Scousebound! Newcastle United vs Liverpool match preview.

Posted on March 31st, 2012 | 19 Comments |

Newcastle United v Liverpool preview.
We ain't seen nothing yet!
Venue: St James’ Park.
Date: Sunday, 1st April, 2012.
Kick-Off: 1.30pm (Sky TV).
Referee: Martin Atkinson (W.Yorks).

Well, Newcastle United might well be going into this fixture feeling more confident than they have for quite some time against the reds of Merseyside.

King Kenny’s men have lost their last two Premiership games, and they were against Premiership bottom feeders, Wigan and QPR, to boot. They have lost no less five of their last six Premiership games, though the other one was a 3-0 victory over local rivals, Everton, with a hat-trick from Steven Gerrard. This very poor run, especially by their usual standards, leaves them eight points behind us in the table in seventh, with an ever decreasing amount of games to catch up.

One thing Liverpool do have though that we don’t so far is a guaranteed place in Europe, not to mention a trophy already this season. This is something we haven’t managed for a whole 43 years now, and in that period, the scousers have won no less than eleven League Championships, five European Cups, three UEFA Cups, three UEFA Super Cups, six FA Cups, eight League Cups and twelve Charity Shields, though one or two of the Charity Shields were shared.

Moving on swiftly from that rather sorry comparative statistic though, this match of course will see the return of Andy Carroll to St James’, which my collegue, Hugh, has already covered in this story.

Stats, previous matches etc…

Well, I’ve already mentioned Liverpools dismal form in their last six games, gathering only three points from a potential eighteen. Newcastle’s on the other hand looks much better now with two wins in our last two games, with two draws and two losses in the four before that. Looking at things from another angle though, Liverpool have won six of their last seven Premiership games against the Magpies. As for their record at St James’ Park, that looks much better with our last home encounter being a 3-1 win for Alan Pardew’s first game in charge. For the last six it has been (latest first): W-L-L-W-L-W.

Andy Carroll has been said to be having a very poor run of form since he was sold for that eye watering amount to tomorrow’s visitors, however, there is one Carroll statistic which I found to be very interesting. In the past seven matches where Carroll has started, Liverpool have won all but one of them, and they drew the other. On the other hand, of the last seven games they have left him on the bench, they lost five and drew two.

Kenny Dalglish was out of management for quite a while before he made a surprisng return to management under Liverpool’s new owners. One thing he would probably rather forget on this return to Tyneside is his last game at St James Park. It was as Newcastle United manager for the second game of the 1998-99 season, and after the Mags ground out a dour 0-0 draw against Charlton, he was promptly sacked by then chairman “Fat” Freddy Shepherd after some 20 months at the helm. In his time at St James’ though, he did manage to finish as runner up in both the Premiership and the FA Cup (losing to Arsenal in the final), and also, who could forget our 3-2 defeat of Barcelona in the Champions League with a hat-trick from Faustino Asprilla.

Of course, Alan Pardew is our manager now, and viewed largely as a success so far where Dalglish was often derided. However the Silver Supremo’s record so far is fairly similar to that of Dalglish, as you can see below.

Chuckles vs the Silver Supremo at Newcastle
P W D L Win % League Positions
Dalglish 78 30 22 26 38.46% 2nd, 13th.
Pardew 58 23 17 18 39.66% 12th.

Here’s a look at Newcastle’s and Liverpool’s last six Premiership games. With Liverpool’s recent dire form, it’s no surpise that ours is much better.

Last six Premiership games (Premiership)
Team Results P W D L Pts
Liverpool L-L-W-L-L-L 6 1 0 5 3/18
Newcastle United W-L-D-D-L-W 6 2 2 2 8/18

Finally, there is our home form vs Liverpool’s away form in the Premiership, and it doesn’t make any better reading for the scousers! Meanwhile, our home form is better with four wins and no losses.

Last six Premiership games (Premiership)
Team Results P W D L Pts
Newcastle United W-D-D-W-W-W 6 4 2 0 14/18
Liverpool L-L-L-W-L-L 6 1 0 5 3/18

All of which makes makes very happy reading for we Magpies. But if I may pull out a few footballing cliches, football isn’t played on paper, it’s a funny old game and you never can tell with a wounded animal! Fingers crossed though, if we can pull of our third victory in a row, it would leave us in great shape for a final push for the fifth Euro place.

Team news and squads

Newcastle United

Well, three of our players have faced a tight call after coming back from relatively minor knocks. Good news is that Cheick Tiote (Hip) and Ryan Taylor (Calf) are definitely back in contention according to the club. New boy, Papiss Cisse, was stretchered off in the last game too, but it was just a nasty bit of cramp and he should be OK too. Another casualty in that game, Captain Coloccini, will be out for a game or two after knacking his hamstring though, as will the more long term crocks, Steven Taylor, Sylvain Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Leon Best and Peter Lovenkrands. Finally, one source is suggesting that Gabriel Obertan faces a late fitness call, but there has been nothing official about it so I’m pencilling him in anyway.

Squad: Tim Krul (G), Rob Elliot (G), Steve Harper (G), Mike Williamson (D), Davide Santon (D), Yohan Cabaye (M), Hatem Ben Arfa (M), Jonás Gutiérrez (M), Danny Guthrie (M), Cheick Tiote (M), Gabriel Obertan (M), James Perch (D, M), Ryan Taylor (D, M), Dan Gosling (M), Haris Vučkić (M), Shane Ferguson (M), Mehdi Abeid (M), Ryan Donaldson (M, F), Demba Ba (F), Papiss Cissé (F), Shola Ameobi (F).

Injured: Fabricio Coloccini (hamstring), Leon Best (knee), Sylvain Marveaux (groin), Sammy Ameobi (knee), Peter Lovenkrands (thigh), Steven Taylor (achilles).

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None


There are only two definite injuries for the scousers, Charlie Adam and Lucas with their knees. However there’s a fairly long list of highly doubtfuls for them with Daniel Agger (rib), Craig Bellamy (calf), Glen Johnson (calf), Martin Kelly (ankle), and finally, Jack Robinson (ankle).

Squad: Pepe Reina (G), Alexander Doni (G), Martin Hansen (G), Jamie Carragher (D), Martin Škrtel (D), José Enrique (D), Fábio Aurélio (D), Sebastián Coates (D), Conor Coady (D), Jon Flanagan (D), Steven Gerrard (M, C), Jay Spearing (M), Dirk Kuyt (M, F), Stewart Downing (M), Maxi Rodríguez (M), Jordan Henderson (M), Jonjo Shelvey (M), Raheem Sterling (M), Andy Carroll (F), Luis Suárez (F), Nathan Eccleston (F),

Injured: Charlie Adam (knee), Lucas (knee).

Doubtful: Daniel Agger (rib), Craig Bellamy (calf), Glen Johnson (calf), Martin Kelly (ankle), Jack Robinson (ankle).

Suspended: None.

What the managers have been saying

Both managers had something to say about Andy Carroll, and Jose Enrique too. Whilst Carroll has got off to a difficult start at Anfield, Enrique seems to have settled in rather well at Anfield, with both of them having picked up their first winner’s medal already. But beginning with the other stuff, Alan Pardew paid tribute to Liverpool’s illustrious trophy winning history, something which has sadly eluded the Magpies in recent years. On this he said:

“They are a club steeped in tradition of winning trophies. They have won another one this year and that’s what they’ve done. We haven’t got that tradition unfortunately and we need to try and gain it. But we have had a great season in the Premier League, and we are trying to continue that on Sunday against what is a very talented team.”

Pardew also looked back at his previous encounters with the reds over the years, including his positive start with the Magpies, as well as some more negative ones in the past. He reminisced:

“Liverpool brings out no middle ground for me.

“I have been beaten by them 9-0; I won a semi-final when they probably had the strongest team they have ever had and we should never have won; I was winning with 90 minutes on the clock in the FA Cup final and I was denied, and we should have won in extra-time, so that was another massive low.

“Then obviously, my first game here was a massive win, very, very important for my tenure and everything else that has gone on since.

“There is no middle ground, so expect fireworks either really negatively or really positively.”

But moving on to the inevitable, the Silver Supremo had this to say about the Bensham Bomber (and his difficulties):

“Andy is an outstanding footballer who is having a difficult first full season at a new club, nothing more than that.

“A lot of other players have had that situation with high price tags. But he is a young man still, has a great career in front of him and I for one hope he has another chance at England duty one day.

“Andy was magnificent here and you cannot deny that. You don’t get a price tag of £35 million unless you have done very, very well, which he had.

“And down in the changing room and in the tunnel we are looking forward to seeing Andy and Jose – they are good friends of ours and we will welcome them back with open arms.

“We are looking forward to seeing them, but we don’t want to see them win. We want to make sure we win, and that will be our focus.”

Moving on to Dalglish, he looked back on his time at Newcastle, remarking:

“It’s not the first old club I’ve been back to. I enjoyed the people I worked with, the people I worked for, and they’ve got fantastic supporters. They get right behind their side and it’s a fantastic place to go and play football. It’s a great city that should be proud of its football club. This year Alan Pardew has done a fantastic job getting to where they are in the league. I’m looking forward to going back.”

Then, once again, the subject turned to Carroll, with Dalglish unsure whether the fans would abuse him after Magpies fans were misled about the circumstances of his departure by Toon’s Managing Director, Derek Llambias. On this King Kenny commented:

“I’m not sure Andy will get abuse because what happened was outside his control. It’s up to them what they want to do. They pay their entrance money and, if they want to give him stick, they will give him stick. But I don’t think he ever did anything other than give of his best for Newcastle, and then they got £35m into the bargain as well. That’s not bad, is it?

“I think Andy will be excited about going back. It’s the club he supported as a boy, the club that introduced him and gave him his chance in professional football. So I think he will be excited about it as a local boy and will be looking forward to the game. José Enrique had a few years up there too, and he will be looking forward to it as well.”

Meanwhile, Carroll himself also had something to say to local rag, the Chronic.

He spoke about the forthcoming return to St James’, his time at Newcastle, and how he wouldn’t celebrate if he scored. Over to Andy:

“If I scored on Sunday then I wouldn’t celebrate. I hope I get a good reception from the fans, they’ll be getting one from me.

“I thought I did well for the club when I was there and loved it. I have some great memories from playing there. I have always had a good relationship with the Newcastle fans and it stems back to playing for them.

“I still love the club and have a lot of friends still at Newcastle. I always want to see them doing well. I want to do well for Liverpool of course. But when I come off the pitch playing for Liverpool, how Newcastle have got on is the first score I look for. That will always be the case. I want to see them win because I’m still a fan.”

Well, that just about wraps it up for this preview, except to say that we will be here for our usual “match banter” post which will go out about an hour before kick-off, along with our reports, highlights etc after the game so stay tuned!

Here’s hoping for a third victory in a row!

Howay the Lads!

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19 Responses

  1. To repeat, IMO Carroll was placed between a rock and a hard place, with little time to consider, he was no doubt, put under enormous pressure by Ashley, Llambias and undoubtably his (Mr. 10%)agent,to accept the deal on offer.
    Of course he is not entirely blameless and it’s rumored he attempted to gain an increase in wages to stay, whether thats true or not ?
    And he did receive more dosh and an opportunity to play for what most would consider a bigger and more succesful club.
    Whether he now considers he made the right move or not, is water under the bridge.
    Fact is we (NUFC) received an amount, that more than justified his worth and should’nt have any hard feelings to-wards the kid.
    So IMO let it go !

  2. Feeling a 0-0 here. Can’t imagine Carroll starting. Hmm.
    Chelsea won though so gonna need the 3.

  3. On the subject of not letting things go, Chuck.

    “When a player looks you in the eye and says he wants to go like Andy did, and the fee was what it was, there is no going back,” the Magpies boss told Journal Live.

    “Jose was different. I had many conversations with him and we couldn’t even get down to finance.

    “The scars of the previous regime were deep and he definitely wanted to go. Jonas (Gutierrez) and Colo (Fabricio Coloccini, Enrique’s closest friends in the dressing room) have signed since and perhaps they weren’t secure at the time.

    “Maybe Jose felt it was all falling apart but sometimes there is a bigger picture. Sometimes players can’t see that. Jose couldn’t see it.”

    What’s the point of dragging all that shit out in public again? Why can’t he just have a bit of dignity and decorum?

  4. So, let’s get this right then – we should just boo AC half-heartedly like any other scouse player, perhaps not as much as the racist chipmunk. But we should really give Jose a hard time, no? Just wanting to clear this up with me lads so we are properly briefed. :)

  5. Worky I agree with you and I’m he was just looking to score cheap points there; he didn’t need to just put in a good show against flagging liverpool tomorow. You seemed to be warming to ‘the silver supremo’ though, still think he was a poor choice of manager? :)

  6. Tsunki
    Let your consciense be your guide, whether you boo him or not, you dont need anyones blessing or guidance.
    However if you consider the deal for Carroll, (like many NUFC fans, to be good for the club.)
    In that case to boo him would be the equivelent of havng your cake and eating it, no ?

  7. Ah!
    So it’s true then, ac wanted to leave, ‘cos that lying, racist backing, class-lacking, dour scot said the opposite!

    There should just be absolute silence every time ac touches the ball.

  8. chuck says:
    March 31, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    In that case to boo him would be the equivelent of havng your cake and eating it, no ?

    no chuck it is more like pretending you can have your cake and eat it pretending your having your cake and eating it, but knowing you actually cant and wont

    its all about what makes the 12 man. of course boo carroll, get inside his head. because not only will you get inside the head of andy carroll but you will also get inside the head of jordan henderson the sad makem, and the players who value carroll as a friend.

    yes we need to boo jose because we need to cause him mental problems.

    you know that feeling when you are happy and you think you are doing everything right but then someone decided to drop you down a peg or two and yells at you for being stupid and idiotic, your head implodes and you cant think of anything but persecution and you think to yourself “what did i do wrong?”

    well that my friend in what you call the 12th man and its what we do.

    we don’t mean it, and its not malicious but it is what we need to do.

    so yes boo carroll, jose, the welsh child, and Gerrard as well as henderon. and be as insulting as we can because we need to be the 12th man and we need to wind the scousers up enough to put them off their work.

  9. aahhhhh chuck poor sod.

    if you said you wanted a group hug we could of give you one.

    group hug everyone group hug, wheres andy carroll when you need him.

    squeeze, just dont fart if your in the middle.

  10. DJG says:
    March 31, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    “You seemed to be warming to ‘the silver supremo’ though, still think he was a poor choice of manager?”

    DJG, I prefer to dwell more on the positive things for the moment. The positive things are the players we’ve signed, who have been remarkable for the most part.

    I still doubt that Pardew will emerge like a butterfly from a chrysalis at this stage in his career, but I did praise him for having the courage to play Benny in the right way last Sunday (at last), at least until we had the game well and truly won.

  11. Stephen C says:
    March 31, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    “you know that feeling when you are happy and you think you are doing everything right but then someone decided to drop you down a peg or two and yells at you for being stupid and idiotic, your head implodes and you cant think of anything but persecution and you think to yourself “what did i do wrong?”

    It can have the opposite effect on some people, Stephen, it can make make them stronger. Nothing annoys people who seek to destroy us more than that, and it is the psychology of the person who wins in the end. ;-)

  12. must just be me then worky.

    i think ive been living with my mother too long.

    did you get my email by the way?

  13. Stephen C says:
    April 1, 2012 at 2:50 am

    No, it isn’t just you, Stephen.

    I received two e.mails from you on Thursday. I’m just waiting to get the weekend over with.

  14. Really hard game to call, I worry about suarez vs perch, but they might lack agger and that wud leave the door wide open for our front 3.

    I think the midfield battle will decide the game tho, cabaye and tiote will hopefully lock it down.

    I predict 4-3, the winner coming from a late cabaye free kick.


  15. 12th man? Do actual adults still believe a bit of booing by the opposition is going to psychologically damage a multi millionaire professional footballer and destroy his game. If anything it’ll do the opposite, they are the ones laughing and couldn’t give a toss about some working class supporters from the opposing club. All booing Caroll will do is again show us as bitter fans who have a superiority complex. He moved to a more successful club for a huge wage increase. Would you change employer if your companies rival offered to double your wages? I enjoyed watching Andy play for us and will give him a warm applause if he comes on, just like i did for sir les and ginola. But obviously not the Welsh rat bellendamy. X

  16. It’ll just be renditions of “one greedy bastard” throughout the match… That is one thing I’m certain of.

    Hope Raylor isn’t included in the team at the expense of Ben Arfa, and we keep the same team and shape as last week because I think we will concede today, and attacking them early may be our best chance. Let them worry about Benny, Cisse and Ba instead of us worry about Colo’s absence.

    I hate Dalglish.

  17. milner says:
    April 1, 2012 at 10:32 am

    “Really hard game to call, I worry about suarez vs perch, but they might lack agger and that wud leave the door wide open for our front 3.

    I think the midfield battle will decide the game tho, cabaye and tiote will hopefully lock it down.

    I predict 4-3, the winner coming from a late cabaye free kick.


    Milner, really sorry your comment was held up there. Problem has been sorted now.

  18. That was awesome if Perch had done that against any other team id be dissapointed but its Liverpool so who cares

    Any toon fans in sydney the puma shop is sellling home and away shirts for $40 on botany road in Alexandria