Surprisingly, Andy Carroll has been left out of Newcastle United’s starting line-up for this afternoon’s game at Manchester City.
Andy Carroll is on the bench this afternoon for the important game at Eastlands, and we have to think that Shola Ameobi has been impressive in training this week.
He certainly had a great game in the 4-3 win at Chelsea 10 days ago, when he scored a couple of goals, and once again manager Chris Hughton has shown he’s not afraid to drop top players.
Of course it comes at a bad time for Andy to be dropped, after he is likely to get his first full England call-up tomorrow.
And, as half expected, Wayne Routledge has also been dropped and Argentine Jonas Gutierrez comes into the starting line-up, and we expect Ben Arfa now to play on the right wing for Newcastle this afternoon.
Jonas was also in top form in that Chelsea game and has earned this start.
Former Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given is again on the bench, and former Newcastle fan Alan Johnson is sitting beside him.
Howay The Lads!! – we need some points!
Manchester City: Hart; Boeting, Kolo Toure, Kompany, Lescott: Milner, Silva, DeJong, Barry, Yaha Toure; Tevez (c)
Subs: Given Vieria Santa Cruz Johnson (A) Boyata Adebayor Jo
Newcastle United: Krul; Perch, Williamson, Coloccini, Enrique; Gutierrez, Tiote, Barton, Ben Arfa; Nolan (c); Ameobi.
Subs: Soderberg Campbell Smith Routledge Taylor (R) Carroll Lovenkrands
Referee: Martin Atkinson
285 comments so far
Oct 3, 2010 at 12:56 PMComment #1
arfa’s gonna terrorize lescott
Oct 3, 2010 at 12:57 PMComment #2
Looking forward to seeing both Ben Arfa and Jonas playing together, hope we can compete against an impressive looking city line-up though.
Oct 3, 2010 at 1:03 PMComment #3
Manchester city line up:
28 Kolo Toure
34 De Jong
42 Yaya Toure
Oct 3, 2010 at 1:04 PMComment #4
Nolan’s undroppable? (if there is such a word!)
Hope Strolla has a blinder tbh but it is gonna be a tough game… again.
Oct 3, 2010 at 1:05 PMComment #5
best link for the game
will start on the button at 1.30 😉
Oct 3, 2010 at 1:06 PMComment #6
interesting no-one’s yet complaining about Carroll being dropped! Shola’s popularity can’t have risen so far so fast can it?? Oh! Shhhooolllaaa Ammmeeeooobbbeeeeeeee!!
Oct 3, 2010 at 1:06 PMComment #7
actually best link for the game is ESPN 🙂 or the Pub!!
Oct 3, 2010 at 1:10 PMComment #8
CH surprises us all…. !
Oct 3, 2010 at 1:11 PMComment #9
jimmymac, And what is the link?
Oct 3, 2010 at 1:17 PMComment #10
goooooooooooddddddddddd his dropd, Sola 2 scoreeeeeeeee
Oct 3, 2010 at 1:17 PMComment #11
yeah well im not in a fit state to go outside jimmymac! and dnt have espn so internet for me!
Oct 3, 2010 at 1:17 PMComment #12
4-4-2 with Jonas up front with Shola?
Oct 3, 2010 at 1:18 PMComment #13
another good lads 🙂
Oct 3, 2010 at 1:18 PMComment #14
Carroll hasnt played well in his last game. Didnt get involve nor did he win headers. Shola did well against Chelsea, but thats 2nd string. Not convinced with Shola obviously.
But drop Carroll maybe, but to replace him with Shitla? We’ll wait and see. I hope CH thinks he can benefit more with HBA in the side than Carroll.
Oct 3, 2010 at 1:20 PMComment #15
5min more 2 kick of , M eatng ice-cream watching da match. gooooog tooooon gooooo kick man city’s ass
Oct 3, 2010 at 1:24 PMComment #16
Not hopeful, but still hoping.
Oct 3, 2010 at 1:24 PMComment #17
Not sure why Carrol has been droped as I dont think he’s done anything wrong, apart from that I like the line-up. Hope Shola can grab a goal….or 2
Oct 3, 2010 at 1:25 PMComment #18
Is Carroll not injured??????
I’m sure he’s carrying an ankle problem…
Oct 3, 2010 at 1:25 PMComment #19
This Hughton get’s better by the week, takes off ben arfa n tiote leaves on Nolan, now drops Caroll and brings on Ameobi…these are the reasons why this idiot is no more than a Trainer…….
Oct 3, 2010 at 1:26 PMComment #20
could have picked up a slight knock?
i hope we see wayne, andy and mcloven off the bench
Oct 3, 2010 at 1:27 PMComment #21
WHy the hell is Carroll dropped/?
Oct 3, 2010 at 1:27 PMComment #22
Oct 3, 2010 at 1:38 PMComment #23
WTF…Ben Arfa is injured…
Oct 3, 2010 at 1:38 PMComment #24
Arfa! Typical of our luck. He’ll be out for a few months.
Oct 3, 2010 at 1:38 PMComment #25
arfa down. wonderful
Oct 3, 2010 at 1:39 PMComment #26
Brilliant, suspected broken ankle, never rains but is bloody well pours
Oct 3, 2010 at 1:39 PMComment #27
Oct 3, 2010 at 1:39 PMComment #28
Sounds like his foots gone against itself or a bone has come out…some replays too bad to show!!
Oct 3, 2010 at 1:39 PMComment #29
suspect broken ankle…de jong typical
Oct 3, 2010 at 1:41 PMComment #30
Did anyone see that Wolves red card tackle yesterday by Karl Henry, ‘kin thug
Oct 3, 2010 at 1:41 PMComment #31
That is typlical ben arfa injured with a suspected broken ankle. Isnt his contract that we buy him if he plays 25 games. Dont think thats gonna happen now. FFS
Oct 3, 2010 at 1:41 PMComment #32
BBC live text
“According to the TV peeps, some replays have been held back from broadcast as they are rather upsetting. I fear that means a broken leg for Hatem Ben Arfa. Heartbreak. On comes Wayne Routledge as his replacement, but what a horrid way to start proceedings.”
Oct 3, 2010 at 1:41 PMComment #33
agreed. de jong always goes in hard.
how does this impact the 25 game buy option…?
Oct 3, 2010 at 1:41 PMComment #34
she fell over ….
Oct 3, 2010 at 1:42 PMComment #35
no no no absolutly gutted broken ankle possibly leg too we won`t see him again this season get well soon benny boy!!
Oct 3, 2010 at 1:43 PMComment #36
gonna be goals aplenty
Oct 3, 2010 at 1:43 PMComment #37
That pr*ck Waddle said it was a fair tackle De Jong went straight through him and took his standing leg that’s Arfa out for the season we won’t be buying him now he’ll be back off to France
Oct 3, 2010 at 1:43 PMComment #38
We r fkd nw, dam motha fka de jong u bstard
Oct 3, 2010 at 1:44 PMComment #39
IMO it was a tackle that din’t have to be made and was as reckless as the one Henry of Wolves got sent off for yesterday
Oct 3, 2010 at 1:44 PMComment #40
I fear thats our season in jeopardy now….I am SOOOOO Gutted for Arfa….
He was the one match changer….now we have none.
Why does this always happen to the toon.