Newcastle United: The Troubles At Home Continue

There's no need to dwell on Newcastle's disappointing and almost predicable loss against Blackburn on Wednesday.  So I am going to share just a little opinion, some links, and offer my prediction on what is going to transpire on Saturday afternoon.

Newcastle United didn't really show up to their mid week match against Blackburn. Their opponent's first goal was unfortunate, and the second goal was inexcusable. Blackburn's dominance of Newcastle at St. James' Park therefore continues, as I feared. And Newcastle's struggles at home therefore continue.

So what now, then? Midfielder Joe Barton has been suspended three games for his ill advised punch of a Blackburn player. This will likely force Newcastle manager Chris Hughton to start the promising, young Ryan Taylor in Saturday's match against Fulham.  Also, with Shola Ameobi out with a sprained hamstring, Newcastle will likely have a backup midfielder/striker on the bench. If I were the manager, I would choose either Nile Ranger or Xisco. We shall see who Mr Hughton chooses.

BBC: Newcastle v. Fulham preview

ESPN Soccernet: Newcastle v. Fulham preview