It’s all change at Newcastle, as manager Alan Pardew has shaken up the team for the game at Stoke this afternoon, and he makes four changes to the side that was hammered 4-0 by Manchester United last week, and in come Tim Krul, Steven Taylor, Paul Dummett and Shola Ameobi to the starting eleven, and it’s interesting that three of them are Geordies.
Maybe we’ll see some more fight from the team today, as local lads Steven Taylor, Paul Dummett and Shola Ameobi all start.
And it seems that Pardew will play three at the back – all center-backs in Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson and Fab Coloccini – and we’ll just have to wait and see how that works out.
Newcastle will play in an unfamiliar 3-5-2 formation with Shola and Papiss Cisse up front and Luuk de Jong is benched, along with Massadio Haidara and Rob Elliot, and young Adam Armstrong makes the bench again today.
And it’s also good to see Gael Bigirimana back on the bench again, after he has had an injury interrupted season, but Gael was very impressive last season in his first season on Tyneside.
Not many fans think Newcastle will get much out of this game this afternoon.
We really need to turn this thing around and hopefully get a surprise win
Stoke: (4-4-1-1): Asmir Begovic; Geoff Cameron, Ryan Shawcross (c), Marc Wilson, Erik Pieters; Stephen Ireland, Steven Nzonzi, Glenn Whelan, Marko Arnautovic; Peter Odemwingie; Peter Crouch
Substitutes: Thomas Sorensen, Andy Wilkinson, Marc Muniesa, Wilson Palacios, Charlie Adam, Jonathan Walters, John Guidetti
Newcastle: (3-5-2): Tim Krul; Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c); Vurnon Anita, Dan Gosling, Cheick Tiote, Yoan Gouffran, Paul Dummett; Shola Ameobi, Papiss Cisse
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Gael Bigirimana, Hatem Ben Arfa, Luuk de Jong, Adam Armstrong
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)