If you were in Alan Pardew’s shoes tonight at the Etihad Stadium, who would be in your starting XI for the game against Manchester City?

Does Tim Krul regain his place in goal after injury? Which centre-back partnership starts? Who fills in at left-back in place of Davide Santon? Leave a comment below and have your say!

Here’s what I’ve come up with:


Debuchy Yanga-Mbiwa Coloccini Anita


Cabaye Sissoko

Ben Arfa Gouffran


I’d go with a 4-3-3 formation, the most effective for the players at Newcastle. Vurnon Anita would be my choice at left-back as he is quick and defensively capable, while also able to keep the ball when needed.

The midfield trio of Cabaye, Sissoko and Tiote should provide enough bite to keep a lid on the likes of Fernandinho, Jesus Navas and Yaya Toure, while Yoan Gouffran’s work rate on the left wing can also help out.

Any creativity needs to be provided by Hatem Ben Arfa on the flank, while Papiss Cisse will once again be charged with putting the ball in the back of the net.

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

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    • Martin

      I still like Staylor better than yanga but otherwise this is exacly The team i would pick. But in a 442 formation.

  1. Brian

    5221 (damage limitation)

    Debuchy taylor coloccini. yanga. dummet
    Tiote. Cabaye
    Ben Arfa. Sissoko

  2. Norman


    Saylor Coloccini Yanga-Mbiwa

    Debuchy Cabaye Tiote Sissoko Anita
    Ben Arfa

  3. mike

    4222 formation krul in net debuchy rb colloccini cb steven taylor cb santon Lb tiote and cabaye in defensive midfield roles ben arfa on th left of midfield sissoko on the right of midfield both sissoko and ben arfa will play further up the pitch than tiote or cabye there roles will be to hold the middle of the park whereas ben arfa and sissoko will go wide to get crosses in and cut inside at times through the middle on goal and goufran and cisse will play as 2 strikers

  4. simon bell

    debuchy staylor colo yanga

    ben arfa cabye sissoko santon

    cisse gouffran


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