Alan Pardew has made six changes from the side that drew 0-0 at Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon.
As expected Mehdi Abeid, Gabby Obertan and Rolando Aarons get starts – and Siem de Jong makes his first start in a competitive game for Newcastle United.
Newcastle will again play in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Riviere up front, with strikers Ayoze Perez and Facundo Ferreyra on the bench, and they could see some action tonight.
Sissoko and Abeid with be the two central midfielders, with a threesome of Obertan, de Jong and Aarons in front of them.
Steven Taylor comes in for Mike Williamson to partner Coloccini in central defense, and we need Steven to have a good steady game tonight – it’s an opportunity for the Whitley Bay lad to prove he can still do a job for his home town club.
This is quite a strong side that Pardew has put out tonight, and the bench is also strong in case Pardew needs to make some changes in the second half – with Anita, Cabella and Gouffran all available.
Newcastle: (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Massadio Haidara; Moussa Sissoko, Mehdi Abeid; Gabriel Obertan, Siem de Jong, Rolando Aarons; Emmanuel Riviere
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett, Vurnon Anita, Remy Cabella, Yoan Gouffran, Ayoze Perez, Facundo Ferreyra
We really need to get the win tonight – anything else would be a disaster.
Howay The Lads!!
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