The big question today, just around seven hours form kick-off is what starting eleven will Alan Pardew field tonight against Russian Premier League side Anzhi Makhachkala, who look a very good side.
Alan Pardew will need to think about Sunday, and certainly he gave some games to players in the Ukraine such as Simpson, Haidara and Anita and they all had excellent games, so it may be similar side tonight in Moscow.
Here’s the starting eleven we think Alan will start tonight:
Simpson Taylor (S) Yanga-Mbiwa Haidara
Ben Arfa Anita Sissoko Cabaye c) Marveaux
And that will leave players like Tiote, Santon, Williamson (the forgotten man at Newcastle it seems), Obertan and Gutierrez fresh for the game on Sunday.
And Yoan Gouffran, Mathieu Debuchy are available and fresh since they are not qualified to play in Europe, and Papiss Cisse, who also did not travel should be fit after his virus infection.
The Newcastle manager probably wants at least half his team on Sunday fresh from not playing tonight, and that should do the trick.
What team would you start tonight in Moscow – let us know.
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