Shola Ameobi and Steven Taylor

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

At the Britannia Stadium


Alan Pardew has made four changes to his Newcastle United starting line-up for Saturday's Barclays Premier League fixture at Stoke City (3.07pm kick-off).

After three consecutive defeats in which the Magpies have conceded 11 goals and failed to score themselves, Pardew has rung the changes, both in personnel and formation.

Returning are goalkeeper Tim Krul, centre-back Steven Taylor, left-back Paul Dummett and long-serving striker Shola Ameobi.

The quartet replace Rob Elliot, Davide Santon, Massadio Haidara and Luuk de Jong.

United will start in a 3-5-2 formation at the Britannia Stadium, with fit-again number one Krul behind a back three of Taylor, Mike Williamson and captain Fabricio Coloccini.

Vurnon Anita and Dummett will be deployed as wing-backs, with Dan Gosling, Cheick Tiote and Yoan Gouffran patrolling the middle of the park.

And in the final third, Ameobi - who had a brief loan spell with the Potters in 2008 - will partner Senegalese striker Papiss Cisse.

On the substitutes' bench, there are places for Elliot, Haidara and de Jong, and they are joined by Hatem Ben Arfa, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Adam Armstrong and Gael Bigirimana - the latter of who was last involved in the first team at Morecambe way back in August.


Stoke City (4-4-1-1): Asmir Begovic; Geoff Cameron, Ryan Shawcross (c), Marc Wilson, Erik Pieters; Stephen Ireland, Steven Nzonzi, Glenn Whelan, Marko Arnautovic; Peter Odemwingie; Peter Crouch

Substitutes: Thomas Sorensen, Andy Wilkinson, Marc Muniesa, Wilson Palacios, Charlie Adam, Jonathan Walters, John Guidetti


Newcastle United (3-5-2): Tim Krul; Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c); Vurnon Anita, Dan Gosling, Cheick Tiote, Yoan Gouffran, Paul Dummett; Shola Ameobi, Papiss Cisse

Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Gael Bigirimana, Hatem Ben Arfa, Luuk de Jong, Adam Armstrong


Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)