Predicted Newcastle Starting 11 v Swansea
It has been all ‘fighting talk’ from Alan Pardew this week but what will be the reality from his players on the pitch at the Liberty Stadium this afternoon?
I wouldn’t necessarily say there was a lack of fight amongst the players this season. Though having said that I don’t think the players in the current squad are the kind to be able to scrap results out of difficult situation, with sleeves rolled up etc. I can see maybe Tiote and Sissoko fitting that image but few others.
Obviously there are many other ways to win a game of football and this is where I really start to worry.
The crucial things that I see missing are organisation, particularly at the back, and a cohesive plan of how to create and score goals.
Beyond that, there appears zero spark, no inspiration where an individual can turn the game by himself, certainly that’s the case unless Remy Cabella suddenly sparks into life/form and starts to look the player most of us expected/hoped him to be.
Swansea on the other hand are the epitome of organisation, having developed a playing style that is used throughout their youth teams and transcends the changing of managers.
It isn’t without its weaknesses but it provides a great base to work from.
Swansea opened up with four wins including three in the league, starting with a great and deserved win at Old Trafford, plus they only conceded one goal in that quartet of matches.
Purely on the bare results it looks as though Swansea have folded a bit in recent Premier League matches. However, after leading for all but the final minute of the first half at Chelsea, they were then the victims of an excellent Diego Costa hat-trick.
Then followed a tough clash of form teams against Southampton and a tight match was effectively decided by a Bony first half red card, despite that it took the Saint until the final ten minutes to score.
The last league match being a half decent point at Sunderland. In amongst those though, a three goal demolition of Everton in the league Cup reminded you of what the Swans are capable of.
Full-back Rangel misses today due to a red card against the mackems, while midfielder Leon Brittain is injured.
Otherwise though they have all their big hitters available and it may be ominous that despite the team’s decent form, neither Bony or Gomis have scored in the Premier League yet this season, only a Gomis strike in the League Cup between them. Instead winger Nathan Dyer has taken on the responsibility with four so far.
As well as the obvious pair of strikers and Dyer, Swansea have a variety of possible goal options with players such as Routledge, Shelvey and Sigurdsson all likely to threaten.
What about Newcastle?
Well what can you say, the big hope obviously must be that Papiss Cisse is fit enough to start and proves those two goals against Hull weren’t a flash in the pan. Though the bigger question is whether the rest of the team are capable of getting the ball into the striker in threatening positions?
I think the time must be close when Pardew has to change it in some way and while I can’t see him putting Cisse and Riviere together, I can see the totally ineffective Cabella being taken out of the firing line and the manager playing somebody like Obertan wide or an extra midfielder in Anita. The likely result being Sissoko sent further forward to try and help Cisse.
I predict a Pardew line-up of
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