Gabby Obertan starts the game at Cardiff City this afternoon, after a bright substitute performance at Hartlepool United on Tuesday night when he scored a terrific goal.
Surprisingly neither of Newcastle’s top Senegal strikers Papiss Cisse or Demba Ba is included, even on the bench, and Frenchmen Yohan Cabaye and Ben Arfa are also missing from the line up.
That has to make it doubtful that Yohan will be able to play against Tottenham Hotspur next Saturday afternoon, in Newcastle’s first game of the season.
The defense of Krul, Simpson, Coloccini, Steven Taylor and Davide Santon could be the one that starts next Saturday too.
Ryan Taylor will play on the right wing with Sylvain Marveaux on the left, and it seems that Gabby will play up front partnering Shola Ameobi as a striker.
It seems that Argentine Jonas Gutierrez could be in central midfield alongside Cheick Tiote.
As expected, 17 year-old Adam Campbell, the former Wallsend Boys Club player, is on the bench and it’s very likely he will come on sometime in the second half, for his very first taste of first team football.
Cardiff City will also be wearing their all new red kit, which has caused some annoyance with Cardiff City fans – however their away strip is all blue, and we suppose they’ll continue to be nicknamed The Bluebirds.
Newcastle United (4-4-1-1): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Steven Taylor, Davide Santon; Ryan Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Sylvain Marveaux, Jonas Gutierrez; Gabriel Obertan, Shola Ameobi
Substitutes: Steve Harper, James Perch, Mike Williamson, Romain Amalfitano, Adam Campbell, Haris Vuckic, Dan Gosling