Lillestrom vs Newcastle by 20Legend
A lot of anticipation among the Norwegian teams as the opponent will be far from what they will face when the season starts in about three weeks. Newcastle is at an important stage of the season as well making it more exciting for Lillestrom’s coach. He wants his teams to focus on their defensive approach towards the match, but he also stated that he wants to win every match that his team is playing. He therefore also stated to bring his best men to this clash, but has not revealed any names yet. Lillestrom has been a mid-table team for the last seasons as economic mess has brought several setbacks for one of the most traditional clubs in Tippeligaen. The scenario is the same towards this season as nothing special has happened in order to make them fight among the top teams yet. In addition to no information about a specific lineup, Lillestrom has not revealed any major injuries in front of this match.
Newcastle has a small break from the Premier League this week and has therefore gone on a training camp at La Manga. The manager Steve McLaren has been highly positive about his team trainings and the facilities so far, but the match today will be good for his players after having just been training so far. Defender Steven Taylor has stated that it is a perfect opportunity for them to get rid of the horrible feeling they got against Chelsea (5-1) last weekend. Taylor has also his mind set for the highly-important game away against Stoke City in the beginning of March, as every game is one opportunity to climb on the table. Newcastle should be looking for a good performance as a team in this match, but it also brings vital match training to stay match-fit as the Premier League continues in a short period of time.
Striker Alexandar Mitrovic is not with the club to La Manga as he deals with an injury, while Vurnon Anita is back on training after being out since December. Jack Colback made a comeback in the second half against Chelsea and needs match training to get into it again. Paul Dummet and Siem de Jong are also working their way back at the camp. Otherwise, all their best players are available against Lillestrom:
Goalkeepers: Rob Elliot, Karl Darlow and Fred Woodman
Defenders: Fabricio Coloccini, Daryl Janmaat, Paul Dummett, Jamie Sterry, Steven Taylor, Liam Gibson and Jamaal Lascelles
Midfielders: Rolando Aarons, Vurnon Anita, Daniel Barlaser, Jack Colback, Cheick Tiote, Henri Saivet, Jonjo Shelvey and Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran, Georginio Wijnaldum, Andros Townsend and Callum Williams
Strikers: Siem de Jong, Seydou Doumbia, Ayoze Perez and Emmanuel Riviere
This is off course a friendly match and it is often hard to predict the score of these games. However, the difference of level clearly speaks for some goals in this match. Lillestrom is working hard to get in shape to a new season and this will be their greatest matchup in the whole preseason. Newcastle is in a critical phase in the Premier League and can use this match in order to boost their confidence level again, before the difficult continuing of Premier League starts again. Although we do not have the exact lineups on paper, it should be enough quality on the pitch to score at least three goals today. Over 2.5 goals will be my definite pick.