Ben Arfa Starts Against Anzhi – Taylor On Bench


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Hatem Ben Arfa starts tonight in Moscow, and it’s his first appearance for Newcastle since he played ion early December at Fulham.

As expected Danny Simpson and Massadio Haidara are the two full backs and James Perch is also in the starting line-up tonight – and it seems he’s at center-back with Yanga-Mbia which is a big surprise, and Steven Taylor is on the bench.

Vernon Anita is in defensive midfield, and Gabby Obertan gets a rare start in the Newcastle side.

With both Shola Ameobi and Adam Campbell on the bench it seems that Hatem Ben Arfa could be the lone striker tonight, which is a little bit of a surprise.

It’s an interesting starting eleven

Teams:

Anzhi Makhachkala – Vladimir Gabulov; Andrey Eschenko, Joao Carlos, Ewerton, Yuri Zhirkov; Jucilei da Silva, Lassana Diarra; Odil Ahmedov, Willian, Oleg Shatov; Samuel Eto’o (c)
Substitutes: Evgeniy Pomazan, Rasim Tagirbekov, Arseny Logashov, Ali Gadzhibekov, Carcela-Gonzalez, Fedor Smolov, Lacina Traore

Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; Danny Simpson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, James Perch, Massadio Haidara; Yohan Cabaye (c), Vurnon Anita; Sylvain Marveaux, Moussa Sissoko, Gabriel Obertan; Hatem Ben Arfa
Substitutes: Jak Alnwick, Davide Santon, Steven Taylor, Gael Bigirimana, Cheick Tiote, Adam Campbell, Shola Ameobi

Referee: Istvan Vad (Hungary)



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309 comments so far

  • Dagwoodz

    Mar 7, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #1

    wow…Santon, Saylor AND Tiote all on the bench…

    Pardew doesn’t have any respect for their front line at all apparently.

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Mar 7, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #2

    lads I wanted to ask this question for all of you guys this is not related to the matchwho is better defender titus bramble or Williamson

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Mar 7, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #3

    Hmmmmm. Interesting lineup 🙂

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Mar 7, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #4

    I think apart from zirkhov there defense must be slow

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 7, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #5

    Decent line up. Being cautious with Taylor and Shola.

    I suppose the only worry could be Benny, but I can’t imagine Pardew would risk him again (he says ever hopeful).

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  • Dagwoodz

    Mar 7, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #6

    @Roshan

    I think Williamson gives 1000000% more effort than Bramble ever did or will give. Bramble is more physically talented, with no drive and no brain.

    In the end, I think it’s a wash, though I’d prefer to have someone who WANTS to play hard for me rather than someone who doesn’t have the intelligence to know how to put one foot in front of the other.

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  • DevonMag

    Mar 7, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #7

    Intriguing line up… we’re definitely having a go at em. Taylor not starting is fine by me – he needs to be wrapped up in cotton wool for the rest of the season, particularly with Colo now out. Hatem/Mousa false no 9? Very happy Gabby is starting as let’s face it the lad is made for astro-turf – all pace and not much else… Simmo played great against Metalist so no complaints there either. Glad Shola aint starting as he’s better off the bench. Also nice to see Anita, Marv and Cabs in the middle, tre technical. Also loving Cabs with the armband! Gonna be a spectacle this one…
    HWTL

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  • Dagwoodz

    Mar 7, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #8

    I’m not trying to be negative, but it just surprises me, tha tline up does.

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  • Rainrix

    Mar 7, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #9

    I can imagine taylor is being rested with one eye and stoke and one on colo being out for so long. Obviously by the looks of things shola hasnt reacted well to the artificial turf so he’s benched.

    Could bode well for campbell though.

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  • toonLYF

    Mar 7, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #10

    Ben Arfa in the Suarez role, i love it!

    Have faith in Perchy lads! also looking forward to seeing Haidara, and i hope Danny picks up where he left off against Metalist.

    HWTL!!

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  • chris_tn

    Mar 7, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #11

    So excited about the game, has the makings of a proper european tie! Great news that benny is starting! any news on the Anzhi line up?

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  • Rainrix

    Mar 7, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #12

    Wouldnt worry about perch. He’s decent against smaller more technical opposition as we saw against spurs. When traore enters it could be worth taylor coming on.

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 7, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #13

    Rainrix – sorry sorry Rainrix – to answer your question, if its over 80 minutes then Bramble.

    I dunno if the Colo broken spine thing has been debunked yet but it appears my conspiracy theory about not seeing him play in a NUFC shirt again may actually not be as daft as I thought when i first made it up. 😐

    Anyhoo rushing home now to try and catch the game. Traffic! 🙁

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  • lucasnufc

    Mar 7, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #14

    That’s a team which won’t play hoofball, good news!

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  • AmericanGeordie

    Mar 7, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #15

    Ben Arfa leading the attack. Wow! It’ll be interesting to see exactly how he is utilized as a striker.

    Looks like Pards will be pressing for the early away goal. (Figure HBA won’t play much more than 60 mins.) If we get a goal or two, look for Pards to bring on Ameobi, Taylor and Tiote to hold the fort and run the clock out.

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  • toonLYF

    Mar 7, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #16

    i’m gonna’ go 2-2 with Ben Arfa scoring both for us.

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  • DannyH10

    Mar 7, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #17

    omg James Perch v Samuel Eto’o is going to be hard to watch

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  • DannyH10

    Mar 7, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #18

    Don’t like this line up at all

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  • Rainrix

    Mar 7, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #19

    Danny.. Perch is probably better suited to play against him than taylor calm down.

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  • TheToonKing

    Mar 7, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #20

    Whoa …..surprises by both side…..

    Perch at CB, Arfa starts and is the lone striker….

    Bousuffa not playing for Anzhi and Traore on the bench…this will be an interesting game. Both manager getting their tools out.

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  • JAMSHA

    Mar 7, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #21

    ARFA TO SCORE 6 GOALZ U HEARD IT HEA 1ST

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  • DannyH10

    Mar 7, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #22

    Hmm we’ll see. Going to be tough for Danny Simpson against Willian as well 😐

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  • AmericanGeordie

    Mar 7, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #23

    This lineup also depends on the front 6 to unlock the opponents D, because we won’t get anything offensively from these fullbacks like we’ve been getting from Debuchy & Santon.

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  • Dagwoodz

    Mar 7, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #24

    Bousuffa can’t play this game due to an accumulation of yellow cards.

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  • Rainrix

    Mar 7, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #25

    Tsunki… What question I’m confused? You been hitting the mescaline again lad? Or was that actually directed at someone else 🙂 Im guessing mescaline. 😉

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  • toonLYF

    Mar 7, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #26

    American…

    you’re wrong. Haidara is very offensive.

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  • TimKrulFan

    Mar 7, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #27

    Love the attack but defence could get slaugherd.

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  • AshtreeKid

    Mar 7, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #28

    I think you might find that sissoko is pushed on and starts up front with benny behind him

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 7, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #29

    Im very surprised the line up has been announced and no sign of the pitchforks yet,could be a good sign.

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Mar 7, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #30

    Personally, I’ve never really rated Diarra. In fact, the only players in this team I rate are Willian and Eto’o. Only thing is, they’re both better than just good! Gonna be tough, very tough, although if we don’t concede any more than one, I think we’ll go through! 1-1 tonight! Benny to score!

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  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Mar 7, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #31

    we finally have a game on itv

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  • Dagwoodz

    Mar 7, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #32

    @28

    Possible, but I think it’s more likely that they are going to be constantly overlapping.

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  • Unbelievable Tekkers

    Mar 7, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #33

    This is going to be very interesting but I cant say im too optimistic. Benny has no experience of playing right up top and could struggle to hold up the ball when he has his back to goal.

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  • boater

    Mar 7, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #34

    Seven Frenchies start. Has to be some kind of record – outside of France of course.

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  • ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~

    Mar 7, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #35

    Dafuq is with that defence?!

    No qualms about tiote on the bench.

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  • Ginger

    Mar 7, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #36

    If you look at the line up on BBC:

    21 Elliot
    05 Simpson
    13 Yanga-M’Biwa
    14 Perch
    35 Haidara
    04 Cabaye
    07 Sissoko
    08 Anita
    10 Ben Arfa
    22 Marveaux
    25 Obertan

    To me that looks like Obertan is playing the striker role.

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  • belgrade fan

    Mar 7, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #38

    Any links please

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  • TimKrulFan

    Mar 7, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #39

    Why change a defence this much against ETO.

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 7, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #40

    Rainrix – allow me to walk you through my double fail post, a seat if you would please sir….

    First off it was Roshan who asked who was better, Titus or Iron Mike.

    Second, in beginning to address you I deliberately started your name with a small ‘r’ in memory of your previous incarnation. Of course my phone corrected it so it ended up making no sense at all.

    There we have it. I am fallible. Waaaahhhhhh! 🙂

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