Tomorrow night is the first time head coach Steve McClaren will get a chance to manage Newcastle in a cup competition, and it’s the League Cup second round home tie against Football League Two club Northampton Town.
Newcastle will be expected to win this game, but these games are never as easy as they appear on paper.
So while Steve McClaren will give some good fringe players a start in this game, we have to field a good side that can win and hopefully win fairly comfortably.
We would expect players like Karl Darlow, Jamaal Lascelles, Siem de Jong, Rolando Aarons, Papiss Cisse and Florian Thauvin to make starts in this game, but the bench will need to be strong to ensure we progress in the competition tomorrow night.
We could also see former Northampton Town striker Ivan Toney on the bench for this game, and he could get a run out in the second half.
Northampton have 6 points from their four league games with two wins, and they are 10th of 24 clubs in the League Two table, after losing 2-0 at home to Plymouth on Saturday.
But this game could be a banana skin, and we cannot have any let-downs after the good performance at Old Trafford on Saturday.