After leaving Stamford Bridge suffering severe concussion in a clash of heads with team-mate Abdoulaye Faye, Smith was given more time to rest by Allardyce and started today’s fixture with Mark Viduka and Oba Martins up front.
Nicky Butt will skippering the Magpies as Smith deputy and Big Sam is likely to line-up in a 4-4-2 formation, just what most of the Toon Army wanted to see.
Abdoulaye Faye will set his position in midfield once again after showing great at Stamfored Bridge. He will partnered Nivky Butt in our central while Damien Duff and Milner both operating on the left and Right wing.
Match report to follow after the match, I’m off to see the match. Howay the Lads!!!
TEAMS LINE UP
NEWCASTLE UNITED FC:
Shay Given, Habib Beye, Charles N’Zogbia, Steven Taylor, Claudio Cacapa, Abdoulaye Faye, Nicky Butt (c), James Milner, Damien Duff, Mark Viduka, Oba Martins
Subs: Steve Harper, Jose Enrique, David Rozehnal, Emre, Michael Owen
Manchester City FC:
Joe Hart, Nedum Onuoha, Micah Richards, Richard Dunne (c), Michael Ball, Stephen Ireland, Dietmar Hamman, Vedran Corluka, Elano, Martin Petrov, Darius Vassell
Subs: Andreas Isaksson, Javier Garrido, Gelson, Rolando Bianchi, Kelvin Etuhu
Referee: Martin Atkinson