Predicted Newcastle Starting 11 v Liverpool
Match Preview Liverpool v Newcastle
Sunday 11 May 3pm
Though sadly we can all have a good guess….
The Liverpool boss thinks his best chance of pulling off a final day miracle rests on an early goal heaping pressure on Manchester City, hoping if Liverpool can quickly put their match to bed then it will put a bit of doubt in the minds of players, manager and fans.
Our concerns/hopes aren’t aimed quite so high, Newcastle fans just want to see their team go out and have a bit of a go on this last day of the season.
Most of us expect Liverpool to win but wouldn’t it be nice if Alan Pardew followed Rodgers’ example and aimed to go at the scousers and give them something to think about.
If you took Pardew’s pre-match comments about his football ‘principles’ at face value, you might get your hopes up;
“You have a responsibility at Newcastle to play the game on the floor. Play with passion and speed and play with an integrity.
“Those principles I stand by and next year I expect to deliver on those.”
As you all might be aware, Newcastle haven’t got the biggest of squads and quality isn’t that abundant either, but like all managers surely Pardew can give it his best go with what he has got?
If the Newcastle manager truly aspires to his ‘principles’ then wouldn’t it be great to see them showcased on the pitch today.
While today will no doubt have come too soon for Davide Santon who got back into training only on Friday, Pardew has got choices that he CAN make, if he sticks to his principles.
For starters, I have to say that if the idea is to play on the ground, with speed, passion, integrity etc, then I see no room in the team for the following players because of their limitations in some or all of those areas.
I wouldn’t find any place for Shola, Dummett, De Jong, Gosling or Anita.
I would chuck in either Taylor or Mapou as part of a back three, to allow Debuchy and Haidara to push up the pitch as wing-backs and at least give Liverpool something to think about down the flanks.
I would then have Ben Arfa as the obvious wildcard who could do something out of the ordinary, while Tiote, Goufffran and Sissoko are more than capable of getting in amongst the opposition to win the ball further up the pitch and have the likes of Remy and Ben Arfa in advanced positions to try and take advantage.
I would go for the following Newcastle starting 11 v Liverpool but sadly the Pardew reality will be more the the one illustrated in the image;
Krul, Taylor/Mapou, Williamson, Coloccini, Debuchy, Haidara, Tiote, Gouffran, Sissoko, Ben Arfa, Remy
The last six matches we have played against teams currently above us in the league reads;
Arsenal 0-3, Manchester United 0-4, Southampton 0-4, Everton 0-3, Spurs 0-4, Chelsea 0-3.
They say insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting a different outcome.
Will Alan Pardew show us his sanity today?
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