Some good news for Newcastle this afternoon, as Tim Krul is fit enough to start the game, and Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy are both on the bench for Newcastle.
And with Yohan being on the bench, that says to us there cannot be much truth in the Times report today that a £14M deal is close to being agreed between Newcastle and Arsenal for Cabaye – no way – so that’s potentially good news for Newcastle.
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 wings, with the central midfield being run by Moussa Sissoko and Vurnon Anita, who both had good games last week against West Ham.
In fact it’s the same team that started last week against West Ham, and Sammy Ameobi is a little unlucky not to shade Sylvain Marveaux for a starting place on the left wing this afternoon.
Paul Dummett and Dan Gosling both make the bench after good games at Morecambe, but there’s no place for Gael Bigirimana or Curtis Good, with Steven Taylor still suspended and Cheick Tiote out injured.
Darren Bent starts up front for Fulham – so let’s hope he doesn’t manage to get a goal against us today.
We need a win today and that will send the Geordie spirits flying.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa, Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita, Sylvain Marveaux; Shola Ameobi, Papiss Cisse
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett, Dan Gosling, Yohan Cabaye, Sammy Ameobi, Yoan Gouffran, Loic Remy
Fulham (4-4-2): David Stockdale; Sascha Riether, Brede Hangeland (c), Aaron Hughes, John Arne Riise; Alex Kacaniklic, Steven Sidwell, Scott Parker, Bryan Ruiz; Dimitar Berbatov, Darren Bent
Substitutes: Neil Etheridge, Matthew Briggs, Derek Boateng, Giorgios Karagounis, Damien Duff, Adel Taarabt, Hugo Rodallega
Referee: Chris Foy (Lancashire)
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