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The 11 Players Newcastle Fans Choose To Face Liverpool

8 years ago

Earlier this week we asked you to pick the eleven players you would choose to face Liverpool on Saturday.

This time, as well as publishing the results of who you think should play against Liverpool, we have also put in brackets what percentage of votes each player got before the Cardiff match and it has produced some very interesting comparisons and contrasts.

In some case there appears to have been massive shifts of opinion, here are the results;

99% Krul (96%)
98% Remy (99%)
97% Cabaye (100%)
89% Sissoko (77%)
88% Ben Arfa (81%)
86% Santon (69%)
83% Debuchy (70%)
78% Coloccini (99%)
60% Gouffran (73%)
57% Cisse (37%)
56% Tiote (33%)
47% Anita (75%)
46% Williamson (54%)
38% Mapou (29%)
34% Steven Taylor (26%)
13% Dummett (55%)
11% Jonas (9%)
10% Marveaux (11%)
 5% Sammy Ameobi
 3% Shola (0%)
 2% Elliot (5%)
 1% Obertan (1%)

Firstly, most votes were cast before it was revealed by Alan Pardew that both Jonas and Coloccini wouldn’t be available this weekend, though the relatively low Coloccini vote I would guess clearly reflects the fact he was reported doubtful on Tuesday.

The main negative in terms of no real clear choice or belief is definitely at centre-back with totals of 46%/38%/34% telling me that for one, fans find it hard to choose between the three we have available, and also that there isn’t a huge amount of confidence in any of them.

The performances of the two full-backs at Cardiff appears to have helped give them both a decent vote of confidence as their vote has risen and Dummett’s fallen accordingly.

While supporters appear to have thought Tiote did ok at Cardiff which has knocked his vote up and Anita’s down.

While Krul, Cabaye and Remy clearly carry overwhelming support, it is interesting to see support higher for Ben Arfa despite the win at Cardiff with him only playing a few minutes. Maybe fans thinking it was a good idea to bench him as a temporary measure but no more.

Not much to choose between Cisse and Gouffran which could be an interesting selection choice for Saturday, while Sissoko’s hard running gets a steady vote of confidence.

The lack of real competition in the squad sees all but the top 15 players in the voting get only a handful of votes, pointing to where Newcastle’s massive weakness is if injuries hit.

Betting – NUFC To Win 17/5 – Remy To Score First 7/1 – NUFC Win 2-0 30/1

To view all Newcastle v Liverpool betting click HERE (Prices can fluctuate up and down)


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