Fir Park Motherwell

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

At Fir Park


Newcastle United begin their pre-season campaign on Tuesday night away at Motherwell (7pm kick-off).

And manager Alan Pardew has named a strong starting line-up to take on last season's Scottish Premier League runners-up, which includes four full internationals - Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita and Haris Vuckic.

There is also a sprinkling of youth within the matchday squad, as Pardew and his coaching staff look to give players valuable game time in their first friendly fixture of the summer.

The Magpies will line-up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with goalkeeper Rob Elliot protected by a back four of James Tavernier, Mike Williamson, captain-for-the-night Yanga-Mbiwa and Paul Dummett.

Sissoko and Anita will anchor United's midfield, allowing a creative trio of Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi and Vuckic to feed lone striker Yoan Gouffran.

On the substitutes' bench, Pardew has a further nine players to select from, ranging from the experience of Steven Taylor and Sylvain Marveaux, to the youth of Remie Streete and Adam Campbell.


Motherwell (4-4-2): Lee Hollis; Adam Cummins, Simon Ramsden, Shaun Hutchinson, Stevie Hammell; Stuart Carswell, Paul Lawson, Keith Lasley, Iain Vigurs; Bob McHugh, Trialist

Substitutes: Gunnar Nielsen, Euan Murray, Fraser Kerr, Zaine Francis-Angol, Lee Erwin, James McFadden, Craig Moore


Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; James Tavernier, Mike Williamson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (c), Paul Dummett; Vurnon Anita, Moussa Sissoko; Gabriel Obertan, Haris Vuckic, Sammy Ameobi; Yoan Gouffran

Substitutes: Jak Alnwick, Shane Ferguson, Remie Streete Steven Taylor, Mehdi Abeid, Michael Richardson, Romain Amalfitano, Sylvain Marveaux, Adam Campbell


Referee: Willie Collum


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