Anita, Atsu, Diame and Gayle All Start At Rotherham


Rafa Benitez has just named his team for the game at Rotherham United today and he has recalled Anita at right back in place of American DeAndre Yedlin and Dwight Gayle keeps his place in the side after his hat-trick on Wednesday night – it looks like there are only two changes.

Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Karl Darlow; Vurnon Anita, Jamaal Lascelles (c), Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett; Jonjo Shelvey, Jack Colback; Christian Atsu, Mo Diame, Yoan Gouffran; Dwight Gayle
Substitutes: Matz Sels, DeAndre Yedlin, Chancel Mbemba, Grant Hanley, Isaac Hayden, Matt Ritchie, Aleksandar Mitrovic

Christian Atsu gets his chance with star player Mat Ritchie taking a rest on the bench for this game.

This is what Rafa has told his players because this game is potentially a banana skin if we don’t concentrate and think it’s going to be an easy win:

“I told our players about what people were saying after the Queens Park Rangers game when we played Wolves.”

“People said we had to win the next one easily.”  “So that’s a good experience from recently for us.”  We don’t underestimate our rivals.”

“We have watched clips and videos, this is a good team with good strikers. They are making some mistakes but they still aren’t a bad team.”

“With their fans behind them they can be dangerous. So we have to makes sure we go there and are prepared for a tough game.”

Nine fans in ten think we will win this game so if we don’t it will be a massive let-down.

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Howay The Lads!!