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Hull v Newcastle: Two Changes

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

At the KC Stadium


Head coach John Carver has made two changes to the Newcastle United starting line-up for Saturday's Barclays Premier League fixture at Hull City (12.45pm kick-off).

Forward Sammy Ameobi and centre-back Mike Williamson return to the side at the KC Stadium, replacing Yoan Gouffran, who drops down to the substitutes' bench, and the injured Paul Dummett.

That aside, it is the same team which ran high-flyers Southampton close a fortnight ago before slipping to a 2-1 defeat.

The Magpies are expected to start in a 4-3-3 formation, with goalkeeper Tim Krul behind a back four of Daryl Janmaat, Williamson, captain Fabricio Coloccini and Massadio Haidara.

Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita and Jack Colback make up the midfield trio, while in the final third Remy Cabella and Ameobi will take up roles on the flanks, either side of five-goal Spanish starlet Ayoze Perez.

Joining Gouffran on a strong bench there is a welcome return for winger Gabriel Obertan, who has been sidelined for the last three months with a thigh injury, and nine-goal leading scorer Papiss Cisse, who has returned from Africa Cup of Nations duty.

Also in the replacements for Carver to call upon are Emmanuel Riviere, Mehdi Abeid, Davide Santon and goalkeeper Jak Alnwick.


Hull City (4-3-1-2): Allan McGregor; Ahmed Elmohamady, Michael Dawson, Curtis Davies (c), Andrew Robertson; David Meyler, Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore; Gaston Ramirez; Abel Hernandez, Nikica Jelavic

Substitutes: Steve Harper, Alex Bruce, Paul McShane, Stephen Quinn, Robbie Brady, Tom Ince, Sone Aluko


Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Massadio Haidara; Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita, Jack Colback; Remy Cabella, Ayoze Perez, Sammy Ameobi

Substitutes: Jak Alnwick, Davide Santon, Mehdi Abeid, Gabriel Obertan, Yoan Gouffran, Emmanuel Riviere, Papiss Cisse


Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

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