We know that Tim Krul, Papiss Cisse and Yoan Gouffran are not available for tonight’s Capital One Cup tie at Crystal Palace, because they have picked up a virus.
Mehdi Abeid in action at Gillingham
But Alan Pardew can still put out a strong team by playing most of the first team players tonight, and that’s also true because our next game isn’t until Monday night at Stoke City.
Cheick Tiote struggled mightily on Saturday at the end of the game, simply because he ran himself into the ground, and we think it would be wise to give Cheick a rest tonight, and maybe start him on the bench.
And it gives a good opportunity for Mehdi Abeid to come into central midfield, and he played very well at Gillingham in the last round, although Vurnon Anita could also be given that opportunity tonight.
So here’s a strong team Newcastle can play tonight
Janmaat Taylor(S) Coloccini (c) Haidara
Cabella Sissoko Perez
Subs: Alnwick Dummett Williamson Tiote Anita Ameobi Obertan
Gabby Obertan could also be given a start tonight, depending on how he’s looked in training – and we may see Argentine striker Facundo Ferreyra on the bench for a change.
We were surprised that Paul Dummett was brought back to the starting eleven last Saturday, after Massadio had a good game at Southampton – one of the few Newcastle players who did, so we expect Haidara to get the start at left-back.
And we also expect Steven Taylor to be given a run-out in place of Mike Williamson in central defense, and Steven had a solid game at Gillingham.
Palace manager Neil Warnock has said he will make eight or nine changes to his side, but that’s because they entertain Leicester City at home in the league on Saturday afternoon.
So because we have two extra days to recover before our next game, here’s a chance for Newcastle to win the game tonight by fielding a strong team.
Howay The Lads!!
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