Alan Pardew will field a strong team for tonight’s game at Ewood Park in the 4th round of the Carling Cup.
Alan Pardew – on the sidelines on Saturday
If Newcastle can remain unbeaten tonight, they will go through to the quarter finals of the competition, since a result will be decided tonight one way or another, with extra time being played and penalties if necessary.
Cardiff City and Crystal Palace are two sides through to the last eight from last night’s games, so on Saturday, when the draw for the quarter finals takes place, a home tie against one of them would be very good.
Cheick Tiote will not play tonight, but the news today is he’ll be fit for the tough league game at Stoke City next Monday afternoon, and there’s talk again today that Alan Pardew will bring in 19 year-old Mehdi Abeid in his place.
But it’s hard to know exactly what team Alan Pardew will pick tonight since he has given nothing away. We’ll take a shot at the likely team in this article and again, when we bring out out Match Preview later today.
Danny has talked today about the game, but we have a suspicion he will not start tonight but that the Italian 20 year-old Davide Santon will get his first start for the club at right back.
This is what Danny said:
“Maybe last year if we didn’t play well, we didn’t win. At times we have played really well this season but our most important, our most satisfying wins are when you don’t play well and you still win 1-0.”
“Sometimes they’re the sweetest victories. If you’re just a machine that doesn’t play well but you still come home with three points, that shows how far we’ve come.”
“A win would be massive. Everyone in the dressing room would love to make it to Wembley and Colo would love to lift a trophy,”
“Our fans would love to see that because it’s been so long. It’s such an important game. We want to keep the unbeaten run going and be in the hat for the next round.”
“Things haven’t been going to great for them but they work hard and they’ve got good players,” “We’re focused on reaching the quarter-finals.”
Ben Arfa, Sylvain Marveaux and Davide Santon seem certain to start tonight, and maybe Mehdi Abeid in place of Cheick Tiote in the middle of the park, but we’re not sure if Steven Taylor will be able to make it by playing in a a mask, but since James Perch is the only one available to back-up Steven he may start the game.
So this is a possible starting side tonight, which is different from he side we thought may start the game yesterday :
Santon Coloccini (c) Taylor(S) Taylor (R)
Marveaux Abeid Cabaye Gutierrez
That’s quite a strong team, and if the lads can be near their best they could win the game tonight, but the Blackburn players will be playing all out to try to rescue manager Steve Kean from getting the sack.
But the strange news last night was that there are rumors that Steve Kean is about to sign a contract extension for Blackburn with the Indian owners, who have called Steve a world class manager and issued a statement a couple of weeks ago, stating the team has been playing good football this season.
What’s your team for tonight?