Newcastle v Norwich: Trio Of Changes
Written by Newcastle Utd
Papiss Cisse, Danny Guthrie and James Perch all start for Newcastle against Norwich today
By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Papiss Cisse returns to the starting line-up as Newcastle United entertain Norwich City at the Sports Direct Arena this afternoon (4pm kick-off).
After being an unused substitute in the defeat at Arsenal on Monday night, Cisse is back up front alongside fellow Senegal internationl Demba Ba, and that is one of three changes from the Magpies' last outing.
The changes in personnel are expected to see United line-up slightly differently from normal, with Jonas Gutierrez dropping back into a left-back role.
Perch should play alongside Guthrie in the middle of the park, with Yohan Cabaye asked to take up a spot on the left flank, but tucking inside, while Hatem Ben Arfa will continue on the right wing.
On the substitutes' bench there is a place for 20-year-old Ryan Donaldson, who impressed for the Reserves on Thursday and he is joined by fellow youngsters Mehdi Abeid and Dan Gosling.
Norwich make four changes from last Sunday's draw with Wigan, as Grant Holt, Simeon Jackson, Wes Hoolahan and Andrew Crofts are replaced by Anthony Pilkington, Elliott Bennett, Steve Morison and Jonny Howson.
Norwich City (4-5-1): John Ruddy; Kyle Naughton, Elliott Ward (c), Zak Whitbread, Adam Drury; Anthony Pilkington, Andrew Surman, David Fox, Jonny Howson, Elliott Bennett; Steve Morison
Substitutes: Jed Steer, Russell Martin, Andrew Crofts, Bradley Johnson, Wes Hoolahan, Simeon Jackson, Grant Holt