Morecambe v Newcastle: Magpies set to make changes

Hatem Ben Arfa could be one of the first-team players rested by Newcastle at the Globe Arena.
Hatem Ben Arfa could be one of the first-team players rested by Newcastle at the Globe Arena.

The question always asked when Premier League teams visit relative Football League minnows in the early rounds of cup competitions is how strong a side they will field.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is under pressure to do well in both the Capital One Cup and FA Cup but is expected to make changes from the side that drew at home to West Ham on Saturday.

But a cup record that has seen Pardew’s side knocked out against the likes of Stevenage and Brighton in recent years means he will be picking a side more than strong enough to get through.

The 11 is likely to be a mixture of first-team regulars and fringe players who will hope to seize their chance in front of the Sky cameras.

At the back, Rob Elliot could replace Dutch number one Tim Krul in goal with local boy Paul Dummett in line to get a chance at left back.

Steven Taylor is suspended after his straight red card against Manchester City meaning the only change in central defence could be Mike Williamson coming in for one of club captain Fabricio Coloccini or Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

In midfield, Jonás Gutiérrez and Cheick Tioté will both miss out through injury with Gaël Bigirimana, former Everton youngster Dan Gosling and Slovenian Haris Vučkić, who spent time on loan at Cardiff last season, amongst those who could get the nod at the Globe Arena.

Brothers Shola and Sammy Ameobi could team up in attack with first team stars Hatem Ben Arfa and Papiss Cissé likely to be rested.

Possible line-up: Elliot, Santon, Coloccini, Williamson, Dummett, Vuckic, Bigirimana, Gosling, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi, Gouffran,