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Is This Newcastle’s Best Team For Liverpool?

8:25 pm, Friday, December 4th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 16 Comments

After the embarrassment of last Saturday’s 5-1 humiliation at Crystal Palace, where Alan Pardew’s side completely outclassed us, we were looking forward to some other players getting a chance against Liverpool on Sunday.

But since then we have picked up hamstring injuries to Jamaal Lascelles, Mike Williamson and Cheick Tiote has not recovered from his groin strain – and all three are not available for the very stiff test against the Reds.

Massadio Haidara is also out with that knee cartilage problem and will be out for at least four months so we don’t have many defenders available.

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Mike Williamson – picked up hamstring strain two days after returning from Wolves

Apparently Steve McClaren was going to play a back five last Saturday at Palace, like Sam Allardyce had successfully employed in Sunderland’s 1-0 win at Selhurst Park, but with Haidara getting injured in training he had to abandon that.

The manager could play a back five against Liverpool tomorrow and may switch Dummett to center-back and bring in Kevin Mbabu at left back.

The back five could be Janmaat Coloccini Mbemba Dummett and Mbabu.

But we’d be surprised if he does that – but it’s a possibility in order to try to bolt the back door – which has been wide open in our previous two games.

And after all we are playing Liverpool who are now a rejuvenated attacking side under Jurgen Klopp and just tore Southampton apart 6-1 at St. Mary’s on Wednesday night in the League Cup.

Saints have a much better defense than Newcastle do.


In fact, McClaren doesn’t have too many players to choose from – so we this may be the team he starts on Sunday afternoon.

Janmaat Mbemba Coloccini (c) Mbabu
Anita Colback
de Jong Perez Cisse Wijnaldum
Subs: Darlow Dummett Sterry Gouffran Sissoko Thauvin Mitrovic

We have Siem de Jong starting the game in place of Moussa Sissoko and with so few other players available it’s difficult to see what other changes McClaren could make.

We’d also be surprised if Steve  does drop Sissoko.

With center-backs Lascelles and Williamson (and Steve Taylor) all out injured we cannot see Coloccini being dropped for this game.

And with Kevin Mbabu not fit we have him coming in at left back for the out of form Paul Dummett.

One worrying thing is that we have so many Newcastle players injured at the moment and coming up is the busy holiday schedule – but what’s new?

Until Newcastle try to find out why we pick up so many injuries each season – and do something about it – nothing will change for the better.

It’s only one thing of many different things at different levels wrong with Newcastle at the moment.

What would your team be for Sunday?

And with 92% thinking we will lose this game it’s a perfect opportunity for Newcastle to win the game and shock us all.

How Will Newcastle Fare Against Liverpool?

  • Lose (90%, 5,410 Votes)
  • Win (6%, 355 Votes)
  • Draw (4%, 214 Votes)

Total Voters: 5,979

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Tags: Coaching · Mike Williamson · Moussa Sissoko · Newcastle News · Poll · Prediction · Premier League

16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Dec 4, 2015 at 8:33 PM

    Ashley Out!

  • 2 Thump // Dec 4, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    A front 4, Ed? How very bold of you.

  • 3 Thump // Dec 4, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    Ah sod it, let’s just put 8 up front like the good old days.

  • 4 firebug666 // Dec 4, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    4-2-4 a bit ambitious!

  • 5 firebug666 // Dec 4, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    Didn’t Macca once play four forwards in a match he was losing when he was at boro, and went on to win?

  • 6 geordieboy83 // Dec 4, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    De Jong

  • 7 firebug666 // Dec 4, 2015 at 8:45 PM

    I think Macca will be looking for a back five or six for Sunday.

  • 8 Tsunki // Dec 4, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    Ah but didn’t he have quality like Hamilton Ricard and Maccaroni and that? We’ve got nowt like that.

  • 9 geordieboy83 // Dec 4, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    Don’t forget Philip stamp and Robbie mustoe tsunki

  • 10 Tsunki // Dec 4, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    Exactly top notch worldies we can’t touch that mate

  • 11 Mag52 // Dec 4, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    Willo picks up an injury in training as soon as he gets back here.
    He’s played five games for Wolves, presumably training between each one, without a problem.
    What the fcuk is it with our training ground ?

  • 12 Tsunki // Dec 4, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    I’d take Craig hignett right now 🙂 that doesn’t sound good, on reflection.

  • 13 firebug666 // Dec 4, 2015 at 8:53 PM


    It’s true we lack leaders, I posted a link to a story in The Mag earlier it was a great read.

  • 14 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 4, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    Could we drop McClaren for tomorrows game? 🙂

    …just a thought!

  • 15 goommy // Dec 4, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Colback + Anita again..

    Welcome to 0 point match yeah yeah!!

  • 16 sammypee // Dec 4, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    Shame we couldn’t just forfeit like fifa with a 3-0 loss… would probably be better than the result we get.

    Where do we start on the team? Goal keeper wise to be honest I think we could be in a worse position.

    Defensively we’re a joke. A complete joke. Janmatt has been posthumously Pardewed. Colocinni is past being past it. Taylor should just be dropped to statutory sick pay, we have no real left back. I have a soft spot for Haidara but think Dummett is worse than Celestine Babayaro and over rated for being a Geordie.

    Midfield is a mystery however I think we need wingers.

    I would also like to see an experienced striker brought in.

    We need a captain who can lead.

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