Papiss Cisse gets his first start since October 5th and lines up tonight against Tottenham, and it’s a 4-4-2 formation with de Jong and the Senegal striker up front, and Mathieu Debuchy has been passed fit and resumes at right back, with Davide Santon at left back.
Papiss Cisse – gets a start tonight
And as we had suspected Ben Arfa drops to the bench, with Yoan Gouffran returning to the side, after recovering from injury, and Sammy Ameobi keeps his place after his excellent showing on Saturday at Chelsea.
But local lad Adam Armstrong loses his place on the bench, and it looks like Davide Santon reverts to left back, as Mathieu Debuchy is surprisingly fit – which is excellent news – and Tim Krul also passed his late fitness test.
The two wing men with be Gouffran and Ameobi with Anita and Sissoko in central midfield.
Newcastle need to get something out of this game tonight, and at least we have Gouffran and Cisse returning – so we have an additional two goalscorers in the side from last Saturday.
We cannot win if we cannot score, and we’ve failed to score in six of the last seven league games.
Hopefully we can get a result tonight against 5th placed Spurs – with Newcastle currently in 9th place.
Newcastle (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon; Yoan Gouffran, Moussa Sissoko (c), Vurnon Anita, Sammy Ameobi; Luuk de Jong, Papiss Cisse
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Dan Gosling, Sylvain Marveaux, Hatem Ben Arfa, Shola Ameobi
Tottenham: (4-3-3): Hugo Lloris; Kyle Walker, Younes Kaboul, Jan Vertonghen, Kyle Naughton; Nabil Bentaleb, Paulinho, Etienne Capoue; Aaron Lennon; Emmanuel Adebayor, Mousa Dembele
Substitutes: Brad Friedel, Michael Dawson, Nacer Chadli, Christian Eriksen, Andros Townsend, Harry Kane, Roberto Soldado
Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)
Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and +1 on us on Google+