Xisco

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

For the second match in a row, Spanish striker Xisco starts as an overage player for Newcastle's under-21 side as they take on Stoke at Whitley Park tonight (kick-off 7pm).

He played in the 2-1 win over Aston Villa two weeks ago and will partner Adam Campbell up front against the Potters, who United defeated 5-1 in the reverse fixture at the Britannia Stadium last month.

Both strikers have played for the Magpies at senior level while three of the four midfielders - Romain Amalfitano, Mehdi Abeid and Sylvain Marveaux - have also played first-team football for the club.

And James Tavernier is another with competitive action for Alan Pardew under his bench. He's the oldest player of a young defence comprising of 16-year-old Lubo Satka and fellow teenagers Curtis Good and Alex Nicholson.

None of the Potters side have yet played for Tony Pulis at first-team level.

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Newcastle United Under-21s: Jak Alnwick, Alex Nicholson, Curtis Good, Mehdi Abeid, James Tavernier, Lubo Satka, Sylvain Marveaux, Bradden Inman, Adam Campbell, Xisco, Romain Amalfitano

Substitutes: Yven Moyo, Jonathan Mitchell, Marcus Maddison, JJ Hooper, Michael Riley

Stoke City Under-21s: Daniel Bachmann, Ben Glasgow, James Campbell, Kris Scott, Ben Heneghan, Jordan Keane, Jadan Hall, Callum Bennett, James Alabi, Michael Clarkson, Andy Musungu

Substitutes: Kalim Rossi, Dale Eve, Jordan Richardson, Immanuel Parry, Luke Coulson