Ben Arfa starts for Newcastle against Maritimo

FIRST START ... Hatem Ben Arfa.
FIRST START ... Hatem Ben Arfa.

NEWCASTLE United boss Alan Pardew has named a strong team for tonight’s Europa League game at home against Maritimo.

The Magpies manager has handed Hatem Ben Arfa his first start in Europe this season as he seeks the win that will guarantee their progress to the Round of 32.

Pardew has also named arguably his first-choice back four, as well as picking striker Papiss Demba Cisse for the game.

Cheik Tiote misses out through suspension, while Demba Ba is on the bench and Yohan Cabaye is injured.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Krul, Simpson, S Taylor, Coloccini, Santon, Anita, Bigirimana, Sammy Ameobi, Ben Arfa, Marveaux, Cisse. Subs: Elliot, Tavernier, Ferguson, Williamson, Abeid, Amalfitano, Ba.

MARITIMO: Salin; Diogo, Roberge, Rosario, Ferreira; Luiz, Miranda, Simao; Dias, Adilson, Sami. Subs: Ricardo, Fidelis, Olim, Briguel, Antonio, Brigido, Guilherme.