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If you were in Alan Pardew’s shoes tomorrow night when Newcastle visit Ewood Park to take on Blackburn, who would you pick in your starting XI to get maximum points from Lancashire? Who replaces Yohan Cabaye in midfield? Who plays if Coloccini isn’t fit? Do the two Demba’s come in up front if they’re fit and available? Leave a comment below and have your say!

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Here’s what I’ve come up with:


Simpson – Williamson – Coloccini – Santon

Obertan – Guthrie – R. Taylor – Gutierrez

Ben Arfa


Firstly, if Coloccini is fit he should play. I expect him to be available but Alan Pardew might not want to risk the Argentina international with another game on Sunday. James Perch is on standby to fill in if needed.

I’d give Obertan a chance on the right wing again, with Ryan Taylor in a central midfield role which he performed well in when he played there against QPR. Another option could be Gosling in centre-midfield with Taylor on the right.

If both Ba and Cisse are back and ready to play, I’d still only play Ba from the beginning of the match, with Cisse being introduced from the bench in the second half. Ben Arfa needs to start again after the good form he’s showed of late. If Cisse comes straight into the starting line-up at the expense of the Frenchman, it could seriously damage the former Marseille winger’s already dented confidence.

Do you agree? Or was my team line-up a worse decision than Joe Kinnear coming out of retirement to take the Newcastle reigns all those years ago?! Leave a comment below and have your say!

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  1. Harry Hardboilson

    Simpson – Willo – Colo – Santon
    Raylor – Guthrie – Vuckic – Jonas
    Ben Arfa

  2. connor212

    with what we currently have, i'd try and keep the same formation which has been getting the best out of HBA
    Simmo Willo Colo Santon
    Gutherie Gosling
    HBA Ba
    this would allow cisse to be brough on for best and this system should also allow best to get more inloved with him playing through the middle ahead of stroller. Also if we find we are getting overrun this system could change to a 442 with HBA and Guti moving to the wings and ba joining best up front


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