Yanga-Mbiwa and Steven Taylor start the game in central defense for Newcastle today in the 3rd round of the FA Cup at home to Cardiff City, and Mike Williamson gets a well deserved rest, and this is Taylor’s only second appearance for Newcastle this season, after he started the first game at the Etihad Stadium in August.
Yanga-Mbiwa – gets a start in central defense today
So that looks like Alan Pardew has made six changes to the side that disappointed and lost 1-0 at the Hawthorns to West Brom on Wednesday afternoon.
It will give some of our fringe players a much-needed chance to shine today, and hopefully we’ll be good enough to get through to the 4th round of the FA Cup by 5:00 pm local time this afternoon.
Fab Coloccini, Yohan Cabaye and Tim Krul are all out injured, and Mathieu Debuchy is suspended for the first of three games, after his straight red card on Wednesday.
And Ben Arfa, as expected, gets a rare start and has a chance to shine for the Magpies today, and Davide Santon switches over the right back – to allow Massadio Haidara to comes in at left-back, so there are four changes made to the defensive five with only Santon playing in the last game.
Jak Alnwick, the Ameobi brothers, Loic Remy, Mike Williamson, Gabby Obertan and Paul Dummett are on the bench.
Cardiff City play a strong side, in the first game for new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and last time out they were unlucky to lose to two very late goals to Arsenal on Wednesday.
We need a win today.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle:(4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; Davide Santon, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara; Cheick Tiote (c), Vurnon Anita; Hatem Ben Arfa, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran; Papiss Cisse
Substitutes: Jak Alnwick, Paul Dummett, Mike Williamson, Sammy Ameobi, Gabriel Obertan, Shola Ameobi, Loic Remy
Cardiff 4-4-2): David Marshall; Kevin McNaughton, Mark Hudson (c), Ben Turner, Declan John; Don Cowie, Aron Gunnarsson, Kim Bo-Kyung, Peter Whittingham; Peter Odemwingie, Andreas Cornelius
Substitutes: Joe Lewis, John Brayford, Steven Caulker, Tommy Smith, Craig Noone, Craig Conway, Fraizer Campbell
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Manchester)