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.
John Carver – Newcastle head coach
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.