Picking Newcastle United's Starting XI to Face Pacos De Ferreira

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Picking Newcastle United's Starting XI to Face Pacos De Ferreira
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Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew

Newcastle United’s mini tour of Portugal comes to a close on Tuesday evening, and Alan Pardew and his players will be looking to head home on a high following defeat to Rio Ave at the weekend.

The 3-1 reverse in Vila do Conde came as something of a surprise to the Magpies, and their next fixture should pose even more of a challenge against Champions League qualifiers Pacos de Ferreira.

With a 24-man squad at his disposal, including Massadio Haidara, who joined the travelling party late, Pardew is likely to make changes to the side that conceded three goals in the opening 26 minutes on Saturday.

And with exactly four weeks until their 2013-14 Premier League opener at Manchester City, the manager will be keen to nail down his first-choice lineup as soon as possible.

With that in mind, we take at look at a possible starting XI that would give Newcastle the best chance of returning to Tyneside with a positive result under their belts.

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