Rafa Benitez has just announced the Newcastle team to play Preston North End at Deepdale today in our second meeting with the Lilywhites in four days after we won 6-0 at home on Tuesday night in the EFL Cup and DeAndre Yedlin keeps his place as does Mitro up front in the absence of the injured Dwight Gayle.
Newcastle (4-4-1-1): Karl Darlow; DeAndre Yedlin, Jamaal Lascelles (c), Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett; Matt Ritchie, Isaac Hayden, Jonjo Shelvey, Yoan Gouffran; Mohamed Diame; Aleksandar Mitrovic
Substitutes: Matz Sels, Jesus Gamez, Vurnon Anita, Grant Hanley, Achraf Lazaar, Christian Atsu, Ayoze Perez
Preston North End (4-4-2): Chris Maxwell; Alex Baptiste, Tom Clarke (c), Bailey Wright, Greg Cunningham; Paul Gallagher, Ben Pearson, Daniel Johnson, Ben Pringle; Callum Robinson, Jordan Hugill
Substitutes: Anders Lindegaard, Tommy Spurr, Paul Huntington, Marnick Vermijl, Eoin Doyle, Jermaine Beckford, Simon Makienok
Diame has kept his place probably to get more goal-scoring power up front after his two excellent goals on Tuesday night when he looked like the player we thought we had signed in the summer.
Lascelles and Clark are back in central defense as expected and hard-working Yoan Gouffran comes back in.
Isaac Hayden and Jonjo Shelvey are the holding midfielders in the absence of the injured Jack Colback.
That’s five changes form the side that did so well on Tuesday night.
This is what Rafa has said about Preston North End at his press conference yesterday:
“I’m sure that it will be a different game. They will try to amend the result of the other day, they are playing at home and I’m sure that it will be more difficult,”
“We have to approach the game like always with the right mentality or it will be very, very difficult.”
“I think that they made changes and we made changes too, so it will be different teams and a different competition.”
“It’s massively different for them to play at home.” “We have confidence, but we know that it will be tough.”
“They will change players, they are doing well against the top sides so it will be more difficult. They will play at home, with the fans behind, so we know that it will be a tough test.”
“I can see that they were doing well against top sides, and it’s a very dangerous team to play against.”
Almost 8 in 10 Newcastle fans expect us to win this game tonight.
Let’s hope they are right.
Howay The Lads!!