What’s Your Newcastle Team For Today?

Newcastle do have some injuries at the moment, and Tim Krul is the latest casualty with a knee injury, and Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy are also not available for this afternoon’s game at St. Mary’s against Southampton.

hatem ben arfa flying

Ben Arfa –  we want to see the Frenchman flying today

Tim is out at least two games and Debuchy will not be fit for next Saturday because of his groin strain, but Loic Remy should be able to play in our next game at home to Manchester United next Saturday.

Davide Santon is fit and in the squad, but’s he’s likely to be on the bench today as Paul Dummett continues at left back, and young Sammy Ameobi is still not fit.

And there have been strong calls from the fans for Hatem Ben Arfa to start this game, since in the last two games we’ve looked a lot more threatening with Hatem in the side, and he always runs at the opposition defenses.

Rob Elliott will deputize for Tim in goal, so here’s what we think the team could be for today:

Yanga-Mbiwa Williamson Coloccini (c) Dummett
Sissoko Tiote Anita Gouffran
Ben Arfa
Subs: Alnwick Santon Taylor (S) Gosling Marveaux de Jong Ameobi (Sh)

It could be that Luuk de Jong loses his place today, but Alan Pardew may want to persevere with the Dutchman, in the hopes he can break his duck at Newcastle, and score a goal.

Let us know what your team is today for the very tough game at St. Mary’s.

Comments welcome.

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Note: Sean Borland is a student in Newcastle and will not be at either the Man United (5 April) or Swansea (19 April) games – and he has tickets – £30 for the ManU game and £20 for the Swansea game – you can contact him at sean4eva@hotmail.co.uk or sean4eva09 on twitter.

41 comments so far

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Mar 29, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #1

    Good comments from Robert Lee about playing Ginola.

    Even Le Tissier said on Soccer Saturday last week that in a different attacking side Ben Arfa would be excellent because he would be on the ball more and things would open up around him more.

    He is wasted under Pardew’s negative and clueless football.

  • archaeomag

    Mar 29, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #2

    Ben Arfa is coming back from an injury

  • Blofal

    Mar 29, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #3

    I have this feeling that Gouffran needs a rest today. If he plays the whole game with his work rate… the third in 8 days I see him getting injured. I would start with this

    —————-Ben Arfa————–

    Sub on Gouffran for Santon later in the game for a bit more attacking threat.

    Sub Cisse for LDJ later in the game if Cisse isn’t firing.

    And for god sake give Haidara a run at some point.

  • Ciaran

    Mar 29, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #4


    Give it rest pal. If I have to explain the difference between hurling an insult at a fellow poster compared to hurling an insult at Pardew then the whole construct of this blog should come into question.

    Yet, once again, you’re first comment is attempting to start an argument.

    Talk about football and stop trying to start up on people. Is it because it’s the only way people will talk to you? That’s pretty desperate and pathetic if you ask me.

  • Ciaran

    Mar 29, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #5

    As for what team I would choose?

    Doesn’t matter, without Krul, Debuchy and Remy we are in for a hiding.

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 29, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #6

    It dosnt matter who you say it to it’s still the same word

    End of discussion

    Anyway Ciaran what do you think the score is going to be this afternoon

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 29, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #7

    my team
    going for pace counter attacking even if we get beat doing it – got nowt to loose.

    Santon, Mbiwa, Williamson, Haidara
    Anita, Goufron, Sissoko, Tiote

    I thought after watching Everton game that Dummet and Colo are to slow against quick agile forwards.
    Du Jong to lightweight

    Tiote captain to lead by example – could be captain next season if colo goes

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 29, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #8

    As for being desperate and pathetic not a chance because I don’t care if I get ignored because they are the ones who are always moaning and being negative all the time

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Mar 29, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #9

    Welsh, being negative of Ashley/Pardew is for the want of positive football. So really, it isn’t a negative at all.

    It is hoping for the best for the club where we can see a positive side take the field each week.

  • renzo

    Mar 29, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #10

    Blofal that is a very good idea of a formation, since Southampton are a strong attacking threat on the flanks

  • Ciaran

    Mar 29, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #11

    Guess what, being negative is a completely legitimate point of view to have regarding this club! It is one that I have had for a rather long time.


    Mar 29, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #12

    marty-toon on previous thread .the only source for 7 players is the banned journal who understand after transfer meeting thatit was positive and up to 7 players but the mirror group tend to make things up. i would say 2 on frees and 2 or 3 more plus relying for cover on development group is more likely and ok if they get the right players.

  • Blofal

    Mar 29, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #13

    Thanks Renzo. It would hopefully provide a bit of cover for Ben Arfa to do his thing as well.

    I did read an article today saying that Dummett was expected to be rested for Haidara too so that could change.

  • MacToon

    Mar 29, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #14

    Can somebody remind me, how many transfers were sanctioned at the beginning of January?
    I have a feeling the club have no qualms about lying to it’s customers!

  • spitfire_

    Mar 29, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #15

    Based on the three fantastic displays from our team, and the pardew’s tactical inept, I expect the same tactics and starting XI.

  • toon kk

    Mar 29, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #16

    Any Newcastle fans heading to Southampton? Its a long way to go to watch us get a good thumping.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 29, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #17

    4-5 players in ok? Is that accounting for replacing players that will leave in the summer along with players we should of already replace and haven’t like Ba and Cabaye?

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 29, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #18

    toon kk
    I actually done something today i have never ever done before, turned down a ticket to the game

  • seancavaz

    Mar 29, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #19

    Read a great puece by Rob Lee in the chronicle on Friday were he gave a comparison between Hatem Ben Arfa and David Ginola. He was basically saying how the team was setup to accommodate your most creative player. He mentioned how on his day the team didn’t mind putting in the extra effort to defend for his lack of tracking bak because they knew when the ball was with David he could use that energy to hurt teams where it mattered! I only hope Pardew read this and had his team selection swayed by that. My team therefore would be


    Santon Williamson Colo Dummett
    Tiote Anita sissoko
    Gouffran Ben Arfa
    De Jong

    Ben Arfa in the free role….would pick De Jong over Cisse purely for his ability to drop deep in the number 10 role to cover Hatem on his runs. Workmanlike team but enough to penetrate an injury hit Saints, allowing Tiote to cover the dangerous Lalana

  • stuart no9

    Mar 29, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #20

    Getting back to pardews comments on an earlier topic, regarding the difficulty in competing with the finances how they are , pardew knows that the more he keeps saying it , the more ( he thinks) we believe it , an old psychiatric trick used by everyone at NUFC, the problem with that is they even start to believe it themselves the more they say it , and it is that which stops the club becoming g ambitious because they don’t believe they can . They have actually convinced themselves they can’t compete , and never will , that is what we have I
    in charge of our club . How about – we can compete Alan , we can we can , we can , we can , we can , we can , we can , we can , we can — see, it’s working already ! Isn’t it. Isn’t it , isn’t it , isn’t it —–_

  • toon kk

    Mar 29, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #21

    it’s a shame when we support our club but we almost know we’ll get beat or at least know we’ll see a poor performance.

  • NewcastleMole

    Mar 29, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #22

    Southampton 2/1 to Win to Nil

    Who wants to print some money?

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 29, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #23

    toon kk
    It’s not even getting beat, that’s part of football, some you win some you lose

    It’s the manner of those defeats, and the performance and tbh the lack of interest on the pitch, the players know there season is over and it shows
    If they can’t be bothered to put the effort in then tbh it doesn’t endear me to fork out for a ticket for me and the littlun, drive to Southampton, pay the extortionate match day parking charges, and then watch the lads go through the motions

    Hopefully that’s not the case today and we do really have a go but after the last few games and the amount of BS pouring out the club I just couldn’t really face up to it today!

  • MosesNUFC

    Mar 29, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #24

    if it is true that we are going to have a very busy transfer window and a major clear out, then i think we need to buy more english players along with some south american creativity and flair.
    I wouldn’t really mind if we stuck with pardew, but i would like someone like laudrup who can get us playing some attractive and attacking football and is able to use flair players. But if we do stick with pardew, then we need new coaching staff:

    Rene Meulensteen
    Mike Phelan
    Ray Wilkins

    and get rid of the likes of Carver and Stone.

    Coloccini – £2,000,000
    Taylor – £3,000,000
    Gosling – FREE
    Newton – FREE
    Gutierrez – £3,000,000
    Obertan – £2,000,000
    Shola – FREE

    Hopefully Ashley might spend between £20-30million NET. Thats wishful thinking i know.

    Eder Alvarez Balanta – £5,000,000
    Jamaal Lascelles – £4,000,000
    Angel Correa – £7,000,000
    Sergio Araujo – £6,000,000
    Mauro Zarate – £5,000,000
    other suggestions?

  • TorqToon

    Mar 29, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #25

    Maybe, for a change, we could try and put the negativity for pardew, Ashley and this club to one side just for this match. Forget about who we might and might not sign, forget about past results, previous players and previous performances, and just get behind the club as a whole.

    Just for one game it would be nice to not read post after post of negative comments and moaning about the regime.

    Compared to this point last season, I know where I prefer to be. Enjoy the game, support the club and leave everything else until post match (if the performance dictates it)!


  • Ciaran

    Mar 29, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #26


    Telling people how they should feel about the club Torq? Regale us with tales of who we’re going to sign and where we’re scouting. That’ll cheer everyone up.

  • TorqToon

    Mar 29, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #27

    Oh ciaran – and there I was thinking you might have grown up over time.

    Silly me!

    I never expect anything less of you. We could be winning every week and you’d find something to complain about.

    I’m glad you are yawning, because now you know how the rest of us feel when we read your droning posts. 🙂

  • hadthetshirt

    Mar 29, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #28

    mine would be

    Ben Arfa——–Sissoko——-Tiote———Marveaux
    ———————-Cisse —–Goufran
    either 4-5-1 or 4-4-1-1

  • Ciaran

    Mar 29, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #29

    Very witty Torq did it take you all these months to think of something clever to come back at me with?

    After all I did ‘bully’ you off the blog, notwithstanding the fact that you’re a grown man with an ego that had to be stroked with the validation of others from your nonsensical lies.

    Proof, if we needed any, is how you strode on the blog and laid down ‘Torq Law’ on how we should suspend out negativity in order to support the team – the implication being that being negative/pessimistic negates one’s support of Newcastle United.

    Not much of a moral high ground there pal.


    Mar 29, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #30

    MosesNUFC, you rate Ray Wilkins as a coach??? nah thanks!

    I would play the following team today:


    GK- Elliot
    RB- Santon
    LB- Haidara
    CD- Mbiwa
    RCM- Sissoko
    DM- Tiote
    LCM- Marveaux
    LF- Gouffran
    CF- Cisse
    RF- Ben Arfa

    Subs – Alnwick, Dummett, Streete, Aarons, Armstrong, Anita, De Jong

  • TorqToon

    Mar 29, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #31

    Ciaran – I’m not sure you’ve actually ‘bulied’ anybody since your school days! But my time is precious, and spending it arguing with you is certainly not how I intend to spend my day. I actually don’t know you, and prob came under grief from your previous persona on here.

    Let’s just hope we get the result you crave, and huge nufc defeat. Good luck and let’s hope you get your wish! 🙂

  • Ciaran

    Mar 29, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #32


    So because I dislike Mike Ashley I want NUFC to get beat? If that is the height of your logic and intellect then no wonder you don’t want to get into an argument with me.

    As your time is precious don’t worry about having to strain yourself thinking of another painfully unfunny comeback. Run along now.


    Mar 29, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #33

    tads at 17 it is supposition to say who will leave in the summer. apart from the ones whose contract is up the others ie gutti marv ober will not leave unless paid off .who in their right mind would sign them for the silly fees quoted by some on here.why would you need to replace gosling – how many games has he started.told my mother aged 91 then last season shola came on as sub but played badly . she said he has had his day. why would you need to replace him. i believe the club should have a bit of faith in their youth system which is imo as good as it has been since they last won the youth cup.some of the clubs that signed a lot of players in the close season have not done to well sunderland for instance ,spurs have wasted a large bit of bales money etc.


    Mar 29, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #34

    geordie 69 armstrong played yesterday in the czeck republic and is in the squad for mondays game for eng u17s. although pards said streete had done very well for development squad he had not played for weeks .has only played 1 and ahalf game since against whitley bay who he did not do very good against and a not very good man u team imo he would not do very well against lambert etc if he had to come on.

  • TorqToon

    Mar 29, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #35

    Ciaran – do me a favour and stop making out you are the intellectual king of this blog. Trust me, you are far from it. Sit behind your keyboard and sling insults, because clearly that’s all you are good for. Let’s hope you find another blog, or ideally another club to bring down, so we don’t have to endure your repetitive crap each and every day.

    I will ‘run along’ because I have better things to do that sit around moaning and living a virtual life every second of the day. You will still be on here late tonight I’d imagine, and if that’s all you have to do with your day, then it’s a very sad existence.


    To the rest of you, have a great day. 🙂

  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Mar 29, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #36

    Dummett is too slow for PL!

  • sportsdirect

    Mar 29, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #37

    pot and kettle from ciaran telling someone to stick to talking football when he never directly talks football.
    instead all i can conclude from what i have read of his posts are of someone who thinks very highly of himself and who apparently holds a superior view to anyone else.
    portrays himself as instrumental in all things NUST and only he knows whats best for NUFC and he could own it and manage it better than anyone.
    if anyone dares to disagree they are attacked and insulted.
    what amazes me is this comes from a very young and inexperienced individually with minimal life experiences behind him who is obviously very easily led and impressionable on which views of others are imposed too easy.
    take your own advice ciaran and stick to discussing the actual football and leave the bigger issues which are miles out of your limited capabilities to the adults.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 29, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #38

    Why would we need to replace Gosling? How about squad depth mate
    How about replacing Cabaye or Ba?
    We needed players before those two were sold
    What about when Remy’s gone
    Or HBA who will be in the last year of his contract?
    Or Colo, or Taylor, how about defensive cover at RB? Not needed?
    Faith in the youth? Which ones? Armstrong? Will the odd game really progress him or are we suggesting he should go straight in as a valuable squad member along with the other young lads who have never played at a senior competitive level?
    You can’t blood 5-6 players in one season, we’ve tried and failed with that
    So shall we carry on not being able to threaten the top 8 and only having Top 10 as a target but only on the basis we don’t have a cup run?
    And we’ll do all this simply because spurs, in your opinion, wasted the Bale money?

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 29, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #39

    sports direct

    So are you aiming to keep the ironic posts going now by complaining about some complaining about the lack of football comments, then telling them to stick to football comments whilst not actually commenting on football!!!

    All that before rolling out the worst line in football, I’m older so i know better…..

  • Big B

    Mar 29, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #40

    sissoko – tiote – anita – goufran
    benny – cisse


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