Newcastle v Bordeaux: Cabaye And Simpson In
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Yohan Cabaye and Danny Simpson return to the Newcastle starting line-up for their Europa League Group D tie against Bordeaux
By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
The duo have been sidelined by respective wisdom teeth and hamstring problems, but are back to fitness and have been selected by manager Alan Pardew for the tie at the Sports Direct Arena.
They are two of seven changes from the side that began last Saturday's draw at Reading. Also stepping into the team are goalkeeper Rob Elliot, defender Shane Ferguson, midfielders Vurnon Anita and Gabriel Obertan, and striker Shola Ameobi - who will captain the Magpies.
A three-man central midfield of Anita, Cabaye and Cheick Tiote will provide both steel and creativity, and Pardew will be hoping that the front trio of Papiss Cisse, Ameobi and former Bordeaux man Obertan cause the visitors plenty of problems in the final third.
Bordeaux (4-4-2): Cedric Carrasso; Mariano, Henrique, Marc Planus, Benoit Tremoulinas; Henri Saivet, Ludovic Sane, Jaroslav Plasil (c), Ludovic Obraniak; Jussie, Yoan Gouffran
Substitutes: Kevin Olimpa, Florian Marange, Matthieu Chalme, Abdou Traore, Landry N'Guemo, David Bellion, Cheick Diabate
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