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Pardew's 'Survival Of The Fittest'
Alan Pardew and his side begin their pre-season campaign tonight at Motherwell.
Newcastle kick off their preparations against Scottish Premier League club Motherwell at Fir Park tonight.
And Pardew, in picking his team for the game, says it will be a case of survival of the fittest north of the border.
Pardew says Vurnon Anita and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa are certain to play because of their conditioning.
Alan Pardew: “We have a fairly young team, with a sprinkling of senior players.
“I’m actually playing the team that’s in the best condition. So the best conditioned player in each position will play.
“For example, the best conditioned No 4 is Vurnon Anita. He is in front of Yohan Cabaye and Cheik Tiote, so he will play.
“Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is my best conditioned centre-half, so he will play. That’s the reason behind the team.
“We obviously want to get off to a winning start, so we hope to do that at Motherwell.
“They have done really well, so it’ll be a tough game.
“I hope to see a few of our fans up there. We want to get off to a good start for them.”
Source: Newcastle United Mad
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