I’m well aware that his article is a bit early as the game this evening doesn’t actually kick-off until 6:30pm (UK time), but I’ve done it to give you some time to take advantage of an offer to help you view the game.
For those of you who already subscribe to the FULL Sky Sports pack, they are offering ESPN free for three months which comes in especially handy as the game tonight is live on ESPN and so are our first two Premier League games of the season.
It is free, I’ve just done it myself, but you must make sure you give 31 days notice before the end of the three moth trial or else you’ll end up getting charged £10 a month for the channel. However, if the offer isn’t up your street then I’m sure you’ll be able to catch it online somewhere and I dare say the comments section below will have a few links where you will be able to watch the game so all is not lost.
Anyway game three of pre-season will see us travel deep into Austria to a place called Ritzing which is located close to the Hungarian border. The match was of course originally scheduled to be played in Hungary but for whatever reason the venue has been changed and the 4,000 capacity Sonnenseestadion will play host to the game instead.
Tim Krul is scheduled to make his first appearance of pre-season, as is Fabricio Coloccini, although Papiss Cisse hasn’t recovered from illness enough to feature. He is getting better though as he was pictured with the rest of the squad doing some “team building” the other day.
Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye are still on holiday after their participation at EURO 2012, Steven Taylor is training once again although is unlikely to feature while the whereabouts of Shane Ferguson are now known – he is on Tyneside as a precaution after picking up a minor groin problem and should link back up with the squad for their trip to Portugal in a week.
Fenerbahce are likely to take this fairly seriously and have some big hitting players that we need to be wary of. Dirk Kuyt and Moussa Sow are ones to watch and the pair will be looking to increase their sharpness ahead of their 3rd Round Champions League Qualifier against Romanian outfit FC Vaslui which will take place in ten days time.
Both teams should be starting to look a bit sharper although, much like we’ve seen in the previous two friendlies, I expect to see some rotation and for a fair amount of players to get a run out. Again I’m not overly concerned about the result and won’t get too disheartened/carried away whatever, but I would like to see a good display with some good performances thrown in for good measure.
Team news will be added below as soon as I can get my grubby hands on it…
Howay the lads!
Newcastle: Rob Elliot, Danny Simpson, Fabricio Coloccini, James Tavernier, Dan Gosling, Ryan Taylor, Sylvain Marveaux, Cheik Tiote, Gabriel Obertan, Haris Vuckic, Demba Ba
Subs: Steve Harper, Mike Williamson, Davide Santon, Jonas Gutierrez, Mehdi Abeid, Gael Bigirimana, Shola Ameobi, Sammy Ameobi, Papiss Cisse
Fenerbahce: Mert Gunok, Orhan Sam, Bekir Irtegun, Alex, Serdar Kesinal, Hasan Ali Kaldarim, Dirk Kuyt, Mehmet Topal, Cristian Baroni, Miroslav Stoch, Moussa Sow