Predicted Newcastle United Starting Line-Up v Leeds
Newcastle United v Leeds United
Wednesday 25 September 7.45pm
Realistically that was never going to happen and at Tuesday’s press conference Alan Pardew announced that as well as Shola and Jonas not playing a part through Flu/injury, Yohan Cabaye would also not be available. The injury news on that front doesn’t sound as serious though with the manager saying that the French midfielder could do with a week’s training without a game to get him in the right shape, rather than it being a repeat of last season’s groin problem.
As for the rest of the team against Leeds, Alan Pardew has confirmed that Cheick Tiote, Paul Dummett and Sammy Ameobi will all definitely play against Leeds.
Incidentally, all three started on the bench against Hull and I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see all seven of Saturday’s subs included in Wednesday night’s starting line-up, with Williamson, Elliot (NUFC 13/8 to keep a clean sheet), Marveaux (22/5 to score a goal) and Gouffran (7/1 to score the first goal) also starting against our old Yorkshire foes.
One player I do expect to see retained in the eleven is Papiss Cisse (5/1 to score first), the striker desperate for a goal and confidence so the manager giving him a roll of the dice against lower opposition to get off the mark.
Coloccini has been vocal about putting things right after Saturday and so it’s logical to expect him to captain the team with Mike Williamson the likely centre-back alongside him.
Past experience tells us that Santon is a likely starter with his versatility and it gives a chance for Debuchy to get out of the spotlight after a poor match against Hull.
As for the opposition, Leeds are currently stuck in mid-table and consecutive defeats against Reading and Burnley (though Leeds did dominate possession in this last home match without making it count) show that they aren’t a team to strike fear into you, just so long as we don’t see a repeat of the level of performance at Morecambe in the last round.
McCormack is Leeds leading scorer with four goals but our old friend El-Hadji Diouf is the most recognisable to our fans, returning from suspension is Stephen Warnock who was often linked with a move to Tyneside over the years.
Leeds look what they are, a mid-table Championship team, albeit one who are going to be backed by an estimated 6,000 travelling fans.
Alan Pardew’s starting eleven should look more than strong enough on paper but how many times have we said that?
I’m expecting the likes of Hatem Ben Arfa and Loic Remy to be on the bench just in case…
However, I do think we’ll do it in ninety minutes and the prize of a place in the last 16 and the possibility of another kind home draw should surely be all the incentive our lot need…shouldn’t it?
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