If you were in Alan Pardew’s shoes tonight, who would you pick for the crunch clash against Metalist Kharkiv tonight? Who plays instead of the rested Davide Santon? Who starts up front? Which centre-backs will start? Leave a comment below and have your say!

Here’s what I’ve come up with:


Simpson S. Taylor Yanga-Mbiwa Haidara

Tiote Cabaye

Gutierrez Sissoko Marveaux


I’d go with this team, with the main change being Simpson starting over Yanga-Mbiwa at right-back. I’d go with the French defender in central defence with Steven Taylor and rest Coloccini ahead of the Southampton game at the weekend.

Haidara will start at left-back after Alan Pardew confirmed he would be resting Santon and it’s a chance for the young full back to impress on a tough stage.

I’d go with as strong a midfield as possible, with Marveaux on the wing with Gutierrez and Obertan on the bench.

Shola Ameobi is strongly tipped to start, although I’d go with Cisse ahead of the more powerful option of Ameobi.

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