By Chief Sports Writer, Marley Anderson

If you were in Alan Pardew’s shoes tomorrow afternoon, who would you pick in your starting XI to take on Spurs at White Hart Lane? Does Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa get his first start for the side? Does Cheick Tiote come straight back into the side or does James Perch continue in midfield? Leave a comment below and get involved!

Here’s what I’ve come up with:

Krul

Debuchy S. Taylor Coloccini Santon

Tiote

Cabaye Sissoko

Gouffran Marveaux

Cisse

I’d go with almost the same team as the one that pulled off the extraordinary win over Chelsea, with just two changes – Cheick Tiote coming in for James Perch and Sylvain Marveaux replacing Jonas Gutierrez. Tiote has been off-form before leaving on international duty but as he returns with genuine competition for his place, it could urge him into finding his best form for the club.

Gareth Bale has also started playing more centrally for Spurs, so Tiote could be a good choice to keep tabs on him (and most likely boot him into next week).

It’s a tough choice between Gutierrez and Marveaux because both are similarly talented and it wouldn’t surprise me if one started ahead of the other. I’d go with Marveaux in the hope of extra creativity but I have a feeling Alan Pardew will plump for the Argentine, with his extra work-rate and recent confidence the reasons behind his choice.

Yanga-Mbiwa is pushing for a start and isn’t far away, although I expect him to start in the Europa League on Thursday, rather than disrupting Steven Taylor’s partnership with Coloccini at the minute.

Vurnon Anita is unlucky to miss out too, but with quality like him on the bench, it’s a sign of how strong the Newcastle squad is.

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

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  1. paul neilson

    My team would be

    Krul

    Debuchy colocini s.taylor santon

    Tiote

    Cabaye sissoko

    Gouffran guitierrez

    Cisse

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  2. marcus

    how about this?

    Krul

    Taylor Collocini Mbiwa
    Debuchy Santon
    Tiote
    Cabaye Sissoko
    Cisse

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  3. nathan

    Crazy that Pardew keeps putting in hapless Cisse.

    I think he should have played

    Krul

    Santon Taylor Collocini Debuchy

    Gutierrez Tiote Sissoko Cabaye

    Gouffran Marveaux

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