If you were in Alan Pardew’s shoes come tomorrow afternoon, who would you pick to start for Newcastle in the game against Wigan? Do we change a winning formula? Does Ben Arfa come into the set up and if yes, who for? After his stunning equaliser last week, does Shola Ameobi get a place in the starting XI? Leave a comment below and have your say!

Here’s what I’ve come up with:


R. Taylor – S. Taylor – Coloccini – Santon

Ben Arfa – Cabaye – Tiote – Gutierrez

Best – Ba

I’d make a couple of changes to the team that has done so well over the last few weeks. First and foremost, we should dispatch Wigan with ease, so picking an attacking line-up on home soil shouldn’t be too much of a gamble. For this reason I’d give Hatem Ben Arfa his first start of the season on the right of midfield and give him licence to drift into the middle and affect the game from there, like he did when he first arrived on Tyneside last year.

With Ben Arfa drifting around with free will, it’ll open up the right channel for Ryan Taylor to bomb forward and supply some dangerous crosses into the Wigan box. Taylor is far more effective on the right than the left so it makes sense to switch him to his natural flank and get Santon into the team at left-back. The Italian has genuine quality and we will see it once he settles into life in the north-east, this lad wasn’t dubbed “the new Maldini” for nothing.

I’d stick with Best and Ba up front, harsh may it be on Shola, who was devastating when he came on last weekend. It’s a chance for goals tomorrow, so Best may benefit from Wigan’s shoddy defending.

Do you agree with my selection? Either way get involved and leave a comment below telling us your starting XI’s and have your say!

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  1. TomM

    I'd have to go for HBA in the hole, Pardew has said he wants to use him there. He should get a start against Blackburn as well which will be nice for him to get fitness.
    Marveaux————–Ben Arfa—————Jonas
    Bench: Harper, Simpson, Guthrie, Gosling, Obertan, Shola, Best.

  2. HeatonRick

    How about:


    R. Taylor – S. Taylor – Coloccini – Santon

    Gutierrez – Cabaye – Tiote – Marveaux

    Ben Arfa – Ba

    • flash

      thats got to be the team for 2morow! Class line up and would have picked the exactly same line up!

  3. BandW

    Jonas———–Ben Arfa—-Marveaux

    Subs: Best, Gosling, Simpson, Harper, Obertan, Guthrie, Shola

    If Simpson if having troubles at home when we put him on we risk having a player not 100% focused on the match. Keep him out until things ar resolved in his personal life.Personally I think too many people have a go at him. He is a good player and knows what he is doing, he;s just not in the right frame of mind atm. Obertan to the bench, I think he would work better as am impact player, with his speed tired defenders would'nt stand a chance.

  4. Will

    Lets face it. Pardew ain't making any changes. In some ways I kind of hate to agree with him but he is going to have to face up to facts and get Arfa and Santon in there and be at least letting us see Marveux for 20…

  5. Mark

    Starting 11


    R taylor col s taylor santon

    Obertan tiote cabaye jonas

    Ben arfa



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