The Newcastle XI likely to start against Hull City

Newcastle are looking for their third win on the bounce to build on a solid start to the season.

Alan Pardew successfully deployed the 4-3-3 formation against Aston Villa last weekend, as the Magpies returned from Villa Park with a 2-1 victory.

The feel good factor has returned to Tyneside this week, with star player Hatem Ben Arfa outlining the club's ambitions for the season ahead.

Here are the XI players Alan Pardew is likely to go with at St James' Park tomorrow:

GK - Tim Krul

Despite a shaky display against Aston Villa, goalkeeper Tim Krul is expected to keep his place in the team. The Dutchman twice missed the ball from dangerous Villa crosses, with the second cross resulting in the home side's equaliser. Despite this, Krul is Newcastle's number one and would be looking to bounce back at home.

RB - Mathieu Debuchy

The right-back arguably had his best game in the black & white shirt at Villa Park last weekend - and there is no reason for him to be dropped from the slot he has very much made his own. Today, Debuchy has thanked Toon fans for their support, and promised to give his all for the club.

CB - Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa

In the absence of Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has formed a formidable partnership with Fabricio Coloccini at centre-back. Despite some nervous displays this season, Yanga-Mbiwa used his pace effectively to deal with the threat posed by Christian Benteke last week. Alan Pardew will be hoping for more of the same from the ex-Montpellier defender.

CB - Fabricio Coloccini

Newcastle's skipper is pretty much un-droppable at the minute. His leadership qualities would be an asset for any team, and his organisation at the back is the main reason why the Magpies have conceded just one goal in their last three league games.

LB - Davide Santon

The Italian defender has grown from strength to strength since bagging his first Newcastle goal last season. He continues to provide an attacking threat from left-back, but question marks remain over some of his defending.


LM - Vurnon Anita

The former Ajax midfielder is finally showing his real quality after a consistent run in the side. His vision and passing ability is second to none, and the positive displays are being rewarded by Pardew, with Anita so far having kept Cheick Tiote out of the team.

CM - Yohan Cabaye

Newcastle's "star attraction" returned to the team last weekend after a two-game strike, and it felt like he had never been away. Cabaye makes the Toon tick, and this weekend he has the perfect opportunity to open his goalscoring account for the season.

RM - Moussa Sissoko

The slightly underrated Sissoko is the powerhouse Newcastle fans had been crying out for, for some time. Just like his debut at Aston Villa in February, Sissoko put in a fine performance last weekend. Energetic and full of running, he's slowly becoming a fans' favourite.


LF - Hatem Ben Arfa

Hatem Ben Arfa remains the main attacking threat in the team. He scores goals, creates them, beats players and even tracks back. Pardew has told the "maverick" to bring some consistency to his game - and once again tomorrow he will at the heart of Newcastle's attacks.

CF - Papiss Cisse 

Cisse hasn't scored a goal for 10 games, and there is a pretty good case for dropping him in this game. However, Pardew is keen to give him another chance - with Yoan Gouffran and Sylvain Marveaux knocking of the door. Some would say that if he can't score against newly-promoted Hull City at home, then serious questions would need to be asked.

RF - Loic Remy

Newcastle's sole summer signing is already showing why the Magpies wanted to sign him in January. Remy provided an assist against Fulham, and was a constant threat against Aston Villa last weekend. He is now hoping to score his first goal for the Toon in front of the St James' Park faithful.

What do you think of the team? Should Tiote be brought back in? Should Pardew drop Cisse?

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