Newcastle Players Key To France’s Chances Against Spain


There’s a big match in World Cup qualifying tonight as France take on current World and European Champions Spain at the Stade de France, in Paris.

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Yohan Cabaye – fit again and likely to start against Spain

Cabaye was on the bench for the game on Friday night, when France defeated Georgia 3-1, but Spain dropped two points when they could only draw 1-1 at home to Finland.

In Group I France now lead the group with 10 points from four games, with Spain two points behind, and a win for France tonight would put them a full 5 points ahead of the World Champions.

Didier Deschamps left Cabaye on the bench on Friday, to both rest him and ensure he has recovered from the groin injury he picked up against Anzhi Makhachkala, and he is expected to start the game tonight.

Moussa Sissoko came on as a 66th minute substitute against Georgia,  and he could also start the game tonight, although Mathieu Debuchy is back in Newcastle recovering from the hamstring strain he picked up at Wigan, and is not in the squad.

We expect both Cabaye and Sissoko to start the game for France tonight – and both are in good form.

Alan Pardew and the rest of the coaching staff will be hoping (and praying) we have no injuries tonight to any Newcastle players, and Cabaye and Sissoko are now two of Newcastle’s most important players – and they are also key players for France too.

England take on Montenegro tonight, and Steven Taylor is in the squad, but unlikely to get a game tonight, and we expect Lescott and Smalling to again start for the team in central defense.

Montenegro currently top Group H with 13 points from five games, with England two points behind, and a defeat tonight would be devastating to England.

Newcastle have already suffered an injury in the International break, with Davide Santon now back in Newcastle, having treatment on a hamstring injury he picked up while training last week with the Italian U21 squad.

So we have Santon, Haidara and Debuchy all injured, so it will be interesting to see which two players line up at full back for us at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Alan Pardew and Newcastle fans will have a nervous wait to see how our lads come through tonight.

We hope they’ll be fit and ready to go on Saturday at Manchester City, in a game we need get something from, after the calamity at Wigan.

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31 comments so far

  • TorqToon

    Mar 26, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #1

    Lucky enough to be at this game tonight! Word over here is spot on with what ed stated, cabs and sissoko to start tonight.

    Allez le toon!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 26, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #2

    Torq….Lucky git. That is all 🙂

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  • Mark the Mag

    Mar 26, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #3

    Hate these international breaks with our players being away. I know they need to play for their countries but i cant take anymore injuries, i am sick to death of them. The breaks last season seemed to give us a chance to regroup and give us an advantage over other champion league contenders but with us having internationals ourselves now, these breaks are a nightmare.

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  • Rainrix

    Mar 26, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #4

    So debuch is still injured then? NOOOO 1 dreamboat isn’t enough 🙂

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  • TorqToon

    Mar 26, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #5

    Ibiza – It Work my friend…I wont enjoy a second of it as will be the consummate professional! 🙂

    How are you anyway, sir? Not been on here much lately, work interfering in my social life! Ha

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 26, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #6

    Rainrix…One dreamboat is sooo last year.

    Mark…Losing players to international games is part and parcel of building a better team. I too share your concern though, hope all the lads return with no new injuries.

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  • Rainrix

    Mar 26, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #7

    http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11678/8598883/Yohan-Cabaye-reveals-he-battled-through-depression-after-Euro-2012

    Interesting read, easy to forget many players get nearly no break at all playing at the top level.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 26, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #8

    Torq…Business? Ha, good one 🙂 Doing well, also pretty busy…summer is almost here (well, it is here anyway). What’s a social life? 🙂

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  • TorqToon

    Mar 26, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #9

    Rainrix – Apparently France still wanted to take Debuchy on the trip but we said no as wanted him under our jurisdiction for his recovery. Good call.

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  • Rainrix

    Mar 26, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #10

    Ibiza… Theres only one thing better than 1 dreamboat, 2 dreamboats, hopefully carrs lining up no 3 🙂

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  • TorqToon

    Mar 26, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #11

    My wife and kids inform me that summer has FAR from hit Newcastle, so maybe its YOU who is the jammy git?? Haha

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 26, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #12

    Rainrix…Great article. Does wind me up when people say “with the money they are paid…”. Granted they’re paid to stay in better condition that the average Joe, but they are human and will suffer from a busy workload like the rest of us.

    Great to have Cabaye back to his best and ready for the challenge.

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  • Rainrix

    Mar 26, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #13

    Torq… Just did a search on it by the sounds of it pards let him go so france could assess him, dunno if they changed their minds

    http://www.shieldsgazette.com/sport/football/newcastle-ace-mathieu-debuchy-could-face-city-1-5503801

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  • Rainrix

    Mar 26, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #14

    Ibiza… Agreed, they train and play so much most of us would be sick of the sight of a football, in cabayes case its 11 months of constant football. I dont know how many days are spent on training but i imagine its most of the week. It’ll take its toll inevitably

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 26, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #15

    Ibiza…thanks for the heads up earlier 🙂

    …and thanks for the link Tuff (think it is case of taking Santon sais out of context. Reminds me of the PSG Ba incident!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 26, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #16

    Torq…When it comes to weather I can’t argue that. Seems dreadful over there. How is it in France?

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 26, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #17

    Jesper…I certainly wont be reading too much in to the Santon situation. Hardly begging to leave.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 26, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #18

    Rainrix…Nearly missed you there. Having grown men kicking balls at you all day can be exhausting…so I’m told.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 26, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #19

    Good luck to them both! And Yanga if he is with them. Hopefully they can beat Spain and stay injury free. It will be nice feeling when both Spain and Barca are finally found out for their awful brand of football. Great passing and technical ability undoubtedly, but hugely dull to watch, Spain in particular as they don’t have the class of Messi to occasionally do something magical and liven up a match.

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  • Spoof

    Mar 26, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #20

    We have a big Europa league game coming up, our next two league matches after City are home to Fulham and that lot down the road, could it be worth not risking players against City as 2 home wins would defo see us safe, and we should try to keep in the Europa for as long as possible, afterall we are only 2 rounds away from a possible Champions league place.
    Perhaps not risking Debuchy, Cabaye and Santon against City could prove to be a blessing in disguise

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 26, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #22

    Ibiza…journos just like a story that controversial more than a boring one 😉 lol

    …it seems they always have an agenda (they have to sell papers I guess)

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 26, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #23

    Jesper…Are you implying that papers strong it to sell papers? Never have I heard such claims.

    They’re just hard working honest people like the rest of us 😉

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 26, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #24

    Spoof,
    I don’t think the Europa League leads to a Champions League spot…. Otherwise English teams wouldn’t take it so lightly all the time. It certainly didn’t get Atleico in the Champs League.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 26, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #25

    Spoof…I can see you’re thinking, but anyone rested against City would be more likely to play against Benefica on the 4th, don’t you think?

    All of our remaining games are huge, but the next 5 (3 PL and 2 EL) are going to be hugely important.

    I’d really like us to have the PL secured before our last few games, hopefully we can then concentrate on getting us into the final of the EL….scary that we’re that close, never would have thought it with the way this season has gone. Would be typical Newcastle to have a season everyone wants to forget and then to actually win something. Actually, that sentence doesn’t hold up – Typical Newcastle / Winning something…hmmm…still, there’s always an opportunity to break the trend.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 26, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #26

    Ha. Looks like Ed and i are on the same page. next 5 games people 😉

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 26, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #27

    Lilongwe…There was an article recently about maybe changing things so that the winners of the EL would get a CL spot. Apparently they’re working on the implications, biggest one being how many European spots English teams might get, which is seen as unfair by other leagues. But where there is a will, there is a way….fingers crossed.

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  • Spoof

    Mar 26, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #28

    From previous post
    Lilongwe Geordie, its some thing which was mentioned yesterday

    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/4857977/Dan-King-column-Named-and-shamed-33-big-sports-bodies-lacking-female-leads.html

    you just never know

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  • Mark the Mag

    Mar 26, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #29

    Rainrix
    That was a great article about Cabaye, what a player and man he is. This really gives me belief that he will stay and captain NUFC in the long run and with him in the side we are guaranted to have a quality team. So in his words he be there to defend the colours of Newcastle.

    HWTL

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  • ballerfan2

    Mar 26, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #30

    I have to say that there is a lack of understanding in general regarding the psychology of players and the pressure they play under. I think it may have something to do with the vast sums they earn compared with the regular supporter and the idea that that means they should be able to perform at the top of their game each week. As a performer myself, I am aware that every move/sound I make is under a microscope and that knowledge can be extremely stressful. I wonder how the fans would react if every second at their workplace was under scrutiny by their bosses in the knowledge that a mistake could be pounced on with relish by some. Yet the players performances are watched by thousands of fans, tv and media, who they know are not slow in criticising even a slight error with their games being analysed in minutest detail in slo mo, in the papers and in the pubs. The huge salaries do not remove that pressure. I am not suggesting that fans don’t have the right to an opinion but would suggest just a little understanding and in many cases, support, might have a positive effect on performances.

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  • one Tony Green

    Mar 26, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #31

    and then you came out your bubble Ballerfan2. Footballers seldom have the pressures of wondering how to pay their mortgage or rent or to feed their family.
    I worked with the late Gary Speed and he told me that he lucky he was being a footballer without the everyday pressures of money.
    Bomb disposal in Iraq and Afghan work under pressure, heart surgeons work under pressure where you are talking life and death

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