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Newcastle v Man City: Five Changes

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Alan Pardew has made five changes to his starting line-up as United entertain Manchester City in the the Capital One Cup

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

At St. James' Park


Alan Pardew has made five changes to his Newcastle United starting line-up as they entertain Manchester City in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup.

French full-back Massadio Haidara makes his first appearance of the 2013/14 campaign, having only just recovered from an injury which has kept him sidelined for a number of months.

There are also starts for Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa - who has completed a one-game ban - Vurnon Anita, Shola Ameobi and Papiss Cisse, as the Magpies feature eight internationals players.

Dropping out from Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby defeat at Sunderland are Paul Dummett, Davide Santon, Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa and Loic Remy.

Newcastle will line-up in a 4-4-2 formation at St. James' Park, with goalkeeper Tim Krul behind a defence of Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa and Haidara.

Moussa Sissoko will play wide on the right of United's midfield, with Yoan Gouffran on the opposite flank, and stand-in skipper Cheick Tiote alongside Anita in the middle of the park.

Ameobi and Cisse will form the hosts' attack, and will be looking to fire the Magpies into the quarter-finals of the competition.

Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Remy and Dummett are all among the substitutes' for the cup tie, and are joined on the bench by Rob Elliot, Gabriel Obertan and Sammy Ameobi.


Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote (c), Vurnon Anita, Yoan Gouffran; Shola Ameobi, Papiss Cisse

Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett, Yohan Cabaye, Gabriel ObertanSammy Ameobi, Hatem Ben Arfa, Loic Remy


Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Costel Pantilimon; Micah Richards, Dedryck Boyata, Joleon Lescott, Aleksandar Kolarov; Javi Garcia, Jack Rodwell; James Milner, Stevan Jovetic, Jesus Navas; Edin Dzeko

Substitutes: Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis, Fernandinho, Samir Nasri, David Silva, Alvaro Negredo


Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)