Newcastle United Predicted Line-Up v Sunderland
Only hours to go now until we meet our friends from down the road once again.
Whether you love or hate the intensity of these occasions, you’ll be unanimous in hoping to be able to enjoy the aftermath if Newcastle can continue their modern dominance of the local rivals.
Alan Pardew has been staying tight-lipped about who’s is or isn’t available, the only confirmation being that Hatem Ben Arfa will start form the bench.
If there are no other injuries problems after Thursday then I expect to see Tim Krul behind the reunited partnership of Mapou and Steven Taylor, with Debuchy claiming his spot and Haidara starting after an impressive performance in midweek.
I know he has his doubters but Tiote will surely start if fully ‘wound up’, his energy can help us to dominate a midfield area that could and should provide the platform to win the game.
Cabaye of course will play in the middle and hopefully Tiote’s presence will spark him into a bit more life as he looked washed out on Thursday night and definitely missing his spark.
I fancy Gouffran to keep his league place on the left and help make sure Adam Johnson doesn’t get any joy, plus get forward as well of course. While on the other side I can see our man for all positions, Jonas, taking a wide position.
SIssoko and Cisse being no-brainers to complete the formation.
The mackems arrive missing arguably their two bets players in Fletcher and Cattermole, while Gardner is suspended. Vaughan, Bramble, Cuellar and Graham have all had problems but the last two named are expected to pass late fitness tests.
The visitors haven’t won in nine Premier League matches and it is three months since their last victory, taking away the fact it is a derby match they are looking desperate, with or without a new manager.
If Newcastle have at least nine or more of that predicted starting line-up then I can see us dominating the match and winning by a few.
That isn’t complacency, just statement of fact. Obviously though we learnt last season that if you don’t turn up then things can go pear-shaped, as they did in the first half at St.James’ Park.
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