Tuesday evening sees Steve McClaren’s Newcastle side make their first foray into cup competition under his supervision. This League Cup clash against League Two’s Northampton Town must be settled on the night, going to extra time and penalties as required.
Sandwiched between matches against Manchester United and Arsenal, it would be no surprise to see a weakened side on display for this one.
Daryl Janmaat is back from suspension for his idiotic double yellow against Swansea. Emmanuel Rivière is definitely are out of contention, while Paul Dummett and Moussa Sissoko are also expected to miss out.
Given that we now appear to have some depth to the squad, defence aside, I’m expecting an almost full rotation from the eleven that started against Manchester United on Saturday. Janmaat had a red card aided rest at the weekend, so will likely be thrown straight back in, although whether he makes the squad against Arsenal following the clean sheet in his absence is another matter.
As we have a lack of fit options in central midfield and left-back, I expect Colback and Haïdara to retain their roles from the weekend, rather than turning to youth or the reportedly transfer-listed Bigirimana.
It would be tempting to start Mitrović, in the hopes of him getting his first goal(s) for the club, or Ayoze Pérez, so that he can have a chance to find his form from last season, but I suspect Cissé, who only came on with two minutes to go last time out, is probably freshest.
Please don’t play Gouffran.
What should be a comfortable win will be made less so by some terrible defensive errors, but ultimately our fearsome front four or so will be too much for Northampton. 3-1.
Where to Watch/Listen
The matchday box office is open from 10am until kick-off and will be selling tickets at £15 for adults and £5 for concessions. The following cash turnstiles will be in operation from 18:15:
Gallowgate East Corner – 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53
Gallowgate Upper – 60, 61, 62, 63, 66
Gallowgate West Corner – 70, 71, 72, 73, 74
Leazes Middle – 25, 26
The match does not appear to be televised live anywhere. Local commentary, as always, is on BBC Newcastle.
How do you think we’ll get on in this game? Have your say in our discussion thread.
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