Ben Arfa, Mehdi Abeid And Leon Best Get Starts Against Blackburn


19 year-old Frenchman Mehdi Abeid gets a start this afternoon and comes in as a direct replacement for Cheick Tiote in defensive midfield.

And Ben Arfa comes in as the withdrawn striker to play just behind Leon Best up front, with the two Ameobi bothers both on the bench this afternoon.

And Gabriel Obertan makes a surprise return on the right wing and replaces  Ryan Taylor, who drops down to the bench.

And Ryan is joined on the bench by Dan Gosling, who is back in the squad  for the first time since being sent off at Norwich in early December.

Mehdi Abeid – big chance this afternoon

Alan Pardew had said he could use Abeid when Tiote left for the African Cup of Nations, and that will allow Yohan Cabaye to play as the attacking central midfielder this afternoon.

It’s a huge chance for Abeid and if he does well,  he could have a run of five or six games in the first team while Tiote is away in Africa.

The five in defense are unchanged from Wednesday night, and this looks to be Newcastle’s best defense for the rest of the season – so let’s hope we can avoid any more injuries.

It’s interesting that neither Chris Samba nor Junior Hoilett are in the Blackburn squad at all, and Yakubu is only  on the bench.

Looks like both Samba and Hoilett could be sold in January,  and they do not want to be cup-tied.

We need to advance to the 4th round of the FA Cup this afternoon.

Howay The Lads!!

Teams:

Newcastle United (4-4-1-1): Krul; Simpson,  Williamson,  Coloccini (c),  Santon;  Obertan,  Abeid, Cabaye,  Gutierrez; Ben Arfa; Best
Substitutes: Elliot,  Perch, Taylor, Gosling,  Vuckic, Ameobi, Ameobi

Blackburn (4-4-2): Bunn;  Henley,  Givet,  Olsson, Hanley;  Vukevic,  Nzonzi,  Petrovic,  Pedersen;  Rochina,  Goodwille
Subs:  Kean,  Morris,  Lowe,  Blackman,  Formica,  Slew,  Yakubu



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755 comments so far

  • Kris

    Jan 7, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #1

    A very strong side! But personally I think Gutierrez need some rest!

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  • SwedishMagpie

    Jan 7, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #2

    any links ?

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  • geoff777

    Jan 7, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #3

    @Kris – I agree with that.

    Ferguson for Jonas.
    Ferguson not even on the bench?

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  • Kris

    Jan 7, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #4

    http://www.sportlemon.tv/c-1.html

    not sure if it will work, but im not convinced with it

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  • niafron

    Jan 7, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #5

    Bonjour messieurs.

    Could be our main team until our africans players come back.

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  • Oleg G

    Jan 7, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #6

    No links, no nothing!
    What is this???

    2 Premier League teams are playing and there is not one f****** link?
    Blackpool has links, A, Villa, but not us?

    WHAT IS THIS???

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  • JackButler

    Jan 7, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #7

    Would like to to have seen Fergie in place of Jonas, give the guy a rest

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  • boywonder

    Jan 7, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #8

    Would have started Shola up front myself. This is going to be a difficult match. A good test for Abeid.

    A link would be good, but I don’t think there is any!

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  • Kris

    Jan 7, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #9

    geoff777

    Agree; Ferguson should at least been on the bench. But personally I would have started Sammy for Guti :)…It’s great that Abeid gets his chances. And also hopes for Vuckick to get some pitch time today 🙂

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  • PortsladeToon

    Jan 7, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #11

    See since i said they are doing a new contract for Ba the press have also caught onto the info and it’s been reported in a couple of paper reports.
    i’m not ITK but i did find out about this genuine info

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  • toonbrother

    Jan 7, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #12

    its a strong line up. Would have liked to see Ferguson for Jonas as well. Im not sure about cabaye in defensive midfield but im glad to see Best and HBA starting up front. HTL

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  • JackButler

    Jan 7, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #13

    Abeid will play Tiotes role

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  • Ponderous Pardew

    Jan 7, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #14

    I suspect Fergy is imminently about to join somebody on loan.

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  • toontime

    Jan 7, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #15

    I’m very happy with the team!

    It shows that Alan Pardew it taking the competition seriously at the same time as showing that our squad depth is better than this time last year – Stevenage anyone????

    I think the back 4 will get back to how it was earlier in the season. As well as Raylor did, I think Santon will prove to be a better replacement.

    I agree that Gutierrez may need resting but I would also like to see him play in a game where he can really attack the full back and maybe get a goal and/or assist to boost his attacking confidence.

    Best deserves a chance again as he always gives 100% and I believe Ben Arfa may get his second goal of the season today!

    EIther way, let’s cheer the lads on to a big victory today on the way to Wembley!!!

    Come on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • geoff777

    Jan 7, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #16

    I’m hoping someone will stream the radio commentary

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  • Ponderous Pardew

    Jan 7, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #17

    I know this is hypocrisy as I’m not attending, but I hope the crowd is large, because it kind of sends out the wrong message to our players, if it isn’t.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 7, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #18

    Barnsley and West Ham are said to be after Fergie on loan, would like to see him go on loan as part of a deal for Rhodes myself

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  • toonbrother

    Jan 7, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #19

    @JB you sure about that? Ive seen Pardew use Cabaye as a defensive midfielder on a number of occasions this season. Personally i think Raylor should play there in Tiote and Guthrie’s absence. He was quality in that role against Chelsea last season

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  • Super Simmo Strikes Again

    Jan 7, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #20

    Abeid. Ben Arfa. Starting!/

    Oh my!, Can’t wait to watch the game!

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  • Super Simmo Strikes Again

    Jan 7, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #21

    @Oleg G.

    Fleetswood town v.s Blackpool is being shown live over here in Singapore.

    Same with Macclesfield v.s Bolton.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 7, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #22

    @toonbrother – Abeid’s two positions are known to be right side midfield and as a holding player in the centre, the lad plays for his country as a holding player as well

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  • TOONCHRIS

    Jan 7, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #23

    TOON TOON BLACK N WHITE ARMY,fingers crossed for a nice win today lads,hopefully we can have a bit of a cup run n maybe just maybe get a day out at wembley

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  • Brutooon

    Jan 7, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #24

    totally agreed give Jonas a rest/healthy competition on the left

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  • Toonboy_83

    Jan 7, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #25

    Any radio commentaries out there??????????

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  • TOONCHRIS

    Jan 7, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #26

    PONDEROUS PARDEW GET YOURSELF TO THE MATCH THEN

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  • TOONCHRIS

    Jan 7, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #27

    TOONBOY,its on radio newcastle i think

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  • nightfa11

    Jan 7, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #28

    i dont care about cup…i just want to hear how ba signed a new 5 year deal.

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  • Ben_W

    Jan 7, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #29

    anybody know of a stream today? Really glad all those 3 are starting!

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  • TOONCHRIS

    Jan 7, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #30

    nightfa11 ba isnt going anywere in this window

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  • Kris

    Jan 7, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #31

    Is samba really injured or is he off for another club??

    Blackburn: 4-4-1-1
    Bunn, Henley, Givet, Hanley, Olsson; Vuckevic, Nzonzi, Petrovic, Pedersen; Rochina; Goodwillie.

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  • TOONCHRIS

    Jan 7, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #32

    BEN W there is no stream

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  • PortsladeToon

    Jan 7, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #33

    the game is “Supposed” to be on here we’ll see soon i hope http://sportsvilla.eu/stream4.html

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  • geordie_boy89

    Jan 7, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #34

    http://www.freefootball.org then click on live streams

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  • Super Simmo Strikes Again

    Jan 7, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #35

    @Kris.

    Hopefully he is on his way to Newcastle 😡

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  • Toonboy_83

    Jan 7, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #36

    Ah shame, I don’t live in Newcastle aymore; so I wont be able to listen…

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  • PortsladeToon

    Jan 7, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #37

    if it doesn’t work, radio stream here http://tunein.com/tuner/?StationId=18219&

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 7, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #38

    Oleg G – someone posted this link in an earlier post its now streaming yet so I cant say its working but its the only one that looks promising so far

    http://www.sportlemon.tv/a-0/6/92/a-69337.html

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  • nightfa11

    Jan 7, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #39

    TOONCHRIS

    i hope ure right=) damn..woke up a few hours ago & the first thing i read was that rednecks crap..

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 7, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #40

    try again – someone posted this link dunno if its working yet

    http://www.sportlemon.tv/a-0/6/92/a-69337.html

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