If you were in Alan Pardew’s shoes today when Newcastle take on Cardiff City, who would you pick in your starting eleven to take on the Bluebirds? Does Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa get dropped? Who starts up front? Which formation should Newcastle go with? Leave a comment below and have your say!

Here’s what I’ve come up with:


Debuchy Williamson Coloccini Santon


Sissoko Cabaye

Ben Arfa Gouffran


I’d go with a 4-3-3 formation against Cardiff, with Loic Remy leading the line up front. It makes sense to play the most in-form striker in the central role, so there would be no place for Papiss Cisse in my team.

Mike Williamson is an obvious choice for me at centre-back, as Yanga-Mbiwa had a shocker against Everton and deserves to lose his place in the team. Mathieu Debuchy and Davide Santon hardly covered themselves in glory on Monday night, but there is no real alternative at full-back without heaping pressure on a young Paul Dummett.

Vurnon Anita has to start in defensive midfield for me, with Cheick Tiote being lucky to make the bench after his recent performances. The Ivorian has been poor again this season and with Anita playing well at the minute, it makes sense to keep him in the side at the expense of Tiote.

What do you think? Leave a comment below and have your say on who should be in the Newcastle side later today!

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  1. Toon Boy

    I would keep that except for switching Gouffran and Remy. Even though Remy is the best in form striker, he is best used on the right wing, where he has room and options to keep running and use his lightning pace and foot skills. Against Everton he barely touched the ball, and every time he did he got dispossed. He is much better playing on the right wing or even as a SS. Same with Ben Arfa. He can play LW or SS

  2. Toon Boy

    —–Ben Arfa–Cabaye—-Remy—–

    I think Santon would do so much better at Right back considering he is right footed anyway.

    Option 2

    —–Ben Arfa–Cabaye—-Sissoko


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