John Carver has named his side for today’s home game against Tottenham and Coloccini returns and Anita keeps his place at left back and Ryan Taylor moves to midfield.
Newcastle(4-3-3): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Vurnon Anita; Ryan Taylor, Mehdi Abeid, Jack Colback; Remy Cabella, Ayoze Perez, Yoan Gouffran
Substitutes: Freddie Woodman, Jamie Sterry, Olivier Kemen, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Adam Armstrong, Emmanuel Riviere
Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Michel Vorm; Eric Dier, Federico Fazio, Jan Vertonghen (c), Danny Rose; Nabil Bentaleb, Paulinho; Nacer Chadli, Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela; Harry Kane
Substitutes: Brad Friedel, DeAndre Yedlin, Ben Davies, Ryan Mason, Mousa Dembele, Andros Townsend, Roberto Soldado
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)
That’s two changes to the side that started in the 2-0 loss at Liverpool on Monday night, with Colo and Gouffran both coming back into the side and it’s a 4-3-3 formation.
Daryl Janmaat switches back to right back and Williamson moves over to the right hand side in central defense, with Colo coming in and Anita keeping his place at left-back as we expected.
It’s a surprise to us that Gouffran starts again, but he seems to be a favorite of Carver’s and he works his socks off but is hardly a threat in terms of goal-scoring – and that’s what we lack at the moment.
Freddie Woodman is on the bench so we don’t know if Rob Elliott has picked up an injury.
And there’s no Siem de Jong so it must have been decided it was too early for the Dutchman to return today – but maybe next Saturday when we play Swansea at home he could be on the bench.
And finally no Jonas Gutierrez so we have to think that clause in his contract is stopping him from playing – so another good player that Newcastle will not play.
This is what John Carver has said about this game:
“The remaining six games are going to be a big test for everybody,” “We haven’t won in five and it’s down to me to get the players in the right frame of mind.”
“I saw a positive reaction at Anfield and I’ll be looking for much of the same going into the Spurs game. I’m not bothered about performance – we need results. By hook or by crook we have to get some results.”
“We need to start winning now. We can’t keep looking over our shoulder and relying on everyone else.” “I think the group of players we have at the moment are giving us everything but sometimes that’s not good enough.”
“This weekend is important for the team and the club and getting the right result and I’m giving every single ounce to try and get that.” “We know that Tottenham haven’t been on the best run lately and they haven’t been scoring too many goals.”
Four in five fans think we will lose this game today and if that happens it will be six in a row for only the second time ever in the Premier league.
We really need a win today, but it’s going to be extremely difficult for the lads to deliver that result, and we’ll just have to see how many stay away as part of the boycott for this game.
16,000 is the figure being put out as to how many fans may not be attending today a protest against the way Mike Ashley is running the club.
We’d just love to get the 3 points today.