Newcastle Interest Warms Up World Cup
Four years ago just one Magpie made the trip to South Africa 2010 (Jonas Gutierrez) so there’s bound to be plenty more for Newcastle fans to look out for this time around. Not only are five of Alan Pardew’s men likely to be making the trip across the Atlantic but there’ll also be one or two players to keep an eye on as Newcastle look to strengthen their squad ahead of the 2014/15 Premier League campaign.
Easyodds.com football writer Tom Powell assesses the chances of the travelling Newcastle players and looks at the World Cup odds surrounding them…
Steady Toon Influence in Defence
Of the five players ready to make the trip to Brazil three of them will be focusing on keeping the opposition out, rather than finding the net at the other end.
Starting with shot stopper Tim Krul, who has a chance of lining up as Holland’s number one, when they begin their campaign against Spain on 13th June. Vying with him for a place between the sticks is Michael Vorm, who had an injury hit season for Swansea, while Jasper Cillessen and Jeroen Zoet are inexperienced and play in a lesser league.
Mathieu Debuchy is another who has made his nation’s squad, though the 20 times capped right-back may have to be content with a place on the bench as he is in competition with Arsenal’s Bacary Sagna to line up for France. With Didier Deschamps’ men having been handed a straightforward group (France are 4/5 to win Group E) he should get plenty of playing time this summer.
Lastly, a player who could have been one to watch out for this summer is 21-year old defender Curtis Good, who was due to be part of Australia’s World Cup squad until injury intervened. The central defender has made just one appearance in black and white (League Cup win over Morecambe) but made four appearances on loan at Dundee Utd in the second half of the season and even managed to find the net. Australia have been drawn in a nightmare of a group though and are 1/5 to NOT win a game.
Contrasting Fortunes for Midfield Duo?
There’ll be plenty of midfield guile over in Brazil courtesy of no nonsense pair Check Tiote and Moussa Sissoko, who have been chosen for the respective Ivory Coast and France squads this summer.
While Tiote is likely to find his way into the starting line-up for The Elephants, Sissoko may have to bide his time in a star studded French squad. That midfield could contain a future Newcastle man if Alan Pardew decides to resurrect his January attempts to capture Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier. Unlike France, Ivory Coast face a tough task in reaching the last 16 though the bookmakers expect them to advance with odds of 5/6 available on them advancing from Group C.
From Magpie to Eagle
That leaves one more (contracted) Newcastle man on show over in Brazil with Shola Ameobi looking to edge his way into a Nigeria side that is laden with attackers.
Though most nations select just three or four forwards, it appears Nigeria’s Stephen Keshi has opted for nine, which will make it difficult for Ameobi to add to his five caps and two goals for the Super Eagles. Fenerbahce front man Emmanuel Emenike is favourite to top score for Nigeria at 4/1 but if you fancy Ameobi to get amongst the goals then odds of 14/1 are available.
That leaves Newcastle Player of the Year Loic Remy who could be on his way back to QPR unless Pardew can coax him away from West London and fend off any admirers, after the forward netted 14 times for Newcastle this season. It may help that Remy won’t be in the shop window too much over in Brazil given Karim Benzema is likely to be first choice for France. The bookmakers make the Real Madrid forward 2/1 favourite to top score for France with Remy (15/2) fourth favourite behind Olivier Giroud and Franck Ribery.
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