Is This Newcastle’s Best Team Against Sunderland?


All three of our left backs are now fit again – so Steve McClaren will have to choose between Paul Dummett, Sadio Haidara and Kevin Mbabu, who started at left back in the previous two games against Chelsea and Manchester City.

Paul Dummett started the last game against Norwich where he lasted until the second half when Sadio replaced him.

kevin mbabu

Kevin Mbabu – in at left back?

Steve McClaren will be tempted to start the same side that played well last week at home to Norwich in the 6-2 win and we think that’s exactly what he will do.

However, we would love to see Kevin Mbabu return at left back.

There is also a choice to be made in defensive midfield as to who starts there – and it’s between Cheick Tiote – who started last time out – and the reliable Vurnon Anita, who came on at half-time for Cheick and Anita had a good game.

This is the team we hope that starts tomorrow at the Stadium fo Light in a 4-4-1-1 formation.

Elliot
Janmaat Mbemba Coloccini (c) Mbabu
Sissoko Colback Tiote Wijnaldum
Perez
Mitrovic
Subs: Woodman Dummett Lascelles Anita de Jong Cisse Thauvin

What would your team be for Sunderland?

Comments welcome.



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153 comments so far

  • Thump

    Oct 24, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #1

    Dummet or Haidara will start, not Mbabu.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 24, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #2

    Could be a good weekend – victory for us tomorrow and a defeat -hopefully – for Palace -should silence the last remnants of the pro Percy Brigade – well at least some temporary respite may be had before they wind themselves up again.

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  • quadrapole

    Oct 24, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #3

    Tiote will be a liability in this game, was not a big fan of Anita but I think give him enough games and he could be a great player for NUFC

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  • SUTTY1978

    Oct 24, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #4

    You’ll never see the back of the Pardew-in-crew Tuff

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  • toonking

    Oct 24, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #5

    If we can beat the scums sunday and west brom hold on today i’d say myself bottom 2 this season could be taken by both villa and scums. avioding 17th could require more points than ever team, if they continue like they are chelsea could be in it!

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  • toonking

    Oct 24, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #6

    sutty
    you won’t see the back of the anti pardew crew either, antient seemed to like looking at a palace twitter account as though he was a palace fan

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  • nufc 11

    Oct 24, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #7

    It would be a brave choice but I’d take colo out and put dummet at cb and play colo/moussa with tiote mbabu at rb colback lb and jannmat rm to protect mbabu gini will protect collack far more solid team something to think about eh?

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  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 24, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #8

    sutty – accepted it will be hard to once and foreall to purge even the slightest thought of King Percy – Gods work is never done.
    Aye bloody good riddance to the eel pie brigade.

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  • toonking

    Oct 24, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #9

    If anti pardew crew were so happy to finally see the back of him why do they now seem to be posting so much about pardew and the palace games which are being lost, ANTI PARDEW FANS ARE EMBASSED

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  • toonking

    Oct 24, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #10

    The reason they emarressed because of ANOTHER CRAP MANAGER

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  • SUTTY1978

    Oct 24, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #11

    Toonking, what word are you grasping for there??

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  • toonking

    Oct 24, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #12

    all in all leister were the sh1t team because i could have been in with a shot of winning 5k had they scored another goal swansea themselves were too good as they scored 1 goal too many.

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  • nufc 11

    Oct 24, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #13

    Elliot,
    mbabu,mbema,dummet, colback,
    jannmat moussa, Tiote/Anita, gini,
    perez, mitro

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  • toonking

    Oct 24, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #14

    sutty

    It works both ways the anti pardew crew hated it when the talk was about he’d done as good as anyone would do, we don’t appoint decent managers and tis eam isn’t as good as made out but when the anti pardew stuff is getting posted why wouldn’t we be debating our wn opinions?

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Oct 24, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #15

    Pardew gets over hyped, espically by media when he wins encase he’s English. Every toon fan knew years ago he is Tactically clueless

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  • croftus5678

    Oct 24, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #16

    hairdryer lb and mbabu and mbemba at cb ! if only 🙁

    go for a back 5 and forget the dm.

    jan—mbab-colo–mbem–hair
    ——–wij—-col—-siss———-
    ————-per—mit—————

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  • SUTTY1978

    Oct 24, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #17

    I like a good pro/anti Pardew argument, they’re good fun.
    Fact is that Ashley doesn’t appoint good managers. Pardew was a league one chancer. Carver was an absolute no mark, McClaren is a championship chancer. Not sure why anyone would vehemently stick up for anyone who has been manager at the toon recently.
    Theres always a hope for some of us that Charnley (as it’s he who decides now) will appoint someone who lives up to our desires and expectations. I don’t sit in the better the devil you know camp.

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  • SUTTY1978

    Oct 24, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #18

    Regarding team selection, i wouldnt want to drift too much away from what played against Norwich. We won and we attacked well. Keeping a stable team will see better team performances. Just hope we play the same formation and players at home and away. Never understand the mentality of playing differently just because it’s in a different stadium, makes no sense.

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 24, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #19

    Sutty i was always in the ” stop blaming pardew for everything bar the tyneside rain” brigade. He’s a mid table middling manager, not a crap one. What i laugh at, were the guys who said he would relegate them last season. I don’t remember any of them being big enough to admit they called it wrong. For the record, again, i’m glad he’s gone. But i am far more glad that carver was sacked!

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  • toonking

    Oct 24, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #20

    shadow shearer.

    KK a hopefully good one walks out

    dennis wise was an awful appointment

    JFK was a crap manager

    shearer wasn’t suite for managment

    chris hughton was only here for a year and a half before getting sacked due to likely arguements with cashley and has went on to only manage championship teams

    derek lambsarse was a stupid appointment onto the board

    JFK was a stupid appointment onto the board AGAIN

    charnley was a stupid appointment.

    pardew isn’t hyped he’s quite simply the best of what we call yes men.

    I want decent manager not these yes men and unless you’ve got belief in ashley then yes men is all we’ll get so we’re generally stuck and might as well accept the rest until we can enforce out that man right at the top called cashley.

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 24, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #21

    Sutty smc has far more about him than pardew. Much greater international contacts too and far greater respect abroad

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  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 24, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #22

    There is a point that as King Percy is no longer here – why debate anything about him – however the pro Percy Brigade keep extolling his non existent qualities.
    So on that basis an infrequent and mature debate about King Percy between the different groups is healthy and is a debate I like to partake in. So let’s have a debate -pro Percy Brigade -where are yee ya bastards yee kna who yeez are.

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  • sparky55

    Oct 24, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #23

    NUFC 11

    I like that team!

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Oct 24, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #24

    Don’t recall anybody ever saying Pardew would immediately relegate Palace, on the contrary, most said he will do very well initially, then a slow descent before they’re either relegated within 2 or 3 seasons or habitually fighting relegation battles. Ya’ know, like his entire career pattern to date.

    We’ll finish above Palace this season.

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  • toonking

    Oct 24, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #25

    sutty

    you might not be so bothered and happy enough to have a pro/anti pardew debate but it’s when people like our toon are twisting every week a positive pardew point is made and go on to saw “go support palace” when at the same time hardly anyone seems to against a negative pardew opinion.

    My biggest hope when he was gone and carver then mac was appointed is this would show a crap is more likely to get appointed and I wasn’t talking like someone who rated pardew like a decent manager, it was shown clearest of all that season we’d been fighting relegation and them made even clearer when he’d kept him after those two stupid incidents on the side of the pitch.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 24, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #26

    Munster,
    There was about five seriously anti Pardew posters on here who blamed everything on him, the majority of us new what the bifgest problem was. But you simply can not excuse his time here and we’d still be in the same boring rut if he was still here, ffs why are you so passionate about sticking up for him, was it the fake glasses.
    For the record, given his past history I did say he’d relegate Palace immediately and was wrong, big deal.

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  • toonking

    Oct 24, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #27

    JFA

    Why the fcuk are you only every complaining at one like munster?

    Start twisting to those like antient and tuff who decided to kick all this off

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  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 24, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #28

    Munster – not accusing but do you eat eel pie and do you own a pearly king suit.

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  • Goofy

    Oct 24, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #29

    Maybe a bit ironic coming from me but maaann that Gabriels got some amount of teeth 😀

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  • SUTTY1978

    Oct 24, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #30

    Munster, as I said Pardew is a league one chancer, McClaren is a Championship chancer. He’s a slight upgrade on Pardew. My biggest fear was that he would play the same brand of negative football and that definitely how we started the season crap 4231 at least he can see when things don’t work, Pardew ploughed on with that regardless, unwilling to change unless forced.
    One of the funniest/most annoying was during his phase of playing Cisse whose only attribute is as a poacher on the right wing. Ba got sold and instead of putting Cisse back to playing up front he played Shola and kept Cisse on the wing because that where Cisse had played in training during the week!
    His conversion of every player in the squad into either a defensive midfielder or left back was also one of my personal highlights of his reign as King!

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 24, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #31

    Well at least you are big enough to admit you called it wrong jail. I believe in fairness and the criticism of him went beyond fair because he cudnt win with many here, no matter what. And believe me there were more than 5 blokes here. I also think the sackpardew campaign made us look stupid to the media given the surge at palace under him when he went there. But as i have said many many times he was no genius, although he was compromised here by ashley etc. He should have resigned but he got a beautiful career and family move so fair play to him. Im glad he is gone but wud have preferred a more broad minded replacement of him.

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  • SUTTY1978

    Oct 24, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #32

    Regardless of the hate tinted or rose tinted (fake) glasses everyone wears when viewing Pardew who would you prefer here as Manager

    1. Pardew
    2. McClaren

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 24, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #33

    Munster,
    You’re wrong there, what made us look stupid was the failure to appoint a decent manager n line with the tenth best supported club in Europe, had we have got in someone to move us forward people wouldn’t be saying he’s done well at Palace, they’d be saying you’re flying now without him

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 24, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #34

    Some good criticism there sutty. I don’t know why he didnt play 442 with ba and cisse. I have to laugh though because guys were killing him here even when we were doing well. Another unfair criticism was that he was ungracious. Thats crap too. After defeats he often praised the opposition unlike sam wenger hughes fergie and most others. It doesnt count for much but he was always hammered irrespective. Thats whats unfair imo. He did have some cracking excuses though. Blamjng the senegal FA for cisse being crap was laughable and i said that at the time.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 24, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #35

    My favourite was the grass being too long on a third division Scottish club’s pitch, or was it blaming the fans for egging us on to score, mmm it might have been the one where he said we’re at a disadvantage because the local youth are thick……

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 24, 2015 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #36

    SUTTY,
    Would you rather have Chlamydia or Gonorrhoea ?

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 24, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #37

    But thats spilt milk jail. We made a massive internet play to get him out and then he saves palace. I know what u are saying but the vast vast majority of fans i know, in ireland and england said we looked like spoiled brats who were demanding european football and not getting it. So we scream for our mid table boss to get sacked. Anyway gotta go fellas good talking to ye

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  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 24, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #38

    Pardew to Carver to Mcclaren, yeah well done.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 24, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #39

    Yes, Munster fairplay to him, him and his boss treat us to shite for four years so he could get his dream move, well done Alan, top man, nice old chap, any time !

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  • SUTTY1978

    Oct 24, 2015 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #40

    Munster, he didnt play the two uptop because as I said he loved his 4231 even if it meant (and it usually did) shoehorning everyone into position they were not used to.
    I think the thing that used to get on everyones tits was that he had his favourites who were undroppable regardless of how badly they were playing. I will say he was obviously a decent pitchside manager in terms of motivating the team, that was shown when he was banned for nutting Meyler and Carver came in for seven games in which we were panned left right and centre.
    Slight Pardew positive to end on there!

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