It will be quite a tough game on Saturday afternoon, when Newcastle visit Wolves.
Alan Pardew - will have team ready for Saturday afternoon
But Newcastle fans will be hoping for another good result on the road, and certainly Newcastle have most of their player available at the moment, and Ben Arfa and Davide Santon will both be available.
But it’s likely that both will only be subs on Saturday, and we could even see Davide make an appearance alt in the second half, depending on how the game is going.
But both players will be pushing for starting positions from now on, and that can only help the performance of the Newcastle starting eleven.
The good news is that both Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote are in good form at the moment, and Cheick is even getting to grips with his discipline, and has not been booked over the last couple of games, and long may that continue.
Alan Pardew, whose star seems to be rising on Tyneside, is clear it will be tough game:
“Wolves are a tough side and that is something that we must overcome.” “It’s a big test, Wolves usually get the crowd going at Molineux and we will have to be at full tilt again.”
“And there were a lot of other positives such as Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote, who was outstanding again, and Gabriel Obertan.” “They will all be hoping to take that level of performance into the game at Wolves.
“It will be a different game to Blackburn. We want to be going into the international break on the back of a good result.” “We go there in form and with high hopes of winning the game.”
Cheick Tiote became a bit of a liability towards the end of last season, and he picked up 14 yellow cards and one red card, and missed 6 games last season through suspensions.
And Alan Pardew had to leave him out of the last two games of the season, just in case he received his 15th yellow card, because he would then have been suspended at the beginning of this season.
But it seems good news that Cheick is getting to terms with his indiscipline, and Pardew seems to think Tiote is doing just that:
“Cheick will be a key man.” “He really has shown he can play at the level we all know he can again in recent games.”
“His discipline has improved and he has been much better this season. He’s only had two bookings so far and that is much better from him.”
In fact Cheick Tiote has had two excellent games at Villa Park and last Saturday against Blackburn, and the central midfield pair seem to have a blossoming partnership as Yohan Cabaye continues to get to grips with the Premier League, and could become a great signing by the club.
There seem to be good players popping up all over the place at Newcastle this season, with players like Mehdi Abeid, Gabriel Obertan, Yohan Cabaye, Haris Vuckic and Sylvain Marveaux, among others, who are looking good this season.
A win would just be fantastic on Saturday for Newcastle and it would ensure the team stays at least in 4th place in the Premier League over the two week International break – and that cannot be bad.