Venue: St James’ Park, Newcastle.
Date: Weds 25th Sep, 2013.
Kick off: 7.45pm.
Referee: Mike Jones (Chester).
UK TV: None.
Hello, good evening and welcome to our “match banter” feature for Newcastle United’s League Cup game, this time against the sleeping giants of Leeds United.
For a more in depth look forward to the game, I would suggest checking out the match preview I prepared earlier, which has all the team news, previous form, what the managers have been saying and other stuff too.
Since the abovementioned match preview, the club have reiterated on the eve of the match that cup competitions are no longer a priority for the Magpies, with the club concentrating on a top ten finish in the League as this is far more lucrative for Mike Ashley. Instead, they will be used as an opportunity for the club to look at fringe players, but here’s hoping that this evening will not bring a reapeat of cup fiascos such as Stevenage, Brighton etc anyway.
As I know that most of you read b***** all of these banter pieces anyway, I will keep it brief and just get on with the usual reminders now before I sign off, ie that I will also be posting the final team sheets for the game as soon as they become available (usually about an hour before kick-off), as well as providing a few links to watch the game online. Finally, I will also be posting match highlights and also a full match video if I can when it’s all over.
Howay the Lads!
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul (G); Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Paul Dummett; Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote; Sylvain Marveaux Yoan Gouffran, Sammy Ameobi; Papiss Cisse.
Subs: Jak Alnwick (G), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Gael Bigirimana, Dan Gosling, Haris Vuckic, Gabriel Obertan, Hatem Ben Arfa.
Leeds United (4-3-3): Paddy Kenny; Sam Byram, Scott Wootton, Jason Pearce, Stephen Warnock; Alex Mowatt, Rodolph Austin, Michael Tonge; Ross McCormack, Matt Smith, Dominic Poleon
Subs: Alex Cairns, Aidan White, Michael Brown, Luke Murphy, Paul Green, Noel Hunt, El-Hadj Diouf.