Predicted Newcastle United LineUp vs Sunderland
Let’s hope that Phil Dowd brings similar entertainment to his second Newcastle v Sunderland encounter.
His only previous role saw him officiate in October 2010 when you may recall Titus Bramble gave us all a laugh when he was red carded, which was only a sideshow to a 5-1 demolition.
Hard to see Luuk De Jong being asked to run straight onto the pitch after his plane landed and Alan Pardew has indicated that he is likely to start from the bench.
It can’t be underestimated though how much of a lift/relief his arrival has given everybody, at least in the short-term with Loic Remy missing the next three.
The Dutchman’s potential threat from the bench will surely give a little bit more confidence and reassurance to a team that hasn’t exactly got ‘GOALS’ written all over it, in the absence of both Cabaye and Remy.
Ben Arfa was straight into form on Tuesday and if he can adjust his shooting then he could well be our biggest threat, the Newcastle manager stating that he is looking to the winger to cement his place back in the team.
Elsewhere in the Newcastle vs Sunderland LineUp, it looks as though the team will more or less pick itself. Cisse is reportedly ready to play on Saturday and I can see Pardew putting him and Shola on the pitch together, though god knows what formation the two of them will allegedly be playing. One guarantee though with those two is that we’ll see the offside flag on the odd occasion.
The midfield three of Anita, Tiote and Sissoko look a knocking bet to continue, while the back four in front of Tim Krul will surely play again after the clean sheet at Norwich.
For the opposition it looks obvious that Adam Johnson is by far their biggest threat, both in his general play and the fact he is their leading scorer with 8 in all competitions. When you take into account that the idiotic Bardsley is their second most prolific marksman with 4, it is a game where it is vital we don’t hand them any soft goals like in recent derbies.
The league table doesn’t lie at this stage of the season and despite their narrow win over Stoke midweek, it still only puts them one place above the relegation zone whereas we are (relatively) riding high just one place behind Manchester United.
Putting the mackems back in the bottom three could of course be a nice bonus if we take all three points but more than anything, fans will be looking for the right attitude from the first minute, something that was bizarrely lacking down at their place earlier this season.
We may have injuries, suspensions and Cabaye sold, but we should still have more than enough to take care of these…if the team go into it with the right mindset.
Over to you Mr.Pardew.
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