Papiss Cisse is set to start his first pre-season game tonight at St. Mirren and it looks like Alan Pardew will again play in a 4-4-2 formation at Love Street tonight.
Papiss Cisse scoring dramatic injury time winner against Stoke
It will be great to see Papiss back in action after his stand-off with Newcastle and Wonga ended last week, and he finally reached an agreement to wear the Wonga insignia on his shirt and training gear.
Both Yoan Gouffran and Shola Ameobi have played well up front so far in this pre-season, with Shola getting three goals and Gouffran getting one goal, so that’s over half of the 7 goals Newcastle have scored so far.
And after Shola suffered from a dead leg in the first half at Blackpool on Sunday, after scoring for the team after just 5 minutes, we will probably see Gouffran and Cisse start up front tonight.
Newcastle haven’t suffered too many injuries this pre-season (fingers crossed), but Obertan has a slight knock and is unavailable for this game.
This is what Alan Pardew had to say in the local press about tonight’s game:
“Anita will be involved. Obertan has got a slight knock.” “He will be the one player you won’t see this week. Hatem, Colo and Papiss will also play.”
It’s always good to get wins, whether it’s in pre-season or not, and we are hoping we can put in another good performance tonight and get the win, and if we can do that it will be three wins in five pre-season games so far.
Pardew has said Cisse has looked very sharp in training over the last few days, so it will be good to see the Senegal captain in action tonight, and to see how he looks in his Wonga shirt.
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