Cheick Tiote and Peter Lovenkrands are back starting in the Newcastle United line-up, in a tough game against Arsenal this afternoon at St. James’ Park.
24 year-old holding midfielder Cheick Tiote returns to the side, after serving his three-game suspension for his straight red card in the FA Cup disaster at Stevenage, and he comes in for Danny Guthrie, as expected.
Peter Lovenkrands has been given the chance to partner Leon Best up front, in the absence of the injured Shola Ameobi, and has a chance to prove he can still score some goals for the Magpies, now we are really short of strikers.
So Alan Pardew is playing an attacking 4-4-2 formation today, and he’ll be hoping for a win to end what must have been one of the most difficult weeks in his management career.
Michael Richardson for the second game running is on the subs bench, as this 19 year-old has impressed playing for the Reserve side this season.
A win today is exactly what we want to see, and with this side – it’s a real possibility too.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle: Harper; Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Enrique; Barton, Nolan, Tiote, Gutierrez; Best, Lovenkrands
Subs: Krul, Perch, Campbell, Guthrie, Richardson, Ferguson, Ranger
Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Djourou, Koscielny, Clichy, Diaby, Wilshere, Fabregas, Arshavin, Walcott, van Persie
Subs: Almunia, Eboue, Squillaci, Gibbs, Bendtner, Rosicky, Chamakh