Alan Pardew will have to make a few decisions about what team walks out to play against high playing Chelsea tomorrow – and we hope it’s not the first time Jose Mourinho gets a win at St. James’ Park.
Fabricio Coloccini – could start tomorrow
Alan’s first decision is whether to start Fabricio Coloccini, who has been out almost a month – and he trained yesterday for the first time, but he seemed to come through that OK.
In the last couple of games Mike Williamson and Paul Dummett have played there, but Mike had a poor first half on Tuesday night at Burnley – and seemed not to be concentrating for whatever reason – and Steven Taylor came on at half time and played well.
We have a hunch that Colo will start this game.
And if that’s true it could be the unlucky Massadio Haidara who drops to the bench, and that would be a bit harsh on the Frenchman, who has been playing well all season.
And then if Pardew plays in a 4-3-3 formation – he has to choose who to leave out from Moussa Sissoko, Jack Colback, Cheick Tiote and Mehdi Abeid, and we think it’s between the last two.
We prefer young Abeid, but it would be a little bit of a surprise if Pardew starts Cheick on the bench – because of his vast experience in big games.
Sammy Ameobi is out injured and Rolando Aarons is also not available – so maybe Remy Cabella gets a start out wide with Papiss Cisse and Yoan Gouffran making up the front three.
It’s almost certain the Newcastle manager will start Gouffran, and that’s because of his work rate against the best side in the Premier League at the moment.
So here’s our team for tomorrow:
Janmaat Taylor (S) Coloccini Dummett
Colback Sissoko Abeid
Gouffran Cisse Cabella
Subs: Alnwick Haidara Williamson Anita Tiote Perez Riviere
We have Yoan on the right wing tomorrow, so that he can help Daryl Janmaat handle a certain Eden Hazard.
Pardew could prefer Tiote to Abeid and he could even leave the defense unchanged from the side that finished the game at Burnley, so Dummett at center-back and Haidara at left back.
We expect Papiss Cisse to start in place of 21 year-old Ayoze Perez tomorrow too.
What would you team be for tomorrow?
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