Yohan Cabaye

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

 

Alan Pardew has named an experienced starting line-up for Newcastle United's pre-season friendly at Blackpool on Sunday afternoon (3pm kick-off).

Five senior internationals are in from the off at Bloomfield Road, in a side which has Premier League experience running all the way through.

In a 4-4-2 formation, goalkeeper Rob Elliot will be behind a back four of birthday boy Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor and Davide Santon.

Captain-for-the-afternoon Yohan Cabaye and Moussa Sissoko will provide steel in the middle of the park, flanked by Sylvain Marveaux and Jonas Gutierrez on either wing.

And the two-man front pairing is French striker Yoan Gouffran alongside long-serving Shola Ameobi.

The Magpies have named a youthful six-man substitutes' bench, with keeper Jak Alnwick joined by Paul Dummett, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Haris Vuckic, Sammy Ameobi and Adam Campbell.

Blackpool include recent signings Steven Davies and Michael Chopra up top - the latter of who started his career at St. James' Park.

 

Blackpool (4-4-2): Matt Gilks; Kirk Broadfoot, Gary MacKenzie, Craig Cathcart, Bob Harris; Bobby Grant, Barry Ferguson (c), Angel Martinez, Thomas Ince; Michael Chopra, Steven Davies

Substitutes: Mark Halstead, Massire Kante, Neil Bishop, Chris Basham, Isaiah Osbourne. Nathan Eccleston, Daylon Claasen, Tom Barkhuizen, Anderson Banvo, Jake Caprice

 

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Rob Elliot; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon; Sylvain Marveaux, Yohan Cabaye (c), Moussa Sissoko, Jonas Gutierrez; Yoan Gouffran, Shola Ameobi

Substitutes: Jak Alnwick, Paul Dummett, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Haris Vuckic, Sammy Ameobi, Adam Campbell

 

Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)