Newcastle United have named a nineteen man squad to travel to Madeira for the 6pm kick off on Thursday against Maritimo which you can watch live on ESPN.

The 19  who travel are; Abeid, Amalfitano, Ameobi x 2, Anita, Bigirimana, Campbell, Elliot, Ferguson, Gosling, Harper, Marveauc, Obertan, Perch, Santon, Tavernier, Steven Taylor, Vuckic, Williamson

Thoughts had turned to maybe at least one frontline striker travelling, especially after Ba only played 45 minutes in the Everton match.

However, in a largely reserve line up Newcastle do look though to be going for the strongest backline possible as every available defender has travelled, though we aren’t exactly blessed with that many options anyway.

My guess would be Shola will lead the team on the pitch as captain and a lot of responsibility rests on his shoulders, with Adam Campbell the only alternative striking option.

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