Newcastle have an opportunity tonight to show just how could a team we have this season.
Newcastle have not played particularly well over the last three games but a very encouraging sign was the second half display against local rivals Sunderland, where they looked a very good team.
And we were even just a little unlucky not to be able to get the two goals to win the game.
Newcastle’s defense must tighten up if we are going to hold our high position in the league, and we are 5 full points clear of 7th placed Liverpool, and a place in the Europa League looks a definite possibility.
Mike Williamson has taken some criticism lately, but Mike is a strong character and we know this lad can play solidly at the back, and we have to hope the back five are in good form tonight, against a side who are scoring goals for fun again.
Arsenal have scored 12 goals in their last two home league games against Blackburn and Tottenham
Of course we are not even sure what the back four will be tonight, and as we mentioned earlier today, Alan Pardew has some decisions to make as to who he starts tonight.
Ben Arfa looked great in the second half against Sunderland, and he changed the game in Newcastle’s favor to his enormous credit.
To accommodate the mercurial Frenchman, Pardew switched Ryan Taylor to left back in place of Davide Santon.
And we think Ryan will be in the starting eleven somewhere tonight, because he takes the corners and is good on free kicks – Ryan has become an important player for Newcastle this season.
We think ben Arfa will start, so here is the team we think Alan Pardew will start tonight:
Simpson Coloccini (c) Williamson Taylor (R)
Ben Arfa Cabaye Tiote Gutierrez
Subs: Elliot Santon Perch Ferguson Guthrie Obertan Ameobi (Sh)
Davide Santon will be unlucky if he is dropped for tonight’s game, and certainly my son Neil yesterday said it would be daft to leave him out when I mentioned Taylor could start at left back.
There are several keys to the game tonight:
- Newcastle’s defense don’t give any silly goals away like they did against Sunderland – they must be tonight and not make daft mistakes
- Cabaye and Tiote are back at or near their best to battle out the midfield with Arsenal’s top players
- Ba and Cisse take any chances that come their way – even half chances
It’s a big test for Newcastle tonight, and if the lads can play well that’s the main thing, and we can always hammer Norwich City at St. James’ Park on Sunday, whatever the result tonight. 😀
A draw would be a good result for the lads, and a win would be simply unbelievable.
Let us know what your team would be tonight.
Howay The Lads!!