Newcastle United Predicted Starting Line-Up v Morecambe
Morecambe v Newcastle United
Wednesday 28th August 7.45pm
Despite all the moaning and groaning from the club hierarchy last season, at least the Europa League meant a bye in this early banana skin League Cup round.
The first of those proved not to be winnable but I’m guessing Alan Pardew is more desperate for a win against Fulham than he is at Morecambe. That isn’t having a go at the manager, just simple recognition of the position he finds himself in.
I’m sure Pardew would love to be in the draw after tonight’s final whistle but summer bravado about having a real go in the cups will have been tempered by the reality of an even smaller squad to challenge with. Tonight’s line-up will show a lot of changes but as I always say, this gives opportunity to others.
Alan Pardew pre-match has pointed to the disappointment of what the fringe players produced at Brighton last season, tonight there should be no excuses.
Morecambe produced an excellent night’s work to knock out Wolves in the last round but whatever eleven take the pitch should do the job for Newcastle, no matter how bad the shambles is behind the scenes at St.James’ Park.
One first team player I expect to play and take advantage is Yoan Gouffran. He is priced at 15/2 to grab the first goal and 21/10 to score any time, as easily the best striker on show tonight I expect him to take full advantage. Haris Vuckic is another very likely starter and against this kind of opposition 13/1 first goal and 15/4 to score any time also look overly generous.
There hasn’t been much information about who will play definitely tonight, apart from the chance for fringe players to impress. However, Alan Pardew has already said that Mapou will lead the team which would appear to rule out Coloccini playing, while the likes of Tiote, Remy and Ryan Taylor will all miss. Question marks also on players such as Krul, Williamson, Obertan and Tavrenier who all have reported knocks, though no doubt Rob Elliot would have played regardless.
I can see Marveaux adding experience after playing just over an hour on Saturday, while Santon being interviewed about having a go in the cups on the club website today would suggests he is likely to move over to the left with Dummett taking the left hand spot.
As to who partners Mapou, I think it is a toss up between Tavernier or Williamson, with one of them patched up to see out this game.
As to who is on the bench…well I think we may see one or two names that don’t normally feature.
While getting through is the main thing, it would be nice if the fringe players could do it in some style as well.
It will be the first time Morecambe’s 6,400 capacity will have been full and the 1,800 travelling fans will rightfully expect more than just a new stadium to cross off their list. No doubt the United players will have to stand up to the physical side but surely their extra quality should them through…
If you would like to feature on The Mag, submit your article to [email protected]