Howay the lads!
Newcastle United have unveiled a bit of a surprise lineup for the first leg of their Europa League Round of 16 matchup with Anzhi Makhachkala. No true striker has been named, Steven Taylor rides, and Hatem Ben Arfa will start. I have listed the players below without their positioning because I'm not quite sure how the formation will look. Presumably, it's a 4-2-3-1, but who is the CDM - Anita or Perch? Will Ben Arfa play the false 9, or Sissoko, who just 2 months ago was playing a defensive role in France? It's a fascinating lineup, and it will certainly be fun to see how it all works out.
NUFC: Elliot, Simpson, Anita, Yanga-Mbiwa, Perch, Haidara, Cabaye (c), Sissoko, Ben Arfa, Marveaux, Obertan
Subs: Alnwick, Santon, S.Taylor, Bigirimana, Tiote, Shola, Campbell
Anzhi: Gabulov, Eschenko, Joao Carlos, Zhirkov, Ewerton, Jucilei, Shatov, Ahmedov, L Diarra, Willian, Eto’o
Subs: Pomazan, Tagirbekov, Logashov, Gadzhibekov, Carcela-Gonzalez, Traore, Smolov