Alan Pardew has just announced his team for the home game with Leicester City and there’s a return for local lad Steven Taylor to the starting eleven.
The rest of the team is as expected, but it’s a return for the longest serving player at Newcastle at the moment, but it also looks like Mike Williamson is injured since he’s not on the bench today.
Newcastle(4-3-3): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Steven Taylor, Paul Dummett; Moussa Sissoko, Jack Colback, Cheick Tiote; Gabriel Obertan, Papiss Cisse, Yoan Gouffran
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Vurnon Anita, Mehdi Abeid, Remy Cabella, Ayoze Perez, Adam Armstrong
Leicester (4-5-1): Kasper Schmeichel; Ritchie De Laet, Wes Morgan (c), Liam Moore, Paul Konchesky; Marc Albrighton, Danny Drinkwater, Esteban Cambiasso, Matty James, Jeff Schlupp; Leonardo Ulloa
Substitutes: Ben Hamer, Marcin Wasilewski, Dean Hammond, Andy King, Anthony Knockaert, Jamie Vardy, David Nugent
Youngsters Mehdi Abeid, Massadio Haidara, Ayoze Perez and Adam Armstrong are all on the bench today so there’s not too much experience there – and no Sammy Ameobi or Manu Riviere.
It seems that Mike Williamson is suffering from the injury that kept him out of the early pre-season games, so that’s not good news and of course are very thin at center-back, after allowing Yanga-Mbiwa to join Roma on a season long loan deal.
That could turn out to be a huge mistake if Mike is out for any length of time.
We expect Newcastle will play in the 4-3-3 formation we played in at Swansea last time out – and this team is the one that started that game, with Steven coming in for the injured Williamson.
It’s a little alarming that after the two week International break Mike is still not fit for this game.
And it appears that Newcastle have stopped serving food to those (few) journalists who are not yet banned at Newcastle – what’s going on?
We need to win this game today, and a draw is really not good enough.
Howay The Lads!!
Update – the kick off has been delayed one hour after the big screen at the Leazes End became unsteady before kick off – what an embarrassment – and the club will likely be fined by the Premier League for this.
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