After such a good performance from the side last Saturday in the 2-1 home win against Stoke City we don’t expect many changes if any, tomorrow at Brighton & Hove Albion.
Joselu missed a few chances last week, but we expect him to keep his position in the side.
Rafa could try Mikel Merino and Jojo Shelvey in central midfield together with Mikel being in the holding midfield position, and at some point, Rafa will have to try the combination.
But for tomorrow we think Isaac Hayden will continue to partner Mikel with Jonjo still on the bench.
Isaac Hayden in action at Huddersfield
The back four players played well last week and should be unchanged with Florian Lejeune still surprisingly receiving treatment for that ankle injury he received from that wild lunge from Spurs’ Harry Kane in the first game of the season.
It will be interesting to see if Lejeune is on the bench tomorrow and Karl Darlow is now fully fit so we will see if Rafa keeps young Freddie Woodman as the backup goalkeeper.
It’s good experience for Freddie to be involved in the first team games since he did not go out on loan in August.
This is the unchanged team we think Rafa will start tomorrow at the Amex Stadium.
Yedlin Lascelles (c) Clark Mbemba
Ritchie Perez Atsu
What’s your team for tomorrow?