Shola Ameobi

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

At St. James' Park

 

Alan Pardew has made four changes to his Newcastle United starting line-up for Saturday's Premier League fixture against West Ham United at St. James' Park.

Full-back Davide Santon, midfielders Vurnon Anita and Sylvain Marveaux, and striker Shola Ameobi are handed starts following the Magpies' opening day 4-0 defeat at Manchester City.

Steven Taylor, who serves the first of a three-game ban, injured duo Cheick Tiote and Jonas Gutierrez, and forward Yoan Gouffran miss out, although the latter is on the substitutes' bench.

As well as the change in personnel, there is also a switch in formation for the hosts on Tyneside, as they will line-up in a 4-4-2.

Goalkeeper Tim Krul, who excelled at the Etihad Stadium, will be behind a back four of Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, captain Fabricio Coloccini and Santon.

Hatem Ben Arfa and Marveaux will take up roles on either flank, with Anita and Moussa Sissoko occupying the central midfield berths.

And Shola Ameobi will partner last season's 13-goal top scorer Papiss Cisse up front.

Alongside French forward Gouffran on the bench there are places for Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett, Gael Bigirimana, Dan Gosling, Haris Vuckic and Sammy Ameobi.

West Ham make one change from their opening day victory over Cardiff City, with new signing Stewart Downing replacing Joe Cole.

 

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa, Vurnon Anita, Moussa Sissoko, Sylvain Marveaux; Shola Ameobi, Papiss Cisse

Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett, Dan Gosling, Gael BigirimanaHaris Vuckic, Sammy Ameobi, Yoan Gouffran

 

West Ham (4-2-3-1): Jussi Jaaskelainen; Guy Demel, James Collins, Winston Reid, Joey O'Brien; Mark Noble, Mohamed Diame; Matt Jarvis, Kevin Nolan (c), Stewart Downing; Modibo Maiga

Substitutes: Adrian, Razvan Rat, James Tomkins, Alou Diarra, Joe Cole, Ravel Morrison, Ricardo Vaz Te

 

Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)