Cardiff v Newcastle – Premier League match preview

Bluebirds v Magpies

Bluebirds v Magpies
Bluebirds v Magpies
Newcastle travel to Cardiff on Saturday afternoon looking to avoid a third straight league defeat on the bounce.

Cardiff may be Premier League new boys but it will be no east task to pull off a victory down in South Wales. Only Tottenham have managed to win at the Cardiff City Stadium so far this season, and they had to struggle to do so which gives an indication of what we are up against.

Go back a bit further and we have a recent competitive trip to Cardiff to ponder – not the friendly match last pre-season! I was there that day and we won the three points back in our Championship season courtesy of a rare Fabricio Coloccini goal, but Cardiff proved to be stern opposition and their fans tried to create an atmosphere in an attempt intimidate us. I expect more of the same tomorrow.

Cardiff City:

Malky Mackay has a near fully fit squad to choose from, with the exception being striker Andreas Cornelius who continues to be troubled with an ankle injury. That’s why it’s near fully fit and not just fully fit…


United also have injury concerns that can be put behind them as Steven Taylor, Shola Ameobi and Jonas Gutierrez are available for selection.

Yohan Cabaye has managed to win himself a recall to the France squad and going by his second half performance against Everton on Monday evening I’d say he will also be recalled to the starting XI for Newcastle after having to settle with a place on the bench against the Toffees.

Up front we have another question to answer. Will Papiss Cisse be drafted back into the side or will Loic Remy continue up front? On current form the former Marseille man looks favourite, but then again I didn’t expect Cisse to be dropped after his goal against Leeds so that is maybe one to watch.


Technically our last visit to Cardiff ended in a 4-1 defeat during pre-season at the start of last season, but as this is a competitive fixture lets look at competitive matches only.

Generally this fixture is a home banker. There have been 24 meetings between both sides at Cardiff with the Welsh side winning on 12 occasions compared to just three wins for United.

However at St James’ Park it’s Newcastle who have enjoyed the bulk of the success with 18 victories and three defeats from the 24 games played on Tyneside.

That means that overall there have been 48 games played, United winning 21, Cardiff winning 15 and the other 12 ending in a draw.

Match stats…

Newcastle have won their last six meetings with Cardiff in all competitions.

The two sides last met in the top flight in the 1960-61 season with results following historical form. Cardiff won 3-2 at home but were thrashed 5-0 at St James’ Park.

Craig Bellamy will become the first player to score for seven different Premier League clubs if/when he finds the net for Cardiff.

Cardiff have scored three goals from corners so far this term – the highest in the division – whilst United have conceded the most headed goals in the competition.

Newcastle’s last 10 goals have all been scored by French players.

Final thought…

I just don’t know what to think any more really. I never know which United side will turn up (it’s usually the crap one!) but there is also a chance that the one that recorded back-to-back wins against Fulham and Aston Villa and put up an impressive fight in the second half on Monday might just show up.

Whatever side does decide to show up they will need to defend a hell of a lot better than they have been doing. It says a lot when “Iron” Mike Williamson comes on and makes your defence look a hell of a lot more solid! Schoolboys errors need cutting out and it’s back to basics for all the back four which means that the full-backs can’t always bomb up field. If we do that then we might get a result as I do fancy for us for a goal.

Howay the lads!

Date: Saturday, 5th October, 2013

Time: 3pm

Venue: The Cardiff City Stadium

134 thoughts on “Cardiff v Newcastle – Premier League match preview

  1. Hi, i’ m french so sorry for my language . I’m a fan of Newcastle ans i dont understand when i read the name of our players on paper and what i see on the matchs !!! What’s the problem in this squad??


  2. Wow, i nodded off half way thru JJ’s last post… i must be tired πŸ˜›

    Amazingbenarfa .. you understand English well enough to type a players name but you don’t understand them on a team sheet? 😯


  3. Troy, your constant point proving is getting to be like your brother when he was on here.. don’t turn into an annoying, one dimensional clown like he did.. πŸ˜‰


  4. Right who else is left to have a go at :mrgreen:
    Richie …check
    Troy.. check
    JJ.. check
    Some French guy.. check

    πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†


  5. Aussie-re the last thread, slagging me off as the mediator, I’m the most level headed of all you bastards πŸ˜‰


  6. Here’s how Alan Pardew summed up where Newcastle are at the moment:

    β€œIn general, if you cut through where we’re at, we’ve got seven points, which is probably mid-table.” β€œOur goal difference isn’t good and we’ve shown some inconsistency in games.”

    so Pardump thinks 16th is mid table 😳
    good to see he’s concerned about the Goal Difference tho πŸ˜‰


  7. β€œI think we can reflect well on that second half and draw strength from that as we go along.” β€œIn some ways, you can use it as a beacon of what to do, and the first half as a beacon of what not to do.”

    β€œBecause the contrast was forward passing, forward movement and a bit of energy in terms of trying to win the game, even though we were 3-0 down.”

    β€œIf we’d have started like that, maybe the score would have been different.”

    No shit Sherlock ffs πŸ‘Ώ


  8. Pardoh has just worked out that going forwards and attacking wins games. πŸ˜›
    There may be hope after all


  9. Aussie i would say in the team we have great players !! But we are 16 on the table we can ne stronger … At 5 or 6 on the table


  10. more pearls of wisdom
    β€œI can see the frustration of both the players and the fans, but I think the supporter needs to know that on the training ground everyone here is working extremely hard to right the wrongs.

    β€œNobody is perfect, but I don’t think any player would overstep over the white line and think they are not trying to try.”


  11. Krul

    Debuchy. Coloccini Taylor Santon

    Sissoko. Tiote

    Ben arfa. Cabaye. RΓ©my


    What do you think?


  12. Mark Lawrenson:
    “I feel sorry for Newcastle boss Alan Pardew because of the summer he had – which was dominated by talk about Joe Kinnear’s appointment as director of football. Apart from Loic Remy, the Magpies did not add to their squad.

    “If Pardew loses a couple more games then there will be people calling for him to be sacked. If he does go, the person who replaces him will be asking what is happening at the club? Who is deciding who they sign?”

    It was a very strange performance from Newcastle in their defeat at Everton on Monday night – it was as if they had only just met on the M62 at Burtonwood Services before the game.

    They just did not turn up in the first half and I presume their manager Alan Pardew laid into them at the break because they were much better afterwards.

    Cardiff got a very good win at Fulham last week and could have won even more easily – they caused a lot of problems from set-pieces in the first half.

    They are at home and will be looking to kick on after a decent start to the season as a newly-promoted side but I have a sneaking suspicion that Newcastle are going to go there and win.

    Pardew will have been chasing his players all week and I think he will get the response he wants.

    Lawro’s prediction: 1-2


  13. Amazing – why have you dropped Anita ❓
    Why would Taylor start ahead of Williamson ❓
    Apart from that I like the formation. 4-2-3-1


  14. Richie ya cheeky fecker πŸ˜†

    I hate not going out on a friday, means I actually get up early on a saturday and have to wait fookin ages for kick off. Only 3 more hours πŸ˜₯


  15. I must say that I think Dummet deserves a start ahead of the poor Santon.
    But Pardoh probably doesn’t.
    The kick up the bum would do Santon good. He needs to fight for his place.


  16. BB@93 – love that quote “trying to try”. The man’s a genius.

    I think we’ll win today. If we don’t, for the first time, I’ll question the manager 😎


  17. “People are dissecting Alan Pardew and his backroom staff but it is all about their players – it always has been and always will. If those players are not worried about somebody else taking their place then you have got a problem, and that is where United are at now.

    “There is not enough competition for some of the key positions in their team. If you have that, it makes a big difference.

    “As a player, even when you are on form, there is nothing worse than not knowing if you are going to play because there is another guy who is perfectly capable of playing in your position. You start thinking not only about your performances, but also the way you train, eat – everything – because you are thinking ‘I am not going to give this fella a sniff of getting in’.

    “There are not enough players who have got that uncertainty over whether they are playing or not.”



  18. Funny enough I was going with the same prediction as Lawro, I just hope we score our goals in the 2nd half so that I get to see them as i’ll miss the 1st half πŸ˜₯


  19. BB i prefer Taylor to williamson because he has more serenity, he’s more tactically , better to relance with Nice pass

    And i like Anita but to more panics when he got the ball and not enough physical impact


  20. Amazing – I respect your opinion about Taylor, but you are wrong. πŸ˜›
    Taylor is a liability.


  21. Newkie, πŸ˜† level headed πŸ˜† mate you were ready to commit hari kari when Joe was signed on 😯 i had to talk you away from the edge πŸ˜›


  22. I agree about Anita being a little lightweight, compared to Tiote, but his short passing is lovely, he is becoming more confident the more he plays, and has done nothing to warrant being dropped. IMO.
    Pardum loves Tiote more tho. πŸ‘Ώ


  23. Aussie-that is the level headed reaction to that appointment! Anyone who said Joe would get the business done was off their rocker πŸ˜‰

    Also you can consider that the favour you owed me then when you went all schitzo towards the end of the season and I had to be the voice of calm in the storm 😎


  24. Newkie, you and your pardew like memory and bizarre quotes make laugh πŸ˜† πŸ˜†


  25. I’d go for:


    Debs… Collo…Willo….. Mbiwa




    2-1 to Cardiff. I reckon we’ll get a goal of Pards listens to me πŸ˜€


  26. Sissoko has been the worst of our midfielders lately, IMO. Poor performances vs Hull and Everton. Wouldn’t track back vs Hull and vs Everton he spent his time lying down in the opposition box when we were attacking, misplacing 6 yard passes and when Remy scored late on and everyone sprinted back to get the restart off he just gave it a casual stroll. Anita is the only one who still deserves the start-Cabaye’s form has bettered so he should be in there. I’d let Sissoko start over Tiote but he needs to put in more of a shift imo.


  27. Newkie, I’ve won 3 x blog poster of the year awards so please show me some respect, i am much smarter than you Geordies πŸ˜› πŸ˜†


  28. Aussie πŸ˜†

    Has this blog even been here for three years? Or did you mean you won on another site? Besides everyone knows Troy has won every award going on ever blog for a good five years now. πŸ˜‰


  29. Newkie πŸ˜† i reckon Troy has bought himself a trophy for each of his wins. πŸ˜† πŸ˜›


  30. Well, I’m not happy to type this because I can see the knives coming out already, but I have a suspicion that Jonas will play, maybe as one of the CMs and will add some solidity to the middle of the field. He has not been great for a long time, but he doesn’t lose the ball often and draws fouls, which, along with Cabaye helps us control the tempo (our tick-tock in the middle)?

    I can’t understand how this supposedly world class defense is so poor. Mbiwa has great games and then disappears. We added a fitness coach, and I’m not sure if it’s helping much, but what about an effing defensive coach?

    I keep thinking that watching games is supposed to be entertaining, but instead it just pour more misery into my psyche with these wretched performances… help!


  31. feck! first time I write in weeks and they go and change the page on me!


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