Alan Pardew will again go with the two wingers that started the game against Swansea on Saturday - Gabriel Obertan and Jonas Gutierrez.
Which one will get the start tonight?
Both players were not at their best on Saturday, but that’s one reason to give them another chance tonight, in a game against WBA that we are all hoping Newcastle can win.
And if they can get all 3 points it will be their first win in a long six games streak.
Alan Pardew wants to win the game tonight, but when asked in his press conference yesterday, whether it was a must-win game, he said no, and as long as Newcastle played like they did on Saturday, the wins will come along.
This is what Pardew told the local Newcastle press today:
“We’ve got two wingers, and you can only do that if you’re very strong in the middle, which we have been, even with Cheick’s injury.”
“People forget how long he’s been out. Danny Guthrie was terrific.” “We still played with two wingers and got results.”
“The two wingers still have to do a solid defensive job. Jonas and Gabby worked very hard for wingers.”
WBA have a bit of an injury problem at the moment and were forced to recall George Thorne, Gonzalo Jara Reyes and Marc-Antoine Fortune from their loan spells, and James Morrison will definitely miss the game tonight with a hamstring strain.
And with Yohan Cabaye out with his one match ban, it’s between Mehdi Abeid and Haris Vuckic, as to which one will replace him.
Both players are outstanding 19 year-old central midfield players at Newcastle and two of our most promising youngsters.
Mehdi Abeid talked to the Newcastle press today and hopes to get his chance tonight:
“The aim is for me to stay here and learn the game with big players.” “My chance will come, but in the meantime it’s a great place to learn.”
“It is a good experience for a young player – even to sit on the bench.” “To even be sub for Newcastle United is an honor.” “I really learned a lot from the Swansea game even though I didn’t come on.”
“You learn about the crowd and the atmosphere of a big game.” “It is really good for me.” “Every time I warmed up I was hoping to get on the pitch. I understood that the manager wanted to score so he used other players.”
“It is encouraging for me that the manager has trust in me.” “I hope to do well in every game or training session.” “I have to show him I can play for him.”“I hope to play tonight.” “That’s normal, you always want to play.” “I have just been trying very hard in training and if I do well then the chances to play first-team football will come.
“It’s about concentration.”
Mehdi is not only an excellent young player, but he’s also a smashing lad, and he’s so down to earth and comes across well in interviews for his modesty and likable personality.
We think that Haris Vuckic will get the start tonight in place of Yohan Cabaye.
The reasoning for that is because Alan Pardew brought on the Slovenian for the last 10 minutes of the game on Saturday, and that was some 20 minutes after Cabaye picked up his 5th booking of the season.
And since Abeid was on the bench too, we suspect he was giving Haris a run-out in preparation for him starting tonight, although the Algerian U23 International could still get the nod for tonight’s game.
That’s the reasoning – but you know what they say about the plans of mice and men.
And whoever plays tonight, we have great confidence in both these youngsters, who could become big players for Newcastle in the future, and they could both feature tonight.
In fact we hope that both get a run out tonight and help Newcastle to victory.