Sylvain Marveaux has been given a starting role as Newcastle entertain Wigan Athletic tonight in the Barclays Premier League – a vital game for the Magpies.
Sylvain is preferred to Shane Ferguson and Sammy Ameobi and both Ameobi brothers are on the bench.
It seems that Cisse may be playing in a withdrawn role with Demba Ba up front – and it’s described as a 4-2-3-1 formation – which sounds over complex to us – we think it’s really a 4-2-1-2-1 formation – how about a modified 4-5-1 to keep it simple.
The only real surprise in the team is Marveaux starting, and Cheick Tiote and Vurnon Anita have an important roles to play tonight in central midfield, where we haven’t been too dominant this season – maybe that will change tonight – we hope that changes tonight.
This is an important game for Newcastle and we need a win – it’s as simple as that.
A win and we’ll be ecstatic – a draw and we’ll be OK – a defeat would be devastating.
Howay The Lads!!!!!
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote; Papiss Cisse, Sylvain Marveaux, Jonas Gutierrez; Demba Ba
Subs: Steve Harper, James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Gael Bigirimana, Sammy Ameobi, Nile Ranger, Shola Ameobi
Wigan : Ali Al Habsi; Emmerson Boyce, Gary Caldwell (c), Maynor Figueroa; Ronnie Stam, James McCarthy, David Jones, Jean Beausejour; Arouna Kone, Franco Di Santo, Jordi Gomez
Substitutes: Mike Pollitt, Roman Golobart, Adrian Lopez, James McArthur, Fraser Fyvie, Callum McManaman, Mauro Boselli
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)