With the excellent performance of the Newcastle team last Saturday against Swansea we don’t think Rafa will make many changes to the side for the game tomorrow night against an in-form Manchester City side.
In his press conference at 1:00 pm today Rafa admitted he had not yet made his mind up about what team to start and who would be the captain.
Against Swansea he played Jack Colback and Cheick Tiote in the two defensive midfield holding positions to give some solidity to the defense – and we expect him to keep both players in the starting line-up.
Aleksandar Mitrovic last Saturday
Could start tomorrow night
What we don’t want tomorrow night is to concede an early goal or early goals.
One change Rafa could make is to start Aleksandar Mitrovic in place of Papiss Cisse, after Mitro had an excellent 10 minute cameo appearance where he had an assists on both Sissoko and Townsend goals.
And late into stoppage time he was straight through on goal but screwed his shot just wide of the post.
Here ‘s the team that Benitez could start tomorrow night in a game we must really win to keep our hopes high that we can beat relegation.
Anita Mbemba Lascelles Dummett
Townsend Wijnaldum Sissoko (c)
Subs: Woodman Shelvey de Jong Saivet Cisse Obertan Perez
One player who may be left out of the side is Gini Wijnaldum who had another off day on Saturday – and Rafa has shown he is not afraid to drop any player if he thinks it would be good for the team.
If Gini is left out then Siem de Jong or Jonjo Shelvey could fill in at that number 10 position.
In fact maybe it would be good to start Jonjo there?
What would be your team for tomorrow night?
Less than one in three fans think we can win this game.