We thought Newcastle had a decent chance of winning the game at the KC Stadium this afternoon, but there’s no doubt that it’s a severe blow that captain Fabricio Coloccini will not be in the team today at the KC Stadium.
Colo has been given compassionate leave to return to Argentina because of a family bereavement, and that’s all we know, but of course sometimes other things are more important than football.
Cheick Tiote will come in and take over the captaincy, and manager Alan Pardew has let the Ivorian know he’s now the official vice-captain, and he has become a better player with that extra responsibility, and the manager has been singing Cheick’s praises today.
Steven Taylor is likely to come in to replace Colo at the back, but Alan Pardew has been experimenting this week with different formations to try to shore up Newcastle at the back, as we’ve let far too many goals in last month – 10 goals in four games – to be exact.
Davide Santon is not fit, and we’re not sure of the status of Ben Arfa, and Colo is not available, so we expect this to be the team today:
Debuchy Williamson Taylor (S) Dummett
Sissoko Tiote (c) Anita Gouffran
Remy de Jong
Subs: Elliot Yanga-Mbiwa Gosling Ameobi (Sa) Ameobi (Sh) Marveaux Cisse
We’ll assume Ben Arfa and Santon are unfit – but it may be a surprise if Marveaux is brought back into the squad, because he did himself no favors with his last sub performance against Tottenham.
But we also want to have the best players at Newcastle in the squad.
The keys to this game are that Newcastle can be (very) solid in defense, and that we can score some goals, maybe though Loic Remy, but Luuk de Jong needs to get on the goal-scoring trail too, if he is to get a deal from Newcastle this summer.
What would your team be for today?
This is almost the best side Newcastle can put out today, so hopefully we are still in with a decent chance of winning the game, and get our 7th away win of the season and second win in a row.
43% think we can do that in our poll.
In order to win this game we will need to see good performances from both Steven Taylor and Cheick Tiote, and hope that Mike Williamson is again in sparkling form at the back, as he was last week against Aston Villa.
And Hull’s home form has been very decent this season, and in 13 home games they have only lost four times, and that was exactly the away record Aston Villa arrived with at St. James’ Park last Sunday – when we managed to beat them
Another win is what we all want to see this afternoon.
What do you think?
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