Venue: Estádio Algarve, Faro, Portugal.
Kick off: 8.45pm local and UK time.
UK TV: Live on ESPN UK.
Another day, another game, another Newcastle United team!
Newcastle United’s first game since yesterday sees them facing a Portuguese team who have recently seen themselves breaking the domination of the “big three” of Portuguese club football, Porto, Benfica and Sporting Club of Portugal. Last season, they came third in Portugal’s Primeira Liga, and in the season before that, second. Hence, this should provide another stiff test for the Magpies. However, with the two games in two days format of this “Guadiana Torneo”, John Carver jas stated that Alan Pardew plans to field two almost completely different sides. This should see our Silver Supremo wheeling out far more of the “big guns” for this one, as the side who played Olympiacos yesterday featured quite a few of the bairns and squad players, but we’ll see. As usual, I shall be posting the teamsheets below when they become available.
Some of you out there will no doubt recognise an old Toon face in the Braga side, that of Hugo Viana, the Portuguese midfielder who was signed for Newcastle by Bobby Robson in June, 2002. It seems a long time ago now, though he’s still only 29 with quite a few miles left on his clock yet.
This is another of Newcastle United pre season friendly which will be televised by ESPN, but I will also be publishing some links to the game, and also highlights after the game too so stay tuned!
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Steve Harper (G), Danny Simpson, Fabricio Coloccini (C), James Tavernier, Ryan Taylor, Sammy Ameobi, Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez, Sylvain Marveaux, Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba,
Subs: Tim Krul (G), James Perch, Mike Williamson, Paul Dummett, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon, Yohan Cabaye, Gael Bigirimana, Haris Vuckic, Mehdi Abeid, Romain Amalfitano, Shola Ameobi.
SC Braga: Beto (G), Baiano, Douglao, Paulo Vinicius, Luis Alberto, Ruben Amorim, Carlao, Paulo Cesar (C), Ismaily, Manoel, Djamal.
Subs: Custodio, Hugo Viana, Salino, Mossoro, Alan, Helder Barbosa, Lima, Cristiano, Eder, Jose Luis, Elderson.
Referee: Paulo Batista.