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Newcastle v Manchester City Starting 11 So Far…

6 years ago
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With just over two weeks to go my thoughts have turned to the Newcastle v Manchester City starting 11 on the opening day.

We are hearing much talk about the possibility of further signings coming in but I have my doubts.

Even if there are new faces added before August 17th then the shortage of time for them to integrate before that opening day, means it would be very unlikely they’d be in a position to start that game anyway.

So what does that leave us with?

Well unless we sell Tim Krul, the goalkeeping position speaks for itself with no possible competition in the next couple of years, though Freddie Woodman’s England success bodes well.

In defence, Coloccini is nailed on and at the moment Steven Taylor looks clear favourite to play alongside him. Williamson as yet hasn’t been spotted pre-season while Mapou has been the one shifted to fill in at full-back yet again.

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At full-back, Janmaat will surely start on the right if he’s physically/mentally in shape to do so, while I expect Pardew to be his normal cautious/negative self and play Mapou in the opener on the left, with it being champions Manchester City. If Janmaat doesn’t play then I’d expect Mapou on the right and Haidara on the left.

Jumping to the forward position(s), with Cisse injured that means it has to be Emmanuel Riviere up front on his own, with Alan Pardew surely flooding his midfield to try and stifle the opposition, rather than get them on the back foot.

No doubt the Newcastle manager will try and dress the formation up as a three up front scenario but those in midfield will be far deeper than positions that could be described as attacking.

I see Sissoko and Tiote as definite for Pardew, their strength and ability to get about the midfield will be essential to stem the expected tide of attacks from City.

I would also expect Siem De Jong and Remy Cabella to start the game, the two most talented players signed so far the summer, which leaves one position. I think the manager will go with Jack Colback instead of a more ambitious Yoan Gouffran, though I would definitely hope this wouldn’t be the case if Newcastle were facing lesser opposition.

So I would see Alan Pardew lining up with;

Krul, Janmaat, Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Mapou, Tiote, Sissoko, Colback, Cabella, De Jong, Riviere

For what it is worth, this would be my (ideal) team;

Krul, Janmaat, Coloccini, Mapou, Haidara, Tiote, Sissoko, Cabella, De Jong, Ben Arfa, Gouffran

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