Ben Arfa Out – Perch Starts Against Manchester City


Newcastle have brought back James Perch in the starting line-up for the game today against Manchester City at St. James’ Park.

But unfortunately it looks like that hamstring injury to Hatem Ben Arfa has kept his comeback short-lived, and the French Internationals will be sorely missed today against the Premier League Champions.

The team shows just that one change from the starting line-up at Craven Cottage on Monday night, and Perch for Ben Arfa shows how much creativity we have lost in the side today.

As expected Newcastle will play in a 4-3-3 lineup with Perch in midfield and Ba, Cisse and Gutierrez up front – and Ben Arfa doesn’t even make the bench.

The Ameobi brothers are both on the bench and could see some action in the second half.

This is another vital but tough game for Newcastle, and our players will have to shine if we are to get anything at all out of this game today.

Howay The Lads!!


Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; James Perch, Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita; Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba, Jonas Gutierrez
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Gael Bigirimana, Sylvain Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi

Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Joe Hart; Pablo Zabaleta, Kolo Toure, Matija Nastasic, Gael Clichy; Javi Garcia, Yaya Toure; Samir Nasri, Sergio Aguero, David Silva; Carlos Tevez

Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)