Newcastle Make Nine Changes – Abeid, Amoebi Brothers Start

Alan Pardew has made nine changes to the Newcastle starting line-up for tonight’s Europa League Group D tie at Bordeaux.

Mike Williamson and Sylvain Marveaux ate the only players starting tonight who played in Monday night’s great 3-0 win against Wigan.

Youngsters James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Gael Bigirimana, Sammy Ameobi, Mehdi Abeid and Nile Ranger all start tonight – and 17 year-old Adam Campbell is on the bench.

Newcastle will play in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Shola up front, and with Nile Ranger, Sylvain Marveaux and Sammy Ameobi backing up Shola, and of course Mehdi Abeid and Gael Bigirimana in central midfield.

Both teams have already qualified for the last 32 – but we expect Newcastle to try to get another win in this game.

Howay The Lads!!


Bordeaux: (4-4-2): Kevin Olimpa; Matthieu Chalme, Marc Planus, Florian Marange, Maxime Poundje; Fahid Ben Khalfallah, Andre Poko, Gregory Sertic (c), Henri Saivet; David Bellion, Cheick Diabate
Substitutes: Abdoulaye Keita, Ludovic Sane, Landry N’Guemo, Nicolas Maurice-Belay, Hadi Sacko

Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; James Tavernier, James Perch, Mike Williamson, Shane Ferguson; Mehdi Abeid, Gael Bigirimana; Nile Ranger, Sylvain Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi; Shola Ameobi (c)
Substitutes: Tim Krul, Danny Simpson, Fabricio Coloccini, Vurnon Anita, Romain Amalfitano, Papiss Cisse, Adam Campbell

Referee: Menashe Masiah (Israel)

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