The Newcastle team has just been announced and Ben Arfa starts along with captain Fabricio Coloccini, who returns to the side after missing the last 12 games with a back injury.
It seems that Newcastle will play in a 4-3-3 formation this afternoon with Cabaye, Tiote and Gutierrez the middle three and the three up front are Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse and Yoan Gouffran – and no sign of Moussa Sissoko even on the subs bench.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa starts at left back and Danny Simpson comes in at right back for the suspended Mathieu Debuchy.
So we don’t know if Moussa is injured or has just been completely rested for today – after starting every game since he was signed from Toulouse in late January.
Of the starting eleven, seven of the team were regulars last season - so there’s lot more experience in the side than we had against Liverpool last Saturday – good!
And young local lad Adam Campbell again makes the bench for the side today, so he must be looking good in training.
For West Ham former Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan leads out the side today and former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll leads the attack.
This is simply a massive game for Newcastle and we just have to be strong and play well, and try to get something out of the game.
Howay The Lads!!
West Ham (4-2-3-1): Jussi Jaaskelainen; Guy Demel, Winston Reid, James Collins, Joey O’Brien; Gary O’Neil, Mohamed Diame; Ricardo Vaz Te, Kevin Nolan (c), Matt Jarvis; Andy Carroll
Substitutes: Stephen Henderson, Emanuel Pogatez, Matt Taylor, Jack Collison, Mark Noble, Joe Cole, Carlton Cole
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Rob Elliot; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa; Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez; Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse, Yoan Gouffran
Substitutes: Steve Harper, Mike Williamson, James Perch, Dan Gosling, Vurnon Anita, Adam Campbell, Shola Ameobi
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