Bigirimana And Amalfitano Get Starts Tonight Against Monaco


New boy Gael Bigirimana gets a start tonight against Monaco, as the 18 year-old midfielder gets a big chance to show what he can do in a Newcastle shirt against the French second division side.

The 18-year-old was signed from Coventry City for around £1M about a week or so ago, but he made his debut for Newcastle when he came on as a sub against Chemnitzer on Friday night in Chemnitz, Germany.

Mehdi Abeid will also be in the middle of the park and it looks like Gael will be given the attacking midfield role tonight.

Alan Pardew has made seven changes to the side that started on Friday night, with Steve Harper, Davide Santon, Danny Simpson and Jonas Gutierrez also starting – and Jonas will be playing left-back tonight.

Romain Amalfitano gets another start as do the two Ameobi brothers and Demba Ba.

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Steve Harper; Davide Santon, Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Jonas Gutierrez; Romain Amalfitano, Mehdi Abeid, Gael Bigirimana, Sammy Ameobi; Shola Ameobi, Demba Ba
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, James Tavernier, Ryan Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, James Perch, Dan Gosling, Cheick Tiote, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, Haris Vuckic

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323 comments so far

  • gfp13

    Jul 16, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #1

    Is that Simpson centre back?

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  • Dannyo

    Jul 16, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #2

    @geordielad95
    I think it’s a 4-4-2 mate.

    Harper
    Santon-Simmo-Willo-Gutti
    Amalfatino-Biggie-Abeid-Sammy
    Shola-Ba

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  • geordielad95

    Jul 16, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #3

    Looks like it. Oh dear. Simmo an Willo centre back, whys colocini not playing?

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 16, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #4

    It’s on the cards…Collo being sold to Man City…Simmo to be his replacement!

    Ashley out now, whilst we still have a chance!

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  • JAMSHA

    Jul 16, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #5

    final score newcastle 2-0,, team looks strong

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  • JAMSHA

    Jul 16, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #6

    santoon playn along wit willo

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  • toonLYF

    Jul 16, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #7

    ———————-Harper———————

    -Santon—–Simpson——Williamson—–Jonas-

    -Amalfitano——Abeid——-Bigi——-Sammy-

    —————–Shola——Ba——————

    lining up like this i imagine

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  • 2_goal_tino

    Jul 16, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #8

    Official website says Guti is playing as a defender today, so Simpson at CB. We don’t even have a reserve player to step up, like Kadar used to do in pre-season. The fact we can’t even produce a second CB in a pre-season game shows just how important it is we get a CB in both for the first team squad and development squad (Douglas and Good). A lot say Streete – he’s a good prospect, but he’s just a kid. Playing against adults of any standard at this stage and he’d get destroyed.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 16, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #9

    2 goal…Not disputing we need another CB, but our 2 best CB’s aren’t even mentioned, so the panic isn’t as bad as you make out.

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  • t00ntime

    Jul 16, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #10

    @mattynufc ba seems to trip over the ball when he is free, dont get me wrong i think ba is great but with the ball at there feet i think carroll is quicker (off ball i think ba is quicker) but carroll has more control if u ask me, maybe if we sign carroll we can have our players race and see who is quickest lol

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  • keeleytoon

    Jul 16, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #11

    What time is kick off in uk?

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jul 16, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #12

    How was it his fault he left?

    The whole deal was blamed on everyone. Some blamed Carroll for going, other’s blamed Ashley for selling. In reality we will never know exactly how it was initiated and concluded.

    All we know for sure is we got £35 million and used that money to improve the squad.

    I just want people to imagine this, should be easy as we are all toon fans.

    You grow up supporting Newcastle, your local club. You get your first game as their striker, a lot of hope on you to get goals but the club ends up relegated. You then have a storming breakthrough season and help fire your club into the premier league.

    You start scoring against top level sides, helping to get your beloved, local club back to where they belong. You are wearing the famous number 9 shirt, scoring for fun, the crowd love you, you’re becoming a hero.

    Then somebody gives you a ring and says have a chat with liverpool, they offered 35million and we would rather have that money that you.

    At 21 year old you would feel awful….you would be so disillusioned with life, you had everything you ever wanted then you are tossed aside by people who own the club, not the fans.

    Then you get all the abuse of being a traitor when for all we know he might not have wanted to go, he was maybe doing it to do the best for his club. They might have told him it was better for them if he packed his bags and left.

    Its hypothetical but far from impossible.

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  • Manx Magpie

    Jul 16, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #13

    I’m hoping Monaco play in their home kit tonight, might give us a chance to see our new away kit!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 16, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #14

    Rich…It’s as likely as he insisted on leaving for money. No one knows, so it shouldn’t be a factor in him returning imo.

    Some will never move on though, oh well.

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  • Dannyo

    Jul 16, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #15

    @2_goal_tino
    AP said Streete was physically ready, but probably not skillwise, only 17. But he’s currently injured tho.
    Only 2nd pre-season game, still deals in the works imo.

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  • IFC.Toon

    Jul 16, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #16

    I would have thougt

    ———————-Harps———————-
    —Santon——Willo——-Simmo—Jonas—
    ———-Abeid—————–Bigi———–
    ————————Ama——————–
    Sammy———–Sho——————-Ba

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  • t00ntime

    Jul 16, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #17

    in half an hour 😉

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 16, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #18

    Reading close to signing notts forests chris gunter guess that means there not intrested in simmo anymore

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jul 16, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #19

    Manx its the same one we wore vs Everton

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  • Dannyo

    Jul 16, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #20

    @IFC
    Could be, we’ll see when they kick off, but nufc.co.uk calls it 4-4-2, and the teamsheet says it aswell.

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jul 16, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #21

    ibiza

    for me personally i don’t hold any grudge towards him. i just honestly, truly believe, in my opinion, that he is not good enough.

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jul 16, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #22

    30 minutes is too long a wait….near torture

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  • toonLYF

    Jul 16, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #23

    KO at 6pm.

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  • carlton nufc

    Jul 16, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #24

    Has we got a link to the match 😉

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jul 16, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #26

    For me saying we will just got to hoof ball with carroll is wrong. It is an option but not one we will have to, or i think we will take.

    People spent all last season saying we played hoofball anyway, they complained about krul, simmo and willo going long so it’s not like we had a perfect short passing game going on.

    I know some prefer the barcelona style but they can only play like that due to messi. He takes up the focus of so many players it creates space for the runners and passing of iniesta and xavi.

    Even barcelona lost out in the league and champions league this year. Teams have found a way t play against then. Yes Barca are good enough to overcome it most times but if they are struggling they have no plan B.

    imagine in the chelsea game if they had ibrahimovich still. Chelsea sat in their own box and crowded barca out, if they did that and they had a tall striker a cross into the box would cause a lot of problems.

    the key for long term success is variation. You cannot go on for ever in one style.

    Also Carroll is decent on the floor, Brendan Rogers is just trying to make a point for the fans that he wants attractive football by getting rid of him. He had danny graham playing decent stuff and carroll is ten times te player he is.

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  • Papiss_Myself

    Jul 16, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #27

    Why is Cisse not even making the bench for these friendlys?????

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jul 16, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #28

    @ibiza

    I know it is…I forgot to add that bit to the end.

    Just saying can’t hold a grudge as we have no idea of the ins and outs of the deal.

    Enrique made it clear, carroll never badmouthed the club though.

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  • 2_goal_tino

    Jul 16, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #29

    @ Manx – We wore it against Everton http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17973113

    @ Ibiza / Dannyo – I know Colo and Saylor aren’t there, but Saylor won’t stay fit the whole season. So a situation like today and Norwich away is highly likely. In my opinion, Streete, while physically strong, can’t be deemed anywhere near ready. He has never been tested against players who are anywhere near as strong, intelligent or quick as he would experience anywhere down to League 1. People saying he could step up now would be the same people who’d rip him apart when he’d inevitably get found out.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 16, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #30

    matty….I can see from your posts your view is based on footballing reasons, which is fair enough and why I haven’t directed a response back at you. Seems a few on here have based their opinion soley on his record at Liverpool and the fact he left Newcastle, which really has no bearing on whether he is or isn’t good enough, but also understandable to a degree.

    I suppose we’ll know soon enough whether it’s all a smokescreen or whether we’re actually interested. Either way, I’m fine with the outcome 🙂

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jul 16, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #31

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

    this site has links or all prem games too

    get between 5-20 for each game, some in HD

    bookmark it guys, it updates itself daily

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  • Magpie from Lithuania

    Jul 16, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #32

    a bid of 13.5M for carroll is equal to 10.125M paying for him as liverpool must give 25% of the sale of carroll to us. so anyone who says we are paying more for carroll than de jong is VERY WRONG.

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  • Bloody Marveauxlous

    Jul 16, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #33

    Magpie from Lithuania,

    Well done, Good Math!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 16, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #34

    Rich…I was agreeing with you, sorry if it didn’t come across that way. I personally don’t believe he wanted out, otherwise he would of asked for a move when £25m was being offered (and was still a lot of money for him at the time). Either way, I haven’t a clue 🙂

    2 Goal…As I said, not disputing the fact we need another CB, Collo is great, but we can’t expect him to play all PL and cup games. Saylor is a big question mark whether he can stay fit and whilst Willo try’s his best, he cannot be our number 2 for the whole season (well he can, but i’d rather he wasn’t 🙂 ).

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  • cabayeclass7

    Jul 16, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #35

    I’m watching it on ESPN lads… so if your link is rubbish go to a pub 🙂

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jul 16, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #36

    Magpie from Lithuania

    unless that clause doesn’t include selling back to the previous club. never know.

    And de jong is diferent, as soon as he said he wanted to go to germany there was no point in negotiating further, nobody would stump up 12/15 million if the player doesnt want to be there

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  • hainesy

    Jul 16, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #37

    By Jesmond I meant Gosforth Park. That’s my idea of Jesmond.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 16, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #38

    cabayeclasss…..but then I’d have to have a beer or two and that would be, well, dreadful 🙂

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 16, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #39

    So will the first row stream start up at 6pm?

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jul 16, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #40

    I knew you were agreeing Ibiza

    Maybe I didn’t put my point across well haha.

    we have the same idea anyway

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

    this link has espn, auzzie sports channel, and a hd one

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