Rafa Benitez has just announced his team for the game at St. James Park tonight against a very good Leeds United side who are pushing hard for a play-off place this season and managed by the talented Garry Monk.
And Rafa’s brought back Aleksandar Mitrovic up front and he edges out Daryl Murphy.
Isaac Hayden makes his first start since injuring his ankle several weeks ago and will add some class to the central midfield alongside Jonjo Shelvey.
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Elliot, Hanley, Colback, Yedlin, Atsu, Diame and Murphy make up a strong bench tonight.
It’s good to see Yedlin back again after recovering from his thigh injury and he could see some playing time tonight and jack Colback is also back fit again.
This is what Rafa has said about today’s opponents during his press conference yesterday:
“It’s one game at a time. I like competition between players, and the good news is that players are coming back from injuries.”
“We did well against Leeds in the first game, and we play at home tomorrow.”
“Hopefully we can play at the level we know we can.”
Three in five Newcastle fans think we will win this game tonight.
We really need this win tonight against a good Leeds United side, whose players and manager have been saying how they will beat us tonight, just like the Owls player and manager did last Saturday – and they beat us.
Now is not the time for our players to wobble when we are so close to that automatic promotion spot.
Our players need to step up to the plate tonight and deliver for Newcastle United – every last one of them.
That’s their job tonight to get us right back on track to win promotion and hopefully the Championship too.
Howay The Lads!!