Moussa Sissoko


By Tom Easterby

 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Cardiff City are the final visitors to St. James' Park in the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League season on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

Currently positioned at the foot of the table, the Bluebirds are two points from safety going into the game at St. James' Park. They make the long trip north on Saturday before facing a daunting trip to Chelsea on the final day of the season.

Newcastle, however, will be bidding to put an end to a series of results which has seen them fail to pick up any points in their last six games, managing just one goal in the process.

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STAT ATTACK
The weekend's game sees the two clubs clock up a half century of league matches against each other, with four additional games having been played in cup competitions over the years. Saturday's fixture will be the Bluebirds' first Barclays Premier League visit to St. James' Park, although they did inflict a Tyneside defeat on the Magpies in an FA Cup third round tie in January.


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LAST MEETING
4th January, 2014 - Newcastle 1 (Cisse 62) Cardiff 2 (Noone 73, Campbell 80)

Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; Davide Santon, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara; Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita; Moussa Sissoko (Loic Remy 85), Hatem Ben Arfa, Yoan Gouffran (Gabriel Obertan 62); Papiss Cisse (Shola Ameobi 85)

Cardiff (4-4-2): David Marshall; Kevin McNaughton, Mark Hudson, Ben Turner, Declan John; Don Cowie, Aron Gunnarson, Kim Bo-Kyung (Tommy Smith 80), Peter Whitingham; Peter Odemwingie (Craig Noone 72), Andreas Cornelius (Fraizer Campbell 59)


FULL RECORD v CARDIFF
P53 W24 D13 L16 F93 A63


FORM GUIDE
(Last six games - all competitions)

Newcastle - LLLLLL
Cardiff - LDWLDL


LAST LINE-UP
Newcastle (v Arsenal, Barclays Premier League): Tim Krul, Mathieu Debuchy (Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 85), Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Paul Dummett; Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote, Dan Gosling (Shola Ameobi 69); Moussa Sissoko, Loic Remy, Yoan Gouffran (Adam Armstrong 89)
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Steven Taylor, Gabriel Obertan

Cardiff (v Sunderland, Barclays Premier League): David Marshall; Kevin Theophile-Catherine, Steven Caulker, Juan Cala, Fabio (Kenwyne Jones 64); Don Cowie (Wilfried Zaha 45), Gary Medel, Jordon Mutch, Peter Whittingham, Mats Moeller Daehli; Fraizer Campbell (Craig Bellamy 74)
Subs not used: Joe Lewis, Declan John, Ben Turner, Magnus Wolff Eikrem


TOP SCORER
Newcastle - Loic Remy (13)
Cardiff - Fraizer Campbell (9)


TEAM NEWS
Newcastle -
Dutch international striker Luuk de Jong is back in contention, having been ruled out of Monday's trip to Arsenal by an ankle injury. However, Papiss Cisse (knee), Davide Santon (hamstring), Sammy Ameobi (ankle) and Ryan Taylor (knee) remain sidelined.

Cardiff - Centre-back Juan Cala is suspended, following his sending-off against Sunderland last weekend, so Ben Turner is likely to deputise. Winger Craig Noone, centre-back Mark Hudson and left-back Andrew Taylor are all doubts with respective knocks.


A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "I think the thing that we're very much focussed on on Saturday is trying to get the Club to go forward in terms of a victory. And the first 20 minutes, the first period of the game, is going to be important that we get ourselves a good base to the game. On Saturday, I'm hoping that we give it our best performance for the fans, who deserve it. I think it will be a great watch for a neutral, and hopefully for Newcastle fans too."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Cardiff manager: "It's still possible. It's still possible we are out of bottom three if we win this weekend. We have to give ourselves something to play for in final game and that's not inconceivable. I am confident we can put a performance in up there and hope it's enough because it's not just in our hands anymore. It's a difficult position we have put ourselves in but it's possible if we win at Newcastle. We know we need results and a bit of luck."


REFEREE
Martin Atkinson (Yorkshire): 2013/14 record - 41 games, 127 yellow cards, 3 red cards


PLAYED FOR BOTH TEAMS
Craig Bellamy, Paul Bodin, Michael Chopra, Des Hamilton, Wayne Routledge, Haris Vuckic


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DID YOU KNOW?
Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge of Cardiff in January, 50 per cent of their goals scored have come from set pieces.