SholaAmeobi27Fresh controversy today as Nigeria’s coach is adamant Shola will be joining up with his preliminary squad for the African Nations but the more immediate situation is how Alan Pardew sets his team out today against Manchester United.

Despite only appearing as a substitute for the final half hour, Shola was the stand out player for Newcastle against QPR, winning 31% of the votes in our man of the match poll. His winning goal and overall play giving Alan Pardew extra food for though in his team selection today.

United’s two most consistent players of recent times, Vurnon Anita and Davide Santon, were unsurprisingly next in the voting with 28% and 21% respectively. No other player getting 5% of the votes.

While barring last minute injuries it is guaranteed both Anita and Santon will start at Old Trafford, Shola has belatedly given Alan Pardew an extra option as to who he plays up front.

My belief is that we’ll see Shola playing as a lone striker with Ba in behind him and Cisse making an appearance from the bench at some time, as whetever happens it is going to be a tough shift today.

So I predict a 4-4-1-1 with Obertan also coming into the side on the right to largely try and negate Evra’s forward runs.

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29 comments
GToon
GToon 5pts

Can I also add that I can see five triangles, golf is cr@p and I'm already married thanks.

Aarini
Aarini 5pts

We are weak in defense but no way we will be in  relegation fight. We are the surprise package. He holds the worst record in predicting football results. I'm happy he thinks NUFC will be in trouble because the result will be opposite.

george8783
george8783 5pts

hair like girl talks like a girl and knows as much about football as a -ick

george8783
george8783 5pts

poor pudit shih footballer what does he know

desree
desree 5pts

Robbie must have had a look at the mag before he made this opinion piece.

alreet
alreet 5pts

Think hes still pissed that big al always got the better of him on and now off the field. Boring welsh w**ker. Hate him on MOTD and most other places he chooses to show his mong face.

Wat does le tissier. Murphy or hamman think. Give more value to them than this waste of spit.

RonHills
RonHills 5pts

What have we ever done to upset you Robbie? Maybe you're trying to wind us supporters up.

Kazie23
Kazie23 5pts

We not a damn going to finish in the relegation zone or any where near that....

ourlad
ourlad 5pts

Savage talks a load of verbally diahorea,early days to start predicting.How the hell he has come to that conclusion beats me,think he has eaten to much leek pudding.

ourlad
ourlad 5pts

Well Mr Savage,I think you are out your depth with having Newcastle up for relegation.

You are counting your chickens before they are hatched mate.

You can't go off last season,yes we were dreadful under Carver, but hopefully this season is a new ball game.

I'm very confident we'll be in the top 15,if not the top 10.

If I prove you wrong please forward me a season ticket, and if you are right I'll buy you a calculator as it seems you have problems adding up.

Newcastle have spent 34 million and not 50 million as you have quoted.

WAYNEANDCATH1
WAYNEANDCATH1 5pts

yea you will be better  CHEM DAVE 

bet everyone respect's  YOUR genius opinion  ..were you a manager or coach or respected footballer at some tome ??

Leazes_62
Leazes_62 5pts

Trying really hard to care what this washed up old never was has to say , but the give-a-fyuk-ometer isnt even twitching, non story

wor monga
wor monga 5pts

Savage could be a writer for the Mag coming out with that sort of comment…quite a few on here were hoping for it to happen last season.


...He was famous at one time for using the referees toilet, and leaving a pile of crap there for them…he doesn’t do that nowadays…he just talks it instead!! 

Chemical Dave
Chemical Dave 5pts

@wor monga  he's wrong about brolly being a good coach like, doubt you'll find a single Derby fan agreeing with that comment. Baffling how a 'good coach' managed to  get the best group of English players for years to fail to QUALIFY for the European championships ?

GToon
GToon 5pts

There are some pundits who have a worthwhile opinion that is founded on their own experiences in the game and their general footballing intelligence and then there are those that have nice hair......

Jezza_NUFC
Jezza_NUFC 5pts

@GToon  Agreed. Savage was the epitome of a "lifestyle footballer". A very mediocre player, he was always better known for his flamboyant image away from the pitch. It was always about his hair, what he wore and what he drove rather than anything he could do with a ball at his feet.

GToon
GToon 5pts

He did once get a really good goal against us around 2000 for Leicester and they won 2 - 0 at sjp. My dad stood up and applauded. I hated it when he did that! But yeah I imagine he spends hours in makeup perfecting his look.

BenB2507
BenB2507 5pts

I predict that.... Robbie Savage will be a bitter c*nt for the rest of his days ☺

WAYNEANDCATH1
WAYNEANDCATH1 5pts

what the fk has savage got to do with the price of milk..can we have

someone on with a respected opinion please 

scraping the barrel  ??

if yuv got nowt to say ..say nowt ..its ok

Bearsize
Bearsize 5pts

The day the ref elbowed robbie savage in the face and knocked him out in front of 50,000 geordies was one of the happiest days in my life

http://youtu.be/1SLZh_UWzpE

Robbie your so full of sh*t!!

Leazes_62
Leazes_62 5pts

@Bearsize If the ref had any balls about him he would have followed up with a kick to the spuds.. thanks for reminding me of that Bear, id forgotten it :)

Bearsize
Bearsize 5pts

Lol no problem, i aim to please

mrkgw
mrkgw 5pts

Quite an insult. Thanks Robbie.

Porciestreet
Porciestreet 5pts

Who cares what that little pr!c4 says,He's so full of Bull5h!t he should be flushed away.