Drawing Manchester United away in the Capital One Cup was one of the hardest venues for any club in the 3rd round draw, but Newcastle will go there tonight, and try to win this game – and register a win at Old Trafford for the first time in over 40 years.
And it’s really a toss-up as to which side Alan Pardew will field tonight, but we would expect at least five changes from the side that started in the 1-0 win against Norwich City on Sunday afternoon.
Being drawn away happens to be the fourth time in a row Newcastle have been drawn away in the League Cup competition, so we haven’t exactly had much luck in the draw.
Tottenham Hotspur will be visiting Old Trafford in the league on Saturday, (Newcastle are at Reading), so it’s difficult to know how strong a side Alex Ferguson will field tonight, but we hope it’s a weak one.
As far as Newcastle are concerned here’s a shot at the starting line up and the bench for tonight:
Perch Coloccini (c) Williamson Santon
Obertan Tiote Gosling Amalfitano
Ameobi (Sh) Cisse
Suns: Elliot, Tavernier, Bigirimana, Ferguson, Vuckic, Ameobi (Sa), Marveaux
Let us know what team you would start tonight.
Some other changes Alan could make are to bring back Rob Elliot in goal for Steve Harper, after Rob’s brilliant performance last week in Madeira, and Vurnon Anita could find himself on the bench, or even in the starting lineup tonight – we’ve given him a rest tonight along with a few more of our starters.
One key to the game is what team Alex Ferguson will field tonight, and the weaker the side, the less he rates Newcastle – but since we took 4 points off the Red Devils in the league last season, including a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, Alex may start a decent side tonight.
We have to hope the Newcastle defense, which has been playing well recently, continues their good form, and that Papiss Cisse will start up front, and regain some of his goal-scoring form. There’s nothing like a goal out of the blue to give our lads confidence, and it would really help Papiss too , of course.
Another factor for Newcastle is how Shola Ameobi plays, as the 30 year-old has looked in very good form of late, and he was unlucky not to score at least one goal against Maritimo last week, when he hit the post twice.
We all know now that Newcastle haven’t won at Manchester United for a very long 40 years, and the lads will be using that as an inspiration, and trying to break that too-long streak tonight.
And we wouldn’t put it past a Newcastle side to win tonight – and it would be a fantastic result for the side, and propel our season forward – big time.
Papiss – all we need is three goals from you – and we can do this! 😀
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