The team has just been announced for Newcastle for today’s game at Hull City, and there’s a surprise with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa preferred to Steven Taylor as the replacement for Fab Coloccini, who has been given compassionate leave and is back in Argentina.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – gets a rare chance at Hull City
It looks like it’s a 4-4-2 formation with Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong up front, or maybe Luuk playing as a withdrawn striker just behind Remy, and as expected, local lad Paul Dummett keeps his place at left back after a good performance last Sunday.
And Steven Taylor remains on the bench, and it seems he’s now the fourth choice center-back at the club.
And Sylvain Marveaux is back on the bench. but it looks like Ben Arfa is still out injured, and there’s no Sammy Ameobi on the bench either.
Jak Alnwick is the substitute goalkeeper, so we assume Elliot is not fit.
Cheick Tiote captains the side in Colo’s absence, and if Newcastle are to win this game then Mapou needs to have a solid game alongside the in-form Mike Williamson.
And Mapou cannot be reckless and give away any free kicks just outside the box, or even heaven forbid – a penalty.
Newcastle need to win this game.
Howay The Lads!!
Hull (3-5-2): Allan McGregor; Alex Bruce, Curtis Davies, Maynor Figueroa; Ahmed Elomhamady,Meyler, Huddlestone, Livermore, Liam Rosenior; Nikica Jelavic, Shane Long
Substitutes: Steve Harper, James Chester, Robert Koren, Stephen Quinn, George Boyd, Sone Aluko, Yannick Sagbo
Newcastle (4-4-1-1): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Paul Dummett; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote (c), Vurnon Anita, Yoan Gouffran; Luuk de Jong; Loic Remy
Substitutes: Jak Alnwick, Massadio Haidara, Steven Taylor, Dan Gosling, Sylvain Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Papiss Cisse