Newcastle v Benfica: Four Changes
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Newcastle United FC
There are four changes to Newcastle's starting line-up for Thursday's Europa League quarter-final tie against Benfica
By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
Alan Pardew has made four changes to his Newcastle United starting line-up for Thursday's Europa League quarter-final second leg tie against Benfica at St. James' Park (8.05pm).
The Magpies are boosted by the return from injury of Massadio Haidara, who was stretchered off at Wigan last month, while there are also places for Vurnon Anita, Gael Bigirimana and Mike Williamson, the latter of who made his last appearance midway through January.
United are 3-1 down from the first leg in Lisbon seven days ago, and will line up in a 4-4-1-1 formation for this crucial clash.
On the substitutes bench there is a place for Hatem Ben Arfa, who has been sidelined for the last five weeks with a hamstring injury.
Newcastle United (4-4-1-1): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara; Gael Bigirimana, Yohan Cabaye (c), Vurnon Anita, Jonas Gutierrez; Moussa Sissoko; Papiss Cisse
Benfica (4-3-3): Artur; Andre Almeida, Luisao (c), Ezequiel Garay, Melgarejo; Eduardo Salvio, Nemanja Matic, Enzo Perez; Ola John, Lima, Nicolas Gaitan
Substitutes: Paulo Lopes, Jardel, Maxi Pereira, Pablo Aimar, Andre Gomes, Rodrigo, Oscar Cardozo
Referee: Ivan Bebek (Croatia)