Demba Ba Has Good Chance Of Playing At Liverpool


One of the things Alan Pardew said yesterday during his televised news conference was that he hadn’t given up yet on Demba Ba making the game on Sunday at Liverpool.

Demba Ba – could still play tomorrow

Now whether that was a message to Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers to keep him on his toes or we don’t know.

Alan has played mind games a few times saying players were not fit and then played them – an example being with Ben Arfa for the first game of the season against Tottenham, when he said the Frenchman wouldn’t play because of injury- but Ben Arfa started, had a great game and scored the winning goal.

This may be something like the reverse of that, but we hope Demba Ba can play tomorrow, even though he hasn’t trained all week.

He’s probably already read “Mind Games For Dummies” – that’s the book Alan’s good friend Alex Ferguson helped write,  isn’t it? 😀

This is what Alan said about the injury situation yesterday:

We’re OK.” “Demba’s had a knock and not not trained, but we think he’s got a good chance.” ” So that will come into my thinking more tomorrow – I’ll know then.”

If Ba is not fit to start the game tomorrow we could well see Papiss Cisse and Shola Ameobi up front for Newcastle, unless Alan elects to play a 4-5-1 formation, which he rarely plays – even away from home.

We hope Ba can make the game tomorrow.

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9 comments so far

  • Blaydon-Toon

    Nov 3, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #1

    Come on Demba …. We always seem to have a weakened side when we face this lot no Tiote is a blow and if we lost Ba that would give Liverpool a huge psychological advantage beef a ball is even kicked !

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  • 89Norcal

    Nov 3, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #2

    I guess I’m glad, but I was looking forward to seeing if Pards would stick Cisse up front in a 4-3-3.

    The 4-4-2 with Ba/Shola may work but it’s slowly becoming our crutch it seems.

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  • Blaydon-Toon

    Nov 3, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #3

    89 if Ba is not fit would love us to match up with their formation 433 or 451 how ever you want to dress is up – if we go 442 which we probably will Liverpool will dominate possesion and the game ! So badly want us to win this one and crack on a run of performances and results !

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  • 89Norcal

    Nov 3, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #4

    @Blaydon, not to mention the 442 kills any hope of creativity or free flowing play. We just run around and lose possession until Krul decides to lump it forward for Shola to chest it down.

    I have to say the times when we’ve played aggressively, we’ve looked best. And the times where we started the game defensively, we were God awful.

    I remember last season we went to the Emirates and drove right down Arsenal’s throat. We lost last minute that game, but the first 20 minutes impressed me so much.

    In a hostile ground like Anfield, we can’t afford to sit back. Hoping Pards shows some preemption on this one.

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  • Deadpool

    Nov 3, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #5

    Playing with 2 central midfielders for me is not an option.

    That is the key to the game. If we neutralise the service to Suarez and limit his chances we can win.

    If we play 2 in the centre Allan, Gerrard and Sahin will play around us and Suarez will rip us to pieces with his movement.

    This is one of those games. If we start well and play 4-3-3/4-5-1 we could win.

    If we start poorly and play 4-4-2 we could end up doing what we jaw done too many times under Pardew, capitulate.

    Heart says 2-1 us, head says 4-0 to them.

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  • 89Norcal

    Nov 3, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #6

    I agree with Deadpool about Suarez and Pool’s midfield.

    However if we lose I don’t think it’ll be the 3-0 thumping we got last year, I have slightly more faith in our defense right now. But can we create quality possession and goal chances to keep Pool from dominating? Based on our current form I really have doubts

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  • Blaydon-Toon

    Nov 3, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #7

    Head says 2-1 scum heart says 2-1 toon … If we match up and play a height tempo pressing game starve saurez chances we will cause them problems . First goal will be crucial think this may decide who goes on to win the game !

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  • Graeme

    Nov 3, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #8

    Good morning world!! Sorry about the head Jesper – but, self inflicted so little sympathy lol

    I would much prefer to see us start 4-5-1 with Cisse up front and Bambi where he needs to be – on the bench. I would even be happy to start 4-3-3, with Bambi on the bench.

    He doesn’t have a full 90 minutes in him and is far more effective coming on with 15 – 20 minutes left, against tired defenders and bully them with height and strength.

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  • Sav

    Nov 3, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #9

    What is ‘the reverse’ of mind-games, Ed?

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