Rafa Benitez has just announced his team for the game against Bristol City this afternoon at St. James’ Park and Perez and Atsu come into the side as we had expected.
But Atsu comes in for Gouffran and not for Matt Ritchie who starts the game even though he is on 9 yellow cards..
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) February 25, 2017
The defense and central midfield are unchanged from those that played in the 2-0 win against Aston Villa last Monday night, so this is a strong side to play the Robins.
And Anita, Murphy and Gamez are on the bench today – so it’s good to see Vurnon Anita back in the squad after recovering from his ankle injury.
This is what Rafa said yesterday about the game this afternoon which he expects will be a tougher game than people are expecting:
“We know that it will be difficult.” “They are well organised, they work hard, so even though we have lost Gayle and they lost Abraham, they still have good players,”
“They’re a team who are working very hard.” “When we played against them in the first part of the season they were a very, good team.”
“You can see they have the same structure, the same organisation, and maybe they have been a bit unlucky with some goals.”
“In terms of how difficult it will be, it will be a tough game, as always.”
“Any game can go against you if you don’t do the right thing. You have to be sure that you are ready, prepared and try to do your best.”
“You can lose games that nobody is expecting, but you can win games that are very difficult.”
“I’m confident that the team is doing well and has the right mentality, and hopefully we can show this tomorrow on the pitch.”
Over 90% of fans expect us to win this game this afternoon – one of the highest win percentages this season – so it will be a huge upset if we cannot win this game.
Howay The Lads!!