Rafa Benitez has just announced his team for the second away game of the season at Bristol City today and captain Jamaal Lascelles returns to the starting line-up and partners Chancel Mbemba at center-back.
Newcastle: Sels, Anita, Mbemba, Lascelles, Clark, Ritchie, Hayden, Colback, Gouffran, Diame, Gayle
Subs: Darlow Dummett, Sterry, Hanley, Shelvey, Aarons, Perez
Ciaran Clark keeps his place in the side but moves to left-back and a fit again Mohamed Diame comes back into the side, while Vurnon Anita keeps his place at right back.
There’s no Daryl Janmaat so maybe the rumors he will leave Newcastle this month are true.
Yoan Gouffran keeps his place after a good hard-working game on Wednesday night against Reading.
The two holding midfielders are Isaac Hayden and local lad Jack Colback, who comes back into the side in place of Shelvey who is on the bench.
Young local lad Jamie Sterry is on the bench presumably in place of Daryl Janmaat and he’s a very good right-back in the making.
This is what Rafa has said about today’s opponents:
“From all the reports we have from them we know they are doing well and are a team that play with confidence.”
“All the reports say they are a good team. They are physically strong and good at set-pieces, throw-ins and corners.”
“They are good at long balls and win second balls. They are a team that play with high tempo and it’ll be tough. We know it will be difficult.”
“We practiced on Friday and we don’t have too much time but we said that we have to be ready for a team with this type of approach.”
“They are a team who know what strengths they have.”
Almost seven fans in ten think we will win this game this afternoon.
We need to win this game but it could be very difficult.
Howay the Lads!!