Alan Pardew has named seven changes for Newcastle United’s Europa League fourth qualifying round – second leg tie – against Greek side Atromitos tonight.
Surprisingly the Newcastle manager has started a very strong side, and Tim Krul and captain Fab Coloccini are both in the starting ljne-up.
With the next game not being until Sunday afternoon and Newcastle keen to get two wins under their belt, Pardew lasso starts Danny Simpson and Demba Ba.
Gael Bigirimina, who played so well last week keeps his place in central midfield, and it looks like Dan Gosling will partner the 18 year-old old in the center of the park.
But James Tavernier, who struggled against Amotros goalscorer and top player last week – Denis Epstein – sees himself on the bench, along with other youngsters Haris Vuckic and Adam Campbell.
It looks like Alan Pardew wants to take no chances tonight and wants Newcastle in the pot for tomorrow’s group draw in Monaco.
Newcastle will be wearing their new lime green strips – so let’s hope they dazzle us tonight!
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle United (4-5-1): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Ryan Taylor; Gabriel Obertan, James Perch, Gael Bigirimana, Dan Gosling, Sylvain Marveaux; Demba Ba
Substitutes: Steve Harper, James Tavernier, Yohan Cabaye, Haris Vuckic, Romain Amalfitano, Adam Campbell, Papiss Cisse
Atromitos (4-5-1): Charles Itandje; Ioannis Skondras (c), Sokratis Fytanidis, Nikolaos Lazaridis, Konstantinos Giannoulis; Matias Iglesias, Eduardo Brito Elini Dimoutsos, Chumbinho, Denis Epstein; Tasos Karamanos
Substitutes: Velihir Radman, Stathis Tavlaridis, Evangelos Nastos, Panagiotis Ballas, Sebastiau Garcia, Nikola Beljic, Njazi Kuqi
Referee: Stephan Studer (Switzerland)