Rafa Benitez has just named the Newcastle starting eleven for the important game against Huddersfield Town this afternoon and he gives a debut to Mohamed Diame and also Chancel Mbemba returns to the side to partner captain Jamaal Lascelles at center-back.
But Matt Ritchie is on the bench and that’s probably rotation from Rafa – and Matt will be back against Reading on Wednesday night.
We should probably get used to maybe at least three changes when we are playing two games a week and we have five games over the next two weeks.
Newcastle(4-2-3-1): Matz Sels; Daryl Janmaat, Chancel Mbemba, Jamaal Lascelles (c), Paul Dummett; Isaac Hayden, Jonjo Shelvey; Vurnon Anita, Mohamed Diame, Rolando Aarons; Dwight Gayle
Substitutes: Karl Darlow, Jesus Gamez, Ciaran Clark, Jack Colback, Matt Ritchie, Ayoze Perez, Adam Armstrong
It’s the usual 4-2-3-1 formation and Ciaran Clark is on the bench and the former Villa man could even get a run out depending on how the game is positioned in the second half.
Having Shelvey and Diame in the side will give us a lot more power and a lot more creativity up front than we had against Fulham in our first game and Sissoko as expected – is not included in the squad.
We must win our home games this season.
This is what Rafa has said about today’s game:
“Because of the fans, because of the stature of our Club, we know that every game will be more difficult.”
“But if you want to go up, you have to adapt to these situations.”
“We know that Huddersfield will give everything, so we have to do the same and hope that we are better than them.”
“We know that we have to improve from Fulham and the main thing is make sure that every time we are improving a little bit and that we are much better.”
“Then, we can approach games with the confidence that we can win.”
17 in 20 fans think we will win this game this afternoon.
Howay The Lads!!