AS Monaco v Newcastle United
July 16, 2012
Landsberg am Lech – Germany
New Monaco boss Claudio Ranieri has experimented in pre-season and used 22 players in his side's 1-0 victory over Kiev on Monday. Martin Sourzac and Franck L'Hostis shared shifts in goal in that win, although Danijel Subasic may start against the Magpies. Brazilian defender Adriano and Andreas Wolf will look to cement their places in the back four after helping shut out the Ukrainian side. Ranieri will look to play with a four-man midfield with former Barcelona man Ludovic Giuly and Gary Coulibaly anchoring the middle of the park, but Monday’s goalscorer, Valentin Eysseric, is also an option. Dutchman Nacer Barazite and Valere Germain will lead the line against the Magpies but Ibrahima Toure may also feature.
Alan Pardew held back his senior players in the 1-0 defeat to German side Chemnitzer but will recall them for this game. Rob Elliot will keep his place between the sticks with Tim Krul absent. Danny Simpson and Davide Santon will return after missing the Friday’s defeat along with Cheikh Tiote and last season’s prolific strike duo Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse. Mehdi Abeid impressed in the midfield against the German team so he may keep his place over Dan Gosling with Yohan Cabaye still missing after being given extra time to recover from his exploits at Euro 2012 along with France team-mate Hatem Ben Arfa. Captain Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor could also play a part in the game.
AS Monaco : Sourzac, Marester, Adriano, Wolf, Pinteaux, Koman, Coulibaly, Mendy, Giuly, Germain, Barazite
Newcastle United : Elliot, Simpson, Perch, Williamson, Santon, Obertan, Abeid, Tiote, Gutierrez, Ba, Cisse
Did You Know?
Monaco have won all three of their pre-season games so far under the tenure of Claudio Ranieri.
The last time that Monaco and Newcastle faced off was in the quarter-finals of the Uefa Cup in 1997 when the French side ran out as victors, winning 4-0 on aggregate after 3-0 and 1-0 successes, respectively.
Claudio Ranieri is the 11th manager that the French side have had since the turn of the millennium.
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