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  • 16 July 2012
  • • 18:00
  • • Hacker-Pschorr-Sportpark, Landsberg am Lech
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AS Monaco - Newcastle Preview: Ranieri's side look to continue unbeaten pre-season

AS Monaco - Newcastle Preview: Ranieri's side look to continue unbeaten pre-season

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French side will strive for their fourth win in a row under Italian as Magpies look to bounce back from defeat against German team Chemnitzer with star players restored

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

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


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.

  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.

  • Ibrahima Toure was Monaco's top scorer last season in Ligue 2, when they finished eighth, scoring 10 goals, while fellow striker Valere Germain scored eight.

  • Newcastle recorded their best finish since the 2002-03 season last term in the Premier League, finishing fifth.

  • Demba Ba (pictured right) scored 16 goals last season, finishing as the Magpies' top scorer, but he failed to find the net in his last 14 games.

  • Newcastle have lost each of their last three games: twice in the Premier League against Manchester City and Everton, then on Friday against Chemnitzer.

Players to watch

V. Germain

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Without Fabricio Coloccini, Newcastle are vulnerable at the back, and the Frenchman scored eight times last season so he has proven prowess in front of goal. If Ranieri's side are to continue their good run, they must take their chances, so the 22-year-old must be on top form against good opposition.

P. Cissé

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Senegalese striker was in excellent form towards the end of last season and he will want to continue that run so that it carries on to the start of the next Premier League campaign. He has the ability to score from anywhere on the pitch and can change the outcome of the match within seconds. He must be accounted for by the Monaco defence which could lead to chances for his strike partner Demba Ba.

Editor's Prediction

Newcastle were getting up to speed against Chemnitzer - with their star players restored to the team don't expect them to make the same mistakes. Ranieri’s side have been on a good run in pre-season but that should end against a powerful Magpies attack.

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