Wigan vs Newcastle: Duff, Taylor, Faye, Emre Start


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Sam Allardyce makes a total of five changes to the side which drew 2-2 with Derby County at the weekend for the Boxing Day trip to Wigan.

Out go the central defensive pairing of David Rozehnal and Claudio Cacapa with Steven Taylor and Abdoulaye Faye coming in, as we had expected.

In midfield, Damien Duff starts his first game for more than eight months, while skipper Geremi and Turkish playmaker Emre are also recalled to the starting line-up.

Joey Barton and Nicky Butt, with Nigerian striker Oba Martins are also left out. Cacapa, Butt and Martins are named among the Newcastle substitutes. Barton is not risked having picked up a slight ankle injury.

Former Newcastle striker Antoine Sibierski returns to the Wigan Athletic side having not started a game since October, and Titus Bramble also included.

TEAMS

Wigan Athletic:
Chris Kirkland, Mario Melchiot, Paul Scharner, Titus Bramble, Kevin Kilbane, Antonio Valencia, Denny Landzaat, Michael Brown, Ryan Taylor, Marcus Bent, Antoine Sibierski
Subs: Mike Pollitt, Emmerson Boyce, Salomon Olembe, Josip Skoko, Julius Aghahowa

Newcastle United: Shay Given, Habib Beye, Charles N’Zogbia, Steven Taylor, Abdoulaye Faye, Geremi, Emre, Alan Smith, Damien Duff, James Milner, Mark Viduka
Subs: Jose Enrique, Claudio Cacapa, Oba Martins, Steve Harper, Nicky Butt

Referee: Mike Dean
Attendance: tbc

The team we had picked is the team Sam has selected but with Butt in place of Geremi – so fairly close. We think it’s a good attacking side. Now for the 3 points. 😀



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196 comments so far

  • dougnufc

    Dec 26, 2007 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #1

    Yeah!! Go Go Go!!

    Between does anyone know the name of the song that is always played at St.James Park before the match starts?

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  • AlexW

    Dec 26, 2007 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #2

    dire straits – local hero

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  • Leo

    Dec 26, 2007 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #3

    any one have any infomation on if its on sopcast today?

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 26, 2007 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #4

    yes, not a bad line up, rather see geremi off for martins and move oba into attack and milner to mid.

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  • Ashton

    Dec 26, 2007 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #5

    ————— Given
    Beye — Taylor — Faye — N’zogbia
    —— Emre ——– Geremi
    Milner ————————- Duff
    ——– Smith — Viduka

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  • looney toon

    Dec 26, 2007 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #6

    is he playing a normal 4-4-2 or is he trying something stupid with a 4-3-3 again, i can never tell anymore

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  • ToonKing

    Dec 26, 2007 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #7

    very good Sam, very good. great team, now let’s win this !!!!!!!

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  • Nomis_jade

    Dec 26, 2007 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #8

    Neone know where one can watch a live stream of this game?
    Is it this sopcast leo spoke of?

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  • Ed Harrison

    Dec 26, 2007 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #9

    I think it’s a 4-4-2 lineup with Milner on right and Duff on left – and with Zog at LB – great attacking formation. Go for it – lads !!!!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 26, 2007 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #10

    dunno either 4-4-2 diamond or a 4-3-3 with smith in midfield, who know it may be a regular 4-4-2 but its unlikely.

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  • ToonKing

    Dec 26, 2007 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #11

    so far there are no streams for this one lads 🙁

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 26, 2007 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #12

    yep, tvants

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  • Nomis_jade

    Dec 26, 2007 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #13

    Wats TV ants, is it any good?

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 26, 2007 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #15

    mines still buffering but its getting quicker, so finger crossed.

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  • Dingo

    Dec 26, 2007 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #16

    not getting aq good connection for the TVANTSS broadcast
    gonna listen to the radio instead

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 26, 2007 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #17

    finally sam put on a great line up aslong as its 4-4-2 easy 3-0.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 26, 2007 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #18

    guive me the radio link if you get one.

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  • ToonKing

    Dec 26, 2007 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #19

    that one is the Boro game.

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  • Hadrian

    Dec 26, 2007 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #20

    yeah , radio link or decent stream ? , tvants one been buffering for years .

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 26, 2007 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #21

    wdf the vants link works but its boror vs brum ;l

    raher watch paint dry.

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  • looney toon

    Dec 26, 2007 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #22

    oioioioi i jus heard on from da commentors from commentory on da offical newcastle website dat itz a 433 with smith, geremi and emre in da centre midfield. wot is BS doin?

    at least he played emre

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  • ToonKing

    Dec 26, 2007 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #23

    it looks like it’s on live 7 :

    http://www.myp2p.eu/broadcast.php?matchid=3927&part=sports

    EDIT : nope not here either 🙁

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 26, 2007 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #24

    the tvants link channel has changed, lets hope.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 26, 2007 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #25

    someone find a radio link quick! 🙁

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  • Hadrian

    Dec 26, 2007 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #26

    centuary fm , not online tho 🙁

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  • Indian toon

    Dec 26, 2007 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #27

    no live in india. refreshing nufc.co.uk and livescore!!!!

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  • Indian toon

    Dec 26, 2007 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #28

    derby 0 pool 1

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 26, 2007 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #29

    i got live commentary on nufc.co.uk but you have to have paid for world.

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  • Indian toon

    Dec 26, 2007 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #30

    looks like wigan are on the attack. mostly through the left flank!!!

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  • Indian toon

    Dec 26, 2007 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #31

    hahahahahah mackems 0 man utd 1.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 26, 2007 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #32

    sounds like wigan are doing exactly the same as we did to arsenal.

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  • Indian toon

    Dec 26, 2007 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #35

    looks like we’ve settled a bit now. duff looks threatning.

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  • Hadrian

    Dec 26, 2007 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #36

    our own commentaters are calling us worse than shite 😛
    playing terrible apparently , viduka up front on his own as slow as he normally is . were just hoofing the ball , any football we try and play our control and passing is terrible .
    marcus bent’s name is poping up far to often , taylor lucky he didnt cost us a pen .

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  • Obafan

    Dec 26, 2007 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #37

    has anybody got a link to see the game??

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  • Howie

    Dec 26, 2007 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #38

    70-30 possesion wigan-newc

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  • Indian toon

    Dec 26, 2007 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #39

    boro 0 brums 1

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  • Indian toon

    Dec 26, 2007 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #40

    link not workin mate!!

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