As expected Yanga-Mbiwa and Ben Arfa both start for Newcastle today against Liverpool, with Mapou coming in for the injured Coloccini and Ben Arfa replacing Papiss Cisse, and the Frenchman will play in the middle of the front three, with Remy and Gouffran the two wide men.
So Remy and Gouffran will be the two to track back for Newcastle today – never a strong point of Ben Arfa’s – so that’s not a bad move by Alan Pardew.
Papiss Cisse is on the bench and so are the two Ameobi brothers, and Newcastle will play in their attacking 4-3-3 formation.
For Liverpool. Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez are up front – and Moses also starts today in a very strong looking Liverpool side.
Newcastle(4-3-3): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Davide Santon; Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote, Moussa Sissoko; Yoan Gouffran, Hatem Ben Arfa, Loic Remy
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett, Vurnon Anita, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Papiss Cisse, Shola Ameobi
Liverpool – Mignolet, Johnson, Cissokho, Toure, Skrtel, Sakho, Henderson, Gerrard, Moses, Suarez, Sturridge.
Subs: Jones, Agger, Kelly, Flanagan, Alberto, Sterling, Allen.
Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)
This is good opportunity for the lads to show what they can do against a very good side, and we’ll have to start this game on the front foot, and hope that lads can show the form they showed in the first half at Cardiff. but today keep that up for the full 90 minutes.
Howay The Lads!!