Rafa Benitez has just named the Newcastle United team for today’s tough game at Villa Park and he recalls captain Jamaal Lascelles to the team and Paul Dummett returns at left-back.
Newcastle: Sels, Yedlin, Lascelles (c) Clark, Dummett; Shelvey, Hayden; Ritchie Diame Gouffran; Gayle
Subs: Darlow, Lazaar, Hanley, Tiote, Atsu, Perez, Mitrovic
So Clark keeps his place and lines up against his old club today while Sels is back in goal and as expected DeAndre Yedlin retains his position at right back.
Captain Jamaal Lascelles comes back in and Jonjo Shelvey retains his position in the team and partners Isaac Hayden in central midfield.
Cheick Tiote made the journey to the Midlands today and is on the bench for Newcastle as his future remains uncertain.
This is what Rafa has said about today’s game:
“There is a little bit of distance between us and Aston Villa but if we can do well, we’ll be higher and Villa will be deep in the table.”
“There’s still a lot of games to play and the level of the teams is really good.” “I still say if we win, fine, if we can’t win we’ve got to keep pushing and working hard.”
“We have to try to do things in the same way.” “I have the confidence that the team will improve and be better.”
Seven in ten fans think we can win this game today.
We need to win this game.