Mathieu Debuchy

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

At St. James' Park


Mathieu Debuchy returns to the Newcastle United starting line-up for Saturday's Barclays Premier League home fixture against West Bromwich Albion (5.30pm kick-off).

The full-back sat out last weekend's victory over Norwich as he served a one-game suspension, but is back among the Magpies' ranks today as the Baggies come to St. James' Park.

It is United's one and only change to their line-up, with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa making way, dropping down to the substitutes' bench.

Debuchy will be alongside Mike Williamson, captain Fabricio Coloccini and Davide Santon in a back four which will protect goalkeeper Tim Krul.

Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran will take up roles on either flank, with Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye patrolling the middle of the park.

And Shola Ameobi will look to continue his impressive partnership with eight-goal leading scorer Loic Remy up top.

Joining Yanga-Mbiwa among the replacements are goalkeeper Rob Elliot, midfielder Vurnon Anita, and forwards Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Hatem Ben Arfa and Papiss Cisse.


Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Yoan Gouffran; Shola Ameobi, Loic Remy

Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Vurnon Anita, Sammy Ameobi, Gabriel Obertan, Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse


West Bromwich Albion (4-2-3-1): Boaz Myhill; Billy Jones, Gareth McAuley, Jonas Olsson, Liam Ridgewell; James Morrison, Youssuf Mulumbu; Morgan Amalfitano, Stephane Sessegnon, Chris Brunt (c); Shane Long

Substitutes: Luke Daniels, Goran Popov, Diego Lugano, Claudio Yacob, Zoltan Gera, Victor Anichebe, Saido Berahino


Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)