There are some reports that Davide Santon may be fit for tomorrow, and it’s possible he could come in at left back at Liverpool, but we will probably see 21 year-old Frenchman Massadio Haidara get a start tomorrow afternoon, in our final game of the season.
Haidara – in action against Cardiff City
Here’s the team that Alan Pardew could start tomorrow, in a 4-5-1 formation:
Debuchy Williamson Coloccini (c) Haidara
Sissoko Tiote Anita Gosling Gouffran
There are reports that Ben Arfa may be in the squad, but we’d be surprised if that’s true, and it’s looking more and more like he’s already played his last game for Newcastle.
And the 6-3-1 formation that Chelsea used to defeat Liverpool two weeks ago is getting popular – unfortunately – and it’s what Aston Villa deployed against Manchester City on Wednesday night at the Etihad.
And they lasted 64 minutes before Edin Dzeko got the first goal – but it still ended up 4-0, and the only difference between Villa and Chelsea is that Villa offered nothing going forward.
If we play in that formation tomorrow, Sissoko and Gouffran will become the two players on the outside back six – but we hope we are more inventive than that.
It’s the kind of thing Sam Allardyce used to do – play for a draw from the very first minute – and hope for a miracle that they may actually score a goal to win the game – maybe an own goal?
And it’s one of the things that got him fired at Newcastle – his boring negative play – and why he’s now under pressure at the Hammers, and it doesn’t help that they’ve lost their last five games either.
We hope Newcastle are more positive than that tomorrow.
Whats tour Newcastle team for tomorrow?