As expected Fabricio Coloccini, Hatem Ben Arfa, Cheick Tiote and Mathieu Debuchy all start for Newcastle tonight, as we face Pacos de Ferreira, who finished 3rd top of the Primeira last season and qualified for the Champions League.
Rob Elliot is back in goal and it looks like Yanga-Mbiwa is at left-back, where he played so well for the Magpies in the last few games of the season.
And both Ameobi brothers start this game too, and it’s a little bit of a surprise that Shola is fit after his wrist injury on Saturday night, but it’s still good news for Newcastle, since we are so short of strikers right now.
We expect this to be an even tougher game that we had against Rio Ave on Saturday night.
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa; Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye; Moussa Sissoko, Hatem Ben Arfa, Sammy Ameobi; Shola Ameobi
Substitutes: Jak Alnwick, Davide Santon, Paul Dummett, Mike Williamson, Jonas Gutierrez, Haris Vuckic, Sylvain Marveaux, Yoan Gouffran, Adam Campbell