The Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has made four changes to the side that started Sunday’s 2-1 defeat against Swansea in the Premier League, for tonight’s 5th game in Group D of the Europa League.
It’s quite a strong side tonight in a game where Newcastle can advance to the knock-out rounds of the Europa League with a win.
Fab Coloccini comes back in to lead the side tonight, and Hatem Ben Arfa gets his first start in the Europa league tonight, and 19 year-old Gael Bigirimana starts and Sylvain Marveaux is given another chance on the wing.
It’s Thanksgiving Day in the US – so I’ll try my best not to drink too much champagne, as the family are just about to sit down to our Thanksgiving dinner.
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Gael Bigirimana, Vurnon Anita; Sammy Ameobi, Hatem Ben Arfa, Sylvain Marveaux; Papiss Cisse
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Mike Williamson, Mehdi Abeid, Romain Amalfitano, Demba Ba
Referee: Danny Makkelie (Holland)
Howay The Lads!!