We will hope to stop the rot against Sunderland at home tomorrow, and hopefully get only our second win against the Black Cats since Newcastle have been managed by Alan Pardew.
Moussa Sissoko – key player tomorrow
Alan’s record is not good against Sunderland and in 7 matches played we have won only one and lost the last three.
The manager went into some detail yesterday why we have lost the last three, and some of that was because Sunderland out fought us in those games.
That’s completely unacceptable and one way we can fix that tomorrow is have a number of Geordies starting in the side.
Steven Taylor will come back into the side tomorrow for Mike Williamson, and the starting eleven will also include local lads Jak Alnwick, Paul Dummett, Jack Colback and Sammy Ameobi.
Nine Newcastle players – Tim Krul, Rob Elliot, Mehdi Abeid, Ryan Taylor, Rolando Aarons, Gabby Obertan, Siem de Jong, Davide Santon and Curtis Good – are all out injured for this game, and not many of them will be returning before next year.
The good news is next year is less than two weeks away. 😀
With Moussa Sissoko being back in the side, he will be an important player for us tomorrow, and Daryl Janmaat will return at right back from his one game suspension.
We expect this to be the starting eleven tomorrow with the team playing in an attacking 4-3-3 formation.
Janmaat Taylor (S) Coloccini (c) Dummett
Tiote Sissoko Colback
Perez Cisse Ameobi
Subs: Woodman Haidara Williamson Gouffran Armstrong Cabella Riviere
That’s five changes to the side that were beaten 4-0 at Tottenham in midweek.
The difficulty with the above team is who plays on the right wing, and it could be Pardew again starts Gouffran and Perez up front (with Sammy on the left) and brings in Papiss Cisse in the second half.
The still frail Cabella would be too much of a risk, having never experienced the passion of a Newcastle Sunderland derby.
But we wanted to start the most attacking side we can, which is why we have Cisse and Perez both starting this game up front, and if both start Alan could even play in a 4-4-2 formation to accommodate the two strikers.
And we have another Geordie – Adam Armstrong – on the bench, and Adam could get some playing time in the second half.
Adam looked good at Tottenham and he must be given his chance again very soon.
What would your team be for tomorrow, and what formation would you play?
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