Newcastle v Reading: Two Changes
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Alan Pardew has made two changes to his starting line-up for Saturday's home game against Reading
By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has made two changes to his starting line-up for Saturday's Premier League home game against Reading (3pm kick-off).
The duo take the place of James Perch and Gabriel Obertan, who both drop down to the substitutes' bench, and for Cabaye, it will be his first start since undergoing groin surgery in the middle of November.
United are expected to line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with goalkeeper Tim Krul protected by a back four of Mathieu Debuchy - making his home debut - Mike Williamson, captain Fabricio Coloccini and Davide Santon.
Newcastle's bench has a much-more experienced look about it than in recent weeks.
Former Newcastle midfielder Danny Guthrie, who swapped Tyneside for Berkshire in the summer, is in the heart of the Royals' team, while they also hand a debut to new signing Stephen Kelly in three changes from their victory over West Brom last weekend.
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Vurnon Anita, Yohan Cabaye; Shola Ameobi, Sylvain Marveaux, Jonas Gutierrez; Papiss Cisse
Reading (4-2-3-1): Adam Federici; Stephen Kelly, Alex Pearce, Adrian Mariappa, Ian Harte; Mikele Leigertwood, Danny Guthrie; Jobi McAnuff (c), Garath McCleary, Jimmy Kebe; Pavel Pogrebnyak
Substitutes: Stuart Taylor, Chris Gunter, Sean Morrison, Hope Akpan, Jem Karacan, Adam Le Fondre, Noel Hunt
Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)