None of Newcastle’s players who were on International duty for their countries during the summer will play tonight, and it looks like Ben Arfa will also be missing.
Alan Pardew - will play those players who are fittest
Tim Krul is still recovering from his dissociated shoulder and he will not play along with Yohan Cabaye, Ben Arfa, Fabricio Coloccini, Papiss Cisse, Mathieu Debuchy and Cheick Tiote.
Coloccini was not due to return to training until Thursday, but came back yesterday and surprised the manager and the players – that’s a very good sign from the captain.
Motherwell finished second top of the Scottish Premier League last season, 16 points behind Celtic, and that gives them entry into the Europa League for next season, under Stuart McCall, the former Bradford City manager.
This is what Alan Pardew told the Evening Chronicle today:
“We have a fairly young team with a sprinkling of senior players. I am playing the team which is in the best condition.” “So the best-conditioned player in each position will play.”
“For example, the best-conditioned No 4 is Vurnon Anita.” “He is in front of Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote, so he will play.” “Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is my best-conditioned center-half, so he will play.
“That is the reason behind the team.” “We want to get off to a winning start.” “Motherwell have done really well so it will be a tough game.” “I hope to see a few of our fans. We want to get off to a good start for them.”
We expect Alan to also give some of the youngsters a run-out tonight, and they include Adam Campbell, Paul Dummett, Haris Vuckic, Shane Ferguson and maybe Conor Newton, who did so well on loan at St. Mirren earlier this year.
Newcastle will want to get off to a winning start tonight, that’s for sure, but we could see a young Newcastle side playing tonight.
On Wednesday, Newcastle will travel to Portugal for the two games next Saturday and the following Tuesday against Rio Ave and Pacos de Ferreira respectively, and the squad will have a week-long training camp on the grounds of SC Braga.
Here’s the full pre-season schedule for Newcastle.
|Tue - 16 July KO 7:00pm||Motherwell||Fir Park||W 4-2|
|Sat - 20 July KO 6:00pm||Rio Ave||Estadio do Rio Ave||L 3-1|
|Tue - 23 July KO - 8:00pm||Pacos de Ferreira||Estadio da Capital do Movel||D 1-1|
|Sun - 28 July KO 3:00pm||Blackpool||Bloomfield Road||W 1-0|
|Tue - 30th July KO 7:30pm||St. Mirren||Love Street||W 2-0|
|Tue - 6 August, 7:45pm||Rangers||Ibrox Stadium||D 1-1|
|Sat - 10 August, KO 6:00pm||SC Braga||St. James' Park||D 1-1|
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