This is our fourth game in the last nine days so some Newcastle players could be weary.
In the last three games, we have taken 4 points, so that’s not too bad, given our previous poor results.
If we can top it off with a win this afternoon at Stoke that would be great!
Rob Elliot, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Jesus Gamez and Florian Lejeune are still injured and will not play today.
Rafa Benitez – doing calisthenics on the touchline
And Rafa must make some changes to the side that played only two days ago.
Here’s the team that could start the game this afternoon:
Yedlin Lascelles (c) Clark Dummett
Ritchie Perez Murphy
That’s four changes to the side that drew 0-0 against Brighton on Saturday.
The defense is unchanged, and that could be the best defense we can put out with Paul Dummett finally back and gives us some balance at left-back.
We expect Diame to start to add some height and power to the Newcastle team against a physical Stoke side.
But looking at that starting eleven, we don’t see many goals with Dwight Gayle not in.
What would your team be for today and what formation would you play?