Alan Pardew has named a completely different starting eleven for the game tonight against Braga, from that which started last night’s game against Olympiacos, which ended in a 1-1 draw and 4-4 on penalties, and James Tavernier, Sylvain Marveaux and the Senegal strikers, Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba all start.
Yohan Cabaye is on the substitutes bench and may get some playing time, but that could be 15 minutes at most tonight, but will depend on the type of game and the state of the game with say 20 minutes to go.
Sammy Ameobi also gets a start tonight as do Danny Simpson and Ryan Taylor, and it looks a strong Newcastle side, and Danny Simpson or James Tavernier will play alongside Coloccini in central defense.
Dan Gosling is not included in the squad after picking up what is said to be a slight hip injury last night – and it’s good that’s his injury is not serious.
Everybody else who played last night is on the subs bench, and it would be good the get the win tonight.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Steve Harper; Danny Simpson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), James Tavernier, Ryan Taylor; Sammy Ameobi, Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez, Sylvain Marveaux; Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba
Substitutes: Tim Krul, James Perch, Mike Williamson, Paul Dummett, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon, Gael Bigirimana, Haris Vuckic, Mehdi Abeid, Romain Amalfitano, Haris Vuckic, Shola Ameobi
Here is a link to the game for tonight.