If you were in Alan Pardew’s shoes on Boxing Day for the trip to Man United, who would you pick in your starting line-ups to take on the league leaders? Does Shola Ameobi start up front ahead of Papiss Cisse? Who replaces Tiote in midfield? Does the argument between Pardew and Coloccini threaten the defender’s place? Leave a comment below and have your say!

Here’s what I’ve come up with:


Simpson Coloccini Williamson Santon

Marveaux Anita Perch Gutierrez

Cisse Ba

I’ve been calling for Cisse to be axed in the last few weeks, but I’d start him against Man United and give him the chance to respond after his angry reaction to being subbed against QPR. We know Ameobi is good from the bench and could be a good option after an hour or so, so let’s see what Cisse can do from the start.

Another problem is the right wing berth, with Obertan and Marveaux vying for the place. I’d choose Marveaux because he is more of a creative player than Obertan, who is most effective when coming off the bench. If Pardew chooses to play 4-3-3 like he sometimes favours, then Marveaux could be given a more defensive centre midfield role.

Perch will start in centre midfield alongside Vurnon Anita, and both have to be on top form if Newcastle are to get anything from this match.

What do you think? Leave a comment below and have your say!

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  1. Paul


    Simpson. Collocini. Williamson. Santon.

    Marveaux. Anita. Perch. Obertan.

    Cisse. Ba

    • london fan

      Simpson colo william santon
      Marvou anita jonas obertan
      Cisse ba
      Jonas can be adaptable enough in the centre of the park james perch should go out on loan
      He is to light cant hold the ball cant bass the list is endless

  2. dan

    williamson colo perch
    santon anita bigi jonas

    cisse ba

    i would give marveaux the free role and tell him to show us what he can do!! i think he is the only player who can create anything whilst playind good football, none of this long ball stuff we have been playing all season!!

  3. Geordie jay

    Simpson. Mike. Colo. guti
    Obertan. Anita. Santon
    Cisse. Ba.
    Try give santon a blast in midfield and drop guti to where he belongs.
    Maybe play Shola for cisse. Marv given free role


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