Hatem Ben Arfa starts tonight in Moscow, and it’s his first appearance for Newcastle since he played ion early December at Fulham.
As expected Danny Simpson and Massadio Haidara are the two full backs and James Perch is also in the starting line-up tonight – and it seems he’s at center-back with Yanga-Mbia which is a big surprise, and Steven Taylor is on the bench.
Vernon Anita is in defensive midfield, and Gabby Obertan gets a rare start in the Newcastle side.
With both Shola Ameobi and Adam Campbell on the bench it seems that Hatem Ben Arfa could be the lone striker tonight, which is a little bit of a surprise.
It’s an interesting starting eleven
Anzhi Makhachkala – Vladimir Gabulov; Andrey Eschenko, Joao Carlos, Ewerton, Yuri Zhirkov; Jucilei da Silva, Lassana Diarra; Odil Ahmedov, Willian, Oleg Shatov; Samuel Eto’o (c)
Substitutes: Evgeniy Pomazan, Rasim Tagirbekov, Arseny Logashov, Ali Gadzhibekov, Carcela-Gonzalez, Fedor Smolov, Lacina Traore
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; Danny Simpson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, James Perch, Massadio Haidara; Yohan Cabaye (c), Vurnon Anita; Sylvain Marveaux, Moussa Sissoko, Gabriel Obertan; Hatem Ben Arfa
Substitutes: Jak Alnwick, Davide Santon, Steven Taylor, Gael Bigirimana, Cheick Tiote, Adam Campbell, Shola Ameobi
Referee: Istvan Vad (Hungary)