Jak Alnwick will make his very first start in goal for Newcastle tonight at Rio Ave, as he is included in the starting eleven, which also sees Davide Santon, Steven Taylor, Yohan Cabaye and Sylvain Marveaux included.
And it’s interesting that local lad Paul Dummett keeps his place at left-back, after his Man of the Match performance last Tuesday night at Motherwell, and 22 year-old Italian Davide Santon starts at right back.
Haris Vuckic also gets a second successive start after his fine performance at Motherwell, and Yoan Gouffran is again the lone man up front for the Magpies, and Argentine International Jonas Gutierrez also gets a start tonight.
Here is the Newcastle team for tonight’s game:
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Jak Alnwick; Davide Santon, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Steven Taylor, Paul Dummett; Vurnon Anita, Yohan Cabaye (c); Sylvain Marveaux, Haris Vuckic, Jonas Gutierrez; Yoan Gouffran
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Mike Williamson, Cheick Tiote, Moussa Sissoko, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi, Adam Campbell