It’s what we’ve been waiting for. The summer drought of football is over once again as Newcastle welcome Arsenal to St James’ Park for an early evening Premier League season kick-off on Tyneside.
With both teams in a state of flux at the moment it could best be described as a meeting of two disgruntled teams as both sides attempt to recover from what have turbulent summers for each club which, coincidentally, has involved question marks over transfer policy for both sets of fans about their respective club.
However it’s now the time to put that behind us and get behind the lads on the pitch for 90 minutes. It’s already a tough start to the new season so we need to help the team by raising the roof at St James’ Park where it’s all change from last season thanks to a change in the seating plan.
It’s all change on the pitch aswell for the home side as there could be as many as five new signings making their debut this afternoon. They’ll quickly learn what playing for Newcastle at St James’ Park in the Premier League is all about. Let’s show them why we are the best fans in the land!
The match is live on ESPN, not that it matters to poor souls like me who are actually at work, so if you have the subscription you can enjoy watching it on the big screen. Numerous overseas channels also have coverage of the match so wherever you are I’d be willing to bet that you’ll not be far away from somewhere where you can watch the match.
It also means that there will be internet streams available for those who can’t catch it on TV. A quick look at the MyP2P should point you in the right direction. Happy viewing.
The match preview is here for you to read if you haven’t already done so and want to see who is missing, who is fit, and peruse a few selected match stats.
hat’s just about it really. I hope for a really busy match thread so things may clog up a bit. If they do then please remain patient and stop refreshing the page for a few minutes – it will get sorted. It’s not ideal but it’s the best that can be done at the moment although the server has been running a lot smoother this week in truth.
Howay the lads!
Newcastle: Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Ryan Taylor; Joey Barton, Yohan Cabaye, Cheik Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez; Shola Ameobi, Demba Ba
Subs: Fraser Forster, Mike Williamson, Dan Gosling, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands, Leon Best
Arsenal: W Szczesny, Bacary Sagna, Laurent Koscielny, Thomas Vermaelen, Kieran Gibbs, Alex Song, Aaron Ramsey, Tomas Rosicky, Andrey Arshavin, Gervinho, Robin Van Persie
Subs: Lukas Fabianski, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Johan Djourou, Karl Jenkinson, Frimpong, Marouane Chamakh