Benfica v Newcastle: Four Changes
Written by Newcastle Utd
Newcastle United FC
There are four Newcastle changes as they face Benfica in the Europa League quarter-final
By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
At the Estadio da Luz
Alan Pardew has made four changes to his Newcastle United starting line-up as they face Benfica in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final at the Estadio da Luz (8.05pm kick-off).
The Magpies suffered a 4-0 defeat at Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League last weekend, and the manager has rung the changes, recalling fit-again duo Tim Krul and Davide Santon, along with James Perch and Sylvain Marveaux.
Perch will partner stand-in captain Yohan Cabaye in the engine room to anchor the visitors' midfield, allowing a creative trio of Marveaux, Moussa Sissoko and Jonas Gutierrez to supply the ammunition for lone front man Papiss Cisse.
On the substitutes' bench there is a return for centre-back Mike Williamson, whose last outing came at the end of January.
Benfica (4-3-3): Artur; Andre Almeida, Luisao (c), Ezequiel Garay, Melgarejo; Nicolas Gaitan, Nemanja Matic, Andre Gomes; Rodrigo, Oscar Cardozo, Ola John
Substitutes: Paulo Lopes, Roderick, Maxi Pereira, Enzo Perez, Urreta, Pablo Aimar, Lima
Referee: Antony Gautier (France)