There’s no sign of Papiss Cisse today, even on the bench, in the team that Alan Pardew has announced will play at Blackpool this afternoon, in a 3:00 pm kick off, and maybe that means we will see him at St. Mirren on Tuesday night in the new Wonga strip.
But the team is quite a strong one, and Mike Williamson will partner Steven Taylor, in Fab Coloccini’s absence, and Shola Ameobi and Yoan Gouffran will be up front in a 4-4-2 formation this afternoon at Bloomfield Road.
And it’s interesting that big Moussa Sissoko will be in the middle of the Park with Yohan Cabaye, and maybe that’s Newcastle best central midfield pairing in the coming season.
18 year-old Adam Campbell is again on the bench and we hope we see Adam get a decent run-out in the second half this afternoon, and Mathieu Debuchy and Davide Santon are the full-backs, and the two Internationals look like the starters for this coming season too.
Jak Alnwick, Sammy Ameobi, Haris Vuckic and Paul Dummett are other youngsters on the bench this afternoon.
For Blackpool Tom Ince starts, and we’ve been linked with the 21 year-old winger this summer in the transfer market, and former Gosforth-born Newcastle striker Michael Chopra starts up front for the Tangerines.
We want to see a good performance from the team today, including in the first half, and hopefully a decent win.
Blackpool (4-3-3): Matt Gilks; Kirk Broadfoot, Gary MacKenzie, Craig Cathcart, Bob Harris; Barry Ferguson (c), Angel Martinez, Thomas Ince; Bobby Grant, Michael Chopra, Steven Davies
Substitutes: Mark Halstead, Massire Kante, Neil Bishop, Chris Basham, Isaiah Osbourne. Nathan Eccleston, Daylon Claasen, Tom Barkhuizen, Anderson Banvo, Jake Caprice
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Rob Elliot; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon; Sylvain Marveaux, Yohan Cabaye (c), Moussa Sissoko, Jonas Gutierrez; Yoan Gouffran, Shola Ameobi
Substitutes: Jak Alnwick, Paul Dummett, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Haris Vuckic, Sammy Ameobi, Adam Campbell