John Carver has just announced the side for tonight’s game at Selhurst Park against Alan Pardew’s new club Crystal Palace, and Papiss Cisse and Yoan Gouffran are both in the starting line-up.
Newcastle: Krul; Janmaat, Coloccini (c), Williamson, Haidara; Colback, Sissoko; Cabella, Perez, Gouffran; Cisse.
Subs: Woodman, Dummett, R.Taylor, Abeid, Anita, Obertan, Riviere
It looks like a 4-2-3-1 formation with Jack Colback and Moussa Sissoko the two holding midfielders, and Papis Cisse the lone striker up front with Ayoze Perez in the withdrawn striker role.
It doesn’t look a bad team, and the bench is quite strong although we see the untested Andy Woodman is again the back-up goalkeeper.
There are two changes made from the team that started against Stoke on Sunday, with Yoan Gouffran coming in for the injured Sammy Ameobi, and Papiss Cisse comes in for Vurnon Anita.
And it’s great to see Ryan Taylor back on the bench for tonight’s game and we could see him come on in the second half.
Mike Williamson keeps his place in an unchanged defense, which looked a lot more solid against Stoke City and we’re not too surprised that Carver didn’t make any chances.
This is what John Carver has said about Alan Pardew and the game tonight:
“He has a fantastic record at Crystal Palace, with four wins out of five in the league, but hopefully I will take the smile off his face this week.”
“We are both professionals and we both want to win every game we go into.” “It will be competitive – we will be toe-to-toe in the technical areas, don’t worry about that, but afterwards there will be one big cuddle.”
“Our record there is excellent.” “We’ve already been there once this season, and won in the cup after extra-time.” “It’s a stadium that will be lively and we will have to deal with fanatical support, which we all know about.”
“But let’s not forget a lot of Geordies live in London. Our support down there for the cup game was superb and we need the same again.”
Most fans expect us to lose this game tonight.
The very last thing we want to happen tonight is to lose this game, and if we can win this game it will be 7 points form the last three games and a good return.
Howay The Lads!!
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