What’s Newcastle’s Best Team For Derby?

Rafa Benitez now has options galore  for his Newcastle team and he is likely to make three or four changes for every game so that he uses the squad efficiently.

That keeps players fresh and doesn’t overplay them so they easily pick up injuries – which has happened so much in the past when we had very small squads with no strength in depth.

Rafa will be able to choose from a full squad for Saturday in the late game, because those players on International duty generally only played one game, although he may still want to give those players some extra rest.


Mohamed Diame – we expect this powerhouse to start the game

Here’s a possible side for Saturday in the familiar 4-2-3-1 formation

Anita Mbemba Lascelles (c) Gamez
Hayden Colback
Richie Diame Gouffran
Subs: Darlow Yedlin Clark Hanley Shelvey Mitrovic Perez

It is very difficult to even pick the subs because you have to leave out some really good players, but that’s what it’s like when you have a really strong squad like Newcastle have these days.

Anyway that’s a strong side and we’re pretty sure that Dwight Gayle will get a start.

And we think Rafa will start Shelvey at home in most of the games, where he is more likely to deliver like against Brighton and not go missing.

What side would you play at Derby County?

We have a tough game at Loftus Roan on Tuesday night and that game is already sold out.


We’ll see Rafa make some changes for that game and players like Dummett will likely come straight back into the side on Tuesday and start.

More than three in five fans think we can win this game.

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