Preview – Newcastle v Cardiff Line-Up Shock!
Newcastle line up for their final pre-season friendly today and we were all waiting to see the line-up as it seemed pretty nailed on to be Alan Pardew’s first choice from those available. The news isn’t what we wanted to hear.
The big news is that Yohan Cabaye is not included in the squad which isn’t a massive surprise but the absence of Cisse, Ben Arfa and Ba most definitely is! None of the four are even on the bench.
Cardiff should give United a decent workout although the Welsh side’s latest signing, our old friend Craig Bellamy, is only likely to be sighted today being introduced to the crowd.
Cardiff’s new owners have tinkered with the branding of the club to the bemusement and anger of many of their fans, with a change of first team colours from blue to red and a dragon now taking centre stage instead of the bluebird.
The team lines up as follows;
Krul, Simpson, Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Santon, Ryan Taylor, Tiote, Jonas, Marveaux, Obertan, Shola
Subs; Harper, Perch, Williamson, Amalfitano, Campbell, Vuckic, Gosling
Pre-seasons are often fragmented in terms of team line-ups, with mixing and matching in tournaments such as the one in the Algarve but with Spurs only a week away, you would expect the manager will be looking to put out his best eleven to give them at least one match on the pitch together.
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