This is a critical home game for Newcastle this afternoon against Swansea City, who are 6 points behind Newcastle on 16 points and joint bottom of the league with West Brom.
It’s a game we should be winning if we are to survive relegation this season.
We have Jesus Gamez, Aleksandar Mitrovic, and Florian Lejeune out injured for this game but goalkeeper Rob Elliot is now fit and available to play.
The last thing we want to see is a defeat, but a win is really what we need to get against sides like Swansea – those clubs who are below us in the league table.
Carlos Carvalhal – Swansea manager
Here’s a possible team Rafa could start this afternoon:
Yedlin Lascelles (c) Clark Dummett
Ritchie Shelvey Merino Atsu
It’s a 4-4-2 formation with two strikers up front – in-form Ayoze Perez and Dwight Gayle.
We expect this game to be tough and Swansea to be well organized, and it could be difficult to score against them.
But we need the win before we play at Manchester City next Saturday.
What team would you start this afternoon?
Fans are confident we can win this important game.