Bad news again today that Yohan Cabaye is not included in the squad for today’s vital home game against West Ham – are we still paying this player?
But Alan Pardew makes four changes to the side that was torn apart at the Etihad Stadium on Monday night, and Davide Santon, Vurnon Anita, Sylvain Marveaux and Shola Ameobi all start this game.
Newcastle will play in an attacking 4-4-2 formation with Shola Ameobi and Papiss Cisse up front, and Ben Arfa and Sylvain Marveaux on the flanks, and Vurnon Anita has come in for the injured Cheick Tiote who has a groin strain, and he will partner Sissoko in central midfield.
For West Ham Kevin Nolan – the former Newcastle United captain – is the Hammer’s skipper and probably also their danger man, and former Newcastle striker target Modibo Maiga starts for West Ham up front.
Gael Bigirimana makes the bench today, as does Haris Vuckic.
We are not happy that Yohan Cabaye has again let the side down before a ball has been kicked – and we’ll leave it at the for the moment.
Newcastle need to win this game today – and out fans at the game need to support the players big time, and hopefully to victory.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa, Vurnon Anita, Moussa Sissoko, Sylvain Marveaux; Shola Ameobi, Papiss Cisse
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett, Dan Gosling, Gael Bigirimana, Haris Vuckic, Sammy Ameobi, Yoan Gouffran
West Ham (4-2-3-1): Jussi Jaaskelainen; Guy Demel, James Collins, Winston Reid, Joey O’Brien; Mark Noble, Mohamed Diame; Matt Jarvis, Kevin Nolan (c), Stewart Downing; Modibo Maiga
Substitutes: Adrian, Razvan Rat, James Tomkins, Alou Diarra, Joe Cole, Ravel Morrison, Ricardo Vaz Te
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)