It’s going to be difficult to forecast what the starting eleven will be tonight for the second round of the Carabao Cup against in-form Nottingham Forest.
But Rafa will give some of his fringe players a start, but we seem a bit short in the back four with both Dummett and Lejeune still being unfit until next month.
We think it’s a perfect time to give young Freddie Woodman a boost and give him his first ever competitive appearance for the first team tonight.
Karl Darlow is presumably now surplus to requirements with Newcastle willing to listen to offers for him, which we still find strange given his good form last season.
Siem de Jong – could get start tonight
This could be the starting eleven tonight:
Manquillo Hanley Clark (c) Gamez
Aarons De Jong Murphy
Some changes to that team could be Mo Diame for Siem de Jong and Aleksandar Mitrovic for Joselu up front.
Massadio Haidara could also be in one of the full back spots – maybe left back with Gamez switching over to right back.
What would your team be for tonight?