Rafa Benitez has just announced the Newcastle team to play Preston North End in the 4th round of the EFL Cup tonight at St. James’ Park and Rafa has made a massive 7 changes to the side that started against Ipswich on Saturday.
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Matz Sels; DeAndre Yedlin, Chancel Mbemba, Grant Hanley, Paul Dummett (c); Isaac Hayden, Jack Colback; Matt Ritchie, Mo Diame, Christian Atsu; Aleksandar Mitrovic
Substitutes: Karl Darlow, Vurnon Anita, Ciaran Clark, Jonjo Shelvey, Yoan Gouffran, Ayoze Perez, Dwight Gayle
In come Chanel Mbemba and Grant Hanley as the new central defense and Hayden and Colback are the holding midfield duo with Shelvey getting a well deserved rest.
As expected in come Mo Diame, Christian Atsu and yes – Aleksandar Mitrovic is up front.
The bench is extremely strong but no Jamaal Lascelles who gets a rest.
This is what Rafa has said about Preston North End at his press conference yesterday:
“Preston are doing well. They have a good team, they’re happy, enjoying themselves and working very hard.”
“We want to be sure we have fresh legs. It will be a strong team, but with different players.”
“I am enjoying the moment. We will have more than 40,000 fans (update – more than 45,000) for this game, and I’m really pleased with that.”
“Preston will have confidence, and they’re a team with experience.”
“I think it’s important for the fans to have that possibility of winning trophies.”
A huge majority of Newcastle fans expect us to win this game tonight.
Howay The Lads!!