Newcastle United – Rejigged ‘Technical’ Line-Up For Anzhi?
The manager has been talking in some detail about the particular challenges of playing on an artificial surface and has had the players training on a local 4G pitch in the north east.
I anticipated that Sylvain Marveaux and Vurnon Anita would be two of the players he had in mind and the Dutchman’s appearance alongside Alan Pardew at the pre-match press conference indicates that he will be a certain starter
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However, Papiss Cisse’s illness has led to no other option than Shola having to travel and play, with Pardew admitting he wasn’t even in his original plans to even get on the plane, feeling the surface could impact on Ameobi’s long standing injury problems.
The manager looking forward to the game though and having this to say early this week;
“We want to win the game, so I’ll play the strongest team I can.
It is a different surface and so it is going to favour some of our technical players, it will be a very technical team I put out”.
In light of who has travelled (Alnwick, Shola, Anita, Ben Arfa, Bigirimana, Cabaye, Campbell, Elliot, Gosling, Haidara, Marveaux, Obertan, Perch, Santon, Simpson, Sissoko, Steven Taylor, Tiote, Mapou) and the challenges of the pitch, I expect the team to line-up as per the illustration and I have a feeling our ‘technical’ team could well snatch something to take back to St.James’ Park.
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