Yoan Gouffran

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor


Yoan Gouffran returns to the Newcastle United starting line-up for Sunday's Barclays Premier League fixture against Fulham at St. James' Park (3pm kick-off).

The French forward, signed in January from Bordeaux, is the only change to the Magpies' side from their midweek Europa League defeat at Benfica, replacing the injured James Perch.

There is also a change of formation for United, who will revert to a more traditional 4-4-2, with Gouffran joining Papiss Cisse up front.

Sylvain Marveaux and Jonas Gutierrez will take up roles on either flank, with Moussa Sissoko and stand-in captain Yohan Cabaye anchoring the hosts' midfield.

At the back, goalkeeper Tim Krul will be protected by a defence of Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Davide Santon.

On the substitutes' bench there are attacking options in the shape of Shola Ameobi, Adam Campbell and Gabriel Obertan, joining Vurnon Anita, Gael Bigirimana, Mike Williamson and Rob Elliot.

Fulham have two ex-Magpies in their ranks, with Damien Duff starting wide on the left of the Cottagers' midfield and defender Aaron Hughes named among the replacements.


Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Davide Santon; Sylvain Marveaux, Yohan Cabaye (c), Moussa Sissoko, Jonas Gutierrez; Papiss Cisse, Yoan Gouffran

Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Mike Williamson, Gael Bigirimana, Vurnon Anita, Gabriel Obertan, Adam Campbell, Shola Ameobi


Fulham (4-4-1-1): Mark Schwarzer; Sascha Riether, Philippe Senderos, Brede Hangeland (c), John Arne Riise; Stanislav Manolev, Eyong Enoh, Giorgos Karagounis, Damien Duff; Bryan Ruiz; Dimitar Berbatov

Substitutes: Neil Etheridge, Aaron Hughes, Kieran Richardson, Emmanuel Frimpong, Urby Emanuelson, Kerim Frei, Hugo Rodallega


Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)