Brighton v Newcastle United – Match Preview
Welcome to the excitement and drama of the FA Cup.
Today Newcastle United could have the privilege of being out of the cup before 62 of the 64 third round participants have even kicked a ball, let’s hope not.
On top of the inured regulars, it was revealed yesterday that Coloccini and Cisse had picked up minor knocks so wouldn’t travel, Tiote is now on African Nations duty and even Bigirimana has apparently picked up a dead leg and is doubtful, while Mathieu Debuchy wasn’t considered for this match.
Yesterday on the website, I drew comparisons with the Newcastle reserve side that took on Bordeaux reserves in the Europa League dead rubber, the eleven turning out that night;
Elliot, Tavernier, Perch, Williamson, Ferguson, Abeid, Bigirimana, Ranger, Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Shola
Today’s line-up could have a very similar look as the only first team regulars available would appear to be Krul, Anita and Santon, with it remaining to be seen whether Alan Pardew risks any or all of them. The ever frustrating Gabriel Obertan is a likely candidate though to make the team.
One interesting addition to the squad is Paul Dummett, the young left-back returning after a successful loan spell at St.Mirren.
Talking though to friends who are Brighton fans, their side isn’t pulling up any trees and they feel that the south coast team will be even lucky to sneak into the play-offs.
Currently ninth in the Championship, Brighton had failed to win in five matches until bouncing back with a 3-0 win at Ipswich in their latest fixture.
Gus Poyet may not see the cup as his biggest priority either and may mix and match his team, though one consolation is that Newcastle fan Will Buckley is likely to miss through injury and so be denied the opportunity of repeating his match winning run and goal of last season.
Ex-Newcastle winger Kazenga LuaLua is likely to play and he looked fairly lively last time and for me the player who does stand out for them is Craig Makail-Smith who is top scorer with 11 goals in 22 matches this time around.
However, it is all about our team and I honestly don’t know what to think. One thing for sure is that if this group of players repeat their showing against Bordeaux then it will be a long journey back home for the fans.
If we do end up with a midfield featuring Marveaux, Anita and Bigirimana then the ability should be there to control the ball, though they might be reliant on the Ameobi brothers doing the lion’s share of defending on set-pieces.
It may be the type of game that stands or falls on players such as Obertan and Sammy Ameobi taking the opportunity to play a proper ninety minutes, instead of giving ten minutes here or there, where it makes you think they are capable of better.
If you do fancy a bet then I wouldn’t put you off Newcastle because at 19/10 they are a huge price, if they are up for it.
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