Steve McClaren has named his side for the important game this afternoon against Premier League Champions Chelsea and Mitrovic starts in this game.
And with Manchester City losing 4-1 at Tottenham today, Chelsea will go all out for the 3 points this afternoon.
Newcastle (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Chancel Mbemba, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Kevin Mbabu; Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita, Jack Colback, Georginio Wijnaldum; Ayoze Perez, Aleksandar Mitrovic
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Jamaal Lascelles, Mike Williamson, Siem de Jong, Gabriel Obertan, Florian Thauvin, Ivan Toney
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Asmir Begovic; Branislav Ivanovic (c), Gary Cahill, Kurt Zouma, Cesar Azpilicueta; Nemanja Matic, Cesc Fabregas; Pedro, Oscar, Eden Hazard; Loic Remy
Substitutes: Jamal Blackman, John Terry, John Obi Mikel, Ramires, Willian, Kenedy, Radamel Falcao
Referee: Martin Atkinson (West Yorkshire)
Newcastle will play 4-4-2 for the first time this season, with Mitrovic and Perez up front, and Mbabu makes his very first start for Newcastle at left back with Haidara not fit for this game.
Sissoko and Wijnaldum will be on the wings and Thauvin drops to the bench.
This could be a good combination of Mitrovic and Perez up front for Newcastle, so we´ll see how the two young strikers combine.
This is what Steve McClaren has said about the game today:
“The last three games have not been so good.” “You can see that we’re playing too safe and not taking enough risks, we need to take risks and go for it. We have a front four capable of scoring goals but we just need to get the shackles off and we have to go for it.”
“We go into every game thinking that if we prepare right, do the right things, execute our game plan and play as I know we can, we can win any game – that’s football.”
“I don’t like the idea of clubs raising their game, why raise your game for one team and not the other?” he continued.”
“Obviously you always look at the opponent but mainly we have to look to ourselves. It’s Chelsea, it’s a big game for everyone at the Club and we need to give it our all.”
“We know they will turn the corner and move up the table because they’ve got the quality to do that and it’s about ourselves and what we want to do. If we produce our philosophy on the field, we’ll score goals.”
“We’re trying to turn things round and reinstall that belief in the players and the Club. We believe in the players and their attitude is fantastic in training – we just need to transfer that attitude and belief onto the field.”
Three out of four fans think we will lose this game today:
We need to try to get something out of this game – or at the very least put in a good performance.