Rafa Benitez has just named his starting eleven for the game at St. James’ Park this afternoon against Wigan Athletic – a game we will be expected to win.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) April 1, 2017
The two surprises to us are Mo Diame in the number 10 spot and Jack Colback keeps his place with Isaac Hayden on the bench and Isaac might get some playing time in the second half today.
As expected Dwight Gayle starts up front with Mitro on the bench.
This is what Rafa said about the game at his press conference yesterday:
“We have eight games so now it is a mini league. We must approach one game at a time.”
“We have some players who were injured, and it’s been a good time for them to recover. Some still have problems.”
“We know Wigan are trying to avoid relegation so, as always, it will be a tough game, a difficult one.”
“We have to concentrate on ourselves – if we think too much about Wigan, we will lose our focus.”
“I’ve been really pleased with the atmosphere in the whole city.”
“I have not focused on transfers or next season. The scout department is working on that.”
“But we are focusing on Wigan and that is all.”
More than four in five fans think we will win this game – let’s hope they are right.
We need 3 points from this game today.
Howay The Lads!!