Game On! Chelsea v Newcastle

Game on at Chelsea!
Game on at Chelsea!
Hello all and welcome to this ‘Game On’ article which will take us through our tussle at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.

You may have noticed that there is no match preview for this game. There are two reasons for that, the main one being that my lad spilt something on my laptop and now half of the keys won’t work so I’m reduced to writing on my phone which is tricky to say the least.

Anyway hopefully it will only be a short term issue until I can get it fixed or replaced. Speaking of short term issues, our lack of available players will also hopefully be a short term issue. We’re missing a few for this one but you’ll be able to see the official team news at the bottom of this article.

The game itself is not being shown live here in the UK but it is being broadcast across the globe so picking up a stream shouldn’t be too difficult. If you do find a particularly decent stream then please share it by leaving a link in the ‘comments’ section below.

After the derby defeat last weekend the only way to bounce back is with a win but at Stamford Bridge that won’t be easy so perhaps we should be looking for a vastly improved performance instead?

Howay the lads!

Chelsea:Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, D Luiz, Azpilicueta; Matic, Lampard (c); Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Eto’o

Subs:Schwarzer, Cole, Mikel, Ramires, Schurrle, Salah, Ba

Newcastle:Krul; Debuchy, Williamson, S.Taylor, Dummett; Anita, Santon; Ben Arfa, Sissoko (c), Sammy Ameobi; de Jong.

Subs:Elliot, Haidara, Yanga-Mbiwa, Gosling, Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Armstrong

671 thoughts on “Game On! Chelsea v Newcastle

  1. Last time we played Spuds Krul pulled off a masterclass in goal keeping ,we got very lucky that day, not sure we’ll see a repeat this time. Hopefully being the home side will help but it didn’t make much difference V the Scum πŸ™„

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  2. Will he actually play Cisse though or are we going to see 4-3-3 with De Jong leading the line? I hope Gouffy is back for us as he works his socks off and tracks back as well as pushing forward. A fine 2 way player for me.

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  3. Newke @569:”I will roll the dice and take a new owner, half of it is just because i am bored of talking about Ashley and Pardew day after day year after year.”

    Not half as bored as I am of reading it, mate.

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  4. Surely the club does need a true managing director of football to oversee the entire team from top to bottom? Somebody to make some decisions about many players we have just losing their way with us. A terrible waste of young footballers as it stands. Even Obertan deserves to be playing somewhere in a French third division side.

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  5. The common denometer in all these young potential players being cast by the wayside has to be Pardew.
    But to be fair, he has given Obertan plenty chances and still hasn’t learnt anything.
    wtf is going on with Bigi tho is a mystery.
    I imagine the plan for next season will be to recall all our loan signings and make them the new purples.
    God help us.

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  6. BB, yeah I mentioned Bigi earlier, think he’s injured at the mo but even prior to that he just hasn’t figured .

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  7. Aye Kimtoon, he adds a lot to the side. I’m afraid I would sit Benny if I had to so that Gouffy gets into the lineup. I’m very disturbed by what has happened to Ben Arfa. He doesn’t even seem that concerned when he plays poorly now. Maybe he sees the writing is on the wall with us. Very frustrating to see so many of our players looking disinterested.

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  8. I see Jonas is already injured for Norwich. I liked him as a player when he first came to us. He had pace and ball control but he faded badly in his last season or two. Did all the bollocks at the club get to him I wonder? I’m wondering the same about Ben Arfa.

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  9. STUART I have said this many times there is no way jabba will sell,where else will he make 60mil plus for doing nothing,and get great enjoyment in sticking it right up us,hate to downer on it like mate

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  10. G2 , Benny is a real enigma, wonderful once every now and then , spends too much time running up blind alleys now. Every game he is marked by 3 or more whenever he has the ball and simply ends up losing it rather than pass it. When he does get a good pass off it’s wonderful but too infrequent for me. Watching the way Liverpools forward players ripped Arsenal a new one on Saturday was a joy to behold, the link up play was something else.

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  11. Aye Kimtoon but Liverpool have a tremendous manager and their owners want trophies lass. A huge difference to us. We like to hide in the weeds and balance the books. What could be better for our supporters? πŸ‘Ώ

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  12. Would none of you want redbull as our new owners ?
    There wealthy and want champions league football but maybe it’s the new shirt.

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  13. Stem-personally I would not swap the shirt and the name Newcastle United for champions league footie. I think someone else said earlier…maybe if it was the stadium name for massive investment then fair enough, because we’d all just call it SJP as would everyone else just as we did when it was Ashley’s little billboard.

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  14. We can put Messi, Hazard in our team he will look shit.
    Look to the comments about cabaye last year in this blog, how many bloggers rated him as shit. and Now he is gone and we loose 3 in a row it seems we loose Zidane.
    But when he was here, it was already 4 games we loose almost before the west hame game.
    and the game against Norwich was good.
    It’s now the same as last year we just miss to many first team players at the same time, and Pardew has no idea how to build a team when one or 2 players missed because he almost never rotate the squad so players are out of form and he plays them out of position.
    Against Chelsea, our midfield was so shit with Santon Anita and Sissoko.
    Why Santon???? the guy has zero ability as a midfielder, he has a natural midfielder there gosling play him.
    Why to continue with Sissoko as a No 10…? Did you see an other team having a player like that playing in that position…?
    Coutinho can play there, Silva can play there,,,,Mata can play there…. which caracteristics Moussa share with this kind of player… we have a guy like Marveaux we can try him no… he is payed so why not use him sometimes… more than 5 min..?
    And our defense with Willo and Staylor just doesn’t work.
    So when Tiote, Remy Collo and Gouffran will be back our team will look more like a premier league teams.

    And for me I don’t know what the club is waiting to sell Benny, now I think anyone is ready to pay more than 5 million for him. In his head his only goal was to go to world cup and he knows now that it is over for him with his last shitty 3 months.. so now i think he plays because he has to, but no conviction no passion.

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  15. Newkie that’s a fair point. Queen’s Park Ranger’s will probably get picked as they only have to change the last name. If they win promotion that is and plus they get Remy back to help achieve that goal and it’s a london club ?

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  16. So the same crew that has been saying that they don’t want Pardew sacked because we won’t get anyone better, are now calling for us to get a new owner in even if there is a chance they could be worse! πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†
    I loved the confused outrage! πŸ˜†

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  17. stem, Queens park redbulls, has a ring to it, infact with Arry in charge it could be Queens park redbullshitters. πŸ˜‰

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  18. Kim – Arma will be the new Carroll, once he breaks into the first team.
    Fatty will be looking to make a small fortune on the back of him.
    Money for nothing.
    Luvly jubly

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  19. What complete bollocks have they told Armstrong to make him sign a new contract? Let’s wait for a bid of circa Β£1m for him and Jabba will wank himself senseless and sell him.

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  20. Stuart-probably told him the truth, that as we won’t be signing any strikers he will be first team for us come next season. He’ll be like a new signing anyway πŸ˜‰

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  21. way off the mark Stuart.
    He will be playing next season, and pushing for a place in the England U21 team.
    Fatty will be hoping he is the next Roon pig.
    He will be looking to make in excess of Β£25M in the coming years.
    He is already looking at the bigger picture.
    You have to admit, although Fatty knows feck all about running a football club, he does know how to make money. πŸ‘Ώ

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  22. Newkie – that may well be the truth. Save us a fortune buying new strikers. Not doing the kid any favours though comparing him to Rooney at 17.
    What did you think of de Jong? Seems very slow to me especially, and crucially, off the mark. Sound harsh but I’m very sceptical at strikers from the crap defending Dutch league.

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  23. He should be good for NUFC in the short term, over the next couple seasons as he makes his mark in the Premier League.
    But no way we will be looking to build a team around him, long term.
    A stepping stone for Arma, cash in the bank for fatty.
    Plain and simple

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  24. Georgio – LdJ was getting into some good positions, but what was disappointing was his powder puff shooting.
    I have seen shola hit the ball with more power.
    He best get in the gym and build some muscles in his legs

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  25. Georgio-agreed. Rooney was already ripping teams up at 17 and you could see at the time he had the potential to become one of the best players in the world, although in the last four or five years he’s never really kicked on like many expected and now he is miles behind some of the elite. Armstrong undoubtedly has potential but we just can’t make those comparisons, every young striker that comes through our set up has so much expectation and I really doubt it helps.

    Re De Jong I think it’s too early to judge but I do feel he should have netted that header where he went back across goal, it was a pretty weak effort. Misfiring your shots I can forgive seeing as he probably hasn’t played in a penalty box for almost a year, but headers like that should be bread and butter for “target men.” He isn’t rapid but I think when he’s up and running he will be a decent match for most centre backs, but he definitely won’t have the little explosive turns of pace like Remy. Partner him up with Remy/Goof/Cisse and I’ll judge him properly after the next 10 games. I agree about the dutch league though, hard to judge strikers on it.

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  26. Well I’m chuffed to bits that Armstrong is committing himself to us!. When you look at the likes of Barkley at Everton, Berahino at WBA, Lallana and Shaw at Saints – it’s good to know we have players like Armstrong and Campbell coming through the ranks.
    Actually I think Sammy has stood out as one of the only positives in the last 2 games. He still has alot of development but I think he’s shown signs that he’s good enough.

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  27. It’s going to be tough for LdJ, as we have seen previously, it takes new players to the EPL, time to get used to the pace of the game.
    He doesn’t have the luxury of that time, as he has to make a good impression in the remaining 13 matches that we have left.
    I hope he at least does enough for us to want to sign him up permanently for next season.
    In which case this will be like a pre season for him

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  28. It’s not all doom and gloom at Newcastle.
    1. We have a new director of football to look forward too.
    2. We get a replacement for Shola in the summer.
    3. Our books our in great shape.
    4. Our saviour Mike Ashley gets free advertising
    5. We might get someone better than Joe Kinnear.
    6. We might get a defensive win against Spur’s.
    7. We might get 35 million for Armstrong
    8. We our getting new training facilities

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  29. Stem ,There is also young Jonathan Quinn in the academy who looks a good prospect, no doubt the fat man will be closely watching him too πŸ™„

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  30. Kim I forgot about Quinn. Really hope they both become future Shearer’s and Ferdinand. We would save million’s of pounds.

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  31. Well the club would save million’s but can Pardew get the best out them i’m not convinced. He does know how to throw people in the deep end.

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  32. Kim I think if Ben Arfa becomes the next Hazard and ends up at Real madrid then Ashley could get 95 million like Bale. Well happy

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  33. Stem ,I don’t think Benny will ever reach his full potential with us sadly , had he been managed by say Sir Bob or even KK, I think we’d be seeing a better player, as it is I’m not sure Pards knows quite what to do with him and as Hutch says I’m not sure he entirely trust him.

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  34. Ben Arfa at Madrid lol deluded much.

    We are going to get loads of money for our youngsters yet our academy isn’t good enough to produce young’uns….. Which is it.

    Yet another case of hypocrisy on the emo fans.

    Also people who have said LDJ isn’t good enough for us need to get a fucking grip. He has had 1 game and he did ok.

    Everyone expects instant results though they wont tell you that they will dress it up in vague bullshit.

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  35. Sir Bobby Robson knew how to treat people. Bobby was the best manager with the best stories. He was class Kim. He is my favourite nufc manager of all time only because Keagan spat his dummy out and left after the Liverpool defeat the same way he left England.

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  36. Santii – I agree mate. De Jong has had ONE game away to the side that could well win the league this season and played with very little support.
    I think with the pace and support of Remy and Goof up there with him he’ll look a different player again.

    I wouldn’t mind keeping the kid as long as he convinces his bro to join him

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  37. I think De Jong could do a similar job for us as Giroud does for Arsenal.
    I don’t see him being a 20 goals a season CF but if we get the right 2 or 3 up there with him then he could play an important role in the team.

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  38. I thought De Jong did well considering how little he has played this season. Especially as he’s just moved here.

    He looks like the most intelligent & composed forward we have at the club as he seems to know when to pass & when to shoot.

    I think he could be a very important player for us.

    Re Ben Arfa
    SBR or KK could have got him playing at a much higher level.

    As it happens, all creative & flair players are stunted or go backwards under negative managers like Pardew, Allardyce & Pulis.

    Marveaux is at best a bench warmer under Pardew. Tevez & Mascherano weren’t any different.

    No doubt the Pardew fanboys will come out saying Marveaux, Ben Arfa, Cisse etc are rubbish just as Tevez was/is rubbish.

    Plus we don’t want to change manager (or owner) because too fany fans fear the unknown. Too scared we’ll get a worse manager or worse owner.

    Fear of change (for better or worse) is what ruins global companies.

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  39. I think De Jong made some impressive runs on Saturday, his finishing was a bit lack lustre but that’s to be expected after so little competitive football. Hopefully he can build up some strength in his legs and get into the physicality of the PL, I can see him partnering Remy or Cisse quite well actually, he certainly has the intelligence there. It may be that he provides more for his partner than himself which is fine too, as long as we are scoring who cares.

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  40. Kim – The article from the Chronicle is more or less exactly what I said on here yesterday. There’s just a huge job on in the summer to reshape the squad. The sorry fact is that even if we signed three strikers in the summer, we aren’t likely to be any stronger than we are now as we’ll lose three also.

    It’s just a mess.

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  41. Stuart ,Yep, it will be interesting to see just how many we sign and how much is spent ,given we haven’t signed a permanent in 18 months come the summer I don’t think it’s unfair to expect significant investment from Ashley this time around. If he fails to strengthen to the right extent then he gets what he deserves if we struggle but sadly it’s also us fans who suffer too.

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  42. Kim – Ashley doesn’t care about us or NUFC. It’s just a little sideline/plaything. All he wants is for it not to cost him any more money.
    It’s hair tearing stuff. Mid table is the best we can hope for. He probably knows Pardew isn’t very good too but – mid table with just enough good players to keep us there. He can manage that.

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  43. KK. yep, he has the brains just needs to get up to speed with PL, certainly can’t write him off yet . Cisse had a cracking start goals wise but he hasn’t the all round ability of De Jong, but the two could be very good together, let’s hope so anyway. I want to see DE jong and Cisse tried first mainly because I think we will lose Remy so it makes more sense to persevere with the former partnership especially as De Jong has already said he’s very happy to stay here and Remy won’t commit.

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  44. I think Remy has had no reason to show commitment to us.

    We must come across quite desperate to him. Add to the fact that QPR were throwing money at him & he probably feels he has a lot of options.

    Fair play to Remy but the club really should have been smarter when they brought him in on loan by getting him to sign a pre-contract agreement with us (subject to the outcome of his trial).

    He would have agreed rather than miss the Worldcup by playing in the Championship.

    De Jong on the other hand has been left out in the cold. I think he is really determined to be a success here & i think he will be because of his hard working attitude.

    No doubt Pardew will get credit for ‘turning’ De Jong’s career around. If it doesn’t work out it’s not Pardew’s fault as De Jong wasn’t scoring at his previous club.

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  45. KK i totally agree about DeJong the lad once up too speed will be a good addition too the squad he has good movement and skill and like Goofy is an intelligent player .He could very well be the spark that can ignite Cisse back into form . I just can’t believe that some are already slagging the lad off and saying he is crap ,lets not forget he is a Dutch international and at the time he won those caps Holland already had a number of class forwards in their squad .

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  46. If the owner doesn’t act like a proper and spend this summer as well as getting rid of the dead wood the consequences will be very nasty indeed for the club. We’re hanging on with loan players now and several of the players we do own have been shockingly bad. And I won’t even talk about the Sunderland match.

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  47. You can’t go on and on at a club doing nothing, having your manager spout bollocks, refusing to spend. It won’t work Ashley. Hire a proper football man to take charge and actually consider listening to what he says. Either that or sell up and go back to selling your crap gear.

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