Newcastle have had a few slip-ups this season as Alan Pardew has talked about today – but not too many, and our only defeat at home was that shocker when we went down to Hull City 3-2 after being ahead 2-1 at half time – and we just have to hope this afternoon against a beatable Stoke City we don’t have any slip-ups.
The players are in great form right now and coming off what was simply a superb performance and win in London last Saturday, when Newcastle looked a god and professional side in the pouring rain, and outfought a Tony Pulis Crystal Palace team, who are again fighting against relegation.
Alan Pardew has all his players fit and well for this game, but Cheick Tiote will miss this game because of a one game suspension after picking up his 5th yellow card of the season at Selhurst Park last weekend.
And the manager has already said he would have picked the same side for today’s game had Cheick been available, so we think Newcastle will play in a 4-4-2 formation today with big Shola Ameobi coming in up front to partner Loic Remy, and Vurnon Anita keeping his place in the starting eleven and dropping into the defensive midfield role.
So given that, this is the side we think Alan will field today.
Debuchy Coloccini c) Williamson Santon
Sissoko Anita Cabaye Gouffran
Subs: Elliot Yanga-Mbiwa Haidara Ben Arfa Obertan Ameobi (Sa) Cisse
Still no place the bench for god players like Steven Taylor, Paul Dummett and Sylvain Marveaux.
The poll on the outcome of the game shows a high 78% think we will win this game with 14% opting for the draw.
The keys to the game are that the defense can keep playing as solidly as they have done over the last few games, and that every player puts in a good shift, like they did at Selhust Park last weekend.
If that happens, then Newcastle could get all three points, and that will set us up for a monumental game against Arsenal in the early kick-off game on Sunday afternoon, and the game will be beamed live around the world.
A draw would also be an OK result but Newcastle have done well this season in turning potential draws into wins, and the goal this afternoon will definitely be to get another win – our 7th in the last nine league games.
If we can do that Geordie spirits will be soaring even higher than they are right now.
Howay The Lads!!
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