This Is Newcastle’s Strongest Team For Swansea

Jonas Gutierrez was left out of the squad last Sunday in our 3-1 home loss to Spurs,  but he’s back in the squad after making up with head coach John Carver after their falling out last week on the training field – so we really hope that Carver will use the Argentine and play Jonas from the start.

Jonas is one of very few Newcastle players who seem to be in good form at the moment, and he certainly has the passion and fight that could make a difference for the home side tomorrow.

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We had Jonas in our starting line-up last week, and will keep him there for tomorrow’s game, and the good news this week is that Siem de Jong is fit again – which is great news – and we hope Siem can start on the bench.

And it’s going to be too early for both Paul Dummett and Rolando Aarons,  but maybe they will be available for the next game at Leicester City.

Moussa Sissoko will be available next week, as this is his second game of the two game ban he picked up for being sent off at Liverpool.

Here is the team in a 4-3-3 formation:

Janmaat Williamson Coloccini (c) Anita
Taylor (R) Colback Abeid
Cabella Perez Gutierrez
Subs: Woodman Sterry Armstrong Riviere de Jong Gouffran Ameobi

That’s a decent starting line-up – and Rob Elliot is injured and out for the season.

Adam Armstrong looks to be in good form so he could get a run-out in the second half tomorrow.

It could be that Carver plays in a 4-4-2 formation in an effort to score some goals,  and in that case we would expect Ayoze Perez and Emmanuel Riviere to be the front two.

What would your team be for the game tomorrow, and what formation would you play?

Readers are getting more confident about tomorrow, because we are up to 13% who think we can win the game – up from 12% last night.

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69 comments so far

  • NezzaNUFC

    Apr 24, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #1

    Just like against Spurs! and look how that happened!

  • Graeme

    Apr 24, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #2

    Jonas is never a winger, thats for sure; not got the pace or the crossing ability now. Nor is he a striker, so not sure what role he is supposed to be playing?

    He’s far away from the player he was 4 years ago, but at least he will give everything he has, for sure – will it be enough to make the difference??

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 24, 2015 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #3

    So basically John, anyone inside of the top 12 and our local rivals are difficult fixtures, fortunately three of our next five are below the bottom 12, what could go wrong….

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 24, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #4

    Thank you for your reply. I can’t agree that the lease is “intellectual property”. It is a lease which is an “interest in land”. I would suggest you would expect to see a valuable item such as this recorded in the club’s accounts if they ever owned it.

    Surely, if the club owned this valuable interest and does so no longer, Ashley is asset stripping? It seems the city council also stand to benefit from what I can gather. This looks like potential skulduggery.

    I’m not aware that the local journos are making anywhere near enough of this issue. I have never seen this properly explained with all the issues open to scrutiny. The protest groups should consider bringing pressure on the local and national press to fully explore this. It smells bad to me but perhaps the “full” story is in the public domain and I’ve just not seen it.

  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 24, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #5
  • Our Toon

    Apr 24, 2015 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #6

    Janmaat, Colo, Willo, Anita
    Jonas, Colback, Abeid
    Cabella, Perez

    The french Heskey isn’t good but need to able to hols the ball up, the good news for us is that Swansea have no strikers at the moment through injury….A point will be gained

  • Our Toon

    Apr 24, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #7


    Sorry I was trying to do 3 different things at once at messed up all 3 earlier….my meaning about IP was to do with things we are unaware of such as badge etc like what happened with Rangers.

    As for the lease I think it is common knowledge especially about the surrounding areas which initially there was talk of a super casino being built etc. This is land that MA has taken over and won’t ever give back

  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 24, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #8

    Our Toon

    Swans might have forwards out, but there are still plenty of goals in their midfield.

  • stan anderson

    Apr 24, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #9

    How i would love to come on this blog and the headline was Ashley sells the club to Ant and Dek.
    They move Carver to Sunderland and appoint a manager who knows something about football.
    Does not need to be Ant and Dek mind.

  • Belfast

    Apr 24, 2015 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #10

    He never plays 433. It’s like a false nine no striker no focal point and ferk all movement. It’s a terrible formation what ever it’s meant to be.

    Be interesting to see what the team actually is. He definitely needs to play one of the big lumps Riverire or the other bloke upfront for anything to change in my opinion.

  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 24, 2015 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #11

    Sigurdsson 7
    Ki 7
    Dyer 5
    Routledge 4
    Shelvey 3

  • mattnufc

    Apr 24, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #12

    Pointless playing Perez up front by himself; needs to play off a striker or attacking mid.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 24, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #13

    I’m not sure whether the lease ever belonged to NUFC or the previous owners of the club directly. If it was NUFC the proceeds should return to NUFC otherwise Ash is asset stripping. Either way it seems highly detrimental to the club. This to me is a potentially more serious issue than free advertising.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 24, 2015 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #14

    Has GeordieRaver been on lately?

  • Belfast

    Apr 24, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #15

    I would play him in behind Riverire Matt. I have a feeling Carver will probably go with Armstrong though lol

  • Ciaran

    Apr 24, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #16

    I have it on iron clad authority that the lease did once belong to the club under Hall and Shepherd. It is a club asset that Ashley purchased and sold. It is asset stripping.

  • Graeme

    Apr 24, 2015 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #17

    Ciaran, Ashley, to the best of my knowledge and information, simply transfered the lease from NUFC to Mash Holdings. There has never been any mention of a commercial transaction, to the benefit of the club, for the transfer.
    It belonged to the club, he bought the club, all assetts belong to Mash holdings!! Simple. Club lost the asset, gets nothing in return!!

  • Ciaran

    Apr 24, 2015 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #18


    In legal terms, yes, MASH Holdings is a separate entity to Mike Ashley – the reality of that is that Mike Ashley is MASH Holdings.

    You are correct, MA transferred the lease from NUFC to MASH Holdings, the parent company, so that NUFC would not gain anything from the subsequent disposal of the lease.

    That is shifting property in order for MASH Holdings (Mike Ashley) to benefit and not NUFC.

    It’s cut and dried. Where Blackley is correct is that the local and national journalists have not done nearly enough in drawing attention to this, or perhaps the public do not grasp the severity of what this actually means.

  • Alternative Headline

    Apr 24, 2015 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #19 forgot the propaganda comment about how the #boycott isnt helping,
    47,000 etc

  • mecannylad

    Apr 24, 2015 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #20

    So come on then ….. who is best placed to blow the t**t out of the water for this latest piece of skullduggery.
    An NUFC/Ashley misdemeanour with hard evidence….. Is it what we have all been waiting for?

  • Ciaran

    Apr 24, 2015 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #21


    It’s all legal. It’s unethical, it’s yet another slap in the face of the future development of our club, it’s depriving NUFC of at least the financial compensation it’s owed for the sale, but it’s not illegal.

    The future expansion of our ground sold to the highest bidder – and it wasn’t even sold for that much…

  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Apr 24, 2015 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #22

    same team as OUR TOON, SDJ on for guit at half

    ……..unless we are only up 2

  • Graeme

    Apr 24, 2015 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #23

    Ciaran – Yep, its as close to “Asset stripping” as “Asset Stripping” gets.
    There is only ONE winner and that is our Illustrious Owner – the Fat Charmless Bastard!!

  • Ciaran

    Apr 24, 2015 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #24


    We’ve reached a stage where nothing short of actually breaking the law would lead to proper investigative journalism and mass uproar on a grandiose scale.

    MA has done everything he could possibly do to our club, yet some are still debating the merits of protests, boycotts and targeting his other interests.

    Against the backdrop of such resistance we’re fighting a losing battle. Even if one removes the dismal performances on the field, things MA has done to our club off the field should be enough to warrant widespread anger at his running of the club, but it’s only when performances are at an all time low do others seem to stand up and take action.

    It’s perplexing as it is frustrating.

  • Kris

    Apr 25, 2015 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #25

    Janmaat, Willo, Colo, R. Taylor
    Cabella, Abeid, Colback, Sammy
    Riviere, Perez

    De Jong, Ferreyra and Armstrong as subs

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 25, 2015 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #26

    I agree. I’m not alleging anything illegal. Just highly prejudicial to the best interests of the club.

    The journos seem sensitive to criticism from the fans. The protest groups could use that as an opportunity to lean on the press to do better. Despite being much maligned, journos often do a fantastic job in helping to expose wrongdoing. IMO journos are often unsung heroes. It’s reason why local journos need to up their game when it comes to covering NUFC and to live up to the best traditions of their profession. I’m not just talking about the lease sale, but all aspects of the clubs off field activities.

  • Ciaran

    Apr 25, 2015 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #27

    We’re at a rare point of complete agreement here Blackley. Local journos didn’t do enough when they were banned and had free rein to print what they wanted regarding the club. Now they are back in the club’s pocket they are back to their appeasing worst.

    There are always rare glimpses of hope every now and then, but unfortunately, they are exacerbating the diminishing need for local print media. They offer little (or nothing) of value.

  • SharpEnough23

    Apr 25, 2015 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #28

    I’d like to see carver give the kids a chance tbh, the season is over.
    No point in playing the likes of jonas as since he’s been back on the pitch he’s been horrific.

    my team would be –

    Never gonna happen but i think we need pace on the right & obertan shouldnt be anywhere near a premiership first team….especially newcastle.

  • mattnufc

    Apr 25, 2015 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #29

    Belfast, I would play him behind Riviere as well, despite Riviere’s underwhelming season so far. He should have came on at half time in the Spurs game – I’m sure most people could see the long ball to Perez was ridiculous.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Apr 25, 2015 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #30

    Our seats will be boycotted again tomorrow. It’s sad that it’s come to this. I just don’t enjoy it anymore, and haven’t since during Pinocchio’s involvement. Not because we’re in poor form, I’ve been used to that as a fan over the years, but because there’s no attempt to try, whilst at the same time we’re having the piss taken out of us because the owner’s only priority is SD and how he can advertise his brand through us without any consequences for the team.

    He’s like a parasite feeding off the host. When the parasite has gone, we may return.

    I hope all of you who do not agree with Ashley’s motives will take a stand tomorrow as well. Now is your chance to make a visual statement by not attending. Doing nothing will 100% mean that nothing will change. The odds increase if you are active. That is good enough for me. Ashley out.

  • croftus5678

    Apr 25, 2015 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #31

    is this a wind up with that starting line up ?

    guti one of our in form players ? really ?

    i’m sorry but i must be missing something ! guti is a tryer thats for sure but thats pretty much all he is ! he runs around a lot and erm….thats it really.

    anita as our best choice lb ? hehe i’d rather play guti or goofy there.

    and siem on the bench eh 😉 he’d have raylors position without question.

    i’d also play chucky or arma in place of guti.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 25, 2015 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #32

    Some food for thought. Fans who regularly go to games have an opportunity to vent their spleens and let it all out. I make no apologies for bawling at the players if they’re not putting in the effort, as happened last Sunday. I also think the manager is fair game at any time but especially after a year or two. If the manager is taking Ashley’s shilling, and is prepared to speak for the club in doing its bidding, he should be prepared to take all the shit that comes with that and which would otherwise be directed at the Board. It is he who is effectively protecting the arrogant, dismissive and disrespectful hierarchy. His choice. And it’s not a shilling that he takes, but wages the fans can only dream of. Armchair fans can only shout at their screens or blog all day with like minded supporters.

    I’ll get lambasted for saying this, but I find shouting at Pardew and Carver very cathartic.

  • Ciaran

    Apr 25, 2015 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #33


    And this is where we verge once more. Your condescending moral supremacy in response to those who have taken upon themselves to take what is an inherently personal sacrifice is offensive.

    But you know that. Either you’re merely trying to get a response because that’s how you get your kicks, or you genuinely believe it, which means you believe in a two-tier method of supporting NUFC – which makes you an arsehole.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 25, 2015 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #34

    Despite what a lot of bloggers are saying, the fans can help the team. I see the comments that the team are playing shit in front of full houses. But when the players show something to encourage the fans, the fans repay it tenfold. You can feel the wave of energy from fan to player and the back again that can develop into a frenzy. This club needs to stay up for the sake of the fans as well as Ashley. Our fortunes are locked together, which to a large degree explains why many fans don’t back boycotts against the owner. The club still needs points and the fans can play their part.

  • santoon

    Apr 25, 2015 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #35

    I think we will be ok, last 6 fixtures were really tough other than the sunderland game, i dont think pardew wouldve done any better with the same fixtures

  • santoon

    Apr 25, 2015 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #36

    have we tried gouffran as striker before because wasnt he a striker in france before coming to nufc cos he is invisible in midfield

  • toonicle

    Apr 25, 2015 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #37

    Gotta start 2 up front now, Perez is obviously lost on his own and Riviere has at least showed some decent holdup play for Perez to make runs off of.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 25, 2015 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #38

    I have long said I respect supporters right to boycott and protest. Some of my friends haven’t renewed their season tickets over the years, which is the biggest boycott going.

    But boycotters are criticising other fans like me who disagree and want to continue to go. We have many different reasons why we believe it is right for us not to boycott. It’s supporters like you, mainly armchair supporters anyway, with a different perspective, who lead the attack on us.

    I have every right to voice my opinion against pernicious, bilious, sniping comments of which you are the biggest provider. I also believe I have a right, so long as Ed will allow, to challenge the misinformation that is peddled by certain bloggers on here. I’m no fan of Ashley but it serves no good purpose to anyone, least of all his detractors, to tell lies and exaggerate.

  • Ciaran

    Apr 25, 2015 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #39

    It’s the patronising way in which you voice your opinion, not the fact that you do it.

    As for what you think of me personally? Zero f**ks given.

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 25, 2015 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #40

    “taken upon themselves”. There’s a fairly substantial problem right there, as far as I can tell.

    Does”Ashley Out” speak for, or represent the view of the majority of fans, and if not, is picketing SD a reasonable course of action?

    It’s surely one thing having the choice to express a view by boycotting or otherwise one thing you use and support, and another entirely to disrupt an entirely separate other you don’t, in the same cause.

    I would say the majority of fans would back the integrity of a match day boycott, as it encompasses various aims, while also doubting the majority would feel a picket line in front of SD stores is justified, in that it would appear to be expressly about purely wanting Ashley Out, which I doubt, is something the majority would agree on at this stage.


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