Guthrie, Taylor And Ameobi Start – Ben Arfa On Bench


As we had expected, Danny Guthrie returns to Newcastle’s starting line-up this afternoon against Queens Park Rangers at St. James’ Park.

The Shrewsbury-born player will start in central midfield alongside Yohan Cabaye, and comes in for 19 year-old Mehdi Abeid, who drops down to the bench.

And  Ryan Taylor replaces Gabriel Obertan on the right wing and Hatem Ben Arfa is surprisingly replaced by Shola Ameobi, who will play up front with Leon Best.

Ben Arfa scored that world class goal last week – so what does he do to get a starting place at Newcastle these days?

But the starting team is still strong and we liked the way Ryan Taylor played against Manchester United and he will help out Danny Simpson at the back and he can put those crosses and free kicks in for the big lads up front.

We’ll see Ben Arfa sometime in the second half, once Alan Pardew hears his name chanted out continually.

Sean Wright-Phillips is in the QPR side and he was a thorn in our side in the 0-0 draw at Loftus Road earlier in the season.

Mark Hughes is playing a 4-4-2 formation with Bothroyd and Helguson up front.

We need a win today, and anything but that this afternoon will  be a disappointment.

Howay The Lads!!

Teams:

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; Ryan Taylor, Danny Guthrie, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez; Shola Ameobi, Leon Best
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Shane Ferguson, James Perch, Dan Gosling, Mehdi Abeid, Gabriel Obertan, Hatem Ben Arfa

Queens Park Rangers (4-4-2): Paddy Kenny; Luke Young, Danny Gabbidon, Anton Ferdinand, Clint Hill; Shaun Wright-Phillips, Shaun Derry, Akos Buzsaky, Jamie Mackie; Heidar Helguson, Jay Bothroyd
Substitutes: Radek Cerny, Bradley Orr, Fitz Hall, Hogan Ephraim, Tommy Smith, DJ Campbell, Federico Macheda



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689 comments so far

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #1

    that’s such a defensive line up. with Raylor there, its pretty obvious what’s Pardew’s plans are.

    Just hoof the balls in for Ameobi and Best. Another day of hopeless football.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #2

    Its the same formation that got us past Man Utd

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  • toonarmy09

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #3

    Ben arfa must be gutted !!!

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #4

    No Jack its not the same. Demba Ba is not there.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #5

    Its QPR we are playing, not Barcelona. two wingers who concentrate on defence. WTF

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  • Rocknstrolla

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #6

    Alan Pardew’s own words was that the Ben Arfa goal was the greatest he had ever seen…now he puts Ben Arfa on the bench???

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  • Eastander

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #7

    What an absolute joke, we have a player who Pardew said scored the best technical goal he has ever seen and he leaves him on the bench against a QPR team missing several of their best players… either he’s taking the p*ss or i’ve lost it one of the two

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  • JackButler

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #8

    ilovetoon8788 – Its the same set up, I know Ba’s not there also no Tiote, but it’s a straight 4-4-2 with Best For Ba and Guthrie for Tiote, the formation is the same though

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #9

    @Indian Magpie // Jan 15, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Its QPR we are playing, not Barcelona. two wingers who concentrate on defence. WTF
    ———
    Agreed that’s a very defensive lineup with no pace at ALL. Totally.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #10

    Its the same formation 4 4 2 as MAN U

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  • wingspan

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #11

    Alright lads, trying to watvh the game on my fone in aus. Be grateful if anyone had any links they cud post them. Cheers.

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  • Rocknstrolla

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #12

    Who cares if its the same formation that beat Man Utd, we are not playing Man Utd we are playing QPR ffs.

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  • BelfastMagpie87

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #13

    The difference between the Man U game is Ba is better in the air than Shola & Best put together.lol

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  • Dukis22lt

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #14

    Feel sad for Ben Arfa, i hope to see him somewhere in the beginning of second half

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  • JackButler

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #15

    Rocknstrolla // Jan 15, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Who cares if its the same formation that beat Man Utd, we are not playing Man Utd we are playing QPR ffs.
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    Yeah we’re playing QPR with a new manager who’ll have them fired up for the game

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  • nufc mad man

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #16

    so yet again pardew decides shola or raylor or best are better that the man he said has score one of the best goals he has seem. well we might as well try hard to sign carroll as he is probably the best for this set up other wise injuries are going to be a very good thing if it is shola raylor and obatan who gets it. on sunday supplements there was stories of him as next england manager well i dout that otherwise we will end up with players like heskey and crouch as the two main forwards while rooney is on the bench.
    my prediction 1-0 win unless pardew has got 4 leaf clover to help the luck of long balls
    here is a link that i heard is good and gets sky sports
    http://firstrow.tv/watch/38722/1/watch-sky-sports-1.html

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #17

    That’s an extremely poor QPR team. Without 4 of their best players.

    I can see us playing Tennis today, as Leon Best nor Ameobi is close to Demba Ba’s brilliance playing upfront.

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  • Rocknstrolla

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #18

    Shola and Best would not start for any other team in the premiership except Newcastle United.

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  • Eastander

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #19

    its fine, ben arfa will leave us in the summer for real madrid or something and become a world beater by actually getting a game!

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #20

    I agree with Rocknstrolla,

    can sum 1 please this erdinc bit please

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  • Rocknstrolla

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #21

    Yes JackButler I am aware we are playing QPR with a new manager, what is your point? doesn’t any team (especially at home) strive to play with their best players?? Man U don’t leave Rooney on the bench. Barca don’t leave Messi on the bench…

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #22

    Jack

    Don’t bother mate. It’s obvious everyone here knows better than our manager.

    It’s not like Pardew coaches him in training every day, speaks to him every day, and…. Oh….

    The unbelievable arrogance people have to think they can do a better job. Typical stereotypical football fans

    And people call us deluded…

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  • check the toastie

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #23

    unbelievable snub for Benny, really think it shows us that Pardew is a long ball merchant, QPR at home and Benny doesnt start, Man City and Man utd away he does, wot the f#ck is going on, should still win but we need to see progress in how we play this just depresses me that pardew still hasnt seen the light, Best has been awful lately, rewarding Sh#ite play.

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  • nufc mad man

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #24

    btw you will have to wait for the ads to close 1st on the site so don’t click anything till the sky sports tv is up

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  • grumpy_old_sod

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #25

    If we win, nobody can have an argument about Ben arfa being on the bench. I honestly think he should starting though, there must be something going on. Was looking forward to seeing arfa play a full match.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #26

    With the way we line up today, with strikers of Best and Shola together( I think they should not start together. Its 1 or the other partnering another player like Ba.) we are going to play like we did against Bolton for 60mins before Ben Arfa came on and changed the game for us.

    I don’t mind us losing if we play very good football. But no tennis please.

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  • robtheguru

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #27

    I’d be going nuts if I was Ben Arfa. I think if he went out and scored a hat-trick every time his feet touched the pitch he’d still struggle to get a game.

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  • Rocknstrolla

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #28

    Demba Ba has scored 60% of toon goals this season so all you ppl defending this formation need to think again. We cannot win with two useless donkeys up front who couldn’t even top score in the championship…

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  • Birts

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #29

    I put money on ben arfa first scorer and 3 0 win, does that mean I get the money back

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  • check the toastie

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #30

    will get even worse when he bring Oberloon on before Barfa because he thinks its just not the right game for him, oh my god, at least defence and midfield are OK but total lack of movement upfront. Perfect game for Barfa, gutted.

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  • TemuriKetsbaia

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #31

    Can’t believe people slagging off our boys. Totally disrespectful. HBA is only one player.

    Pardew has overseen our best season for years and we question his judgement?

    Sort it out lads.

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  • Eastander

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #32

    Is it just me or is football supposed to be an entertainment sport? He came on against bolton and scored, started against blackburn and scored, came on against west brom and got an assist! Most entertaining player and he’s gunna make me watch long ball football to try and scrape a 1-0 win!

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #33

    @ToonDownSouth // Jan 15, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    You don’t get the point at all. With that line up, do you really see us playing possession football? Most want Arfa to start, simply because we play better when the ball is on the ground.

    It’s not the matter of are we going to win QPR or not. Even if we win 1-0 with rubbish football, most of us are going to be pissed.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #34

    grumpy_old_sod
    well if we stumble to a 1 -0 win with HBA providing the assist then we can. this hoof ball will stifle Cabaye as well.

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #35

    ben arfa needs to play!!! hes gunna end up fallin out with pardew like

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  • AMEOBI

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #36

    For GeordieGermans sake as he says bookmark it for people who cant watch the match!

    http://www.footballstreaming.info/streams/todays-links/

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  • JackButler

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #37

    Rocknstrolla – This isn’t a computer game mate, people slagging off the manager who has taken us to 7th in the league, I think he knows a bit more than you do, instead of slagging him off get behind your team.

    Like it or not with Hughes in charge for his first game, this isn’t a walk in the park today, it’s going to be a very tough, physical game and we have the best team out to combat that

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  • Cheickn Stevens

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #38

    Anyone reckon HBA refused to play on the wing? Since we’ve gone with 4-4-2, there’s really nowhere else for him to play…

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  • TemuriKetsbaia

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #39

    @29 No. If the first is scored before he comes on and it finishes 3-0 you win at odds for the score rather than the scorecast.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 15, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #40

    Ben Arfa will be brought on when QPR’s legs are going. Then he’ll be unstoppable.

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