Rafa Benitez has named the side to start against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium this afternoon in the late kick-off game.
Here’s the side that Rafa announced:
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 20, 2018
Matt Ritchie – dropped for today’s game
Rafa has left out Matt Ritchie, Ayoze Perez and Mikel Merino as well as Yedlin for today’s game.
Newcastle are expected to try to defend well and frustrate City and if we can play as well as we did in the 1-0 defeat at home in late December we may be able to take a point.
This is what Rafa has said about the game today:
“In away games, we have been quite compact and solid so hopefully we can maintain this level against Man City.
“We have to do everything right and they have to make mistakes.”
Most fans are expecting Newcastle to lose this afternoon.