It’s always difficult to guess what team Rafa will start in any game.
And with two players coming back from injury – Jamaal Lascelles and Christian Atsu – it’s no easier today for the home game against Leicester.
Shelvey has been missing for the last two games but hopefully, he will start today.
Jacob Murphy has played well in Atsu’s absence so we expect the youngster to keep his place, but we also expect Jamaal Lascelles to come straight back in at center-back.
Florian Lejeune could find himself on the bench with Ciaran Clark partnering Jamaal – as they did so many times last season.
Rafa Benitez and Jamaal Lascelles on the sideline
Here’s a potential starting eleven in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Manquillo Lascelles (c) Clark Mbemba
Ritchie Merino Murphy
That looks like a strong team and has all three central midfielders – Shelvey, Hayden, and Merino – starting today.
What team would you start against Leicester?