Yohan Cabaye To Start Tonight – But Not Ben Arfa

The good news emerging from the press conference for the Bordeaux game yesterday is that it’s almost certain that Yohan Cabaye will start the game for Newcastle in central midfield, after recovering from his dental problems, that kept him out of the game at Reading last Sunday afternoon.

Yohan Cabaye – will start tonight

So Yohan is fresh and will be able to play two games in the next four days, before he goes off to join the French squad for the World Cup qualifying games over the next couple of weeks.

Cabaye was at the press conference yesterday with the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew,  and the Frenchman has quite a bit of experience with Lille playing in Europe:

“We played for three or four years with Lille in the Europa League and those experiences really helped us win the title and cup in my last season in France. So it is important Newcastle play at 100% in Europe so we can gain more experience for the future.”

“I think you can compare Newcastle and Lille, where there was not a big change of players every season. That is important when you want to build a big team. We need to keep working and show the same mentality out on the pitch because that will bring us success. We worked hard last season and really played well because we were trying to qualify for European football. We wanted the Champions League this season, but we are in the Europa League.”

“We will focus on this game and try to win; we try to win every match. We want to be finish top of our group so this game against Bordeaux is very important.”     “Bordeaux is a good club. This is a good team and they have a very good manager in Francis Gillot, even if he did not get off to the best start.”  “Technically they are good and are capable of scoring a lot of goals.”  

“Ben Arfa is very good. I have not spoken to Hatem about the Euros and what is important is that he is focused and has scored some important goals for us this season and has helped us win games. I hope he continues to do that.”

The last sentence was in response to questions from the French squad, who wanted to know Ben Arfa’s state of mind after the Euros over the summer, when he fell out with then manager Laurent Blanc.

And of course he’s been left out of the French squad by new French manager Didier Deschamps, who was Ben Arfa’s coach at Marseilles, before the French International joined Newcastle in the summer of 2010, and the two of them just didn’t  get on – that’s the easy way of putting it.

It’s very unlikely that Ben Arfa will play in tonight’s game, and it’s a good question as to exactly what team Newcastle will start tonight.

Here’s a possible starting side:

Simpson Williamson Perch Tavernier
Obertan Cabaye Bigirimana Ferguson
Vuckic Ameobi (Sh)

Of course Vurnon Anita is due a game and maybe he’ll take the defensive midfield spot from 18 year-old Gael Bigirimana,

We may change that side when we bring out our Match Preview in a couple of hours.

What would be your team tonight?

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9 comments so far

  • rainrix

    Oct 4, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #1

    Willo and perch are certainly getting their rota of games this year.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 4, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #2

    Being let loose in a hot air balloon with limited fuel is too good for Ashley .

  • Carryingcoals

    Oct 4, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #3

    Nice line up Ed, I reckon it’ll be Tav for Simmo mind. I’d also have Anita in for Bigi – I really like Bigi but Anita hasn’t played for 2 games, surely he’ll be fitted in to tonight’s game somewhere?

    I’d also like to see Cisse on for Vuckic however I doubt that’ll happen. Would be good to see Cisse and Shola and how Cisse’s performance differs when not partnered with Ba.

    This lineup suggests that it’ll be Ba and Cisse up top against Man U. I’d prefer to drop Shola and Vuckic tonight, bring in Anita and CIsse. Play 4-5-1 tonight. Then against Man U start Ba and Shola. They were great last time at home against Man U, Shola’s physicality will provide a good compliment for Ba. If Shola starts tonight he won’t against Man U. Cisse and Ba aint working – lets change it up, otherwise we wont hurt Man U.

    Just my opinion. I’d play Cisse tonight. Shola and Ba against Man U. Bring Cisse on last 20 minutes. That would be my ideal scenario, however if Pards is going to go for Ba/Cisse for Man U then fair play.

  • jarnytoon

    Oct 4, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #4

    My team for tonight:


    Simpson willo perch tav

    Obertan cabaye bigi marveaux

    ********campbell****ameobi (sh)

  • Mo Drysdale

    Oct 4, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #5

    My team for tonight:
    Simpson Perch Williamson Anita
    Sameobi Cabaye Bigirimana Ferguson

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 4, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #6

    I’ve checked out a couple of Bordeaux videos and they certainly look a very good outfit. They are undoubtedly a side playing well at the moment. On paper we have “better” players –however there is definitely a potential for coming unstuck tonight –dependent on the strength of what team Pardew selects (bearing in mind the game on Sunday). If we get a bad result, all may not be lost –this is a group stage match and all we need to do is finish higher than Bruges and Maritimo in order to get through to the next round –which we should be able to do –then the “Champions League” sides join in the next round –some very good teams.
    As for the Cabaye incident – was it a bid or an enquiry –Cabaye says one thing and Pardew says another –they both surely cannot be right (right meaning truthful in this context). Having the press officer blocking attempts to find out more from Cabaye does fuel the suspicion that something did happen and if that is the case Newcastles’ attempts to deny it look very amateurish. Pardew should not have dragged Cabaye along to the press conference –it seems obvious what the journalists would want to ask Cabaye. I think it puts in doubt what Pardew states in the future. Things can have a tendency to come back and bite you.

  • allman45

    Oct 4, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #7

    we shouldnt be playing any 2nd team players if we want a result tonight. In particular leave gosling out and make sure cabaye, HBA, Ba & Cisse are playing!

    They will be at full strenght and we need a result!

  • allman45

    Oct 4, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #8

    @ Mister Tuff

    i think youve got that spot on, and i think Cabaye is telling the truth. Pardew is just trying to mask it for Ashley!

  • stunna

    Oct 4, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #9

    how do we know it is almost certain Cabaye will start? We need him fresh for Man Utd. Since he missed last weekend, I don’t mind him playing a half, but he shouldn’t go deep into the game.


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