Rafa Benitez has just announced the Newcastle team today for what could his final game in charge of Newcastle United, as we host Tottenham Hotspur in our final Premier League game for at least 15 months, after we were relegated last Wednesday night.
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Karl Darlow; Daryl Janmaat, Steven Taylor, Chancel Mbemba, Paul Dummett; Cheick Tiote, Jack Colback; Andros Townsend, Moussa Sissoko (c), Georginio Wijnaldum; Aleksandar Mitrovic
Substitutes: Freddie Woodman, Jamie Sterry, Jonjo Shelvey, Siem de Jong, Rolando Aarons, Ayoze Perez, Papiss Cisse
Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1): Hugo Lloris (c); Kyle Walker, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Ben Davies; Eric Dier, Ryan Mason; Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Heung-min Son; Harry Kane
Substitutes: Michel Vorm, Danny Rose, Kevin Wimmer, Tom Carroll, Nacer Chadli, Josh Onomah, Clinton N’Jie
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Greater Manchester)
It looks Vernon Anita is injured so back comes Daryl Janmaat at right back, after he has recovered from a groin injury and he will wear a splint on the hand he smashed into the dressing room wall at Southampton at half time.
Steven Taylor comes back for perhaps his last game ever for Newcastle at center-back and Jermain Lascelles was sent home sick from training yesterday and he’s not even on the bench.
Steven may find it hard to contain Harry Kane and he will have to play a lot better than his last time out at Southampton when he was withdrawn at half time in what was at the time thought to be his last game for the Magpies.
The final change is that Aleksandar Mitrovic comes in for Papiss Cisse who is on the bench.
This could be the final games of their careers at Newcastle for Janmaat, Taylor, Tiote, Townsend, Sissoko and Wijnaldum today.
Tottenham are second top of the league and a draw would ensure they finish higher than Arsenal for the first time ever in the Premier League so they have something riding on this – Newcastle don’t other than for our lads to be professional a season when most of the have massively under-performed for the club.
If we can win this game today this would be our first double of the season after we tore Spurs apart 2-1 at White Hart Lane – but the 3 points would come too late as we are already relegated.
This is what Rafa Benitez has said about the game today:
“We know Tottenham are a good team who have done well this season.” “They will try to finish second. But we’re trying to win.”
“You can’t guarantee anything, especially in the last game and what happened on Wednesday.” “The players have trained well in the last few days. And we are trying to give something back to our fans.”
More than half the Newcastle fans think we will lose this game today.