Massadio Haidara will make his Newcastle United debut tonight at Metalist Kharkiv in the second leg of their Europa League Round of 32 tie – and he’s probably been looking very good in training.
Another surprise is that Danny Simpson comes in at right back and Yanga-Mbiwa goes to center-half with Steven Taylor rested – and Vurnon Anita gets a start in central midfield, and it seems that Cheick Tiote is sick and not available to play tonight.
But Alan Pardew will be able to play almost a fresh back four against Southampton on Sunday with Debuchy, Taylor (S) Coloccini and Davide Santon – so this is a good team selection, given our important game against the Saints on Sunday afternoon.
Massadio Haidara – starts tonight
Dan Gosling makes the squad for the first time since September, after recovering from his knee injury and is on the bench, and Shola Ameobi starts up front, so we have a bit of experience in the starting eleven too.
Top players Yohan Cabaye and Moussa Sissoko are part of the starting eleven – and that’s good.
Metalist Kharkiv (4-2-3-1): Olexandr Goryainov; Cristian Villagra, Papa Gueye, Marco Torsiglieri, Fininho; Juan Manuel Torres, Edmar; Marlos, Cleiton Xavier, Jose Emesto Sosa (c); Jonathan Cristaldo
Substitutes: Vladimir Disljenkovic, Oleg Shelayev, Andriy Berezovchuk, Oleg Krasnopyorov, Sebastian Blanco, Willian, Jaja
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Massadio Haïdara; Vurnon Anita, Yohan Cabaye; Papiss Cisse, Moussa Sissoko, Sylvain Marveaux; Shola Ameobi
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, James Perch, Steven Taylor, Dan Gosling, Gael Bigirimana, Jonas Gutierrez, Gabriel Obertan
We need to get through tonight ….. somehow ….
Howay The Lads!!
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