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First Sighting Of Ben Arfa Tonight

9 years ago

Great news for anybody travelling down to Hartlepool tonight as Hatem Ben Arfa is confirmed in the squad and will start from the bench.

It would seem inevitable that fans will see him at some point during the 90 minutes and the strong starting eleven is ;

Harper, Simpson, Steven Taylor, Williamson, Tavernier, Perch, Bigirimana, Amalfitano, Gosling, Marveaux and Shola.

Joining Hatem on the bench are Alnwick, Santon, Ryan Taylor, Good, Obertan, Abeid and Vuckic. Though a bit of a concern to not see Yohan Cabaye involved.

Kick-off at Victoria Park will be 7.30pm and will see Alan Pardew’s Magpies take on Pools, who ply their trade in League One.

This could prove a decent test for United as Pools have already drawn with Hull and ‘Boro, plus Geordie striker Steve Howard scored the only goal to beat the mackems.

Tickets for the fixture are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for children, and there are no student concessions.

Newcastle United supporters will be located in the Niramax Terrace and the Niramax Stand, which has a capacity of just under 3,500. Cash turnstiles will be in operation.

If required, Hartlepool can also open the Smith & Graham Stand behind the goal, which would open up an extra 1,000 seats to visiting supporters.

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