What’s Your Team For Saturday?

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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60 comments so far

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Dec 12, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #1

    My team for Saturday NUFC

  • Jamiemac

    Dec 12, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #2

    To be honest I agree with Ed’s team.

  • mickg108

    Dec 12, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #3

    I’d go with Ed’s team.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 12, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #4


    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!)

  • dantoon85

    Dec 12, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #5

    Only change I’d make is mbiwa for colo

  • Dannyo

    Dec 12, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #6

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

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 12, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #7

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

  • Jamiemac

    Dec 12, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #8

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

  • James Keith

    Dec 12, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #9

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

  • bills-son

    Dec 12, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #10

    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.

  • Kris

    Dec 12, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #11

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

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

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 12, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #12

    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.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 12, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #13

    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

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Dec 12, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #14

    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.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Dec 12, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #15

    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.

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 12, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #16

    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

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 12, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #17

    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.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 12, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #18

    not saying to sack pardew before people leap to his defense

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

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 12, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #19

    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

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 12, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #20

    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?

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 12, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #21


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

  • alienhunter

    Dec 12, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #22

    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.

  • Ciaran

    Dec 12, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #23


    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…

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 12, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #24


    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.

  • Ciaran

    Dec 12, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #25

    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? Sportsdirectnews.com

  • theartfuldodger

    Dec 12, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #26

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

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 12, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #27

    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.

  • Slank

    Dec 12, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #28

    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.

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 12, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #29

    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.

  • bills-son

    Dec 12, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #30



  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Dec 12, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #31

    MBiwa for Colo.
    HBA for Shola.

  • Slank

    Dec 12, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #32

    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.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Dec 12, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #33

    Like two peas in a pod …

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 12, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #34

    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

  • Spoof

    Dec 12, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #35

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

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 12, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #36


    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.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 12, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #37

    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.

  • Tommyy

    Dec 12, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #38

    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.

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 12, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #39

    Transfer Sage

    good point mate.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 12, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #40

    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.


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