losses. Newcastle’s 3-2 defeat to Hull was particularly galling as they wasted a perfect chance to win three league games on the bounce for over a year. The result meant that they slipped down to 12th in the table. Leeds’ losses to Burnley and Reading last week ended their eight game unbeaten run in all competitions and saw them fall from 6th to 13th in the Championship table. But, if you’ll excuse the cliché, form often goes out of the window in games like these.

Sammy Ameobi & Paul Dummett return to the squad

If Newcastle United are to win this game they will need to come into it with the right attitude – complacency has caused the team to crash out of cup competitions many times in the past and simply isn’t an option. The players will need to be willing to match Leeds physically whilst letting their superior technical ability shine through. To Newcastle’s credit they did negotiate a potentially dangerous away tie at Morecambe last round quite well in this sense.

One major concern for Alan Pardew however is set-pieces. The ease in which Ahmed Elmohamady nodded home Hull’s second goal on Saturday does not bode well. As a very industrious side with few genuinely creative players, Leeds will inevitably look to exploit this, and in Matt Smith they have an ideal target man. The 6 foot 6 inch striker proved how dangerous he can be from corners last season when he found the net in consecutive FA cup games against Everton and Liverpool for Oldham Athletic.

Newcastle’s potential danger men are much harder to predict, given that key players such as Loïc Rémy and Hatem Ben Arfa are likely to be rested. If started, the likes of Sylvain Marveaux, Yoan Gouffran and Sammy Ameobi will be desperate to impress the manager in order to push themselves up the pecking order, whilst Haris Vučkić has a huge point to prove after a non-existent performance at Morecambe in which he was hauled off at half-time.

If a result is not reached after 90 minutes, the game will go to extra time, and then, if necessary, penalties. The draw for the fourth round will be made on Thursday 25th September.

Team News
NUFC: Loïc Rémy is available to play under the terms of his season-long loan but anticipated to be rested. The tie comes too early for Steven Taylor, Jonás Gutiérrez, Shola Ameobi and Massadio Haïdara to play, while Yohan Cabaye misses out with a groin strain.

Sammy Ameobi & Paul Dummett return to the squad

Paul Dummett and Sammy Ameobi are to be rewarded for their impressive performances at Morecambe with starts, whilst Cheick Tioté also confirmed to be in the starting XI. Other squad players that could feature include Rob Elliot, Mike Williamson, Gaël Bigirimana, Yoan Gouffran, Gabriel Obertan, Haris Vučkić, Sylvain Marveaux, Adam Campbell, Dan Gosling and Curtis Good.

Possible starting XI:

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<tiote> <bigi> <sissoko>
<marv> <gouff> <sammy>


LUFC: Stephen Warnock is available again after suspension but Sam Byram will have a fitness test.

Possible starting XI:

Kenny
Green – Lees – Wootton – White
Austin
Mowatt – Murphy
Diouf
Poleon – Smith

Pardew’s Pre-match Comments

“This competition is one which, over the last few years, has been contested by squads of the Premier League, to a degree I think that is because we need to see what options we have for the Premier League. We are putting out a strong side tomorrow but I do need to look at one or two, to see if they can push to be starters in the first team.”

“In particular, two young players out of our Academy, Sammy Ameobi and Paul Dummett, who have done absolutely brilliant. They are really knocking on the door of the first team, so those two will definitely play. Cheick will (also) definitely play. I don’t like to say he is champing at the bit, because that is probably the wrong phrase to use with Cheick, but he is desperate to play, trust me.”

“This will be a team that, I hope, makes up for a disappointing game on Saturday. I am still livid about that result so, make no mistake, we will be at the races on Wednesday night.”

“Shola has got flu and will definitely miss out. Yohan I feel perhaps needs to do a real good week’s training, because he had two games last week, so he won’t be involved. And it is too early for Jonás as he has only done two days of training.”

Stats and Facts
– Newcastle have lost just one of their last nine games against Leeds (all in the Premier League), winning six and drawing two.
– Leeds have lost just one of their five away games in all competitions this season, winning three and drawing one.
– This draw ends a run of five successive away ties for Newcastle in the League Cup
– Newcastle play their 132nd League Cup game and will be looking for their 60th victory. Their next goal will be the 211th and they’ve conceded 182 so far.
– These two clubs have met twice previously in this competition, with Leeds progressing both times.

Other Wednesday Third Round Ties
Birmingham v Swansea
Man Utd v Liverpool
Tranmere v Stoke
West Brom v Arsenal

How do you think NUFC will do against Leeds? Have you say in our match discussion thread here.

Leeds Fans’ Thoughts Ahead of the Match

 Originally a forum post by you can call me yo, click to read/comment
I used the LUFC Talk forum and we didn’t get many responses but the three we have are a really good read. They are quite optimistic like the Hull fans but let’s hope it’s a different result! Here are the questions:

1 – How do you think you’ll line up?
2 – How was Leeds’ summer? Are you happy with the transfer deals done?
3 – What is your style of play going to be like this season?
4 – How much importance are you placing on this match?
5 – Who should we watch out for / who is your biggest threat?
6 – Which of our players are you most afraid of?
7 – What is your prediction for Hull this season?
8 – How do you think Newcastle will do this season?
9 – Scoreline prediction?
10 – If your football club was a fruit, what fruit would it be?

Here are the responses:

mapperleywhite

1 – How do you think you’ll line up?
Read before Saturday’s game that we’re the team in the Championship that has used the least number of players, so a look at our previous line-ups would give you a good idea. We won’t be resting any players I shouldn’t think, although it wouldn’t surprise me if the youngster Mowatt started.

2 – How was Leeds’ summer? Are you happy with the transfer deals done?
It seems we don’t have the cash to splash around like some clubs in the division, so our outlays have been relatively modest. The jury is still out on most of the acquisitions, although I think the CB from scum, Wootton, is proving to be a good addition.

3 – What is your style of play going to be like this season?
Hard working with minimal end product for now.

4 – How much importance are you placing on this match?
There’s a mixture of views. Personally I think it’s good for us to play the bigger teams in the Premiership, as we seem to have done for a few seasons now. Clearly our objective is Premiership football, so the League Cup has the potential to be an enjoyable distraction.

5 – Who should we watch out for / who is your biggest threat?
Michael Brown

6 – Which of our players are you most afraid of?
We’re never ‘afraid’ of any opposition player. We quite effectively neutralized Gareth Bale last season, who went on to become the world’s most expensive player. But if you’re asking which players’ ability do we respect then my mind immediately goes to Ben Arfa, although your array of forwards is to be envied too.

7 – What is your prediction for Leeds this season?
With more goals we’ll be in the mix for the play-offs

8 – How do you think Newcastle will do this season?
Viewed from afar the re-appointment of Joe Kinnear was an odd one, and it’s hard to figure out what the division of responsibilities is between him and Pardew. This lack of clarity can easily transfer itself to the players, and the team could struggle. At the moment I’d say you should be thankful you’re in a division with Norwich, Palace and the now Di Canio-less Sunderland.

9 – Scoreline prediction?
A repeat of the 4-1 victory at your place during the early 80’s in the same competition would be as enjoyable as it was back then 😆

Part of the outcome depends on whether Pardew puts out a full strength side. But, as recent cup experience has shown, players, especially foreign ones of which you have many, don’t realise a) that Leeds was in recent history part of the Premiership, and b) there is a strong sense of rivalry between our two clubs and they’re not prepared for the atmosphere of the game.

I’d say 1-1, extra time, penalty shoot out

10 – If your football club was a fruit, what fruit would it be?
So many fruits have pejorative associations: gooseberry, rhubarb, lemon, raspberry, even banana.

I just discovered that olive is a fruit. Maybe that’s us: been around a long time, not universally liked but our branches offer peace?

SiMamu

1– How do you think you’ll line up?
Kenny – Green, Lees, Wootton, White – Austin – Mowatt, Murphy – Diouf – Poleon, Smith

2 – How was Leeds’ summer? Are you happy with the transfer deals done?
It was pretty good. We signed some promising youngsters (Murphy, Wootton, Smith) and spent £1m for the first time since August 2005 when we signed Murphy. We didn’t really manage to offload much deadwood. Hunt isn’t that good right now, would’ve preferred his wages spent on a young goalscorer.

3 – What is your style of play going to be like this season?
We’re set up for away games, hopefully we’ll still have our big game cup mentality from last season. With Poleon and White we hopefully have real counter attacking options.

4 – How much importance are you placing on this match?
Not much, getting promotion is the only real goal.

5 – Who should we watch out for / who is your biggest threat?
Diouf’s a big game player; Austin can boss a game on his day; Byram’s one of the best talents in Championship; McCormack can produce a bit of magic.

6 – Which of our players are you most afraid of?
Ben Arfa, Remy and Sissoko.

7 – What is your prediction for Leeds this season?
9th.

8 – How do you think Newcastle will do this season?
15th

9 – Scoreline prediction?
1-2 to Leeds 😀

10 – If your football club was a fruit, what fruit would it be?
Not sure how to answer this one. Has left me stumped.

SMorientes

1 – How do you think you’ll line up?

Kenny
Lees – Wootton – Pearce – White
Green
Mowatt – Murphy
McCormack
Poleon – Smith

2 – How was Leeds’ summer? Are you happy with the transfer deals done?
Personally I am fairly happy, but I’m one of the easiest to please Leeds fans around, most will be perennially unimpressed with our squad until we are at the top end of the Premier League. But we signed more players than you did!

3 – What is your style of play going to be like this season?
‘Hard to beat’. Our defence is solider than it has been for years but we’re not too dangerous going forward any more.

4 – How much importance are you placing on this match?
Not too much, looking forward to it but the result doesn’t matter, though I would happily celebrate a win.

5 – Who should we watch out for / who is your biggest threat?
We don’t pose much of a threat to be honest. If Austin plays, he might be a threat to some of your more fragile players’ ankles.

6 – Which of our players are you most afraid of?
I’m not sure I’m afraid of any. Krul is a good keeper which will make it even harder for us to score.

7 – What is your prediction for Leeds this season?
A late rush for a play-off spot, which will go right down to the wire. Finish 6th or 7th

8 – How do you think Newcastle will do this season?
I think I predicted they would just avoid relegation, maybe finishing 16th or 17th

9 – Scoreline prediction?
Optimistically: Newcastle 0-1 Leeds

10 – If your football club was a fruit, what fruit would it be?
An apricot: when they’re good, they’re really nice but don’t last too long. They’re what Larry David describes as a ‘low percentage fruit’ in that only one in every 4 or so is a good one.

The thread on their forums can be found here.

Do you think the Leeds’ fans are right to be optimistic or to think we’re in for a relegation battle? Have your say in the discussion thread here.