Rafa Benitez has just announced the starting line-up for our first friendly game of preseason against Bohemian FC this afternoon and Rafa has Jamaal Lascelles captaining the side.
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Matz Sels; Jamie Sterry, Chancel Mbemba, Jamaal Lascelles (c), Vurnon Anita; Henri Saivet, Jack Colback; Matt Ritchie, Yoan Gouffran, Rolando Aarons; Aleksandar Mitrovic
Substitutes: Karl Darlow, Daryl Janmaat, Jesus Gamez, Paul Dummett, Isaac Hayden, Chieck Tiote, Jonjo Shelvey, Georginio Wijnaldum, Florian Thauvin, Ayoze Perez, Dwight Gayle
Notice that the subs is a whole new team so maybe Rafa will use all subs at the start of the second half – strength in depth there!
As expected Newcastle fans will get their first look at Matz Sels in goal this afternoon and he could become Newcastle’s number one this season and it’s good to see young local lad Jamie Sterry get a start at right back.
And Henri Saivet will get a chance in central midfield for a change along with Jack Colback; fringe player Yohan Gouffran also gets a run-out.
It’s an interesting side and we expect Rafa to make a number of changes at half time to give as many players as possible a run-out in Newcastle’s first friendly of this preseason.
And as we said earlier the subs look like another complete side tat could come in for the second half.
Here’s the list of Newcastle’s preseason friendlies which will start to come thick and fast now.
|Club||Location||Date and Kickoff||Result|
|Bohemian||Dalymount Park||Saturday, 16th July|
|Doncaster Rovers||Keepmoat Stadium||Wednesday, 20th July|
|KSC Lokeren||Daknamstadion||Saturday, 23rd July|
|Southend United||Roots Hall||Tuesday, 26th July|
|SBV Vitesse||St. James Park||Saturday, 30th July|