Newcastle played a tough game on Wednesday night and we have another game at Stoke on Monday afternoon so Rafa will be making some changes to the side that went down 1-0 at home to Manchester City.
Henri Saivet was not even on the bench on Wednesday night and with all our central midfielders now available Rafa may want to go with them for the next two games.
That seems unfortunate for Henri who could be on the bench.
We expect Mikel Merino to start this game along with Isaac Hayden so we will have two fresh players in the engine room.
Mikel Merino – should return today
The in-form Christian Atsu should be back as should Matt Ritchie, who is due a goal after hitting the woodwork three times in recent games.
Rob Elliot has a thigh problem and he’s not available today.
Here’s a possible team Rafa could start in the game – we must take all 3 points today – and end our five-game losing streak at home.
Yedlin Lascelles (c) Clark Mbemba
Ritchie Merino Hayden Atsu
That’s a strong midfield line and none of the four players started on Wednesday night.
What do you think?