There’s not too much of a surprise with the side Alan Pardew has picked today for the game against Norwich, and it shows 7 changes from the side that started on Thursday night against Maritimo, but it’s the side we had expected, in our match preview.
Steve Harper returns in goal, James Perch is at right back and Vurnon Anita comes in as the defensive midfielder, and Ben Arfa and Jonas Gutierrez are back on the wings, with the Senegal strikers Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse up front.
Cheick Tiote returns to the squad on the bench, and he joins the Ameobi brothers, and the impressive Gael Bigirimana, who had another excellent display for the Magpies in Madeira.
Former Newcastle center-back Sebastien Bassong starts for Norwich this afternoon.
Newcastle will play in their usual 4-4-2 formation and the fans have a chance to welcome back Chris Hughton to St. James’ Park and thank him for everything he did for Newcastle, along with his Assistant manager Colin Calderwood.
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Steve Harper; James Perch, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa, Vurnon Anita, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez (c); Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, James Tavernier, Gael Bigirimana, Cheick Tiote, Sammy Ameobi, Gabriel Obertan, Shola Ameobi
Norwich (4-5-1): John Ruddy; Russell Martin (c), Sebastien Bassong, Leon Barnett, Javier Garrido; Robert Snodgrass, Bradley Johnson, Jonny Howson, Andrew Surman, Wes Hoolahan; Steve Morison
Substitutes: Mark Bunn, Michael Turner, Ryan Bennett, Alexander Tettey, Anthony Pilkington, Grant Holt, Simeon Jackson
Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)