Magpies Munificence?

Firstly, thank you to all those who wrote posts during the interminable interlull, you are heroes to a man.

Tonight we get a proper game of football. None of that International nonsense – IMO the World Cup is interesting but the rest … mwaah.

Yesterday saw Spurs get Spurssy and both the Chavs and United once again bribing the officials (allegedly). The fight for the Top 4 is going to be very exciting.

Which makes tonight a must win game. You all know the runners and riders for the run-in so you are already aware that we must win our home games ahead of a tricky run of away fixtures.

Benitez brings an under-fire team to the Emirates. The fans are unhappy. The football the Barcodes are playing is uninspiring with a reliance upon defence, and we will witness this tactic tonight. Benitez has done a fine job under trying circumstances, working to reverse the decline in a huge club but narrowly escaping relegation is not enough. It wouldn’t be at Arsenal and neither is it at Newcastle.


A blogger (can’t remember who) wrote that in the late 90’s Newcastle had the 5th biggest turnover in World football. Could they sign Shearer today? No chance.

Should we win tonight, it will be our 10th successive home victory, it would also give us more points than we won last season with 7 games to go. Mr Emery is doing well.

There is a fitness test for Xhaka but our other Internationals are fit and the remainder of the squad are rested and tanned following their trip to Dubai. Imagine how much money they must have spent in those fancy shops, it would be in the millions!

Newcastle have 9 clean sheets this season which is 4th best in the league ( I won’t tell you where we sit), so we can expect a frustrating night unless we score early. Given this, I anticipate AMN (Cons) will start ahead of Mustafi because we have no need to play a Back 4.

Is there a better creative midfield 3 than Mhki, Aaron and Mesut? Now Mr Emery has coached them to play together we look formidable. With Iwobi or Wardrobe supplying width on the left, we have balance. Terrier to replace one of the midfield should we be in front after 70 mins.

I am relatively confident, are you?



55 Responses to Magpies Munificence?

  1. VP says:

    great post BR
    if we win our 10th it will be our best run in over 10yrs
    I still dont understand how Poch is still highly regarded. If AW had only 1 point to show from last 5 games there would be planes and banners flying all over london. Actually have we had such a bad spell in the last couple of decades?
    Anyway its all on against the maggies and in Emery I trust
    3:0 to the gunners

  2. GunnerN5 says:

    Morning Raddy,

    Here is a mini summary of the games left for the 4 contending teams. As you can see based on winning % we are currently the best of the 4 – so providing we don’t get spursy all should be well.

    United and Chelsea still have to play against each other, so one or both teams will drop points, – plus they both have to play Man C.

    But I’m still as antsy as a cat on a hot tin roof – especially when I think about the away games.

    GL GD Pts Max Win %
    Spurs 7 24 61 82 65.59%
    United 7 19 61 82 65.59%
    Arsenal 8 24 60 84 66.67%
    Chelsea 7 18 60 81 64.52%

    Our remaining games.

    Magpies h
    Everton a
    Watford a
    Crystal P h
    Wolves a
    Leicester a
    Brighton h
    Burnley a

  3. GunnerN5 says:

    Geez – about all that is legible is the winning %

  4. LB says:

    I am fairly, relatively confident.

    Thanks for the read BR.

  5. JM says:

    2-0 win for us. Newcastle has only won twice away from home (so far) this season and were beaten by the other Top 5 teams on their travels away.

    My starting team:

    Leno, Sokratis, Koscielny, Monreal, Maitland-Niles, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Ramsey, Ozil, Lacazette, Aubameyang


    Cech, Mkhitaryan, Iwobi, Guendouzi, Suarez, Mustafi, Mavropanos

    Torreira is serving his 2nd of 3 match suspension (for the red card at Spurs). He will not be available for Everton away as well.

  6. GunnerN5 says:

    I like your line up JM – it’s basically the same as Raddy’s.

    The only change I would make is to start only one of the two strikers and hold the other in case we need to make a late impact.

  7. Big Raddy says:

    I forgot about Terreira’s red card – it seems years ago.

  8. chas says:

    Nice PM, BR.


  9. chas says:

    UK politics. Effin majestic. ☺

  10. Big Raddy says:

    Not too happy about that team.

    Both Xhaka and Kos injured. No Mhki or PEA. Douzi to start.

    Thankfully, Unai knows best

  11. mickydidit89 says:

    At last, a BR MR and we’re back in business

    Don’t like your Toon nine clean sheets stat.

    Agree, Erik, the middle looks a little flimsy, but hopefully the creative elements will be able to find their way through

  12. mickydidit89 says:

    should of course have read…a BR PM :ROLL:

  13. chas says:

  14. Big Raddy says:


    Really got a couple of lemons in the studio at Sky.


  15. Big Raddy says:

    Stadium looks wonderful under the lights

  16. Big Raddy says:

    Robbed by Taylor again. The man is incompetent.

  17. Big Raddy says:

    Get in….

    Lovely stuff from Ramsey

  18. mickydidit89 says:

    superb. we’ve really upped the tempo last 15

  19. Rasp says:

    God we’re going to miss Ramsey …. our best player by a mile in this game … he is worth Ozil’s wages

  20. mickydidit89 says:

    not even mesut is worth mesut’s wages, rasp, and therein lies the problem 🙂

  21. Big Raddy says:

    Agree. Therein lies the problem and the reason

  22. Rasp says:

    I agree …. but if you were going to build the team round anyone it would be Ramsey not Ozil …. it was ridiculous playing him wide right … he needs to be right in the middle of things

  23. mickydidit89 says:

    we’re exciting to watch. Really prepared to take a chance anywhere around their area. The sideways pass era has well and truly gone

    We still do a little too much of the same thing around our own area, but hey.. superb so far

  24. Big Raddy says:

    What a stop that was from Laca’s shot! I was out the chair in celebration.

    We grew into the half and played some wonderful football with Ramsey and Ozil conducting.

    Only one Mustafi screw up away from a draw – we need another goal.

  25. RA says:

    I have no idea why I doubted Mustafi — he is wonderfully exciting, and keeps everyone on the edge of their seats,

    Ridiculous passes in the penalty area – stupid passes back to the GK, missing a bar-code player by less than a metre and then …… well you get me ……. excellent player – what was I thinking? 😩

  26. Rasp says:

    We definitely need a second goal then we can really turn on the style.

  27. Big Raddy says:

    RA. Mirrors my thoughts

  28. RA says:

    Just had a chance to read your pre-match Raddy, and very good it was too.

  29. Big Raddy says:

    I know I often write this but it is another dreadful performance from a referee at the Emirates.

  30. Rasp says:

    Excellent sub …. it hasn’t been Iwobi’s night …. Ozil has a very good second half so far

  31. RA says:



  32. Big Raddy says:

    Hope that isn’t too serious for Aaron

  33. Rasp says:

    Getting nervy now …, we need that second goal

  34. mickydidit89 says:

    3rd 🙂

  35. mickydidit89 says:

    wot gap 🙂

  36. Rasp says:

    This ref is a disgrace … perfectly good (own) goal disallowed

  37. fatgingergooner says:

    Refs been a disgrace tonight. Absolute joke.

  38. Big Raddy says:

    Do you think that VAR will have an effect upon the quatlity of referees.

    Taylor was right next to Laca when he gave that handball. The Gk who touched it has gloves on yet Taylor saw a Laca hand.


  39. fatgingergooner says:

    Geundouzi motm for me. Fantastic energy

  40. mickydidit89 says:

    I think I’d go for Laca

  41. fatgingergooner says:

    It will only stop the howlers BR but not the sort of decisions we’ve seen tonight. If that had gone VAR I still think they would have pulled Laca up for obstructing the GK because that’s how pathetic the game is now. IMO it was a legitimate goal and the GK should do much better but I doubt refs think like that.

  42. Rasp says:

    I wonder why Ouzi has started dwelling on the ball … it’s happened a lot this evening. Great result

  43. Big Raddy says:

    That was very enjoyable. We were terrific.

  44. Big Raddy says:

    Ramsey or Ozil for me. And Monreal had a fine game

  45. RC78 says:

    Should have been a 3rd goal…but anyways, we re 3rd…and have to keep on winning as the others are breathing down our necks…

    Let s hope Ramsey’s injury is not too bad…

    Lacazette – Guendouzi – Ozil – Ramsey – Kolasinac, our best players tonight

  46. mickydidit89 says:

    Squad looking strong as we’ll get Kos, Granit and Torreira back

  47. fred1266 says:

  48. mickydidit89 says:

    Fred ha ha like it

  49. Flying visit, still mad busy watched the game on the train.

    Have to say Gendouzi impressed me in the middle of the park tonight, he is very good at winning ball back high, quick to the breakdown which meant we kept momentum up tonight and Newcastle didn’t get time to counter.

    Ozil and Laca also in the running for MotM but I think it was Guendouzi for me sneaked it.

    Great finishes by Rambo and Laca.

    Taylor was poor, but then he so often is, let far too many of the niggly tackles go.

  50. GunnerN5 says:

    I’m a happy bunny tonight………………….

  51. fred1266 says:

    Hmm think that train connection wasn’t to Good GIE

    Not sure what it but am rarely impressed with Guendouzi, just remember me of Pharaoh

  52. chas says:


    Bit dull, soz

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