Rafa has just named his side for the EFL Cup quarter-final game at the KCOM Stadium tonight against Hull City and both Matz Sels and Achraf Lazzar are in the starting line-up – as well as Dwight Gayle.
Here is the team that Rafa will start tonight as just released on the Newcastle United Twitter account.
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So there’s a surprise there with Achraf Lazaar getting a start tonight at left-back as well as goalkeeper Matz Sels in the side.
It looks like that’s seven changes from Saturday’s starting line-up and Ciaran Clark is the only defender starting tonight who started on Saturday!
And Cheick Tiote and Daryl Murphy are on the bench.
Here’s the manager talking about the game tonight:
“At this stage of the competition, there were a lot of Premier League sides so it was always likely to be a difficult tie.”
“We have confidence, because we are doing well, but we have a lot of respect for Hull because they are a Premier League team and we will play away from home.”
“So we will approach the game with hope that we can do well – but also knowing that it will be a hard game against a side from a higher league.”
Three quarters of our fans in the poll expect us to win this game tonight.
It would be great to get through to the last four tonight.
Howay The Lads!!