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.
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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