Cacapa and Duff Both Start For Newcastle


Caretaker manager Chris Hughton makes two changes to the side which was beaten by Hull City last Saturday at home.


Damien Duff, who has recovered from a knee injury, returns to midfield in place of the suspended Danny Guthrie, while Claudio Cacapa comes in for his first start of the season at the expense of Shola Ameobi.

That means there is no start for Ignacio “Nacho” Gonzalez or Seb Bassong, and Charles N’Zogbia will presumably move into central midfield with Newcastle playing in a 4-4-2 formation. Captain Michael Owen will pair with the impressive young Xisco in attack. Presumably Cacapa will play at left back.

We think that’s a good move by coach Chris Hughton, and he’s picked a decent team, including some good experience. We think that’s why Seb Bassong hasn’t been included, although the young Frenchman has looked good in every game he’s played so far for Newcastle.

The lads just didn’t look organized and comfortable last week playing 4-3-3, so the new formation we hope will suit them a lot more.

TEAMS
West Ham: Robert Green, Lucas Neil (c), Herita Ilunga, Scott Parker, Matthew Etherington, Carlton Cole, Matthew Upson, Mark Noble, Julien Faubert, Valon Behrami, David Di Michele
Subs: Jan Lastuvka, Walter Lopez, Luis Boa Morte, Hayden Mullins, Callum Davenport, Kyel Reid, Freddie Sears

Newcastle United:
Shay Given, David Edgar, Claudio Cacapa, Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Nicky Butt, Damien Duff, Geremi, Charles N’Zogbia, Michael Owen (c), Xisco
Subs: Steve Harper, Sebastien Bassong, Ben Tozer, Nacho Gonzalez, Mark Doninger, Ryan Donaldson, Shola Ameobi

Referee: Phil Dowd
Attendance: tbc



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175 comments so far

  • BenjiToon

    Sep 20, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #1

    Well, at least Shola isn’t given another pointless start! So its a back four with NO full backs…again. Don’t KK’s words about a FB being priority signing in the summer suddenly seem so very acurate!

    I don’t understand why Bassong isn’t given a try at left back though? At least you’d then have a player at both FBs who had some (if not much) experience there. Taylor right and Bassong left. Edgar? Why?

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  • beessi-kosovo

    Sep 20, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #2

    f**k with hughton why bassong is on bench and cacapa ia playing…desperate

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  • Dom

    Sep 20, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #3

    martins obviously didnt pass a fitness test then! btw im not blaming hughton cos we have bugger all to choose from atm, but that aint a great line up like

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  • Dom

    Sep 20, 2008 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #4

    why not just play bassong instead of cacapa?

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  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 20, 2008 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #5

    clueless selection.

    Bassong and Nacho should be in for Cacapa/Taylor and Edgar.

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  • xfer

    Sep 20, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #6

    Given
    Taylor–Cacapa–colo–Edgar
    Geremi–Butt–Zogbia–Duff
    Owen–Xisco

    Dont think Cacapa will be on LB duty. He doesnt have the pace, and possibly stamina anymore, unless Chris wants him to camp at his position, which makes no sense to me. Would be too negative.

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  • obaforPM

    Sep 20, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #7

    Bassong not physical enough maybe? i dont know its a guess obviously, unless geremi is right back and cacapa centre back with taylor and edgar left with colo in midfield? Anyway think we could scrape this but a point will do me atm, anyone know where to watch it?

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  • xfer

    Sep 20, 2008 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #8

    Well, at least its 11 vs 11 today. No Ameobi. I hope he doesnt even come off the bench.

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  • Dom

    Sep 20, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #9

    how do you guys think that they will line up? who will play where?

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  • dougnufc

    Sep 20, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #10

    Owen’s brace to get 3 points

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  • Ashton

    Sep 20, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #11

    F*ck off hughton

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  • Cooper

    Sep 20, 2008 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #12

    Here’s 3 points for you cockney twats

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  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 20, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #13

    Bassong not physical enough?!?!?

    I’ve got bicepts bigger than Edgar’s quads 😆

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  • Shola Ameobi

    Sep 20, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #14

    Sky sports are saying capacas playing in midfeild, he did play one of the friendlys in that position as well so it could be true. No idea chris is playing at, shit formation last week, shit formation this week.

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  • DanToon

    Sep 20, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #15

    Edgar’s shit!!

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  • Leo

    Sep 20, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #16

    bassong is physical i cant believe someone thought otherwise he is a big lad too

    with this team… Shay Given, David Edgar, Claudio Cacapa, Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Nicky Butt, Damien Duff, Geremi, Charles N’Zogbia, Michael Owen (c), Xisco

    i believe he will play this

    given
    edgar cacapa taylor nzogbia
    geremi butt colo duff
    owen xisco

    i hope he plays this…

    given
    edgar taylor colo cacapa
    duff geremi butt nzogbia
    owen xisco

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  • eltsacwen

    Sep 20, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #17

    given
    taylor cacapa collochini edgar
    duff geremi butt n zog
    owen
    xisco

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  • hitman

    Sep 20, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #18

    ha way hughton take ya finger oot ya arse

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  • Legs

    Sep 20, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #19

    argh, how crap is that.

    Hughton needs to buck up his ideas like.

    Here we go again.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 20, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #20

    Leo – N’zogbia is definitely in midfield, the official site confirms it.

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  • eltsacwen

    Sep 20, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #21

    why is bassong not playing

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  • eltsacwen

    Sep 20, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #22

    every time bassong plays he is are best defender

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  • Carlos V

    Sep 20, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #23

    So my nightmare last night really came true…Edgar starts…presumably not even at Cb… god help us, he’s the Ameobi of defense.

    What has Nacho done wrong?

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  • The Second Going

    Sep 20, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #24

    BOYCOTT THE CLUB UNTIL ASHLEY SELLS.

    Mr. Mike Ashley,

    Thanks for ousting Mr. Freddie Shepherd, but this has seemed like we’ve jumped out of the frying pan and in to an Ealing comedy.

    It’s a shame that your choice of friends did so poorly at managing Newcastle United. I appreciate your statement in so far as you communicated but was disappointed that you chose to hide behind your children. A test of true feeling for NUFC will be when you choose to sell, and for how much.

    In my opinion, and many like me, you should have chosen Keegan over Llambias.

    BUY NEWCASTLE UNITED
    THE SOONER THE BETTER

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  • toonfan1

    Sep 20, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #25

    any streams yet?

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  • Leo

    Sep 20, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #26

    well thats good, when i put my team i prefer out i made a mistake i wanted this

    taylor cacapa colocini edgar

    dont know why i put otherwise

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  • BenjiToon

    Sep 20, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #27

    My god we need a proper manager!

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  • SuperShearer

    Sep 20, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #28

    Um…WTF we need a manager NOW! Ashley you D**K sell up and P**s off we need to get on with this season!

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  • mozza

    Sep 20, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #29

    alreet hitman, wor lass is pickin me some thistle up as we speak, wish ad had some last neet me heeds feckin bangin

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  • iain

    Sep 20, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #30

    lol what a joke of a team selection.

    if we get a result with this team i would be very worried if i were a whu fan.

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  • Ganiyu

    Sep 20, 2008 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #31

    Wat da latest?

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  • Shot Bru!

    Sep 20, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #32

    Totally agree BenjiToon, get this i just heard on the radio that Venables has been offered the job and turned it down, but hang on there’s a twist rumours abound that they are gonna offer NICKY BUTT YES NICKY BUTT THE JOB AS INTERIM MANAGER.

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  • Carlos V

    Sep 20, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #33

    God it is so frustrating. We have a Uruguayan international on the bench, and a 40 yr old CB in his place.

    God when will be the day that creative ’10’s’ get a place in English football.

    Come on toon!!!!

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  • Big Dave

    Sep 20, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #34

    Lads any links for todays game

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  • roscoe

    Sep 20, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #35

    anyone know if the game is online somewhere?

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  • jez

    Sep 20, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #36

    I’m quite confident for once

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  • esmag

    Sep 20, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #37

    wtf cacapa playing as midfield, nzogbia on leftback again

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  • Jonny

    Sep 20, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #38

    on nufc.co.uk says cacapa playing a holding midfield role, with the team like this
    given
    edgar taylor coloccini zoggy
    geremi butt cacapa duff
    owen xisco

    so we have two completely uncreative dms, and two wingers with no pace at all,
    we are in trouble

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  • Robbo

    Sep 20, 2008 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #39

    Lads anyone know which stream is best on P2P for the match? Cheers

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  • Ganiyu

    Sep 20, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #40

    We would lose again i can feel it

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