Montpelier’s former captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa will start tomorrow night for Newcastle at center-back, and it seems Newcastle will field a very strong side, with the Evening Chronicle reporting that Moussa Sissoko, Papiss Cisse, Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye will all play.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – will get start tomorrow night
Alan Pardew has made comments about wanting to win the Europa League, and if he is going to make that real – rather just being good PR for the fans – then we’ll have to win tomorrow night and build up a decent lead ready for the return tie next Thursday night in the Ukraine – and if we can win this two legged tie – we’ll be in the last 16 of the competition.
This is what Alan Pardew said today in the Evening Chronicle:
“It’ll be a strong side.” “We want to have more European nights at St James’ Park.” “And the last 16 is within sight for us.” “Getting through the group stages was tough for us, so we don’t want all that effort and hard work to go to waste.”
“We are trying to win the Europa League.” “We’ve got great depth in our squad – we can start making use of it.” “They finished ahead of Bayer Leverkusen so they must be good.” “We must respect them. We know they are a very good side.”
Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara and Sissoko were all registered for the Europa League, and of course Yoan Gouffran is cup-tied and Mathieu Debuchy was left out of the squad – maybe because Danny Simpson will play at right back in Europe.
But of course Davide Santon can play there, and Massadio Haidara can play at left back – so we seem to have some choice at full back these days – and that’s a nice change from the last few years.
Metalist are on a winter break so it will be interesting to see how sharp they are tomorrow night, although they did play Whitley Bay on Sunday and drew 1-1 with the local side, but they fielded 22 players in that game, so it would have been hard for Alan Pardew to get any clues from the game.
Newcastle want to get a decent crowd tomorrow night, and it’s a great chance to see some of our new players like Moussa Sissoko, Yanga-Mbiwa and Massadio Haidara in action, and tickets for the game are only £15 for adults and £5 for concessions – cheap at the price.
A win would be great.
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