Rafa Benitez has just announced the team to play at St. James’ Park tonight against 8th placed Burnley, who are a difficult side to beat.
Kennedy makes his debut in the starting lineup on the left wing and Mikel Merino is back in the side after missing the trip to Chelsea.
It looks like the two central midfielders will be Merino and Mo Diame, as expected and the former West Ham player gives some strength in defensive midfield.
Kenedy – makes his Newcastle debut as a starter tonight
The defense is as expected with our two first-choice full-backs Yedlin and Dummett back in the side.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 31, 2018
This is what Rafa has said about tonight’s opponents, including their manager Sean Dyche:
“Dyche is doing well,” “I said managers they know the division, now they know the players, and they create this atmosphere that everybody is working hard for the team, so that is a bonus always.
“They are a good team, well organized, they know what they have to do to get points, so I think it will be tough, but to be fair any game in the Premier League is tough.”
“We know we have to do well if we want to get three points, and we have confidence that we can do it.”
“It’s the Premier League, and whether you play home or away the rivals are very strong. The main thing for us is to get three points.”
“If it’s at home, I’ll be happy for our fans too, but because it’s the next game, it doesn’t matter where it is – we will try to get three points.”
Fans are not too confident we can win the game tonight.
Howay The Lads!!