We only have three players out for tomorrow’ game at home to Crystal Palace.
Paul Dummett, Dwight Gayle, and Massadio Haidara are not available although Massadio is finally back in training after being out all season so far with a knee injury.
Newcastle played well last Sunday at the Saints although we did give away two goals through a lack of concentration and Rafa will have been working on that in training this week.
We should have won the game at St. Mary’s and we should win the game tomorrow against Crystal Palace although yes – it’s always difficult to get a win in the Premier League.
Florian Lejeune gave away a soft penalty with just 15 minutes to play, but we expect the 26-year-old to keep his place in the side.
Ciaran Clark – used at left-back
That seems hard luck on Ciaran Clark, but there’s a possibility Ciaran will be asked to play at left in place of Javier Manquillo – who also played well last weekend.
Then the question which two of the three central midfielders – Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden, and Mikel Merino will play and out suspicion is that Rafa will stay with Jonjo and Isaac for this game.
So this could be the side that starts in a game we have to win tomorrow:
Yedlin Lascelles (c) Lejeune Clark
Ritchie Perez Atsu
Some changes we could see is Mikel Merino in the number 10 position in place of Ayoze Perez – it’s the position he plays for the Spanish U21 side, and he scores goals for them.
But Perez had a good game last time out at Southampton and scored an excellent goal.
That looks like a strong side to take on bottom of the table Crystal Palace, and if we concentrate for the full 90 minutes, there’s a good chance we can get our 4th win of the season.
That would be terrific!