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Newcastle United-Arsenal: Premier League Preview

Eddy ShearyadiCorrespondent IJanuary 28, 2008

Newcastle United will try to redeem themselves in a battle against a determined Arsenal, dishing out a full 90 minutes of strength, threat, and challenge to test their ambition this season.

Kevin Keegan's Newcastle side welcomes Mark Viduka after his missing the last two fixtures, while Belozoglu Emre is still out serving his last suspension. Joey Barton, although joining the team in training, will also remain uninvolved.

Shola Ameobi could figure in at the last minute of team selection tomorrow, but Geremi Sorele Njitap Fotso, Habib Beye, Abdoulaye Faye, and Oba Martins are all still away at the African Cup of Nations in Ghana. 

It looks, however, like we’ll have the four of them back soon.

For the home side, Tomas Rosicky—who limped out of Saturday's FA Cup clash with a knee injury—is unlikely to be available on Tuesday.

Michael Owen will definitely start again tomorrow and seems to be paired with Viduka.   Keegan believes Owen will soon be back to his goal scoring ways typical of years past.

Last Saturday’s FA Cup defeat was Owen’s seventh consecutive appearance for Newcastle since returning from injury last month.

"Michael is nearly back to where he wants to be," said Keegan.  "We have not been creating much for him.  If we get him opportunities, he will score."

Mike Riley, who was in charge at United's controversial 2-1 defeat at Chelsea will be the official at tomorrow's fixture. I do hope this time he will show he’s learned from his horrible mistake at Stamford Bridge last month.

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