This Could Be Newcastle’s Shock Best Team For Liverpool


Alan Pardew is going to have some trouble picking the starting eleven on Saturday, and for this game we will assume every player is fit and ready to go apart from Davide Santon and Siem de Jong.

rolando aarons scores after 6 mionutes

Rolando Aarons – great goal after six minutes – must start

And after the great win on Wednesday night, there are some players who started that game who may not even be on the bench tomorrow – and it shows how the strength of the Newcastle side is improving.

There are some players in top form who are missing from this side.

Here’s our best side at the moment in a 4-3-3 formation:

Krul
Janmaat Taylor (S) Coloccini (c) Dummett
Sissoko Tiote Colback
Obertan Cisse Aarons
Subs: Elliot Williamson Taylor (R) Cabella Ameobi (S) Gouffran Perez

So missing from the bench are Massadio Haidara, Mehdi Abeid, Adam Armstrong and Manu Riviere – who all played on Wednesday night.

With Ryan Taylor back in the squad, he can play either midfield or full back so he’s a great sub to have on the bench, and we are starting Rolando Aarons in the hope of Aarons getting at least one half out of him and Sammy can then come in.

Usually Gouffran would start the game, but we have so many wingers in form and threatening the opposing defense, that we are going for Obertan and Aarons to start this game.

What’s you best team for tomorrow?

And almost 50% of fans think we can win this game – which is a big turnaround from the last three games.

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We have to go all out tomorrow for all 3 points – and we’re sure that’s exactly what we will do – in front of a sell out crowd at St. James’ Park.

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119 comments so far

  • NUFCJackW

    Oct 31, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #1

    I would rather we played abeid then colback tbh.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 31, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #2

    This is the thing though Ed, I never thought we had a bad squad at all, it’s they just weren’t being played to their strengths.

    Once you introduce pace and have a go at the opposition then the last 3 matches is what can and should happen.

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  • NUFCJackW

    Oct 31, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed,

    I appreciate that you run this blog and i am very greatful for that, but could you leave a little more time in between posts ?

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  • cyprus

    Oct 31, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #4

    ok, now that the dust has settled, a more measured post.
    We haven’t suddenly become world beaters. We could’ve easily drawn or lost the last two games, in which we were outplayed for big chunks of time. In truth, they are better teams. City, ok, that’s expected, but we should be on par with spurs. If we played 10 games vs them, the safe bet is we’d lose more.
    Still, the good news is that this is the best PL since it started. There are 3 recently relegated or lower league teams in the top 6. AP, I grudgingly admit, is right. Games are indeed won on a couple of details. No one, including Chelsea, is unbeatable. They won’t run away with it, be assured. Without Hazard, they are playable.

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  • optimistic prime

    Oct 31, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #5

    RH/Jack

    Nowt like a bit if fun in the morning, where’s me glasses 😉

    I wouldn’t say that’s a shock team, well I suppose dropping Goufran would be a shock. Except Aarons ‘d expect Pardew to play that team.

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  • NUFCJackW

    Oct 31, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #6

    Why dont we always play like we did against city ? We were defensively sound and carried a real threat. We may not have a “quality” team, but the sheer pace we have upfront and the fight and drive they have shown in recent games gives me the belief that we can have a good season. Some of our youth players look very good. And i am so happy for obertan, i just cant help but laugh at the defender he beats or laugh when he scores a goal. Im just glad he is finaly playing like a footballer. Amazing what confidence can do … Ask cisse.

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  • Edd Case

    Oct 31, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #7

    Pace and control is key.
    Aarons has blistering pace and easily has the ability to unsettle LFC.
    Control though…well, if Sissoko is on form like Wed and if Tiote bullies the midfield while Colback sweeps up across the middle and harries Gerrard, we stand a very good chance of winning.
    I think with Obertan and Aarons on the wings, there’s lots of pace there and that will worry LFC.
    All boils down to the quality of the through balls and forward passes – get them right and I think it could be another win.

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  • cyprus

    Oct 31, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #8

    Dummett Colo was pretty good in the middle, freeing up space for Haidara. I’d play Sami instead of Ober, or would bench Rolando. I’ve been screaming for wingers, let’s not get carried away now and field 3-4 of them 🙂 Colback must play, as well as Abeid. Sissoko is of course our backbone.

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  • BeeGuy

    Oct 31, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #9

    The thing I’m seeing with AP & his staff is that they copy-cat the strategy of the last team to defeat the current opponent. So they better have studied the Champs League losses, since LFC has not been losing in the EPL.

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  • cyprus

    Oct 31, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #10

    I want Gerard to play. There’s always a mistake in him. And the wonder goals don’t happen no more.

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  • NUFC_LEAZES END

    Oct 31, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #11

    Krul
    Janmaat colocinni saylor haidara
    Colback abeid Sissoko
    Obertan cisse aarons

    Subs. Perez Raylor tiote cabella ameobi dummet elliot

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  • NUFCJackW

    Oct 31, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #12

    The team selection, for me, will decide whether Pardew can have a good season. If he sticks with the underperforming gouffran and doesnt play abeid. I dont think he will. Abeid was quality and deserves a start. He was more useful then colback, imo, and he can drive us forward at times. Like he did against city before Mangala elbowed him in the face. Gouffran needs to be dropped. End of.

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  • geordie157

    Oct 31, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #13

    Cyprus, if Gerrard scores a screamer against us, the pardew out mob will be after you.

    Man city crisis made me laugh. Mangala has looked poor so far, nastastic will develop into a class centre back, wonder if he’ll want to leave come Jan. Shame we prob can’t afford him.

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 31, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #14

    Just had a quick rad through the last couple of postings from Ed. Typically some of the stupid immature bastards are back. We win three games in a row and play a really intelligent game v Citeh and the knobs are still screaming for the managers head. Best comment was that if Pardew was any good then Obertan would have been this good two years ago !! WTF ?? As always, its the players quality of we win ( nothing to do with the manager ) and the managers incompetence if we lose ( nothing to do with the players on the pitch. ) . He’s far from a brilliant manager, but give the guy a break. He has handled himself with real dignity under some of the most intense media and fan pressure ever faced by a league manager and now, at least, has the players giving their all. Oh but then, that has nothing to do with the manager – if its Pardew. As I asked for in the summer – balance and fairness please – and I would happily have seen Pardew replaced recently, just like most other fans.

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  • murvar

    Oct 31, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #15

    Not sure where this negativity towards Colback comes from. He is a very tidy player who rarely gives the ball away. He has got a pass in him – Sammy’s goal at Spurs – and he gets from box to box very fast. I’m sure that he and de Jong will prove to work well together when Siem is fit – I believe that was to be the key relationship in Pardew’s vision of this season. But every cloud has a silver lining – Sissoko would still have been stuck out on the right wing in that formation, and now we have got to see him in a more direct and central role to good effect.

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  • mag92

    Oct 31, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #16

    Sammy and Obertan, have to start with Abied playing alongside Colback and Sissoko.

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  • Sliema

    Oct 31, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #17

    I’ve got to admit, I really didn’t rate Dummet at all, but he’s done very well recently and I’m pretty impressed.

    I think he and Haidara are probably equal at the mo. But Dummet seemed strong at CB on Wednesday!

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  • Sliema

    Oct 31, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #18

    Did Dummet start CB (and scored!) v Liv last season at St James or was he LB that day?

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  • beermonkey

    Oct 31, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #19

    funny that the stand out players for us so fat this season in the summer the club we willing to let go

    the greek club that abeid was at last season could afford the 500k
    and obatan and Sammy the club were looking to offload

    hats of to Sammy obertan and Aarons in the summer break all 3 of them worked on there game and came back to the club early to train
    they are now reaping the rewards of there hard work

    would like to see bigi back in the fold or go out onloan and the same with a couple of our young defenders

    after dummetts performance at centre back letting mbiwa go doesn’t look such a bad idea maybe if the club communicated with the fans half the animosity could be avoided

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  • mag92

    Oct 31, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #20

    Nufc should win against Liverpool if they play with the same high energy and press Liverpool, just like at Man City and Spurs.

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  • Rainrix

    Oct 31, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #21

    Sliema… He came on just before half time as mbiwa was sent off, can’t recall where he played.

    On him and haidara i’d say they both have different strengths. Haidaras much better going forward, dummet offers little from LB (except from set plays) but dummet is better defensively. Does make you wonder if santon is just going to slot straight back in.

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  • Rainrix

    Oct 31, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #22

    Santon played the whole game apparently so dummet must have been playing centre.

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  • Fostino

    Oct 31, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #23

    There’s a strong argument for dummet at the left side of l.b. colo looked very comfortable on the right side. and Santon slot in as l.b. when he returns. Hairda for now is still cover for Santon.

    For Liverpool Taylor deserves to keep the jersey and Dummett to the wing to mark sterling …best of luck with that mate 😉

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Oct 31, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #24

    I don’t rate Dummett as LB personally but CB he looked very sharp and read the game excellently. Something Taylor doesn’t do so well.

    Aarons should start but I’m betting he won’t. If not Sammy has to we need pace and skill on both flanks and Gouffran has neither.

    Personally I’d like to see the same team but swap Taylor with Tiote and allow Abeid and Colback to play ahead of him. Perez or Cisse replacing Armstrong. Obviously Krul for Elliot.

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  • BuckLuck

    Oct 31, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #25

    I think Dummet proved(again) that he should be played as a CB and not as LB. In the center he lookes very capable.

    Abeid>Tiote.
    Tiote does stupid things during 90min, including multible pirouettes, a poor side-pass and cards.
    Abeid read the game perfectly, closes down players and denies them room to run into, and he is physically approved now.

    Please continue with pace, width and hungry players Pardew. If you do that your job will be a lot easier than you’ve made it, up until now.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 31, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #26

    Pardew, dignity, Munster, you need to stay off the Guiness at this time of day.

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  • optimistic prime

    Oct 31, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #27

    Beer

    Spot on about the communication issues, it’s making the situation between club and fans very tense as most think we are being kept in the dark on purpose.

    I asked about Curtis Good last night and it took Ex Pat reading Melbourne press to get a answer, it’s unreal the press in Oz know more than our national and local press. If the club sorted that aspect maybe there wouldn’t be as much hostility over every announcement.

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Oct 31, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #28

    I missed out Sissoko probably have him instead of Abeid or Colback. Suddenly It seems difficult to pick a team and that’s only good.

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  • Reyantoon

    Oct 31, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #29

    So looks like Tiote is fit? Didn’t see that coming.It’s not a worry anymore, as we showed already that we can win without him lol !
    where are older fans?
    I like to argue,debate, fight with you..
    come out now,don’t get shy..
    old heads …in
    young heads… out

    sorry Sliema, I don’t meant you haha!!

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  • jayphoto

    Oct 31, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #30

    Personally think Sammy is a tiny bit ahead of Aarons. With such options on the left now we shouldn’t see gouffran near the XI! Should look to extend sammys contract!
    To be honest its no surprise that we start winning when we play with true widemen and add pace in a 4-3-3! No doubt pardew will drop back to 4-2-3-1 when he can tho

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  • 70TWO

    Oct 31, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #31

    If I remember right, I think Dummet came on when Mbiwa was sent off, as a replacement Central Defender and scored a header. He then retained his place starting in the next match, the derby and performed poorly, perhaps even being subbed?

    I have always believed he would make a better CD than a full back and young players are often acclimatized to the senior squad in this position, before they move to their more favoured starting place.

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  • Hector Riva

    Oct 31, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #32

    Ed, imo Gouffran will start v Liverpol, Aarons just back fro injury and could make a real impact second half, maybe last 30 mins, i would love to see the lad start but Pardew virtually always goes with the senior fit option, also young Arma, would be buzzing if he got on at some stage, his movement could cause Liverpool a lot of problems, he is a real player and an unknown quantity, we have surprise on our side, and we owe the scousers big time.

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 31, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #33

    Jail, i’ve heard about 5 media commentators use the word “dignity” to describe Pardew in recent weeks. I agree – he has also been incredibly cool under media spotlight. He has never once looked for an excuse recenty or tried to pass the buck that I can see. All he has said consistently is that we needed a win and a bit of luck and the newbies needed time. He also said it would take 10 games to bed in and see where the new players are at …..that has all been true aswell. Too early for the Guinness mate, but its Halloween today so I’m sre i can have a few later and scare the bejaysus out of the local kids 🙂

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 31, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #34

    Hector, we certainly owe the scousers, no doubt there.

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 31, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #35

    Hector i’d be annoyed to see Gouffy back . Aarons – wemay have to take it easy on him to save him another injury , but thats down to Pardew and medical staff. I’d like to see as many young pacy players on as possible – especially at home , but we may need to play 5 in midfield as Tiote is out ( I think ? ) to crowd Liverpools pasing game. I think pardew, being too defensive, will cede a lot of possession to them and try and hit on the break. I predict 2-2 . Obertan – hope this continues. Pardew said he was a confidence player and again, he was right. I wanted shot of Obertan within 5 games. Dunno whats happened him, but the management and coaching staff must take some credit for it surely.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Oct 31, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #36

    Finally, everyone is starting to realise that Abeid is a decent player. I said this 3 years ago.

    Abeid is miles ahead of Colback. Abeid will score goals if he plays more.

    My team would be:

    Krul

    Janmaat Saylor Coloccini Haidara

    Anita

    Obertan Sissoko Abeid Ameobi

    Perez/Cisse

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  • Sliema

    Oct 31, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #37

    Rainrix

    Yeh I did think he played CB, forgot that it was cause of Mbiwas red, Shane actually, he was on his best run of form for us until that red, it was harsh too, last man but harsh.

    I don’t rate Santon, never have never will, he’s completely cack. I’d still play Dummet LB for now, but against teams who don’t offer much aerially he can definitely do a job at CB. Be interesting to see how that develops.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Oct 31, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #38

    I’d have Aarons ahead of Ameobi actually. The bench would be :

    Elliott
    Raylor
    Tiote
    Sammi
    Perez/Cisse
    Riviere
    Cabella
    Good
    Dummett

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  • Go toon gooooo

    Oct 31, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #39

    Big thanks to Obertan for stealing winger position from Sissoko.This robbery saved Newcastle.BUT Obertan can’t whole season play like that because after some time there is tiredness and at tha winger position small decrease in quality can be disastrous because winger position is speedy.We need another RIGHT winger off the bench.January 🙂

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  • Mag52

    Oct 31, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #40

    Munster.

    Balance and fairness – two words which, I’m afraid, don’t appear in the Pardew haters’ dictionaries. Nothing less than his sacking will satisfy these bloggers.

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