Rafa Benitez has just named his side for the tough test against Norwich City at St. James’ Park tonight and Rafa has not made too many changes, but he has brought in Darlow in goal.
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Karl Darlow; DeAndre Yedlin, Ciaran Clark, Jamaal Lascelles (c), Paul Dummett; Jonjo Shelvey, Jack Colback; Matt Ritchie, Mohamed Diame, Yoan Gouffran; Dwight Gayle
Substitutes: Matz Sels, Chancel Mbemba, Achraf Lazaar, Isaac Hayden, Christian Atsu, Ayoze Perez, Aleksandar Mitrovic
That’s a really strong bench so Raga is hoping the lads can put on a similar performance as Saturday for the first 70 minutes – but score more goals tonight.
The big surprise is that Mohamed Diame and Dwight Gayle, who missed the chances on Saturday, are given another chance tonight.
Jack Colback is fit again and he comes in for Issac Hayden in central midfield.
So that looks like only two changes from the side that started on Saturday at Villa Park.
This is a game we really have to go all out to win.
This is what Rafa Benitez has said yesterday about the game tonight:
“I think it’s important for both teams. Every game is important, but at the same time I would say that we have a lot of games to play. I don’t think that you can win the title tomorrow,”
“I think it’s important to understand that we have to carry on, we have to keep improving. We play at home and hopefully we can win. It will be close, but we have to carry on until the end.”
“We have a lot of games to play. We have to stay calm, concentrate, try to do our jobs properly and keep winning games.”
“We’ve played against Brighton, we’ve played against Bristol City and we’ve lost three games, so I think that every game in this league is very difficult.”
“They are at the top of the table because they have a good team, the same manager, so they know each other really well, and they know exactly what to do.”
“I think it will be a tough test, like the majority of them.”
About three in five fans think we can win this game.
Howay The Lads!!