It seems an awful long time since a week last Saturday when we were hammered 5-0 at White Hart Lane.
Cheick Tiote – back in starting eleven against Wolves
But that’s what happens when you put in one of your worst performances of the season, and then have two weeks before the next game, when you have a chance to make up for it.
The players will be back today preparing for the game against Wolves on Saturday, after seemingly having most of last week off.
And with Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye and Ryan Taylor all available again, manager Alan Pardew will have to decide which team he will play against 3rd bottom Wolves.
Steven Taylor, Sylvain Marveaux and Leon Best are probably out for the rest of the season, but Pardew should be able to field a strong side on Saturday at St. James’ Park.
While Danny Guthrie has played well in filling in for both Cabaye and Tiote, we think the two International central midfielders will come straight back into the side on Saturday.
And of course their extra experience and skill will also help out the defense against Wolves.
We think Pardew will start Cabaye and Tiote because the next game is against Sunderland at home, and the manager will want to have his best team playing together before that all important game.
Young Shane Ferguson seems to have made a big difference in the second half against Spurs, when he played down the left wing, and he comes into contention and it’s good to see the 20 year old has been called up again for the full Northern Ireland squad to play Norway next Tuesday night.
The Newcastle manager will not have been too happy with the performance of some of his defenders at Spurs, and maybe this is a chance to reshuffle the back four, and maybe Shane can force himself in at left back, with Davide Santon moving to right back to the exclusion of Danny Simpson?
Shane could also force his way into the side on the left wing, and he’s not only good out there and a good crosser of the ball, but he tracks back very well too.
We may see a surprise with Shane on the left wing and Gutierrez moving over to play on the right wing, as he did in the second half at White Hart Lane.
It’s true the other wing position from Gutierrez is up for grabs, with other good players like Ben Arfa, Gabby Obertan and Ryan Taylor all pressing to start in that position.
But in truth we don’t think Alan will make too many changes to the side, and we expect Cabaye and Tiote to come right back in, and we also think Ryan Taylor will also start in this side:
Simpson Coloccini Williamson Santon
Taylor (R) Cabaye Tiote Gutierrez
That’s a good side, but Alan Pardew has lot of options for Saturday, and maybe he will surprise us with his team selection.
What’s your team to start against Wolves?
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