Quite honestly we’re not sure if Rafa will make many changes for tonight’s game at Wembley against Tottenham – maybe only two changes from the side that started at Watford on Saturday.
The players who have been playing in the last three defeats are the ones who have been so good this year in getting us to safety – so it’s difficult to know what the team will be.
We do think that Matt Ritchie will return on the right wing and Kenedy will play his final game tonight on loan in a black and white shirt.
He is not eligible to play in the final game on Sunday at home to his club Chelsea.
The experiment with Javier Manquillo at right-back didn’t work too well and we expect DeAndre Yedlin to start against his former club.
Robert Kenedy – final ever appearance in a black and white shirt?
We don’t have too much choice up front with Slimani banned for the rest of the season, so we expect Peres and Gayle will start.
There’s a report that newly relegated Stoke City want Gayle in the summer and no doubt they know all about his 23 goals in 34 appearances for us last season down below.
Dwight could bring in quite a high transfer fee – may be as much as £15M?
We also expect other ambitious Championship clubs to inquire about him this summer.
So back to the Newcastle side – this seems to be the strongest team Rafa can field tonight:
Yedlin Lascelles (c) Lejeune Dummett
Ritchie Perez Kenedy
This game is at Wembley so it will be a unique game for our players – and we expect Rafa to try to keep it very tight for as long as possible and attempt to score on quick breakaways.
Our defense, in particular, cannot make mistakes with the class of player Tottenham have in their side.
It’s not beyond the realm of possibility we can get something out of this game tonight although only two fans in five think that will happen in our poll.
What do you think?