We didn’t start the season well with the result or with our injuries and suspensions last Sunday when we lost 2-0 to Spurs.
We lost both Florian Lejeune and Paul Dummett to injury in the first half and Jonjo Shelvey to a stupid second half sending-off and lost the game to Tottenham.
Until the sending off we were in the game and could have even won it with some luck.
All three players will not play in the game at Huddersfield on Sunday afternoon.
Chancel Mbemba in action against Spurs
We expect Rafa to keep Mbemba at center-back and Ciaran Clark at left back although we would be happier with Clark in the center.
And it’s a great opportunity for new signing Mikel Merino to show what he can do in place of Shelvey in the central midfield position at John Smith’s Stadium on Sunday.
DeAndre Yedlin is fit again, but we expect to see him start on the bench on Sunday.
So this is the side we think Rafa could start on Sunday and hopefully, we can get our first win of the season.
Manquillo Lascelles (c) Mbemba Clark
Ritchie Perez Atsu
New signing Joselu should be on the bench, and he could make his Newcastle debut in the second half on Sunday.
The only change we can see to the above team is if Rafa trusts Jesus Gamez to play well at left-back and then he can move Clark back to the middle in place of Chancel.
But Mbemba also deserves his chance to show what he can do, and after all, he played well last Sunday against Tottenham.
What’s your team for Sunday?