Haidara Makes Starting Debut – Yanga-Mbiwa At Center-Back


Metalist Kharkiv

Massadio Haidara will make his Newcastle United debut tonight at Metalist Kharkiv in the second leg of their Europa League Round of 32 tie – and he’s probably been looking very good in training.

Another surprise is that Danny Simpson comes in at right back and Yanga-Mbiwa goes to center-half with Steven Taylor rested – and Vurnon Anita gets a start in central midfield, and it seems that Cheick Tiote is sick and not available to play tonight.

But Alan Pardew will be able to play almost a fresh back four against Southampton on Sunday with Debuchy, Taylor (S) Coloccini and Davide Santon – so this is a good team selection, given our important game against the Saints on Sunday afternoon.

Massadio Haïdara.

Massadio Haidara – starts tonight

Dan Gosling makes the squad for the first time since September, after recovering from his knee injury and is on the bench, and Shola Ameobi starts up front, so we have a bit of experience in the starting eleven too.

Top players Yohan Cabaye and Moussa Sissoko are part of the starting eleven – and that’s good.

Teams:

Metalist Kharkiv (4-2-3-1): Olexandr Goryainov; Cristian Villagra, Papa Gueye, Marco Torsiglieri, Fininho; Juan Manuel Torres, Edmar; Marlos, Cleiton Xavier, Jose Emesto Sosa (c); Jonathan Cristaldo
Substitutes: Vladimir Disljenkovic, Oleg Shelayev, Andriy Berezovchuk, Oleg Krasnopyorov, Sebastian Blanco, Willian, Jaja

Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Massadio Haïdara; Vurnon Anita, Yohan Cabaye; Papiss Cisse, Moussa Sissoko, Sylvain Marveaux; Shola Ameobi
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, James Perch, Steven Taylor, Dan Gosling, Gael Bigirimana, Jonas Gutierrez, Gabriel Obertan

We need to get through tonight   …..  somehow  ….

Howay The Lads!!

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305 comments so far

  • boater

    Feb 21, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #1

    Shola’s a legend but seeing this team and bench makes you realise how badly we need another striker or two in this squad.

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  • Unbelievable Tekkers

    Feb 21, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #2

    Looking forward to seeing haidara and mbiwa in his proper position but it looks like cisse will be on the right…ffs

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  • robin

    Feb 21, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #3

    2-1 NUFC, Sissoko first goal!

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 21, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #4

    Why jonas and shola, total joke,

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  • tequilamag

    Feb 21, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #5

    Catchy, Jonas is not starting.

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  • Jonny

    Feb 21, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #6

    Cisse on the right then

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 21, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #7

    catchy

    He’s on the bench. You’re so obsessed it’s scary.

    Not happy with Shola starting though, not one bit. Cisse is dog poo on the wing, and Shola is about as mobile as a cucumber.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 21, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #8

    boater @1 -I agree we do look a bit short up front. Hopefully a couple of quality strikers/attacking midfielders will be bought in the summer.
    I think the game may hinge on Shola -hopefully he should get a few flick ons – that Cisse may anticipate.
    Also he should be able to collect the high hoofballs and use it productively. (in the last game Cisse was beaten just about every time by defensive headers when the ball was booted upfield).
    So the master plan is “Shola as the battering ram” – hope it works. He might get a header from a corner/free kick.
    Unexpected team but still upbeat.

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  • ash1001

    Feb 21, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #9

    Ed, pleased to here your good news, re your health.

    Hope we get more good news this evening with a win.

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  • davyboy32

    Feb 21, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #10

    Well… there goes my theory out of the window! Hee Hee! Defo not three at the back!

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 21, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #11

    Last game, Pardew said that Metalists left winger was their best player, whch is why Mbiwa played at RB.

    So now we have a right wing due of Simpson and Cisse to counter that? Hmm….

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  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Feb 21, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #12

    Would be very upset if Cisse is again pushed to the wing. This might be a 442 with Sissoko and Marveaux on the wings. Looking forward to seeing Haidara play

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  • Burkey16

    Feb 21, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #13

    any links for the game?

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  • toonbrother

    Feb 21, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #14

    looks like pardumb is playing cisse on the right. and overusing cabaye again. If he gets injured again our season will be in jeopardy. Bigirmana, Anita and Marveaux could have done the job in midfield

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  • toonbrother

    Feb 21, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #15

    @MUTINYbyLEMONS can sissoko play on the wings? if so not a bad formation apart from cabaye being used

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  • danuneek

    Feb 21, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #16

    Strolla and Jonas are both crap! FACT!

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 21, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #17

    We’ve got a really narrow team actually, which is quite strange.

    Even if it is 4-4-2, that’s 4 central midfields..

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  • toonicle

    Feb 21, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #18

    Sooo does that mean Cisse is playing RW again?

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 21, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #19

    Srely that a 4-4-2 ? I reckon he’s worried about the flanks so has doubled up there . But Marv is no winger …big job for Simpson tonite but I have always said he is a good bread and butter defender. He has to be careful about poor passing though tonite…..Not feeling too great about Shola tbh . Needs to work harder tonight.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 21, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #20
  • barkel

    Feb 21, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #21

    i think its more of a 4411 line up. I reckon Anita will play RM with socks and cabs in the centre Marv on the left and Shola just behind cisse. Hope Simmo puts in a good shift

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Feb 21, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #22

    Good team, very much looking to seeing mbiwa at CB and hairdara playing!
    Only change i would of made would be to start jonas or gabby instead of shola, love shola but he cant play 90 mins anymore and is better coming on for the last 20 against tired legs!
    Also bit gutted simmo’s playing but given the amount of football stevie’s missed prob a good shout to rest him
    2-0 to the toon!

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 21, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #23

    toonbrother

    Football players play about 35 games a season – I don’t see why you seem to think that one extra game is such a risk?

    I really don’t understand that. Why not keep Krul, Colo, Sissoko and Cisse on the bench as well if that’s your thinking?

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  • toonicle

    Feb 21, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #24

    Good to see Mbiwa at CB and Haidara starting, rather skeptical of Cisse and Shola starting together unless it’s a 4-4-2, don’t like Cisse on the wing.

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  • bollance

    Feb 21, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #25

    Watch out for a lot of attacking play down the left. Hairdara will be up nd down like a wipit all game.

    Simo will sit in at right back all match as Pards said Willian was one of their best players.

    If Tiote was not ill then he would be starting ahead of anita. Watch out for Cabaye nullifying anitas contribution. I have not seen anita play well with Cabaye to date. Hopefully today can be the start..

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  • toonicle

    Feb 21, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #27

    No striker on the bench when Shola starts…

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  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Feb 21, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #28

    toonbrother

    yes he can. He has played there for us at times during the game and played there for France

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  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Feb 21, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #29

    Obviously its not his best position though

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  • NUFC STEVE

    Feb 21, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #30

    What a shite team Pardew!!!
    Either Cisse will clog up the ryt hand side or hell play up the middle and well play like Stoke. Bit of f*****g width wud be nice Pardwho??? #amateurmanager

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Feb 21, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #31

    Its a weird one this just hope we have Haidara protected

    Simpson is a good defender if thats all you make him do so if he sits back and just passes to Anita or Colo all game we should be ok its when he goes forward and loses the ball that we get caught out

    @Bollance Anita and Cabaye played awesome against Bordeux when we beat them 3 nil but you are right they have not played well in other games but i think that was down to Anita getting used to the league , Cabaye carrying an injury and us playing long balls in the games they played as well now that we are playing better the 2 of them should work in tandem as they are both quality on the ball

    Its a big game for Shola he really needs to step up to the plate tonight none of this strolling about doing nothing he needs to bully their backline

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  • Novocastrian66

    Feb 21, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #32

    Toonicle; no striker on the bench when Shola’s on the bench.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 21, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #33

    Is this not Pardew all over? Just when you think he may be on track, it’s back with hoof ball Shola who we all know can’t do 90 mins, (Campbell would have been better,) Cisse as a winger and ”I can’t attack for toffee” Simmo!!!

    Of course I’ll take it all back if we win.

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  • VanToonMan

    Feb 21, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #34

    Hey guys…I agree with all of you that Shola should not be starting. It should be 4-3-3 with Obertan on the right and Cisse up top however…..

    I don’t think Pardew is going to play 4-2-3-1 – because he knows Cisse is rubbish on the right plus he loves to play Sissoko off the strikers….so I think he is playing 4-3-1-2…

    …which would mean….3 man midfield of

    Anita-Cabaye-Marveaux

    then Sissoko behind

    Cisse-Ameobi

    Will be interesting to see how it goes with that

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  • toonicle

    Feb 21, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #35

    Novo- Good witty reply. I got nothing 🙂

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  • Novocastrian66

    Feb 21, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #36

    Pardew on the last post thought we could go far. I think he is right. The Ukraine is miles away.

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 21, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #37

    I’m thinking 442. Anita is fast enough and skillful enough to play on the right, his passing and crossing are also good enough. Espn program just started so we’ll see exactly how its set up.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Feb 21, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #38

    Rotonda
    Not sure who else you’d play at RB though tbf,a very injury prone tayls needs to be rested imo that only leaves simmo and tavernier, and for me tav has shown nothing to suggest he’s a footballer of top level

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  • Novocastrian66

    Feb 21, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #39

    Toonicle; that’s the problem there is no-one else. Shola has a good European record though to be fair to him. Hopefully he’ll do the biz.

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  • Crow59

    Feb 21, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #40

    Personally im liking the line up, Simpson obviously has a point to prove and seeing the new boy at lb and giving santon a rest makes sense. Seeing Shola up top against a team poor aerially is always a good option i just hope it pays off. BUT if this means Cisse is pushing wide right then ill be thoroughly pished. NO GUTI what you playing at parnsnip??? he must have started taking pills for his blindness HWTL

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