John Carver has just announced his team for the home game against Aston Villa and Gabby Obertan, Mehdi Abeid, Sammy Ameobi and Manu Riviere all start, and Jonas Gutierrez is on the bench for the first time since beating testicular cancer.
Newcastle (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Massadio Haidara; Gabriel Obertan, Moussa Sissoko, Mehdi Abeid, Sammy Ameobi; Emmanuel Riviere, Papiss Cisse
Substitutes: Freddie Woodman, Ryan Taylor, Vurnon Anita, Jonas Gutierrez, Yoan Gouffran, Adam Armstrong, Ayoze Perez
Aston Villa (4-3-3): Brad Guzan; Alan Hutton, Jores Okore, Ciaran Clark, Matt Lowton; Tom Cleverley, Ashley Westwood, Fabian Delph; Scott Sinclair, Christian Benteke, Gabriel Agbonlahor
Substitutes: Shay Given, Leandro Bacuna, Carlos Sanchez, Carles Gil, Jack Grealish, Charles N’Zogbia, Andreas Weimann
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)
Newcastle will play in an attacking 4-4-2 formation, and it’s a big chance for Manu Riviere to partner Papiss Cisse up front, and maybe get his first league goal this season.
It looks like Moussa Sissoko and Mehdi Abeid are the two central midfielders with Obertan and Ameobi out wide.
This is what John Carver has said about this game:
“It’s been a long week after that result last weekend but I’ve been desperate to get back on the training ground,” “We had a good debrief on Monday with the players but it’s gone now, we know where we went wrong and we’ll try to put that right this weekend.”
“It’s only us that can put things right. It’s the responsibility of the staff and the players to drive things forward for the fans and for the football club. There’s a good camaraderie around the place, everybody’s upbeat and we’re looking forward to Villa now.”
“A win against Villa is important as we’ve got some big games coming up, there’s a bit of pressure but we’ve got to handle that.” “I’ve seen the difference in the Villa team since Tim has taken over. He’s going from back to front a little bit quicker through Benteke now.”
“Every game is difficult and Aston Villa will be no different. I know they’ve been on a long run of poor form but they’ve got Tim’s input now, and he will have different ideas.” “They’ve got a new lease of life and look to have a lot of energy so it’s not going to be an easy game but then again, no game in the Premier League is easy.”
Only two in five fans think we will win this game.
We really need the win today.
Howay The Lads!!
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