Alan Pardew has just named his team to play Liverpool today, with the kick-off being in less than an hour, and Mehdi Abeid makes his first start for Newcastle in the Premier League.
Newcastle(4-3-3): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Moussa Sissoko, Mehdi Abeid, Jack Colback; Gabriel Obertan, Papiss Cisse, Sammy Ameobi
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Ryan Taylor, Rolando Aarons, Remy Cabella, Yoan Gouffran, Ayoze Perez
Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Simon Mignolet; Glen Johnson, Dejan Lovren, Martin Skrtel, Alberto Moreno; Joe Allen, Steven Gerrard (c); Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling; Mario Balotelli
Substitutes: Brad Jones, Javi Manquillo, Kolo Toure, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Fabio Borin, Rickie Lambert
Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)
There’s still no Cheick Tiote – but Papiss Cisse is back and Mehdi gets the nod over Vurnon Anita, who isn’t even on the bench today – so he may have picked up an injury.
Abeid had an excellent performance on Wednesday night at Manchester City, and this is a great chance for him to show what he can do for Newcastle against another top English side.
Rolando Aarons doesn’t get the start we had hoped for but is on the bench, as are Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Ryan Taylor, Remy Cabella, Yoan Gouffran and, Ayoze Perez.
Gouffran has lost his place – and it’s fitting that Ameobi and Obertan are the two wingers – since they have posed a threat for Newcastle in the last couple of games.
In the team we had we had Cheick in midfield and Aarons starting up front in place of Sammy, but other than that its the same formation – and Alan is playing the ben in form.
The Newcastle manager also has lots of options from the bench today.
Half of the fans think Newcastle can win this game today.
Howay The Lads!!
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