It’s an important game tomorrow night in the Capital One Cup against former European Cup semi-finalists Leeds United, and it’s one that Alan Pardew will be looking to win, after Saturday’s disastrous result against Hull, and not a very good performance either.
Mike Williamson – likely to start tomorrow night
But Alan will need to give some of his fringe players a game, and at the same rest some of his current starters for next Monday night’s league game at Everton.
At the very least Pardew ill have the bench full with experienced players in case they are needed during the game, and it’s not going to be easy with over 5,000 Leeds fans making the trek up from Yorkshire.
Here’s a possible team Alan could start tomorrow night, assuming both Jonas and Haidara are not available, and of course Shoal Ameobi and Steven Taylor are both out injured for a few weeks, and Cabaye is not available either.
Debuchy Williamson Coloccini (c) Dummett
Marveaux Gosling Bigirimana
Gouffran Cisse Ameobi (Sa)
There are eight changes to the side that started on Saturday, and the manager may not want to make that many changes in what is an important game for us.
With Mike Williamson fit again, we think he may edge out young Curtis Good, who played well at Morecambe, and we seem to lack decent heading power in the back line these days, and Mike will give us that.
And Cisse will be given a start in the hopes he can get a goal, but Papiss needs to look a lot more threatening than he has so far this season, if he wants to start the game next Monday night.
The last thing we need is another defeat, and that would be disastrous after the bad loss to Hull on Saturday.
What would your team be for Leeds?
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