Here’s Our Newcastle Team For This Afternoon – What’s Yours?


Last time out against Bolton was a tough game.

Ben Arfa slots home his wonder goal against Bolton last time out

And it looked like Newcastle would only draw that game until the 72nd minute, when Ben Arfa produced some of  that magic of his, and scored that first goal.

That’s after he had collected the ball inside his own half, and went forward to beat three Bolton players (or was it four?),  before slotting the ball into the back of the net.

The St. James’ Park sell-out crowd that day was rather tense, as they could see Bolton were making it very difficult for the Newcastle side.

In contrast to that game, Newcastle were more free-flowing against Liverpool, and Alan Pardew will be hoping Newcastle can play that way this afternoon, and get the crowd right behind them from very early in the game.

This is what Alan told the local press this morning:

“I will certainly not lower expectations with fans. It’s great for the fans, even just discussing it over a pint that we could make it with five games to go.”

“I really need the stadium to be like it was against Liverpool because Bolton was a different kind of game.” “Although the fans were patient with us, we had a quiet stadium and I think the stadium will be very important for us.”

“I think it will settle us and help us get over the line against a really difficult side. Stoke are such an underrated team, and perhaps because of their style they get underrated.”

“That is not just the manager but the players.” “They’ve got really, really good players in there and you might even have an England centre forward in there in Peter Crouch. You still think that he might get a chance for England.”

“Pulis is a tough character, a tough cookie and his teams are always tough to beat,” “Mine and his teams have gone head-to-head many times and it’s very, very close most times. I don’t expect this to be much different.”

One worry we have today is the fitness of Tim Krul, although he is expected to have recovered from his back spasm.

But if he hasn’t recovered, Rob Elliot will make his Premier League debut for Newcastle,  in what is such an important game for Newcastle.

Assuming Tim is fit, this could be the side that Alan Pardew starts today:

Krul
Simpson Coloccini (c) Williamson Santon
Cabaye Tiote Gutierrez
Ben Arfa Cisse Demba Ba

And that’s in the attacking 4-3-3 Alan Pardew will use this afternoon to try to crack open the Stoke defense.

What would your team be this afternoon?

Comments welcome.



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16 comments so far

  • beddersmag

    Apr 21, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #1

    First? Think im the onlyone out of bed. Looks like the teM id expect to play-other than id put perch in for santon as the kids a little dodgy at present imo. One for next season….

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  • sirtoongospel

    Apr 21, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #2

    ———————-Krul——————–

    Simmo——Willo——-Colo——-Santon

    —-Cabaye———Tiote———Jonas—-

    —-HBA———–Cisse————Ba—-

    Being honest though, one sign of discontent from Demba and I would have Shane Ferguson on like a shot. Hope Shola gets his usual 20 minutes at the end, it suits him and us for him to play for that length of time at the end, he is so, so strong.

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  • sirtoongospel

    Apr 21, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #3

    Oh, and i wouldn’t be surprised if Jonas was put in at LB as Guthrie is fit and he could play in midfield with Cabaye moved to the left, that was Pardew’s team a few times this season, and Guthrie has been playing well.

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  • dmac

    Apr 21, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #4

    I disagree with regards to the first comment bout Santon. He has been significantly better than Enrique was in his first season. I think Santon looks sharp and ready. Sure he has made a few mistakes but he is settling in.

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Apr 21, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #5

    Any updates on the Krul injury!

    Don,t want him risked if he,s not fit! We need him for the other four games!

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  • WWJBD

    Apr 21, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #6

    Gutti LB and Guthrie CM is my bet confidence is low on Santon lately it seems

    Huge blow if Krul is out though Stoke rarely have many efforts of note so I fancy our defence to hold strong I think they will come for a draw stick 10 men behind the ball and let us play as much as we want then lump it up to Crouch and hope he can hold up play long enough for their wingers get involved

    Should take a while to break them down but we are capable of doing it. Fancy us for a clean sheet as well if Kruls in goal…Elliot not so much

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  • Jan Stavik

    Apr 21, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #7

    Santon is a very good full back, he’s offering a lot going forward and his defending is also not bad. I’d love to see Demba Ba back on the score sheet today, he’s working hard and trying his best even if he’s a bit out of position at the moment.

    I’d love to see Besty in the last 20 today, my prediction is 3-1; Papiss, Demba, Best while Crouchie will grab a consolidation goal for Stoke.

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  • sirtoongospel

    Apr 21, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #8

    dmac – i agree about Santon, for his first season, he has been super. Very young and has done better than both Colo and Enrique in their first seasons.

    Pardew has balanced it brilliantly with him, giving him a couple of games then a rest, then 2 or 3 games then a rest. In fairness, Pardew has managed every player in our squad to perfection. No other manager in the Prem could have got this team into the position he has. He seemed a strange choice at the time, but it’s fair to say, Pardew fits for us. Manager of the year by a million miles.

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  • Papiss9

    Apr 21, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #9

    Santon is our best fullback in my opinion. Don’t care if he has done a few mistakes. His ability and technique is much better than simpson, not to mention his passing.

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  • southafricantoon

    Apr 21, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #10

    Didn’t HBA beat 4 players plus the goal keeper….. He turned the first player… The 2nd player tried to trip him…. Then he put the ball between 2 defenders…. Then he beat the goalkeeper…… I don’t care who plays 2day just as loang as we win….. I got this feeling spurs is gonna drop points to QPR!!!

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  • Belly

    Apr 21, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #11

    I’ll take a battling 1-0 victory today. Stoke ain’t gonna lie down.

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Apr 21, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #12

    @10:

    Hope your feelings right about QPR!

    If the Spuds drop points and we win! Wow!

    I,me hoping The Chelsea Arsenal game is a draw too!

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  • beddersmag

    Apr 21, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #15

    To clarify my dodgy santon comment. Not saying he isnt a good prospect or that he has done better or worse than other players in first season. However he gets caught out if position, usually up the field and causes problems for us when teams counter. Makes centre halfs come across to cover and pulls us all out if position. Have got away with it most of the time but its a risk. Pardew obviously feels the same which is why he has been used sparingly. Against a physical team like stoke perch much safer option. Just my opinion. As i said hes one for next season and thankfully we now have a squad where we have other options for a must win game

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  • zimtoon

    Apr 21, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #16

    Regarding santon he has been very good,how many costly mistakes did raylor make but was kept in the team and which player in the league doesn’t make mistakes?

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