Newcastle v Northampton
Tuesday 25 August 7.45pm
Football on a Tuesday night in Newcastle feels a bit strange.
Always Wednesdays for us and Tuesdays for the Mackems, yet for whatever reason we are both playing tonight.
Guessing that it is all geared towards getting an extra day of training/preparation in before Arsenal on Saturday.
Not that tonight isn’t a priority of course…
A weakened team isn’t even an issue for me tonight as home to a League Two side we should have more than enough for them judging by the bench we had at Manchester United on Saturday.
I would play all of them apart from Williamson, although I have a feeling we will see him out on the pitch tonight.
It looks as though we can cross out Dummett, Riviere, Sissoko, Anita and Dummett through injury, whilst all the talk is of Coloccini and Krul getting the night off.
A lot of people have also assumed Wijnaldum will get the night off as well, though I’m not so sure, he has been getting quoted about importance of cups etc so wouldn’t be biggest shock to me if he appears.
The team picked by the fans that appeared on The Mag earlier today probably isn’t too far from the mark. it had seven changes with only Mitrovic, Taylor, Colback and Haidara surviving from Saturday.
Steve McClaren has confirmed that Siem de Jong definitely plays and wouldn’t be surprised to see him named Captain in Coloccini’s absence.
Elsewhere it looks a knocking bet for Darlow to get a chance in goal, whilst fair bit of excitement as Thauvin and Aarons could be unleashed together.
I think Mitrovic will be involved tonight but only doubt is whether it is from the bench or in the starting eleven.
McClaren hinted that Cheick Tiote would be back in the team but with claims of ‘knackered’ players in the camp after Saturday, I do wonder if Colback will partner him, as the Geordie midfielder looked off the pace for much of the game against Manchester United.
The Newcastle Head coach has given the textbook warning…
“Northampton are a good team and we have been watching them, they’re physical, strong and put in lots of crosses.
“Any team on their day can beat anybody, no matter what division, if we are not right, or don’t do it right, then Northampton are a team who can hurt us.”
…but the players will surely do the business tonight. With real competition now for a place in the team, it is a powerful incentive, for far too long so many players have grown used to being sure of their place.
As McClaren has talked about no slip-ups, The Northampton manager, Chris Wilder, has given the usual underdog cry, ‘we’re not coming to make up the numbers and we’re going to have a right go’.
As Wilder put it, he doesn’t want to see his players getting their ‘tummies tickled’ and just roll over and enjoy the occasion.
In 2010, Northampton travelled to Liverpool and knocked them out in the third round, drawing 2-2 and then beat the scousers 4-2 on penalties.
Nobody needs to remind Newcastle fans of their own team’s capacity to find misery in the most unexpected places.
Summer signing Ivan Toney has been confined to finding his way with the Under 21 team but you’d expect him to be involved on the bench and potentially get a run out late on, if we are in a relaxed state.
Tickets tonight can still be bought in advance as normal at the ticket office but if you just want to pay cash at the turnstile, you can do this from 6.15pm at the following turnstiles:
Gallowgate East Corner – 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53
Gallowgate Upper – 60, 61, 62, 63, 66
Gallowgate West Corner – 70, 71, 72, 73, 74
Leazes Middle – 25, 26
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