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Despite our much lauded January signings and initial burst of points we are still stuck deep in the mire of the relegation battle.

After 4 defeats in our last 6 league matches it's time this team got some points on the board.

Fulham arrive in good form having won their last two league matches and unbeaten in their last 3 away matches. So no easy game here.

Much again for us rests on Cisse, he needs to start putting the chances away, we need some goals from him. 

Team selection for today is a bit tricky as we suffer another Europa league hangover.

Danny Simpson went off injured late on in the Benfica match and is doubtful. Perch also went off injured but hopefully he will be fit to play today.

Debuchy, Haidara and Tiote are definitely out.

Likely team:
Anita   Steven Taylor  Yanga-Mbiwa   Santon
                    Perch       Cabaye
Gouffran           Sissoko          Gutierrez

If we can't beat Fulham then we might as well give up .....

Newcastle 3 Fulham 0

Team is out:

Krul; Simpson, Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Santon; Perch, Cabaye (c); Marveaux, Sissoko, Gutierrez; Cisse

Should suite Pardew's general tactical sense perfectly i.e. sit back for 0-0 draw.

An away goal would be pretty useful though if we want to get to the semi finals.

Much depends on Cisse tonight.

Interesting view on the relegation battle, reckons Sunderland will go down  :)

Villa supporters view on end of season results. here are the remaining fixtures, I wont bother with Reading or QPR because I reckon they have gone:

12th Southampton: Reading(win) West Ham(draw) Swansea(draw) West Brom(draw) Spurs(lose) Sunderland(win) Stoke(draw) Verdict = 10pts from 21 will stay up on 44pts

13th Stoke: Villa(draw) Man Utd(lose) QPR(win) Norwich(win) Sunderland(win) Spurs(lose) Southampton(draw) Verdict = 11pts from 21 will stay up on 45pts

14th Norwich: Swansea(lose) Aresenal(lose) Reading(draw) Stoke(lose) Villa(lose) West Brom(lose) Man City(lose) Verdict = 1pt from 21 will stay up on 35pts

15th Newcastle: Fulham(draw) Sunderland(draw) West Brom(lose) Liverpool(lose) West Ham(draw) QPR(win) Aresenal(lose) Verdict = 6pts from 21 will stay up on 40pts

16th Sunderland: Chelsea(lose) Newcastle(draw) Everton(lose) Villa(lose) Stoke(lose) Southampton(lose) Spurs(lose) Verdict = 1pt from 21 will go down on 31pts

17th Wigan: QPR(win) Man City(lose) West Ham(draw) Spurs(lose) West Brom(lose) Swansea(lose) Arsenal(lose) Villa(draw) Verdict = 7pts from 24 will stay up on 37pts

18th Aston Villa: Stoke(draw) Fulham(draw) Man Utd(lose) Sunderland(win) Norwich(win) Chelsea(lose) Wigan(draw) Verdict = 9pts from 21 will stay up on 39pts

Bit of an injury crisis here then with Santon, Haidara, Debuchy and Tiote all now injured.

We have the second worst away record in the league and Man City have the best defensive record.

Most interest here will be team selection and who Pardew goes with at left back. Once the game starts it might be better to hide under the duvet.

possible team:

Simpson  Steven Taylor  Yanga-Mbiwa   Gutierrez
                    Anita       Cabaye
Gouffran           Sissoko          Marveaux

Can't really see us getting much out of this match:

Man City 3 Newcastle 0


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officiating based on the rugby model:
- tv referee available in the stand to assist the on field referee
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The final straw for me here. Wigan 2 Newcastle 1 after Callum McManaman seriously injures Haidara and instead of going down to 10 men they go on to win the game with an injury time winner pictured below:

The Premier League is in big trouble as people in the UK are turning away from football due to it's violent nature and lack of adequate officiating.

It's time to take some drastic action to save it and introduce Rugby style officiating with heavy use of technology to ensure there is no cheating and matches are decided fairly.

Of course to do that we would have to leave FIFA.

That would mean no World Cup or Euro's for England and no Champions League or Europa league for our clubs.

It would only be for a short time until the rest of the world then joined us and also left FIFA to form a new age breakaway governing body.

Then the thought of a World Cup in Quatar and the Euro's based out of one city in every country then become just a distant memory.

And matches are at last properly officiated and a fair result achieved to matches played within the rules. 

The big fitness news is that Ben Arfa is probably out for the rest of the season possibly needing surgery on his hamstring.

Cabaye is also doubtful with a groin strain.

We shouldn't really need them though to beat a Wigan side who have the worst home record in all divisions with only two home wins all season. Though to be fair, we have the second worst away record in the Premier League, but that was before our January French revolution since when we have won four out of six matches.

Don't expect many radical changes to team selection this week:

Dubuchy     Steven Taylor  Yanga-Mbiwa   Santon
                    Anita       Tiote
Gutierrez           Sissoko          Gouffran


Wigan are a bit inconsistent but generally appalling, we'll be buoyed up by our glorious cup win.

Wigan 0 Newcastle 2

Anzhi were a big disappointment in the first leg, Guus Hiddink might be their manager but he can.t actually play on the pitch.

We are without Coloccini and apparently Ben Arfa has recurring hamstring problems. With Debuchy and Gouffran strangely left out of the Europa league squad, options are limited.

This should be a quite straightforward win in my book. 

Probable team:

Simpson      Stephen Taylor   Yanga-M'Biwa Haidara   
Anita           Cabaye        Tiote       Gutierrez

Stoke come into this match with the worst Premier League record in 2013 with six defeats from their last eight matches and failed to score in twelve matches this season, higher than any other Premier League club.

Newcastle are back from their 1,500 mile trip to Moscow last Thursday and stats have proven that league matches after a Europa Cup match are a struggle.

So prepare for a shocking match here, thrills skills and excitement are rare enough when Stoke are in town, don't set your expectations too high for tomorrow.

Newcastle hoping to have Cisse recovered from illness, Ben Arfa got through Anzi match ok.

So a few team selection issues here. I think Pardew will go with his favourites and play an unchanged team from the Swansea match, looking like this:

Dubuchy     Steven Taylor  Yanga-Mbiwa   Santon
                Cabaye       Tiote
Gutierrez           Sissoko          Gouffran

It's about time we had a good home win and really put some distance between us and the relegation zone, but I can't see that happening here:

Newcastle 2 Stoke 1

I'm sensing this will be our last round of the Europa League as we finally meet a proper football team.

The 19 man squad we have taken to Moscow is:

Alnwick, Ameobi, Anita, Ben Arfa, Bigirimana, Cabaye, Campbell, Elliot, Gosling, Haidara, Marveaux, Obertan, Perch, Santon, Simpson, Sissoko, Steven Taylor, Tiote, Yanga-Mbiwa

Shola Ameobi will start for us despite the fact the medical staff say he should not be playing on plastic pitches.

Gutierrez has also been left behind because of the fact that his knee won't stand up to a plastic pitch apparently.

Anzhi have so far won every home match in this competition, lets see if we can stop that winning run.

Team could look something like this:

Simpson             Steven Taylor        Yanga-Mbiwa         Haidara
Obertan                  Cabaye                Tiote                 Ben Arfa

Fairly predictable team fielded by Pardew here, with Coloccini injured will be interesting to see Yanga-Mbiwa start in his normal position with Steven Taylor.

Swansea not in the best of form and each of the last two league cup winners have lost their next match.

Two attacking teams should see a few goals today. 

Dubuchy     Steven Taylor  Yanga-Mbiwa   Santon
                Cabaye       Tiote
Gutierrez           Sissoko          Gouffran

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