Sels, Sterry, Aarons And Gayle All Start At Lokeren

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Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has just announced the starting team for this our third preseason friendly against KSC Lokeren at the Daknamstadion Stadium.

Rafa makes four changes to the starting side from Wednesday night at Doncaster.

Newcastle (4-3-3): Matz Sels; Daryl Janmaat, Chancel Mbemba, Jamaal Lascelles (c), Jamie Sterry; Vurnon Anita, Isaac Hayden, Jack Colback; Ayoze Perez, Dwight Gayle, Rolando Aarons
Substitutes: Karl Darlow, Jesus Gamez, Paul Dummett, Cheick Tiote, Jonjo Shelvey, Henri Saivet, Florian Thauvin, Yoan Gouffran, Adam Armstrong, Aleksandar Mitrovic

Grant Hanley is not in the squad today for whatever reason and Matt Ritchie is out with a slight groin strain.

We’re  a little surprised Matz Sels starts in goal again and we thought Karl Darlow would get a full game this afternoon, but maybe Rafa is trying to get Sels bedded in to start for Newcastle at Fulham?

Maybe Karl will see some action in the second half.

20 year-old Jamie Sterry again starts this game, but this time he’s at left-back and he has replaced Vurnon Anita in that position from Wednesday night,  with Vurnon is starting in midfield this afternoon.

Newcastle seem to be playing in a 4-3-3 formation this afternoon and we will look to see a much improved performance in the first half from Newcastle.

That’s especially true for the defense, which was very poor at Doncaster in those first 45 minutes when we have away two sloppy goals.

Rafa again has 10 players on the bench today.

Comments welcome.