Hopefully the well-earned point against Chelski has given us a bit of a confidence boost. It’s been three games since we last won – but surely if we can go to Stamford Bridge and get a point, we can go to the Riverside and take care of business?
Kinnear has some selection problems ahead of the game this weekend. Performances by Bassong and Colloccini at the heart of our defence will see us with an unchanged back four. Steven Taylor should get a place on the bench, putting him straight into the side just because he’s up for selection will do Bassong no favours whatsoever.
Duff and Ameobi will both be out because of injuries they suffered in training. Are you watching Charles N’Zogbia? Take advantage of this situation and put in a stint that the Toon fans will remember. Bambi Ameobi being out is not big miss. Even though he’s scored a couple of goals, he shouldn’t be anywhere near our first team squad. Speaking of which, it’ll be nice to see Viduka get a place on the bench – on his day he can be a match winner.
My Toon Team for Saturday:
Given, Enrique, Bassong, Colloccini, Beye.
N’Zogbia, Butt, Guthrie, Gutierrez