Newcastle-Cardiff team news: Pardew makes SEVEN changes for FA Cup clash

STARTS ... Papiss Demba Cisse, left, and Steven Taylor.

STARTS ... Papiss Demba Cisse, left, and Steven Taylor.

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ALAN Pardew has rung the changes for this afternoon’s FA Cup tie against Cardiff City.

Papiss Demba Cisse and Steven Taylor are among the Newcastle United players handed starts for the third-round tie (3pm kick-off).

Hatem Ben Arfa, Rob Elliot, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara and Vurnon Anita also come into his side.

Pardew’s fear over Cabaye injury

United manager Pardew is without the suspended Mathieu Debuchy, while Fabricio Coloccini, Tim Krul and Yohan Cabaye are sidelined through injury.

It is defender Taylor’s first appearance since the club’s season opener against Manchester City on August 19.

Striker Cisse, meanwhile, has been a substitute in recent months.

Leading scorer Loic Remy is among the substitutes.

Newcastle have won their last seven games against Cardiff, who this week appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their new manager.

The South Wales club has not won at St James’s Park since 1963.

Pardew’s side won 2-1 in the Premier League at the Cardiff City Stadium in early October thanks to two goals from Remy.

Meanwhile, former United striker Craig Bellamy is not involved for Cardiff because of injury.

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NEWCASTLE UNITED: Elliot; Santon, S Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Haidara; Tiote, Anita; Ben Arfa, Sissoko, Gouffran; Cisse. Subs: Alnwick, Dummett, Williamson, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi, Remy.

CARDIFF CITY: Marshall; McNaughton, Hudson, Turner, John; Whittingham, Kim, Gunnarsson, Cowie; Odemwingie, Cornelius. Subs: Lewis; Caulker, Campbell, Brayford, Smith, Noone, Conway.

For reaction to this afternoon’s game, see Monday’s Gazette