Rafa Benitez has just announced the Newcastle team to play league leaders Manchester City at St. James’ Park tonight.
City have won their last 17 league games in a row and have won all of their 19 games except a draw at home the Everton back on August 21st.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) December 27, 2017
There are 5 changes to the side that beat West Ham, and in comes Chancel Mbemba in place of Ciaran Clark and Rolando Aarons gets a start too with Jacom Murphy on the other wing.
Paul Dummett – first appearance since last August
Paul Dummett finally comes back in at left back and it will be tough first game back for the Geordie lad against the league leaders.
Mo Diame keeps his place although Henri Saivet is not even on the subs bench, and Jonjo Shelvey comes back in – probably because of his experience.
Newcastle have to be competitive in this game tonight if only to protect our goal difference, which could be important if we are still in the lower reaches of the Premier League come next May.
Almost one in four fans think we can win this game tonight.
Howay The Lads!!