If you were in Alan Pardew’s shoes tomorrow afternoon when Reading come to town, who would you pick in your starting XI to take on the Royals? Does Papiss Cisse start up front on his own? Do we start Yohan Cabaye after his injury? Does Coloccini keep his place despite the recent rumours? Leave a comment below and have your say!

Here’s what I’ve come up with:

Krul

Debuchy Williamson Coloccini Santon

Anita Perch

Gutierrez Cabaye Marveuax

Cisse

I’d go with a similar side to the one that started against Norwich last week, with Cabaye coming in from the start and Marveaux on the wing, rather than in the middle.

Cisse is almost certain to start up front and the support will come from Gutierrez and Marveaux, who both need to prove to the home fans that they can carry the creative can in Hatem Ben Arfa’s absence. Cabaye should help them out as he pulls the strings from a slightly deeper role, which should free up some space for the players ahead of him.

Steven Taylor is still a week away from making a comeback so Mike Williamson must continue in defence, although it wouldn’t surprise me if he was dropped as soon as Taylor regains match fitness.

It’s likely that Mathieu Debuchy will show more of the attacking side to his game tomorrow, with Alan Pardew saying in midweek the home games would be the time when the Toon Army seen their new recruit get forward as well as keep things tight at the back.

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

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  1. alan hood

    krul, debuchy, collocini, perch, santon, obertan, anita, cabaye, marveux, cisse, campbell.

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  2. dan

    krul debuchy colocini williamson santon gutierrez cabaye anita marveaux cisse shearer

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  3. Chris Leeson

    Krul, Debuchy, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon; Anita, Cabaye; Obertan, Marveaux, Jonas; Cisse

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  4. Tom

    Krul

    Debuchy Taylor Colo Santon

    Anita Perch

    Marveaux Cabs Obertan

    Cisse

    Please god, no Williamson!

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  5. Alan

    krul debuchy colo santon, anita cabaye bigiramana marveaux gutierrez, cisse campbell

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  6. Adam Hiscock

    Krul Debuchy Taylor Collo Santon Jonas Cabaye Anita Marvoux Cisse Sh amobi

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  7. dowdie

    krul, debuchy colo taylor santon, ferguson cabaye marvoux perch obertan, cisse

    Reply
  8. sc123

    krul

    debuchy mbwia collo santon

    cabaye sissoko anita

    goufran cisse marveux

    4-3-3 please pardew

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