If you were in Alan Pardew’s shoes when Newcastle arrive at Stamford Bridge later, who would you pick in your starting XI to take on Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea? Who plays up front in Loic Remy’s absence? Who replaces the injured Cheick Tiote? Who loses their place after last week’s Derby nightmare? Leave a comment below and have your say!

Here’s what I’ve come up with:


Debuchy – Yanga-Mbiwa – Williamson – S.Taylor – Haidara

Anita – Sissoko

Ben Arfa

Sh.Ameobi – Cisse

Since we’re not expected to do much at Stamford Bridge, I’d experiment with a new system which should give the team a more solid defensive unit. Three centre-backs would provide plenty of protection against Chelsea’s numerous attacking threats.

The 5-2-1-2 formation also suits Mathieu Debuchy down to the ground, as it lets him go forward without being as responsible defensively, as a centre-back would always cover him. Same on the left flank, too, but I’d drop Davide Santon after his poor performances lately. Massadio Haidara deserves to show what he can do.

Two defensive midfielders cover Hatem Ben Arfa, who gets a free role, while the two strikers provide power and pace in the absence of Remy, while Luuk de Jong regains full match sharpness and is on the bench. Cisse could be on his last legs at Newcastle, so it’s time for him to start performing on the stage where he hit a wonder goal two seasons ago.

That’s my team, what do you think? Leave a comment below and have your say!