17/08/12 – Newcastle 12/13 Season Preview

Newcastle UnitedAfter an excellent campaign last year Alan Pardew has to decide whether to stick with the system that proved so successful or make changes to get the best out of his Senegalese forward pairing. Pardew’s Newcastle team started the season playing an organised 4-4-2 formation with two wingers supplying a two man forward line including Demba Ba, who scored fifteen goals in the first nineteen league games. However, following the signing of Papiss Cisse in January Pardew switched the team to a 4-3-3 system, playing the new recruit through the centre and moving Ba wide left. While Cisse went on to score thirteen times in fourteen games, Ba netted only once more in fifteen appearances… (Read more)

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