After losing three games in a row in a short six days last week, Rafa Benitez will want to send out what really is his best team to face a good Birmingham side on Saturday.
What exactly is Newcastle’s best team is of course a very good question, but we think Rafa will go for some experience in the side.
And assuming local lad Colback is fit to play again after that problem with his eye – we expect Jack to start against the Blues.
Jack Colback going off against Preston in League Cup
Newcastle have very few injuries – Jesus Gamez is out with a broken collar-bone and Rolando Aarons is out for the season with a serious ACL knee injury.
So this is the side Rafa could start on Saturday:
Anita Lascelles (c) Clark Dummett
Ritchie Diame Gouffran
That’s a strong side with experienced players in it like Anita, Diame, Gouffran, Clark and Colback.
We don’t do subs this season because it’s hard enough getting the team right with Rafa in charge – we’ve managed that once all season!
What would your team be for the tough Birmingham City game?