Chris Hughton will play a strong side at home on Wednesday night against Arsenal, and it will be a team that also contains some fringe players at the club.
Ryan Taylor – will get rare chance against Arsenal
If Newcastle win on Wednesday night against the Gunners, they will have eliminated two top teams in Chelsea and Arsenal, and would be in the last eight of the competition, and have every reason to believe they can go all the way to Wembley – so it’s an important game on Wednesday night.
Hughton has said he will make some changes form the side that produced that great win yesterday at Upton Park:
“My thoughts at this moment are to go down the road of making changes from the team that played at West Ham,” “How many changes I’ll make, we’ll see. I may not make as many as I did for the last two rounds but I’ll be making changes.”
“It is a big test for us, I know that. Whatever team that Arsenal put out in this cup competition it will always be a difficult game.” “At times they might not have had the senior names, but they play in a way that makes it very difficult for anyone who comes up against them.”
“In some ways they play without any fear because they know the pressure is not on them to go through. But whatever side they put out, they’ll be tough.” “It is a difficult balance. The most important area of our development is in the league,” “Making sure we stay in the top division is the most important. That is where the priority has to be at the moment.”
“But I know we’re at home and of course with every game you’re getting closer to Wembley. The Premier League is still the main focus – that’s my judgement.”
We expect Shane Ferguson, Alan Smith, Nile Ranger, Haris Vuckic, Ryan Taylor and – if fit – Sol Campbell, to all be in the starting line-up against the Gunners.
This is the type of team we think Chris could start on Wednesday:
Perch Coloccini Campbell Ferguson
Ranger Vuckic Smith (c) Gutierrez
Chris may even try to give players like Routledge a full game, but Nile Ranger, Shane Ferguson and Haris Vuckic we think will all be given a start, after their heroics at Stamford Bridge, so they can continue to show what they can do for Newcastle, as the youngsters continue to improve nicely on Tyneside.
But the Premier League remains the number one priority for Newcastle this season, and staying in England’s top flight.