It’s always difficult to predict a side to play in the next game because it’s very hard to read Rafa Benitez – even after his press conferences.
But it’s clear Dwight Gayle is not in the squad until he gets his confidence back that his hamstring is indeed OK.
There’s a chance that Rafa could bring back Rob Elliot in goal although he seems to have supported Karl Darlow since his mistake with Paul Dummett on Saturday that cost us a goal and 2 points against Bristol City.
Rob Elliot – could return for tomorrow’s game
That 2-2 draw was very hard to take, because we should have had 3 points against the 4th bottom side who have been struggling for over two months in the league.
So here’s a team Rafa could start tomorrow night and we have made 5 changes from the side that started against Bristol City on Saturday.
Anita Lascelles (c) Clark Dummett
Ritchie Diame Gouffran
The two big changes that Rafa may not make for tomorrow’s game are to bring Rob Elliot back in goal and to play Irish International striker up front in place of Aleksandar Mitrovic, who gave us very little last Saturday.
It really depends on how Elliot and Murphy have been training and how good they have looked.
But it’s Vurnon Anita and his experience back in after that ankle injury at right back for DeAndre Yedlin – and Mo Diame in for Ayoze Perez in the number 10 role – again more experience for the tough game.
In the same way Yoan Gouffran comes back in for Christian Atsu because of his extra experience.
So we have made 5 changes from last time out.
What’s your team to play Brighton & Hove Albion?