Rafa Benitez has just announced his starting eleven for the FA Cup 4th round tie at Oxford United this afternoon and as expected it’s all change for Newcastle and Shelvey does not start this game and center-back Grant Hanley is the captain for the day.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 28, 2017
The subs bench is strong – Rob Elliot, DeAndre Yedlin, Paul Dummett, Jamaal Lascelles, Jonjo Shelvey, Matt Ritchie and Yoan Gouffran.
The only surprise for us is the absence of 21 year-old former Celtic defender Stuart Findlay, but Curtis Good gets his big chance this afternoon and it’s the first time Good has played for a long time.
This seems the line-up in 4-2-3-1 formation today:
Gamez Hanley Good Haidara
El-Mahnni Perez Lazaar
Rafa thinks it will be a difficult game for Newcastle today:
“I can see a difficult game,” “It is a massive game for them, and they will approach the game that way.”
“At the same time, I have confidence in my players. I am confident we can go through. “If we can go through while managing the squad, then fantastic.”
“If not, we have to concentrate on the league.”
Just over four in five fans think we can win this game this afternoon.
Let’s hope we can win out 4th game in a row.
Howay The Lads!!