It’s anybody’s guess as to what team Rafa will start tomorrow night in the EFL Cup against Preston North End at St. James’ Park in front of at least 42,000 fans.
But there are a few players the manager will want to give a start to including Matz Sels, Christian Atsu and hopefully Aleksandar Mitrovic – so we are assuming those three will be in the starting line-up.
Christian Atsu – should get a start tomorrow night
Here’s the team Rafa could start tomorrow night against the Lillywhites:
Anita Lascelles (c) Hanley Dummett
Atsu Diame Gouffran
We have Anita rotating in for Yedlin and Colback coming in for Isaac Hayden; Diame also takes over the number 10 role from the impressive Ayoze Perez.
And then with Sels, Hanley, Atsu and Mitrovic getting a start – that’s seven changes from the side that started against Ipswich on Saturday – that could even be too many changes?
Rafa could also draft in Chancel Mbemba for Hanley since the 22 year-old is fully fit again.
What would your team be for tomorrow night?
It’s going to be a huge upset if we don’t win against Preston since close to 9 in 10 fans think we will win this game.