Today’s game at the Liberty Stadium will be a very good test for this new Newcastle United side, and while it will be tough for the lads to get anything out of the game – we know that Alan Pardew will have a plan that concentrates on how to win the game this afternoon.
Of course the Liberty Stadium is completely sold out after Swansea’s heroics in winning the Capital One Cup last Sunday when they hammered Bradford 5-0 at Wembley – their very first major trophy in their history, and it could be like a carnival atmosphere today.
And we’re sure Newcastle’s aim is to upset the apple-cart and spoil the party, and hopefully come away with all three points, as we did last year with two superb opportunist goals from Papiss Cisse, who seems to be coming back into some form at the moment – after his wonder goal against Southampton last Sunday.
The Swansea club and the City have been celebrating all week and they hope to finish it all off with a win against Newcastle, and it will be important that we start this game very fast and on the front foot, unlike the way we started the game against the Saints, when we were a goal down after just three minutes.
This is what the Newcastle manager has said about today’s game:
“Fair play to them – we haven’t had a trophy here for a long, long time and we’re desperate for one.” “Swansea went and won that trophy and deserved every bit of it. Well played to the manager and the players.”
“They’re having a fabulous season and to win the cup was a real icing on the cake. But they’ve still got a big part of the season left and I’m sure Michael will be reminding them as much.”
“It’s a big game for us because we are more than competitive from where we were (a few weeks ago) – a much stronger team.” “I think we’d need to beat them to catch them, if I’m honest, so it’s a good game for them.”
“Probably if they don’t lose to us it’ll be difficult to catch them.” “But that’s the way we should think – try and win there and get them in our sights. But it’s easier said than done.” “We had a massive win there last year and Papiss Cisse scored that wonder goal. Obviously he got one just last week so that bodes well.”
“We’re well prepared for this game, we know what’s coming, and hopefully we can get the win.” “I think it’s been well documented this week, the agenda that they’ve set from the board level down. The manager has been brought in to play a certain way and they’ve got the benefits of that.”
“It’s something that we’re trying to establish here – a style of play where we’re not quite as total as Swansea but certainly we play some great football here. Hopefully we can continue that over the next few years.”
It seems that Fabricio Coloccini is unlikely to play today because of the back injury he self-inflicted on himself, with that (athletic) overhead clearance in the first half last Sunday.
And with two games a week coming up over the next two weeks because of the Europa League games against Russian side FC Anzhi Makhachkala, we don’t think Alan Pardew will play Colo today, and that means 23 year-old Yanga-Mbiwa will get another start for the side.
But no other surprises are expected in the starting eleven, and we think Alan Pardew to name this side today with Yohan Cabaye as captain for the first time:
Debuchy Taylor (S) Yanga-Mbiwa Santon
Gouffran Tiote Cabaye (c) Sissoko Gutierrez
Subs Anlwick Williamson Anita Perch Obertan Marveaux Ameobi (Sh)
Let’s know what side you would start today.
That’s a good starting eleven and a strong bench too, although it seems like veteran goalkeeper Steve Harper is still missing because of his knee injury.
Newcastle fans seem quite optimistic about today’s game with 56% thinking we’ll win and 33% think we’ll come away with a point.
Let us know how you think the game will go today if you haven’t already voted.
We’d love to get another win today but we suppose we’d be happy enough with a point.
Howay The Lads!!
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