Surprisingly, Andy Carroll has been left out of Newcastle United’s starting line-up for this afternoon’s game at Manchester City.
Andy Carroll is on the bench this afternoon for the important game at Eastlands, and we have to think that Shola Ameobi has been impressive in training this week.
He certainly had a great game in the 4-3 win at Chelsea 10 days ago, when he scored a couple of goals, and once again manager Chris Hughton has shown he’s not afraid to drop top players.
Of course it comes at a bad time for Andy to be dropped, after he is likely to get his first full England call-up tomorrow.
And, as half expected, Wayne Routledge has also been dropped and Argentine Jonas Gutierrez comes into the starting line-up, and we expect Ben Arfa now to play on the right wing for Newcastle this afternoon.
Jonas was also in top form in that Chelsea game and has earned this start.
Former Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given is again on the bench, and former Newcastle fan Alan Johnson is sitting beside him.
Howay The Lads!! – we need some points!
Manchester City: Hart; Boeting, Kolo Toure, Kompany, Lescott: Milner, Silva, DeJong, Barry, Yaha Toure; Tevez (c)
Subs: Given Vieria Santa Cruz Johnson (A) Boyata Adebayor Jo
Newcastle United: Krul; Perch, Williamson, Coloccini, Enrique; Gutierrez, Tiote, Barton, Ben Arfa; Nolan (c); Ameobi.
Subs: Soderberg Campbell Smith Routledge Taylor (R) Carroll Lovenkrands
Referee: Martin Atkinson