Rafa Benitez has just announced the Newcastle team to play Cardiff City at St. James’ Park this afternoon in a game we are expected to win, but you never know in the Championship.
We almost got the team right this week, but Ayoze Perez is in the number 10 role rather than Dwight Gayle – close but no banana.
Newcastle: Darlow; Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummett; Hayden Shelvey; Atsu Perez Gouffran; Mitrovic
Subs: Sels, Anita, Hanley, Lazaar, Colback, Diame, Gayle
So Aleksandar Mitrovic keeps his place in the 4-2-3-1 line-up even though top scorer Dwight Gayle is fit again after his hamstring problems and Dwight is on the bench – i’s a very strong bench again.
Yedlin keeps his place after two good performances at right back and maybe that’s because Rafa wants to use DeAndre’s attacking qualities for this game.
And even though Jack Colback is OK young Issac Hayden continues to partner Jonjo Shelvey in the holding midfield positions.
This is what Rafa has said about Cardiff City prior to this game:
“We know it is a team that has changed a little bit.” “They have a manager with great experience in the Championship and we expect a tough game.”
“Everyone knows they are improving – their attitude, their motivation. They won against Nottingham Forest two weeks ago and did really well.
“I am sure that Warnock will be wanting to play in front of our 52,000 fans, and he will have a plan.”
He is clever, and he will try to stop us playing our football. They will try to play the type of football they want to play – maybe counter-attack, maybe pressing high.”
“We have been working on different options and hopefully we can keep our level.”
Almost 9 in 10 Newcastle fans expect us to win this game tonight.
If we don’t win it will therefore be a huge disappointment for our fans before the International break, so let’s hope we can get our 8th win in a row today.
Howay The Lads!!