Newcastle United Predicted Line-Up v Aston Villa
Aston Villa v Newcastle United
Saturday 14th September 3pm
While there may be still countless ifs and buts, a combination of what looks a more or less full squad to choose from and that late finale against Fulham, have helped give a different complexion to Saturday’s match.
Villa have had a tough opening and after an excellent opening day win at Arsenal they have tasted defeat against Chelsea and Liverpool.
Their fans will be looking at our match as a welcome respite from that difficult opening but they aren’t the only ones looking forward to the game.
They still have to go out there and prove it but surely it isn’t just on paper that we can expect a decent performance; a potential front three of Remy, Cisse and Ben Arfa can surely cause problems but a lot will depend on how Alan Pardew sets the rest of his team out.
Debate will rage about who should be playing but I think as a statement of intent the manager will put out what he considers his best team and that will surely include the fit again Cheick Tiote. Almost every time the Ivory Coast midfielder is picked for important matches and while many would have Anita in the team, they could be disappointed.
Alan Pardew has been keen to talk about Yohan Cabaye’s great attitude and work this week and it is hard to see him being left out, once again, on paper a middle three of Tiote, Cabaye and Sissoko looks promising.
Up to a point I would accept an odd goal defeat on Saturday IF we saw clear signs that we aren’t set for a dismal season of constant struggle from week to week.
Villa showed late last season that they were capable of improving and the dangerous Benteke has carried on where he left off. Though we won’t be treated to the sight of a reunion between JFK and Charlie Insomnia, still recovering from an operation.
One sure thing for me is that despite Steven Taylor back from suspension I can’t see Alan Pardew willingly change a back four who along with Tim Krul have kept consecutive clean sheets, three if you included the much changed Morecambe line-up.
(All match odd can be seen HERE)
Talk of make or break games is usually overdone and so early in the season I hesitate to say it but Saturday gives the players a chance to blow away much of the negativity that hangs around the club at the moment. The underlying causes of many fans’ dismay won’t be solved with a win or a creditable draw, however what it will do is reassure the fans that we can have a bit of fun at the same time as wondering just what Mike Ashley’s next self-inflicted wound for Newcastle United will be.
We don’t ask for much but a bit of pride and decent football goes a long way.
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