It should be an exciting Carling Cup 4th round tie tonight against the mighty Arsenal at St. James’ Park.
Both sides will not be at full strength, but it’s still a mouth-watering tie, that Newcastle earned through their fantastic display and 4-3 win at Stamford Bridge last month.
If Newcastle can beat Arsenal tonight, and it could take extra time and even penalties to get a result, Newcastle will be in the last eight of the competition. And one of the big questions will be just what side will Chris Hughton start for the game tonight.
We know that the Premier League is the number one priority for the club this season, but given we could be in the last eight of the Carling Cup, we still expect Chris to put out a strong side.
Exactly what that side will be is anybody’s guess, but here’s our shot at the team for tonight in an attacking 4-4-2 formation.
Taylor (R) Perch Williamson Ferguson
Routledge Vuckic Smith (c) Guthrie
Subs: Soderberg Coloccini Kadar Nolan Barton Donaldson Ameobi
That’s a tough choice for Chris Hughton to make, to give both the youngsters and fringe players a game, and at the same time make sure it’s a strong enough squad to be able to win the match on the night.
Chris may even decide to have more of his top stars on the bench tonight – like Cheick Tiote for example – in case the lads are close with some 15 minutes to play, and he could then bring on some of the big guns.
But we feel sure Chris will give the youngsters another chance, which of course they deserve, because of their terrific display at Stamford Bridge in the last round.
The keys to this game are to match Arsenal from the start, and try to contain the Arsenal side early on from scoring – and we haven’t been too good at that in the last few games. The London side try to walk the ball into the back of the net, far too often, rather than shooting when the chances come up, so if the Newcastle defense can be strong tonight, and not make any mistakes, there is a decent chance the lads can win this game.
Let’s know which team you would start tonight, because there are so many possible permutations, that it will be very interesting when Chris announces his starting eleven tonight.
The bottom line for us is that we want to see the lads perform very well, and show the grit and fight they have shown in the two previous rounds, and if we can do that and with just a little bit of luck on our side, we could be in the pot for the 5th round draw of the Carling Cup on Saturday.
Howay The Lads!!