Anita, Bigirimana, Ben Arfa And Marveaux All Start


The Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has made four changes to the side that started Sunday’s 2-1 defeat against Swansea in the Premier League, for tonight’s 5th game in Group D of the Europa League.

It’s quite a strong side tonight in a game where Newcastle can advance to the knock-out rounds of the Europa League with a win.

Fab Coloccini comes back in to lead the side tonight, and Hatem Ben Arfa gets his first start in the Europa league tonight, and 19 year-old Gael Bigirimana starts and Sylvain Marveaux is given another chance on the wing.

It’s Thanksgiving Day in the US – so I’ll try my best not to drink too much champagne, as the family are just about to sit down to our Thanksgiving dinner.

Team:

Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Gael Bigirimana, Vurnon Anita; Sammy Ameobi, Hatem Ben Arfa, Sylvain Marveaux; Papiss Cisse
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Mike Williamson, Mehdi Abeid, Romain Amalfitano, Demba Ba

Referee: Danny Makkelie (Holland)

 

Howay The Lads!!



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408 comments so far

  • mattnufc

    Nov 22, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #1

    Strongest team yet in Europe, looks like Pardew didn’t want to lose three in a row at home.

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  • tequilamag

    Nov 22, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #2

    Pardew should be playing 442, we need long balls out of defence.

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  • toonking

    Nov 22, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #3

    when i see a midfield 3 of sammy HBA marvo i believe that pardew is now experimenting how HBA will be in CAM if it works today i get a feeling that on sayurday we could do the very same thing only differance is on saturday it will be obatan and jonas wide.

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  • jimmysmith

    Nov 22, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #4

    Marveaux, c’mon mate, show some professionalism and start to contribute your undoubted talent. A little character, I know it’s not the French’s strongest suit but can’t you see the chance you have within your grasp right NOW!

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  • Dannyo

    Nov 22, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #5

    @tequilamag
    Just can’t please you can he, lol 😉

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  • Graeme

    Nov 22, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #6

    Pardeau is going for broke with qualification sorted tonight!! I think my 3 – 0 win prediction may be a tad too low!!

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  • Dannyo

    Nov 22, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #7

    @Toonking
    I don’t think you’re wrong, this is what the EL is good for, experimentation.
    Hopefully it’ll answer a few questions for AP today.

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  • tequilamag

    Nov 22, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #8

    Dannyo just my little jape, really looking forward to seeing this team tonight.

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Nov 22, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #9

    Thats as close to a full strength team and its the way we should be playing in the league

    Only replace Bigi with Tiote and swap between Cisse and Ba depending on form jeezo maybe Pardew is getting it through his brain!!!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 22, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #10

    Tequila
    Lots of long balls its the only way!!!!

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  • niafron

    Nov 22, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #11

    Bonsoir messieurs.

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Nov 22, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #12

    finally a strong team in Europe

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  • Dannyo

    Nov 22, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #13

    @tequilamag
    Plenty of flair there, hopefully too much for Maritimo.
    Swap Biggie with Tiote and maybe Cisse with Ba due to form atm, that’s the team i want to see in the league.
    Ofc, Cabs for Anita too when available.

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  • tequilamag

    Nov 22, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #14

    Tads that`s right if god had wanted football to be played on the floor he would not have invented Willo.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Nov 22, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #15

    Marv & Benny are going to run the show tonight 😉 . 4-0, Cisse hattrick and Marveaux

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  • Widowmaker

    Nov 22, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #16

    Maritimo will be destroyed within first half. No one is gonna to stop Benny tonite

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  • toonking

    Nov 22, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #17

    my prediction 3-0

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  • Dannyo

    Nov 22, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #18

    @niafron
    Evnin mate, you seen the line up? Gives me a good feeling. Mind i had that before West Ham and Swans too 😛

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  • tequilamag

    Nov 22, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #19

    Dannyo, certainly a big game for Marv tonight. He looked good as a sub , will be nice to see if he has it over 90 mins.

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  • Blaydon-Toon

    Nov 22, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #20

    Evening Nifaron Q what position does sissoko play ? Ongoing from last thread Ashton said ask you so i did …

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  • niafron

    Nov 22, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #21

    @Danyo

    I seen it. I’m a bit surprised, but a bit only. THis is the most important game, it would be uncertain to play in a live and death situation in Bordeaux.

    Job got to be done today.

    And from another point of view, with the team struggling in PL, the europa league seem more important now.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 22, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #22

    Blaydon
    Lol

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  • south coast toon

    Nov 22, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #23

    this is it we gunna stuff em strongest team we played on paper yet in el com on benny show em what they been missing

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  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 22, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #24

    Looks like a very progressive/positive team. Certainly an experimental touch to it -as someone has already posted a strong team as Pardew does not want to lose three in a row. We might see a bit of flair in the game tonight. Only doubt is lack of height in midfield -nevertheless seems on paper very good -looking forward to seeing how this set up unfolds.

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  • niafron

    Nov 22, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #25

    @Blaydon toon

    Wich one? There’s alot of Cissokho.

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  • FatmanJoe

    Nov 22, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #26

    Moussa

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  • Dannyo

    Nov 22, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #27

    Ryder says it looks like HBA will be sliding in behind Cisse.
    The role he was born for imo.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 22, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #28

    Niafron
    Moussa at Toulouse

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  • niafron

    Nov 22, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #29

    Will wait the kick off until saying this is a 4-5-1. Pard made us some surprise in the past.

    Furthemore, if this is a 4-5-1, i hope it will work. Got the feeling Pard do not really believe in such a tactic and would be relieved to come back to 4-4-2.

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 22, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #30

    looks like a good line up, 2 wingers and HBA just behind CISSE, i hope
    looking forward to this,
    lets hope he gets it right and lets the attack,, and it should be a confidence booster if they can hammer them, they are a poor side

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  • Dannyo

    Nov 22, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #32

    @niafron
    I think it’s not just about qualifications, it’s about entertainment value and start the bounce back procedure.
    There’s allot of pressure tonight, and AP doesn’t only want to get through it, he wants it in style.
    And that’s important to lift everybody in and outside the club.

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  • lesh

    Nov 22, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #33

    Sarcy sarcy @tequilamag, being the wit round here’s Ibiza’s job. And Niafron, you’re being a bit naughty too.

    Ed, enjoy your Thanksgiving and not being a native American, it appears to be any excuse for a glass of sherbert!! Chin-chin.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Nov 22, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #34

    Love the line up. Is it going to be one of those magic formations that whilst it is different, is actually 4-4-2? 🙂

    HWTL.

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  • breno95

    Nov 22, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #35

    4-2-3-1 line up.
    Strong line up with one weak link in Sammy ameobi.
    If it goes tits up can’t wait for the excuses from AP.
    Expecting a win to progress and then for the last game all the fringe players should play.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Nov 22, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #36

    A very strong team, has Pardew switched his priorities in terms on competitions? Is the EL now more important than the PL?

    With all these first teamers playing tonight, will this not leave us a bit threadbare for the game against Southampton?

    I’m pretty stoked that we have an awesome XI going out there tonight, in an exciting fluid formation though, perhaps he is testing this out to try it in the league.

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  • Graeme

    Nov 22, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #37

    Dannyo – agreed, this is Pardew making a ststement to his critics, wanting to show that his team CAN play football when given the chance!!

    I so hope it comes off for him.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Nov 22, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #38

    Niafron

    I get the feeling that you’re never happy, just my humble opinion.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Nov 22, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #39

    Lesh…Thank you. You wouldn’t believe the amount of times people try and take over my role on this blog – who do they think they are? 🙂

    Also, thanks for reminding me, I have some Americans to contact.

    Happy Thanksgiving Ed, hope we all have something to be thankful for in a few hours (not that we shouldn’t have things to be thankful for anyway, but they’re all secondary to Newcastle United 😉 )

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  • Dannyo

    Nov 22, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #40

    @Graeme
    Being negative or positive, i think every single fan share your sentiments.
    Me included ofc.

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