What’s Newcastle Best Team For Stoke?


It’s a really important game tomorrow night at Stoke for Newcastle United – and yes we say that for every game we know – but this one is especially important because if we lose it – it could mark the end of Alan Pardew’s tenure as the Newcastle manager – that’s a definite possibility because of what owner Mike Ashley said on Thursday night, outside that pub in Soho, London.

alan pardew death stare

Alan Pardew – must try to win game at Stoke

It’s rather amazing that Alan Pardew is the second longest serving Premier League manager next to Arsene Wenger at the moment – and he’s been at Newcastle for three years and ten months  – but it shows how tenuous a job it is to manage in the Premier League these days

That’s because there’s really big money involved and it will only get bigger with the Premier League being so popular around the world.

The good news from Alan Pardew in yesterday’s press conference, was that he has a clean bill of health for his squad from last week, so Daryl Janmaat is fit to play at right back.

Papiss Cisse is fit,  but he’s missed most of last week’s training because of that flu bug, so we don’t think he fit enough to start the game – but he will come on at some point in the second half.

One question Alan Pardew has to answer is whether he will start young Adam Armstrong, who played very well after a hesitant start last Wednesday in the 3-2 win at Crystal Palace.

Here’s a possible team for tomorrow night:

Krul
Janmaat Williamson Coloccini (c) Dummett
Tiote Colback
Cabella Armstrong Sissoko
Riviere
Subs: Elliot Haidara Taylor (S) Anita Gouffran Obertan Cisse

The Tiote – Colback partnership in central midfield could be key for Newcastle tomorrow night, with both players being in good form at the moment.

It’s taking a chance to start Adam Armstrong in the number 10 role, but the 17 year-old showed on Wednesday night he can do the job with two assists, and we’ve  put Gouffran on the bench, although the manager usually plays the Frenchman when he’s fit.

However, we don’t think Pardew will start Adam after his comment about him in yesterday’s press conference, saying he had to be very careful with the youngster.

But in any case – that would be our best team for tomorrow night.

What’s yours?

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68 comments so far

  • John Tudor

    Sep 28, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #1

    the best one for me is a one that can win trying

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  • scout

    Sep 28, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #2

    If we dont win tomorrow he wont be sacked of that im certain

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  • toon kk

    Sep 28, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #3

    It doesn’t matter who we play we’re not good enough for the premier league.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 28, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #4

    The best team for tomorrow?
    The one from a couple of seasons ago when Demba destroyed them!

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  • spitfire_

    Sep 28, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #5

    What’s Newcastle best team for Stoke?

    Without pardew!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 28, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #6

    Lotta love for Wor Guti at the Mallorca game

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  • metschtoonarmy

    Sep 28, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #7

    To be honest, I’m not too worried about Stoke tomorrow… Win, and we’re off the mark in terms of winning, lose, and Pardew might have to take the walk…..

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  • bobby mango

    Sep 28, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #8

    I’d start Cisse and see how long he can manage. Arma being in the bench.

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 28, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #9

    Well, we can forget playing pretty football as usual. In any case, a battling side is better away at stoke. A strong mf 3 so that the front 3 dont have to worry about defending. Also, i would start with dummet at LB just because he is better defensively. Pardew has a half decent record v stoke, because they suit the negative style he employs.

    Jan
    willo
    colo
    dummo

    socks
    tiote
    colba

    Rivvy
    cisse
    goofy

    Still not sure if winning is a bad thing. Imo we are desperate for the boost, regardless of Pardews job

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  • chenz7

    Sep 28, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #10

    fcukin negativity on here is an absolute disgrace ….unless its all makums posting …get a life ppl and try getting behind the lads .

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 28, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #11

    Chenz – it’s not negativity mate its reality. And I think the vast majority on here are actually supporting the lads, so much so they hate seeing them crippled by the jokers in charge. If we were all mackems ( dont think you have the spelling quite right there) we would be joining in the Don’t Sack Pardew chants.

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  • beermonkey

    Sep 28, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #12

    its not an if its a dead cert pards will role out his 4231 formation I wouldn’t mind seeing abeid in the middle of the he scored a good amount of goals and some assists for the greek team last season further up the pitch
    and the way we have played cant see we have anything to lose

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  • andrew84

    Sep 28, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #13

    Chenz7

    We’re bottom of the Premier League mate, due in no small part to the abysmal management of the club. It’s not negativity, it’s realism.

    But hey, if you’d rather criticise the fans rather than the people who truly deserve the criticism, then by all means carry on 🙂

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  • 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE

    Sep 28, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #14

    beermonkey at 11 abeid is suspended

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  • lesh

    Sep 28, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #15

    andrew84

    Be positive man, we’re not bottom, far from it – we’re 19th top!

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  • andrew84

    Sep 28, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #16

    Lesh

    That’s what my therapist said as well 😉

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  • jimmysmith

    Sep 28, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #17

    Why be in football if your not going to try and win anything?

    For the advertising exposure.

    That’s almost guaranteed to send a team down eventually, in such a competitive league.

    Where’s the incentive and comraderie come from in that.

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  • Belfast

    Sep 28, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #18

    4 4 2 hopefully

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  • beermonkey

    Sep 28, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #19

    1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE

    bloody good point that pooh I forgot lol

    oh well we all know he is going to pick as will the stoke manager

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  • rowly

    Sep 28, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #20

    Is Aarons fit yet? He looks like our best chance of creating chances so far this season so I’d definitely give him a start if he’s 100%

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  • Belfast

    Sep 28, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #21

    You’re the new spokesman for depression valley skunki.

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  • beermonkey

    Sep 28, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #22

    rowly

    I think he is another couple of weeks away I think

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 28, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #23

    Beharino or however its spelled has slightly better than a 1 goal in 3 matches ratio for wba and hes only 21. 14 goals in 44 games, and only 22 were starts. Just proves that if kids get a fair chance they can shine.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 28, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #24

    ——————————–Tiote——————————–
    ——–Sissoko——————————Colback——–
    ——————————Cabella——————————
    ——–Rivierre———————————Cisse———-

    But we all know it will be the same old 4-2-3-1 with Gouffran & Cabella out wide and Dummet as LB.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 28, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #25

    Tsunki, spot on.

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  • JamesToon

    Sep 28, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #26

    Rumour that pardew has had a bust up with Cabella…

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  • beermonkey

    Sep 28, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #27

    markaccus

    what did we pay for riviere (nowt against him) but I bet west brom would have taken less than what we give for riviere and that lads an England under 21 players

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Sep 28, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #28

    @Jamestoon

    Where are you hearing that ??

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  • Belfast

    Sep 28, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #29

    Skunki Jong un our good leader.

    Think Percy will probably get the boot after the Swansea game.

    Think we might sneak a draw tomorrow, but get chinned on Saturday.

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  • Belfast

    Sep 28, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #30

    Bust up rumours from twatter probably. I bet there’s a press conference in the morning as well lol

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  • jimmysmith

    Sep 28, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #31

    I’d play Rivierre and Cisse from the start, either as part of a front two or three. Those two are pencilled in to our best 11, I think, so let’s play them together until Cisse runs out of puff. Rivierre has done well, as has Cabella under the circumstances, and with Cisse and Tiote back, they both deserve to be persevered with.

    It’s been unfortunate for such a new side to have started the season without Tiote, Cisse, DeJong and Santon, who are undoubtedly top players. That has to be taken into some consideration.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 28, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #32

    Sunderland fans’ ‘Pardew In’ mutterings (a couple of my friends included in that as well) show what a ‘great’ job they think Alan is doing. Not.

    They are desperate for him to be still in charge in December.
    That says it all.

    The sooner he is gone the better. A parrot with a notepad in a cage could do a better job of communicating decent instructions.

    Pardew out, Ashley out.

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  • Thump

    Sep 28, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #33

    @Laurent: Eh, it’s the same as us with the Agent Bruce thing. At times like this I really hate the whole ‘karma’ malarky 🙁

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  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 28, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #34

    Bleeding radiators

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  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 28, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #35

    I’ve been watching breaking bad, totally hooked on it.

    Get it totally hooked

    I’m so wasted on this blog, I should be on stage.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 28, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #36

    “He said ‘I’m going to chop off the bottom of one of your trouser legs and put it in a library’. I thought ‘That’s a turn-up for the books.'”

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  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 28, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #37

    I’ll get my coat.

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  • Belfast

    Sep 28, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #38

    Need to get your radiators to the doctors Welsh

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  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 28, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #39

    It’s the way i tell them

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  • jimmysmith

    Sep 28, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #40

    Ashley isn’t that far from being an ok owner, about an extra ten million quid a season spent on the first team would pretty much do it, and you could live with the other shortcomings. If he’d given Pardew that, which isn’t much for a club of Newcastles stature, it’s hard to think we’d be in this mess.

    But he didn’t, so now he needs a new manager and he needs to give him a bit more cash to put together a side that believes in itself, at a minimum.

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