Alan Pardew has just announced the Newcastle team for today’s game at home to Chelsea, and there’s a shock that Sammy Ameobi is in the side, after Alan had said little about Sammy’s injury over the last couple of days.
The good news is that Coloccini is back to partner Steven Taylor at the back, and Dummett moves back to left back and the unfortunate Haidara is back on the bench.
Heres the teams for today – with the Magpies in a 4-3-3 formation and Sissoko, Colback and Tiote look a strong midfield three.
Newcastle (4-3-3): Rob Elliot; Daryl Janmaat, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote, Jack Colback; Remy Cabella, Ayoze Perez, Sammy Ameobi
Substitutes: Jak Alnwick, Massadio Haidara, Mike Williamson, Vurnon Anita, Yoan Gouffran, Emmanuel Riviere, Papiss Cisse
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Thibaut Courtois; Branislav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, John Terry (c), Cesar Azpilicueta; John Obi Mikel, Cesc Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Eden Hazard; Diego Costa
Substitutes: Petr Cech, Filipe Luis, Kurt Zouma, Ramires, Andre Schurrle, Loic Remy, Didier Drogba
Referee: Martin Atkinson (Yorkshire)
As expected Diego Costa starts up front and Mikel comes in for the suspended Matic in midfield – and Loic Remy is on the bench.
And there’s no Mehdi Abeid – so we don’t know if that means he’s picked up an injury in training – and Remy Cabella gets the start over Yoan Gouffran – so this is a strong Newcastle side today – but it needs to be too.
Apart form Tim Krul in goal – this is probably Newcastle’s strongest side right now, with Siem de Jong and Davide Santon still missing through injury.
Young Ayoze Perez is back in the starting line-up with Papiss Cisse on the bench – and look for the 21 year-old Spaniard to do a lot of work in the first half – after he was pulled at half time by the manager at Burnley.
It’s not going to be an easy game against Chelsea today, the best side in the Premier League so far this season, and they are coming off a 3-0 demolition of Tottenham on Wednesday night.
Almost half of Newcastle fans think we will lose this game today.
W are hoping for the upset and another Newcastle win today in this fixture, and that would be three in a row.
Howay The Lads!!
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