Newcastle v Metalist Kharkiv: Mapou Starts
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Newcastle United FC
January signing Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa will make his full debut for Newcastle against Metalist Kharkiv this evening
By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa will make his full debut for Newcastle United in tonight's Europa League round of 32 first leg clash against Metalist Kharkiv (kick-off 8.05pm).
The French defender, signed from Montpellier last month, starts for the first time in a strong Magpies line-up which reflects how seriously Alan Pardew is taking the competition.
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Mapou Yanga Mbiwa, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye; Gabriel Obertan, Moussa Sissoko, Jonas Gutierrez; Papiss Cisse
Metalist (4-2-3-1): Olexandr Goryainov; Cristian Villagra, Papa Gueye, Marco Torsiglieri, Fininho; Edmar, Juan Manuel Torres; Marlos, Cleiton Xavier, Jose Ernesto Sosa (c); Jonathan Cristaldo
Substitutes: Vladimir Disljenkovic, Andriy Berezovchuk, Oleg Shelayev, Sebastian Blanco, Jaja, Oleg Krasnopyorov, Willian
Referee: Tom Harald Hagen (Norway)