The goal is to get as many points as possible from the next four games – although we suppose the goal for the rest of the season is exactly the same – to get as many points as possible from the remaining 14 games – 42 points would be good.
We should be able to get 3 points tomorrow against the out-of-form Bristol City, but we have a feeling that Rafa will field a strong team to ensure we get off to a good start over the next four important games.
Those are Bristol City at home and then Brighton, Huddersfield and Reading away in a short 11 days.
Matt Richie has picked up 9 yellow cards and one more yellow card will see him miss the next two games.
Matt Ritchie – 9 yellow cards
And Rafa Benitez was asked at his press conference today whether that would mean that Matt wouldn’t play tomorrow against Bristol City so he would definitely be available for Brighton.
But Rafa said this when asked about Richie’s 9 yellow cards:
“We won’t pick a team because of that. We will try and win the game and then see who is available for Brighton.”
But we still think it’s a good time to give Christina Atsu a start on the right wing so this is the team we think Rafa could start tomorrow with Ayoze Perez also coming in for Mo Diame:
Yedlin Lascelles (c) Clark Dummett
Atsu Perez Gouffran
What would your team be for tomorrow’s game?