Newcastle United Predicted Line-Up v Liverpool
Newcastle United v Liverpool
Saturday 27 April 5.30PM (live on ESPN)
What a match today.
So much riding on it for Newcastle United and potentially one of our most exciting line-ups of the season….at least on paper.
Unless you have been asleep this week you can’t have failed to notice Luis Suarez making the odd headline. Needless to say there will be comments in the press along the lines of his teammates are determined to make up for him missing from the team, the truth though clearly is that while he is a disgrace as a human being he is by a country mile their best player.
Can Newcastle take advantage?
Making sense of the injury/fitness situation has many interpretations. While it appears certain that Krul, Santon, Ryan Taylor and almost certainly, Coloccini, will miss today – there is room for optimism elsewhere.
The manager has declared that Papiss Cisse is fighting fit despite rumours to the contrary, while Ben Arfa and Cheick Tiote are declared fit and available.
Will they play though? I would play both of them without a shadow of a doubt, they are both big game players and we do need our best players on the pitch today, no question.
For the first time in a while Alan Pardew could well be having big positive decisions to make, not just thinking of the least worst option for certain positions.
I’m going with the belief that both Ben Arfa and Tiote will play and Pardew will go for a pressing/attacking game to try and get the visitors on the back foot from the start.
I’m surprised that Brendan Rodgers has brought them relative success in terms of dragging them up the table to a level that might have looked unlikely at one time. They are still clearly no team of world beaters but will be their usual organised selves. A big feature of last season’s win was that by the end of the match, Liverpool’s talisman Steven Gerrard was a well beaten mad, a very pleasant sight after the number of times his drive and stamina had overcome Newcastle.
We have the chance to make it three home wins in a row against Liverpool and I think we could just about do it.
I see a possibly open match with a number of goals, with the enticing thought of a forward three of Cisse, Ben Arfa and Sissoko.
If my team selection proves correct, with Jonas preferred to Gouffran, we’ll need big big performances from the midfield three of Cabaye, Tiote and Gutierrez.
A win today wouldn’t cure the problems of this season but it would go a long way to ensuring Premiership football and convincing fans that this team could have real potential next season.
Let’s do it.
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