What’s Your Newcastle Team For Saturday?

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
Ba Cisse

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?

Comments  always welcome.

89 comments so far

  • SurefootedShola

    Feb 21, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #1


    Pardew hasn’t the plums!

  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Feb 21, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #2

    I agree with the first comment.


    Feb 21, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #3

    Simmo Willo Colo Santon

  • aaron18aaron

    Feb 21, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #4

    I like the look of the your team surefootedshola but I wouldn’t go for a formation change at this stage in the season, 442 has generally worked well for us, especially at home against teams like wolves. Therefore… I’d go with;

    Taylor (R) Coloccini Williamson Santon
    Guthrie Cabaye Tiote Gutierrez
    Ba Cisse

  • ady

    Feb 21, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #5


    HBA,,,,,,Cabaye,,,,,,,,,,,Tiote,,,,,,,,,, Jonas


    second half Guthrie on and who ever is not playing well in midd off and if Newcastle lead add rayon to defence aswell in second half

  • drongo

    Feb 21, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #6


    Subs – Guthrie on for Tiote if he’s getting leggy. Obertan on for Demba2 to run through a tired defence– Shola on for HBA of we need to protect a lead and defence is under pressure

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 21, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #7

    1 krul, 1 colo, 1 santon, 1 tiote, 1 ba and rest HBA

  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 21, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #8

    Ed, I think yuo have nailed our formation or ad least the formation and lineup AP will field.

    But I am not a big 4-4-2 fan and since we have only had two good performances this season playing 4-4-2 it should be clear to everyone it is not working.

    I know we 5th, but we wont be come may if we keep this up.

    I am more or less with WWJBD on this on, but I would play HBA as and ACM and bench Guthrie. He wandres off to much and we need the CMs to safeguard the defense.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 21, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #9

    I’d give Fergie a run out,the lad must be on top of the world an international call up and a full SJP,and surely Jonas needs a kick up the arse.

  • phoonck

    Feb 21, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #10

    ————————Tim Krul
    Ben Arfa—————————————-Ba

  • Santoon

    Feb 21, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #11

    i don’t understand people’s obsession with HBA on this blog. all our success this season is based on hardworking defensive wingers like jonas.

  • Mexes

    Feb 21, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #12


    Spot on, that is our best team! To bad Pards left his balls in Teneriffa!

  • martoon

    Feb 21, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #13

    You can speculate all sorts of fancy teams and formations but I would put my mortgage on Ed’s team being the starting line up. Hopefully HBA will get on at some point.

  • Toon in Nairobi

    Feb 21, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #14



    Cabaye ______ Guthrie


    Cisse ___________ Ba


    Feb 21, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #15

    Aye I reckon Ed has the real formation spot on as well mate

  • mkhalaf

    Feb 21, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #16

    i think we all know HBA will not start. but most of us still put him in our lineups,,,,I think pardew is making a mistake with him,,, here is my lineup anyway:
    simpsin willo collo satnton
    HBA yohan tiote jonas
    cisse demba

  • JackButler

    Feb 21, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #17

    We’ll continue with 4-4-2 to offer protection to the full backs.

    I’d give Jonas a rest and play HBA on the left with Raylor on the right.


    Simpson – Willo – Colo – Santon

    Raylor – Cabaye – Tiote – HBA

    Cisse – Ba

  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 21, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #18

    WWJBD, I know if we win and Ed is right we will all be happy and probably sillent for a while 😉 lol

    But if we either loose againg or put in a performance equal to the last three i guess all hell will break loose.

    AP is a bit stubborn and even a tad naive if you ask me. Still hope he will surprise mw this season 😉 no matter what we are definetly over achiving this season.


    Feb 21, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #19

    Tbh if we lose to Wolves I will be gutted regardless of what formation we play, dont rate them as a team and I doubt they will have a manager in for our game.

    Nar mate all hell will break lose win lose or draw if HBA doesnt get on the pitch 😉

  • ToonHeart

    Feb 21, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #20

    I agree with Ed’s…

    Simpson — Coloccini — Williamson — Santon
    Taylor — Cabaye — Tiote — Gutierrez
    ==========Ba — Cisse==========

  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 21, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #21

    WWJBD 😉 lol

    You are probably right, but a win might ease the pain.

    Maybe just for fun AP will start Ameobi 😉

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Feb 21, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #22

    God there’s some prats on here “systems not working” “Pardew is niave & sh*te”. Come on people 2 18 months ago we were going to struggle after getting promoted then last summer we were going down having sold all our “best” players. Where are we 6th 1 point off 4th and a great chance of finishing 4th. We have our best players all back apart from Steve Taylor and a great chance of winning our next 2 games and going 4th. We messed up big time against Spurs but that was without Tiote & Cabaye. Have a little faith I don’t think we will finish 4th but to be in the position we are in with 13 games to go is fantastic. Support the team at St James’ Park every home game/ HWTL

  • Dannyo

    Feb 21, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #23

    Eds lineup and formation is spot on, however, i can’t see Guthrie not being in that team.
    Imo, it’ll be the difference between signing a new contract or not.
    He’ll know if he’ll be a constant 2nd fiddle or no.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Feb 21, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #24

    Oh and btw I don’t think Ben Arfa is worth a place at the moment he’s to inconsistent I wouldn’t Obertan either. Agree with Ed’s team for Saturday and next week against the sh*te from down the road.

  • Steviebaby1978

    Feb 21, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #25

    I would opt for the Barca formation





    We need to stop leaking in goals by the bucket load. A solid defence and the option to spread the midfield and feed the strikers with an attacking defence from the RB & LB would be a winning formula in my honest opinion. Like I said it works well for Barca and I think it would suit our players style. Santon and Jonas link up well. Colo is solid in the middle and Williamson can back up Simpson.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 21, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #26

    @20, we support the team we are just not blind or blinded by the fact we are 5th.

    We sold our best players and bought better 🙂 no wonder we are doing better this season.

    Talk is cheap my friend, truth to be told we have only looked good against Stoke and United. For some that matters and maybe that makes me a prat 😉

  • london_mag

    Feb 21, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #27


  • JackButler

    Feb 21, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #28

    Pardew will get slated no matter who he plays or what formation he goes for, seems to be the nature of the beast of late 🙁

  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 21, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #29

    Stevie, I think Barca plays 4-1-4-1 mate. As Guardiola says – a team full of midfielders 😉

    But hi, I would go for that. Bring it on 🙂


    Feb 21, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #30

    People would be spitting if Shola started even if we won 10-0 haha

    Just for sheer fun I now hope to God HBA doesnt play 😀

  • JackButler

    Feb 21, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #31


    ‘Just for sheer fun I now hope to God HBA doesnt play’

    Please don’t poor even more petrol over the fire’s mate 😉

  • SurefootedShola

    Feb 21, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #32

    The dominator is back!
    We are as fresh as Daisy Dukes!

    5-0 The Toon! Pardew OUT!

  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 21, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #33

    JB, AP gets what is coming because is doesnt seem to learn from his mistakes.

    That is the nature of the beast my friend. How else should it be?

  • Toon_Tom

    Feb 21, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #34



  • chris_g

    Feb 21, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #35

    Most people seem to think that Ed has nailed the starting 11, so maybe we should just work out who’s going to be on the bench. My guess would be:
    Elliot, Perch, Ferguson, Guthrie, HBA, Obertan, Shola

  • JackButler

    Feb 21, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #36

    jesperfuglsang – The nature of the beast is to go way over the top after every game, even when we win.
    When we win we are lucky, when we loose Pardew’s a tactically inept fool


    Feb 21, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #37

    Howay the fella is gonna eat his own hands if he doesnt play I think HBA would refuse to play just to see that!

  • JackButler

    Feb 21, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #38


    That’ll get a few hit on youtube 😉

  • lgnufc

    Feb 21, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #39




    Demba would be perfect in the pocket. I feel he’s almost more of a CF than a striker.

  • lgnufc

    Feb 21, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #40

    Apologies, Taylor instead of simpson, because he can actually cross a ball.


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