Newcastle have played well the last couple of games at Sunderland and against Club Brugge in the Europa League, since we were taken apart 3-0, by Manchester United at St. James’ Park a couple of weeks ago.
But we really need to start picking things up in the league, and we have only 10 points from our first eight games, and only two wins so far this season in the league.
Newcastle have a decent chance today to get all three points against West Brom at the newly named St. James’ Park stadium – yeah right!
And the Newcastle hierarchy have been trying to ensure a full house by selling tickets on the cheap, a deal the club announced on Friday.
Newcastle essentially have all their top players fit again, but we have Haris Vuckic and Ryan Taylor out for the season, and Dan Gosling out until January or February next year.
And the youngsters did particularly well on Thursday night against a decent Club Brugge side, and the three outstanding players were Sammy Ameobi, Gabby Obertan and Shane Ferguson, and it will be interesting to see if either one of those players are in the starting line-up today.
It’s difficult to know which team Alan Pardew will start today, but here’s our crack at the side:
Simpson Coloccini (c) Williamson Santon
Ben Arfa Perch Cabaye Gutierrez
Subs: Harper Taylor (S) Ferguson Ameobi (Sa) Anita Ameobi (Sh) Obertan
We expect James Perch to come in for the suspended Cheick Tiote, and we have Vurnon Anita on the bench, but the Newcastle manager may prefer 19 year-old Gael Bigirimana, and both can play in defensive midfield, but we think Perch will be preferred as the starter, because of his extra experience in the Premier League.
Coloccini was massive for Newcastle at the back last weekend at Sunderland, and we expect Mike Williamson to again be preferred over Steven Taylor at center-back, and one key to this game is that the first choice back five play solidly, and as well as they did at the Stadium of Light last Sunday.
Demba Ba is in good goalscoring form, and we have to hope he can get on the goals trail again this afternoon, and it would be great if Cisse can notch his first league goal of the season this afternoon.
Players like Ameobi (Sa), Obertan and Shane Ferguson could well get sub appearances this afternoon, after all three looked so good against Club Brugge in the 1-0 win.
But Newcastle have to get back o their winning ways in the league soon, and we hope we can do that this afternoon.
Let us know how you think we’ll fare against a good-looking West Brom side.
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