Rio Ave v Newcastle: Team News
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Newcastle United FC
Alan Pardew has named a strong Newcastle United starting line-up for Saturday evening's pre-season friendly at Rio Ave
By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
At the Estadio do Rio Ave
Jak Alnwick makes his first senior start for Newcastle United as the Magpies travel to Rio Ave for a pre-season friendly on Saturday night (6pm kick-off).
The 20-year-old goalkeeper's only previous first team experience came as a substitute in a friendly victory over Hartlepool almost a year ago.
Alnwick has since been an unused replacement a handful of times in the Barclays Premier League and Europa League but is in from the start this time for the first warm-up game of United's Portuguese training camp.
Aside from the Academy graduate stopper and fellow youngster Paul Dummett, manager Alan Pardew has named an experienced starting line-up for the fixture, including six senior internationals.
Rio Ave (4-4-2): Ederson; Lionn, Marcelo, Wakaso, Andre Dias; Braga, Andre Villas Boas, Tarantini, Diego; Del Valle, Hassan
Substitutes: Bizarro, Angelo, Luis Gustavo, Silverio, Fernando, Murilo, Rafa, Diogo Goncalves, Sandro Lima, Andre Costa, Valkenedy, Renato Santos
Referee: Pedro Campos
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