Shola Ameobi And Vurnon Anita Start Against Saints


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As expected Newcastle revert to a 4-4-2 formation for the game against Southampton this afternoon, and Vurnon Anita starts in place of the suspended Yohan Cabaye and Shola Ameobi is up front alongside Loic Remy.

So Shola Ameobi coming in for Yohan Cabaye is the one change manager Alan Pardew has made from the team that won 1-0 at Old Trafford last weekend.

The subs bench is also strong – Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Hatem Ben Arfa and Papiss Cisse – and we could see three of them get an outing this afternoon.

Newcastle will attack Southampton this afternoon, and vice versa – so it seems that a great game is in store for a sold out St. James’ Park.

Southampton will also play in a 4-4-2 formation, and England striker Rickie Lambert starts up front, but there’s a surprise in that midfielder Adam Lallana is on the bench, as is Morgan Schneiderlin, who has been recovering from injury.

Southampton are currently 3 points behind Newcastle, and a Magpies victory will put 6 points between the two teams tonight, but the Saints have been playing some great football this season, and this will be a difficult and close game.

Howay The Lads!!

Teams:

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita, Yoan Gouffran; Shola Ameobi, Loic Remy
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse

Southampton (4-4-2): Paulo Gazzaniga, Calum Chambers, Dejan Lovren, Jos Hooiveld, Luke Shaw; James Ward-Prowse, Jack Cork, Steven Davis, Jay Rodriguez; Rickie Lambert (c), Dani Osvaldo.
Substitutes: Cody Cropper, Maya Yoshida, Jose Fonte, Morgan Schneiderlin, Gaston Ramirez, Adam Lallana, Sam Gallagher

Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)



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287 comments so far

  • JackButler

    Dec 14, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #1

    As expected really……………………….but I’m amazed that Obertan is still in the squad, the guy is beyond poor and no where near PL standard

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  • Malta Mag

    Dec 14, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #2

    I would always prefer HBA in place of Ameobi but whether I like it or not the system has worked with Shola to date so no complaints. Could we though be looking at two systems home and away with Shola left on the bench for the away games? Interesting.

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  • boater

    Dec 14, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #3

    JB – On the basis he single-handedly inspired us to two wins against Fulham and Villa, and remains our most potent individual match-winner. On the basis he was dropped alongside Cisse – and therefore unfairly bracketed with him as a passenger when the wins started coming. His only failing was in trying too hard.. but the team was floundering at the time, so I sympathise with him.

    I like Pardew but it’s his tactical failure to accommodate Ben arfa not the other way around.. the longterm answer is to have Ben Arfa in the team as we still lack genuine goal threat and ingenue in the final 3rd. Ben Arfa is a natural finisher – we need more of that in the team.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 14, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #4

    I think HBA Showed enough in his last ceo to suggest that keeping possession and spreading the ball around is preferable to the team than showboating IMHO.

    I think Pardew is right to stick to the current formula, but if things are going well even if it’s good but goalless then bring Hatem on at half time. I would like him not to sub Goofy though, I think Hatem would work well with the likes of him and Anita.

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Dec 14, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #5

    We could get over run in MF

    Shola is useless

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  • toonbrother

    Dec 14, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #6

    4-4-2 with coloshitty at the back never a good thing

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  • manxpie

    Dec 14, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #7

    jack as i said the other day he’s getting put in the shop window imo
    so thats a good thing in a way

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Dec 14, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #8

    I think Pardew should have kept the 4-2-3-1 formation. But hopefully the 4-4-2 will go well

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  • Unbelievable Tekkers

    Dec 14, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #9

    This is our best bet against Southampton. The best way to combat high pressing is to play more long balls and that’s why Shola’s is needed for this game. I don’t think it will be our prettiest performance but hopefully we can get the win.

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  • toonbrother

    Dec 14, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #10

    Look out for classic coloshitty behaviour today:

    1. Not even bothering to leap for headers
    2. Drifting out of position to heroically help Santon and Debuchy
    3. Diving into tackles rashly to conceal his lack of pace
    4. Ball watching.
    5. Leaving huge gaps for S”otton to thread easy balls through
    6. Being utterly and completely useless

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  • manxpie

    Dec 14, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #11

    llalana on the bench for them
    strange 1 that like

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  • JackButler

    Dec 14, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #12

    Nice dig at Sir Alex from Pardew 😀

    boater – Our most potent individual match winner is Remy and has been all season long.

    I am no fan of Pardew but the guy is like every other manager as all have failed to accommodate HBA so perhaps its down to the player.

    You simply cannot build a side around a player who is so inconsistent. On his day he’s brilliant but his days are way too few and far between.

    Unless HBA steps up and performs week in, week out he will never get a long run in the side

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  • boater

    Dec 14, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #13

    I’m really struggling to imagine a home win today. It’d be far too straightforward for nufc after last week’s heroics. Two solid and slightly workmanlike team sheets. Our bench the more dazzling- that may be the difference.

    1-1

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 14, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #14

    Boater – I agree about Hatem. I am hoping Pards is digging his heels in with him to make a final impression that it’s team first, and his game will follow. I think he is getting the picture from the glimpses we have seen of late. But as for taking people on and losing it, the best players do that all the time, with Benny his appearances are too short for us to enjoy the successes which would outshine the failures. He needs games, do I am hoping Pardew starts to get him back to regular starts. My fear is Pardew is a percentage man, and will stick to rugged football at the cost of truly skilled players.

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  • JackButler

    Dec 14, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #15

    manxpie

    Being put in the shop window, as you put it would put more people off than it would attract

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  • manxpie

    Dec 14, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #16

    toonbrother did you watch last weeks game!?
    you know the 1 where collo was immense?

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  • manxpie

    Dec 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #17

    lol jack yeah but it’s just letting the crystal palaces of this league know that he’s about and fit

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #18

    Indian and Toonbotherer – 2 of the most useless posters whose agenda is even more pitiful than their opinion. Clueless and tedious line-fillers.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #19

    Good line up, not a big surprise really why break up a winning formula

    Boater
    What a crock
    Tactical failure? Won 5 of our last 6 with benny barely on the pitch
    He dropped benny not only like cisse but also like tiote and guess what all are being re introduced and all have shown huge improvements in there performances, that’s not a tactical failure that’s addressing there p*ss poor form and maximising use of the squad
    There’s more to NUFC than Ben Arfa and it’s pathetic that despite being on a great run some idiots use one player to beat the manager with

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  • JackButler

    Dec 14, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #20

    Pardew on receiving the LMA performance of the week award – “Well I’d like to thank the LMA for our performance of the week, we are absolutely delighted and to know that Sir alex was on the panel as its not bad for a wee club in the north” 😀

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Dec 14, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #21

    The reason we lost against Swansea is because we lost the midfield battle against West Brom and Norwich Remy and Shola came back into midfield to win the ball back so many times never done it against Swansea so they really need to give energy in the midfield

    Our best option would be to go 433 with Shola as the striker and Gouffran Remy as the wide forwards I prefer Remy wide as he seems to get more space and chances sneaking in at the back post

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  • boater

    Dec 14, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #22

    JB – He’s a flair player, and yes, inconsistent – like Ginola, Robert, Tino, etc. but most are unfortunately. It’s all very conference league this ‘needs to be consistent every game’ bravado. Good sides i.e. top sides all across Europe, have these players and find a way to integrate them – knowing they will produce the spark to win you 1 or 2 from 4 matches.

    He’s only had 2 or 3 managers in his 20s.. hardly a case of dozens have tried and failed to tame him.

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Dec 14, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #23

    F of Tsunki

    I want NUFC to do well, not to see a pensioner like shola waste club’s resources

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 14, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #24

    Tads – bit harsh mate that’s not like you 🙂

    I think the point is that Hatem surely has the ability to be a focal point of an attacking mid, just would be good if Pards could find a way to make that mid work. It’s been our biggest problem, although central defence has been getting all the press. We seem to be bossing the area of late. No coincidence with results – maybe the team is finally glued enough to accommodate the lad?

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Dec 14, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #25

    Last opportunity for Shola to score before a year passes by since he last scored.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Dec 14, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #26

    Just thought I’d assess the mood today on here. Shame that the same muppets are still slagging off Colo, Shola and Pardew for no good reason.

    JB – I think you might have gone a little overboard on Obertan too. Not that I think he’s a good player, but he still tries hard and maybe he’ll have a contribution to make this season.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 14, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #27

    It doesn’t matter how you explain it, Indian and botherer will never get it. They don’t want to, you see…..

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  • JackButler

    Dec 14, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #28

    boater

    At this level if you are not consistent you simply don’t win anything so calling it bravado is simply stupid.

    He’s going on 27 so by now should have found a way to perform consistently.

    Strange how so many other ‘Flair’ players are consistent but that it’s something e should not expect of HBA???

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  • boater

    Dec 14, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #29

    TADS – hold your horses there compadre. wow I remember why I have nothing to do with this blog.

    I rate Pardew very highly -and supported him last season when we were losing every week. I love the winning run, and recognise the tactical tweaks Pards has produced to make it happen.

    That doesn’t men I agree with every single thing he does. Including Ben arfa’s integration into the team – or finding a Ba/Cisse solution up front last year.

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Dec 14, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #30

    I could say the same about you 🙂

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Dec 14, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #31

    We only conceded 4 with 10 men

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  • JackButler

    Dec 14, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #32

    ToonDarnSarf

    If I were in the squad/team I’d try my hardest as well but that doesn’t make it right to play me as like Obertan I’m not good enough.

    The guy has never shown anything and simply cannot cut it at this level. If Sir Alex cannot get the best out of someone then there’s little hope for anyone else. He simply isn’t good enough at this level

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  • Oleg G

    Dec 14, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #33

    Man C destroyed Arsenal.

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Dec 14, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #34

    5-2 flatters arsenal

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  • theartfuldodger

    Dec 14, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #35

    5-2 manc vs arsenal

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  • Ted Bundy

    Dec 14, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #36

    Riding the crest of a wave, Willo to get off the mark today and Toon to win 3-1.

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  • theartfuldodger

    Dec 14, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #37

    manc 6 – 3 arsenal

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  • Oleg G

    Dec 14, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #38

    The Man C – Arsenal could’ve finished even 10-4 on another day. Man C on a different level today.

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  • Benji84

    Dec 14, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #39

    well it looks like marv is definately leaving either in the winter or summer transfer as i have not seen him much at all this season. Obs you have to wonder whats going on there. As long as we dont do anything stupid we should southhamption. They have been playing well so lets see what we can do.

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  • Benji84

    Dec 14, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #40

    Do you guys feel that players in our team have lifted due to the world cup coming in the summer and they want to play better to get in the squad. two players i would put in there in shoal and Mr T. these two have gone to a new level from last season since they both have qualified thoughs

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