Newcastle play their second successive home game against Fulham at St. James’ Park, and a win is exactly what we need, and that will give us 4 points from three games and a very decent start to the season.
On the other hand a defeat will keep us in the bottom three of the Premier League, which is not where we want to be.
And Darren Bent, who was a a target for Newcastle in the summer, but we wouldn’t meet his wage demands so he didn’t arrive on Tyneside, will be in the Fulham squad, but whether he will start we don’t know.
Yohan Cabaye could well be in the Newcastle squad, after he seems to have come to his sense, but if the Times report today is true – that Newcastle are close to agreeing a £14M deal for the Frenchman with Arsenal, we will not see him today and he could well have played his last game for the club.
We hope Newcastle fans will support Cabaye if and when he comes on – it seems like two thirds of the fans think we should support him.
Loic Remy is also on the bench today, and could see his first action in a black and white shirt – and this is what Alan Pardew said about the French striker:
“He’s trained,” ”He hasn’t really done a pre-season but I think the option of him on the bench – maybe just for the real last period of the game – might be something I look at.”
“It’d be nice to bring him off the bench. He’s fit and well, there’s no problem with him, it’s just he can’t really do a big portion of the game.”
It also seems that number one goalkeeper Tim Krul will not make it, and Rob Elliot will be in goal, and his form at Morecambe on Wednesday night was good, so we should have no worries there.
We don’t expect Yohan Cabaye to start the game today and we expect Vurnon Anita and Moussa Sissoko to be the two central midfield players – and Cheick Tiote will again miss out but should be ready for the game next weekend at Aston Villa – that could be a tough game.
And Sammy Ameobi could be pushing for a start, after an excellent game at Morecambe on Wednesday, where he was Newcastle’s star player and scored an added time goal to make the score of 2-0 respectable.
This could be the side that Alan Pardew starts today:
Debuchy Coloccini (c) Yanga-Mbiwa Santon
Ben Arfa Anita Sissoko Ameobi (Sa)
Cisse Ameobi (Sh)
Subs: Alnwick Dummett Good Cabaye Marveaux Gouffran Remy
Gosling, Bigirimana and Obertan will probably not make the 18 man squad today, and we think 20 year-old Curtis Good deserves to be on the bench after his promising debut at center-back for Newcastle at Morecambe..
Newcastle have kept two clean sheets in their last two games, and that’s what we want to see today too, and with Papiss Cisse and Shola up front and some creativity on both wings with Sammy and Ben Arfa, some chances should be carved out for the two strikers today.
We won this same fixture last year 1-0, with that dramatic added time winner from Cisse, when he brilliantly scored from a great through ball from Sylvain Marveaux.
We hope Newcastle can get a goal because a win would be fantastic, and then we’d have to nervously wait out the last two days of the transferwindow, and see what transpires.
A win would be great today.
And let us know how you think we’ll do today and what your starting eleven would be.
I may be struggling to get the team out today at 2:00 pm, since I have some personal business going on, so if nothing comes out I’ve been tied up – but we”ll back immediately after the game – and hopefully reporting on the first win in the league this season.
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