Cardiff v Newcastle – Team Selection, Formation, Action?
It’s safe to say that this weekend’s game could well be defining in the outcome of the season.
Like other Newcastle fans I expect us to go and win but if you’re asking me, why it make take a while for some valid explanations.
To be honest, after the first half on Monday, football was the last thing I was thinking about for this weekend. The first half was so abysmal that even when Newcastle briefly threatened to make an unlikely comeback I was rooted to the spot in utter deflation.
Perhaps the biggest sign of how desperate things have got, is how it took Mike Williamson to bring some sort of stability to our defence. Now I doubt there is a Newcastle fan would say hand on heart that he is the answer to our problem.
However, what Pardew has to learn is that there is a case for ‘horses for courses’, though I must admit I was generally happy with the team he selected on Monday.
Nevertheless selecting two ball playing centre-halves, neither of who are practically good in the air, against a 6ft 4 powerhouse like Lukaku was madness. It wouldn’t have been popular to select Williamson but that’s part of being a manager, you have to make big decisions. It is the same situation with Ben Arfa, who after two great games, has now been shocking in two. A similar enigma to grace the black and white was Laurent Robert.
Now Sir Bobby knew when it was right to drop Robert for the benefit of the team and rotate the squad. While it is obvious Newcastle don’t have much, if anything, in reserve these days it’s important that we go into a game thinking how best to win with 14 players not 11.
Personally I think the philosophy for this weekend has to be similar to that when we played Villa if we are to stand any chance in what could already be a relegation 6 pointer (considering what is to come).
Going forward. I think we are getting a little better and that is a lot down to Remy, the players need to know there is someone who can keep the ball and when asked, take a chance.
This weekend I would be tempted to make some big changes, try and be a bit more solid. Our front 3 on their day can hurt teams, I have no doubt, we just need to control games better.
Personally I would be inclined to go with this team.
Ben Arfa (RW)
In a game against a more offensive side I would be tempted to play Santon on left wing in the Jonas role (more defensive than offensive). Nevertheless, I would be really disappointed if Newcastle aren’t able to get 3 points this Saturday and prolong the Pardew nightmare another week
Top Tips – NUFC To Win 21/10 – Cabaye To Score First Goal 16/1 – Remy To Score First 13/2 – NUFC To Keep Clean Sheet 5/2
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