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What’s Your Team For Saturday?

9:01 am, Thursday, December 12th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 60 Comments

Yohan Cabaye is suspended for the game on Saturday at home to Southampton, after picking up his 5th yellow card of the season after only 7 minutes, in the 1-0 win at Old Trafford last Saturday.

yohan cabaye warming up

Yohan Cabaye – misses game on Saturday

And after last Saturday’s magnificent win, manager  Alan Pardew is unlikely to make too many changes to the side, although we do expect Newcastle to revert to a more attacking 4-4-2 formation.

This could be the starting eleven for the game on Saturday.

Debuchy Coloccini (c) Williamson Santon
Sissoko Tiote Anita Gouffran
Ameobi (Sh) Remy

That’s a good side, and has Vurnon Anita playing in the advanced central midfield role in place of Cabaye, and Shola Ameobi is restored to an attacking partnership with Loic Remy up front.

Basically, it’s Shola coming in for Yohan Cabaye, from the team that started at Old Trafford last weekend.

What would you team be for Saturday’s game?

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Tags: Newcastle News · Premier League · Shola Ameobi · Vurnon Anita · Yohan Cabaye

60 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 12, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    My team for Saturday NUFC

  • 2 Jamiemac // Dec 12, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    To be honest I agree with Ed’s team.

  • 3 mickg108 // Dec 12, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    I’d go with Ed’s team.

  • 4 Rotonda heights // Dec 12, 2013 at 9:15 AM


    I know what Ciaran means even if he could have put it better. Calling people thick isn’t usually a vote winner

    We’re riding the crest of a wave at the moment (Swansea apart) and whatever my personal thoughts about Pardew in the past have been I am reserving judgement and praying this run can keep going and not implode.

    I do actually acknowledge we are playing better football and whether that’s down to Pardew himself or Pardew listening to fans and players, either way it’s all good.

    I have no time for someone who will never change ie Allardyce and Pulis who represent anti-football even when having better technical players at their disposal.

    But maybe Pardew is finally grasping that to get the best out of these type of players and be where we should rightly be in the table, given the quality of the squad then it was a case of change or die (not literally!)

  • 5 dantoon85 // Dec 12, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Only change I’d make is mbiwa for colo

  • 6 Dannyo // Dec 12, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Ed’s team is the most likely, but not the one I want.
    Swap Shola for Hatem.

  • 7 Rotonda heights // Dec 12, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    It’s amazing how Cisse and Jelavic have so spectacularly lost form

  • 8 Jamiemac // Dec 12, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Yeah fair play Rotonda – enjoy reading your posts as you construct and balance your arguments well. Keep up the good work!

  • 9 James Keith // Dec 12, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Debuchy Mbiwa Williamson Santon
    Tiote (c) Anita
    Ben Arfa Sissoko Gouffran

  • 10 bills-son // Dec 12, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Rotunda & Jamiemac,

    I wrote the post that Ciaran give his thicko reply to.

    He totally ignored the point I was making which was that being the second longest serving Prem manager doesn’t mean Pardew is good but it does show that the vast majority of managerial changes don’t work out.

    I was making the point that those still calling for Pardew’s head and saying we would be better off under another manager – it isn’t a guaranteed recipe for moving forward.

    Ciaran’s reply was infantile.

  • 11 Kris // Dec 12, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Team for Soton:
    Debuchy, Willo, Collo, Santon
    Anita, Tiote
    Benny, Remy, Gouffran

    Bench: Elliott, M’Biwa, Haidara, Marveaux, Sammy, Shola, Cisse

  • 12 Transfer Sage // Dec 12, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    I’d either go with eds team or give HBA a role behind remy in the attacking mid spot cabaye had. But I’d prefer eds side.

    On the media story about charging for access…it’s a stupid move from the club and will only go on to increase negative stories as there will be less interviews if they have to pay.

    I also imagine the fees they charge the papers won’t be that high, won’t be talking millions or even hundreds of thousands as it wouldn’t make financial sense for papers. So it can’t be a money issue as more could be made from selling adverts instead of sports direct using it for free (might be a small amount but surely as much or more than a paper will pay for interviews).

    To me it smacks of Ashley just wanting control. These type of things are the reason I want him gone and what makes me dislike the man despite slowly building a decent squad and making us the best prices ground in the prem league.

  • 13 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 12, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Team for Saturday
    Don’t know – most likely the team ed picked which is fine by me.
    Remy up front on his own does not work for me – puts in a stint but looks isolated.

    With Southampton being a pressing team they don’t give you much space but

  • 14 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 12, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    If we Go with only 2 in CM, we could get over run and it could be another Swansea.

    Having said that, it is at home.

  • 15 Hatem's better than Messi // Dec 12, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    I’d sack Pardew today if I thought Ashley would replace him with a higher calibre, tactically astute modern manager.

    But Ashley has such a small limited circle and not enough knowledge of the game. He’d ask JFK and we get Mick Harford.

    So no I don’t want to roll the dice now, but I can’t stand Pardew, he’s not good enough.

    We’ve only played well twice once against a tired Chelsea and against Man Utd we were set up better and more “at it” than them.
    So don’t get too excited this is a good spell after a long long period of dross, that Pardew couldn’t fix.

    He’s a fair-weather manager. Who talks to me like a used-car salesman.

  • 16 Black and White with an army lol // Dec 12, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    give the poor form lads a chance


    Debuchy, MYM, Willo, Santon
    Sissoko, Tiote, Anita
    Cisse, Remy

    or 4-3-3

    Dbuchy, MYM, Willo, Santon
    Sissoko, Tiote, Anita
    HBA, Remy/Cisse, Gouffran

    if we convert back to the 4-4-2 i think our midfield will get destroyed by Southampton

  • 17 Transfer Sage // Dec 12, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    I would love to see what a modern manager would get out of this team, even an average/unproven one like poyet, pochettino, laudrup…it would be interesting.

  • 18 Transfer Sage // Dec 12, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    not saying to sack pardew before people leap to his defense

    just curious to see if we are as good as we make out

  • 19 Black and White with an army lol // Dec 12, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Transfer Sage

    laudrup would probably get us in the top 6 every season or even top 4.

    Poyet would be good at attacking but i think our mentality would be worse and many of our players would be gone.

    Pochettino would also be good at Newcastle he would also probably get us top 6 but the major concern if he came is not many french players would understand him and we would have to rely on Collo and Jonas for team talks meaning them two will never leave

  • 20 Black and White with an army lol // Dec 12, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    i think any manager would become good at Newcastle but not many would come if they don’t have control of bringing in players.

    Basically what i mean is if we ever bring in a good manager that can guarantee a top 6 every season JFK will have to leave for this to happen and it won’t.

    Carr for DOF anyone?

  • 21 Black and White with an army lol // Dec 12, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    MA making a sh!t loads of money again, jesus when will he ever invest in NUFC?

  • 22 alienhunter // Dec 12, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    I’ve been thinking a bit more about this press thing. I’ve got a feeling that it will also stop untrue stories or quotes attributed the anonymous ‘club insider’ etc. – basically what journalists use to try and give a made up story some credit.

    I think by charging access rights, those that try and quote anything to do with the club will now be breaching legal agreements, irrelevant if named or not… V clever move to ensure only facts are reported.

  • 23 Ciaran // Dec 12, 2013 at 10:38 AM


    Playing the victim again are we? Give it a rest. If I recall correctly you once called Solano a tosser and called everyone who didn’t live in Newcastle not a real supporter, so I would imagine you are jumping on the fact that it was me who called you thick. Had AN Other mentioned it, I wouldn’t imagine you would be so up in arms.

    But if the cap fits…

  • 24 Transfer Sage // Dec 12, 2013 at 10:41 AM


    not sure on that….they can just report negative things without quoting sources as they wont have any interviews with players.

    it’s another daft move by Ashley in my eyes, it’s these petty things which annoy me a lot and undo the good he is doing.

  • 25 Ciaran // Dec 12, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Are people skimming over the fact that charging access for national journalists could simply be a way for Ashley to monopolise the news that comes out of NUFC?

    I’d be very surprised if any newspaper wants to pay for access to SJP, which would mean no access for any journos. So where would we get our news about NUFC?

  • 26 theartfuldodger // Dec 12, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Cabaye is the one who can spray the ball around. Id get in Marveaux.

  • 27 jimmysmith // Dec 12, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Interesting battle this between Ashley and the newspapers. One the owner of an institution that the press feeds off to sell papers, the other the voice of free speech and all that. Yet Ash can be a self serving, irresponsible and arbitrary and the other, well they’re mostly comics, after all. He’s hardly marginalized the Guardian and the Washington Post, let’s face it.

  • 28 Slank // Dec 12, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Ed’s team is the most likely as why change a team when you don’t have to.

    The only reason that Pardew has changed the team and formation was for ManU as he had a tactical plan, which worked.

    Southampton are similar to Cardiff in that they like to pass the ball around but also like to defend from the front with their forwards. They are also reckoned to be the fittest team in the Premier League.

    I think this may be a hard game, a score draw likely.

  • 29 Black and White with an army lol // Dec 12, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    i couldn’t care less about press issues concerning NUFC my only concern is football and how our Newcastle will progress.

    we all know the press spout rubbish because if they didn’t that would mean we have a 65 man squad fighting for 1st team starts, since they always say we are after this player then that player.

  • 30 bills-son // Dec 12, 2013 at 10:50 AM



  • 31 Hatem's better than Messi // Dec 12, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    MBiwa for Colo.
    HBA for Shola.

  • 32 Slank // Dec 12, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Ciaram @ 25

    This move by Ashley sounds like a good move. Why give free access to the printed media who then go on and write tripe and lies about the club, it’s staff and players? I can see other clubs doing the same.

    NUFC blog has it right:

    The club’s argument is that the printed media should be no different to their TV and radio counterparts and in effect buy a press box/press conference place, in order to reap a commercial benefit from their report.

  • 33 Hatem's better than Messi // Dec 12, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Like two peas in a pod …

  • 34 Black and White with an army lol // Dec 12, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    so Remy’s case is being held back until February next year, ah well it looks like he isn’t signing for us coming January

  • 35 Spoof // Dec 12, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    According to physioroom Debuchy is injured, does anyone have any info as to whether he will be fit for the Soton game

  • 36 Transfer Sage // Dec 12, 2013 at 11:04 AM


    the tv and radio need to buy rights to broadcast live….they could cover things as news stories without showing highlights.

    Papers don’t do live broadcasting of video or audio.

    News, even sports news, is free to report on, it’s not for me to allow the club, or anyone, to limit it to those who can afford to broadcast it.

  • 37 Transfer Sage // Dec 12, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    black and white

    the way stories are reported are annoying, it’s not great the way they word things, etc.

    But the do have inside contacts, friendships with certain people, they all talk, people don’t keep quiet, so half the stories that people say are utter rubbish are based on fact….just they exagerate the truth to a level which annoys most of us.

  • 38 Tommyy // Dec 12, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    I’m expecting a loss to Southampton in all honesty, not a big loss and I think it will be tight. However we struggle cataclysmically to any side that plays football, see City and Swansea. We made a good game if it against Liverpool though.
    Depends on how we set up, I think if we flood the midfield to combat their passing and movement we have a chance but if we give them any space like at Swansea then it’s game over. Passing sides are our Achilles heel.

  • 39 Black and White with an army lol // Dec 12, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Transfer Sage

    good point mate.

  • 40 Transfer Sage // Dec 12, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    black and white

    thats the problem, more so with written media. They will make a deadline from a quote, taken out of context and then use it to sell papers/subscriptions…it’s terrible.

    The standard of what makes a ‘good’ story these days is shocking, people seem to prefer to read cheap gossip than actual news, it rubs off into all areas too.

  • 41 Black and White with an army lol // Dec 12, 2013 at 11:19 AM


    i think most of us have the same thoughts about what you said, it will be a tough match even tougher than the Manure match.

    but if we stick to the 4-3-3 system and like you said about flooding the midfield like we did against Manure we could get a result against Southampton.

    Southampton may have quick agile players but so do we and we also have power which Southampton lack atm.

  • 42 Ted Bundy // Dec 12, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    The only way this blog will regain it’s popularity and output of fecund, good-natured posters exchanging opinions, is if everyone stops indulging the brat, Ruddy.

  • 43 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 12, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    He got a dead leg against Manure – so not sure.

    Well said – I could not care less if the press are allowed in or not.
    They make things up to suit get a reaction and to sell newspapers.
    Boring for them is no dressing room bust-up.

    They couldn’t even write a report on Saturday’s match it was all about ‘United’ and oh by the way Newcastle were the other team they ere were playing

  • 44 Black and White with an army lol // Dec 12, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Transfer Sage

    that’s true mate, iv’e already asked a few mates about the press situation with MA and they automatically assumed MA is doing this for the money but i told them it’s not about the money it’s about keeping the blame away from MA himself when it concerns transfers.

    for instance we have heard so many times we are after this player but then suddenly there was no bid for the player at all, yes we were looking at him but we did not put a formal bid on the player, then suddenly the press twist this around and this makes MA the bad guy.

    so i think with the press related issue i personally think it’s a good idea what MA is doing since even the top teams have the same situation

  • 45 Spoof // Dec 12, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Cheers charlie, what is concerning me is that if they are expected to be fit it would have return date as being 14th December, just with it having no return dateit makes me feel as if it could be worse than what we believed it to be, lets hope I’m wrong as Debuchy really has been playing very well, we don’t want him out as well

  • 46 Transfer Sage // Dec 12, 2013 at 11:31 AM


    they have to look at the bigger story though? is it newcastle winning there for the first time in 41 years? or is it man utd struggling in 9th place with a new manager after 27 years of ferguson?

    I agree for us it is much more important to look at our performance, and thats what local papers do…but national papers have to appeal to a wider audience, not just nationwide but also internationally now with the stories online.

  • 47 Ciaran // Dec 12, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    That’s right folks, I am the scourge of the blog, weighing it down. I have clipped its wings and prevented good natured banter. It’s not as if I have ever contributed to debate or discussed football at length with many people.

    Bill and Ted

    How about the pair of you take an excellent adventure far far away from the blog.

  • 48 Black and White with an army lol // Dec 12, 2013 at 11:34 AM


    hopefully Debuchy has just taken a knock

  • 49 Mister Tuff // Dec 12, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Ciaran – they cannot take an excellent adventure now as they are on a bogus journey.

  • 50 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 12, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Black and White with an army lol

    The transfer rumours are still going to be there. it was anonymous earlier and if a journalist has a sources than they will publish it.

  • 51 roy // Dec 12, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Bench Coloccini for Mbwia and play HBA out on the left with Gouffran partnering Remy up front and its another 3 points for the Mags!

  • 52 Ciaran // Dec 12, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Mister Tuff

    I love it when a pun effectively writes itself. I started the comment off with ‘Bills and Ted’, so I couldn’t let the opportunity slip. You understand of course.

    So when is the next thrashing being administered?

  • 53 Slank // Dec 12, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    roy @ 51

    ‘..Bench Coloccini for Mbwia and play HBA out on the left with Gouffran partnering Remy up front and its another 3 points for the Mags!..’

    I don’t think so. If it ain’t bust why fix it?

    Nothing since the the first half against Everton has suggested that the team needs an overhaul.

    We were far better than the virus carriers and the result at Swansea was a blip and the score didn’t really reflect the play.

    Perhaps a minor tweak here and there is needed when forced upon the team but nothing major is required.

    Southampton are a very good team. It ain’t going to be easy against them.

  • 54 wolfshead@toon // Dec 12, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    question is are they the good bills and ted or the evil bills and ted?

  • 55 Mister Tuff // Dec 12, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    wolfshead – evil bills and ted????
    I’ve always understood that they were a couple of dim-witted slackers.

  • 56 roy // Dec 12, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Slank it already is busted Cabaye is missing so HBA is the best one to come off the bench to replace him and play Anita in Cabayes position and move Gouffran alongside Remy.

  • 57 wolfshead@toon // Dec 12, 2013 at 12:18 PM


  • 58 Shadow_Shearer // Dec 12, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    I remember last season we played Southampton at St James park, when we won 4-2. It was french day. Pardew played his usual 4-2-3-1 all last season. Cabaye kept playin balls over the top as they were pressing quick, & left a lot of space behind.
    So my team. I would rather have MYM but I can see colo getting da call.


    I reckon we would run away with all 3 points with sumthin similar, as sissoko and gouffy can help double and treble up on there players. Benny will have da freedom 2 attack. But I’d make sure he doesn’t over dribble or hold on 2 it 2 long.

  • 59 LeToonARMY // Dec 12, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    ___BEN ARFA_____SISSOKO______GOUFRRAN___


  • 60 AmericanGeordie // Dec 12, 2013 at 6:43 PM


    Sissoko-Ben Arfa-Gouffran

    Two points:

    1. I think Colo-MYM is our best center back pairing. I appreciate the work Williamson has done during our fine recent run, but I firmly believe this is our best option.

    2. I’m convinced Sissoko is better equipped to play wide than in the middle of the park. Further, I think Ben Arfa is better suited for the middle in a classic #10 role behind the lead striker. HBA is perfect suited for the middle of the 3 in the 4-2-3-1.

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