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Pacos v Newcastle: Team News

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Fabricio Coloccini, Hatem Ben Arfa and Mathieu Debuchy all start for Newcastle against Pacos de Ferreira

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor


Fabricio Coloccini, Hatem Ben Arfa and Mathieu Debuchy all start for Newcastle United as they face Pacos de Ferreira in the second and final game of their Portuguese training camp (8pm kick-off).

The trio haven't featured for Alan Pardew's Magpies so far during pre-season but are in from the off at the Estadio da Mata Real on Tuesday night.

It is another experienced United line-up, which sees goalkeeper Rob Elliot behind a back four of Debuchy, Steven Taylor, captain Coloccini and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

Anchoring the midfield are Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye, while in front of them Moussa Sissoko will take up a role wide on the right, with Sammy Ameobi on the opposite flank.

Ben Arfa will play in the 'number ten' position, just behind long-serving front man Shola Ameobi, who is fit to start after being forced off with an arm injury on Saturday against Rio Ave.

On the substitutes' bench there are places for goalkeeper Jak Alnwick, defenders Paul Dummett and Mike Williamson, midfield trio Jonas Gutierrez, Haris Vuckic and Sylvain Marveaux, and striking pair Adam Campbell and Yoan Gouffran.


Pacos de Ferreira (4-2-3-1): Antonio Filipe; Tony, Ruben, Roberto Dias, Helder Lopes; Andre Leao, Anunciacao (c); Manuel Jose, Sergio Oliveira, Caetano; Jamie Poulson

Substitutes: Matias Draga, Freitas, Vitor, Christian Irobiso, Rui Miguel, Hurtado, Nuno Santos, Ricardo, Fernando Neto, Rodrigo Antonio, Gino Guerrero, Sousa, Eridson


Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa; Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye; Moussa Sissoko, Hatem Ben Arfa, Sammy Ameobi; Shola Ameobi

Substitutes: Jak Alnwick, Davide Santon, Paul Dummett, Mike Williamson, Jonas Gutierrez, Haris Vuckic, Sylvain Marveaux, Yoan Gouffran, Adam Campbell


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