For the second game in a row against a top three side, we don’t think Rafa will make any changes to the team that sensationally beat Manchester City at home 2-1 on Tuesday night.
While we conceded after only 25 seconds our lads dug in and defended very well in that game.
We were also dangerous on the counter-attack, even in the first half.
In the second half, we came more into the game and scored goals through Rondon and Ritchie (penalty) to get the famous win.
That has lifted the spirits of both the players and fans alike and now we have a chance to get our third league win in a row.
Sean Longstaff with Rafa Benitez
Impressive local lad to get another start today
But a defeat could also deflate the upbeat feel-good feeling on Tyneside at the moment.
None of our injured players are yet fit to play and will be held back for the game at Wolves a week on Monday.
This is the unchanged side we expect Rafa to name today about an hour before the 5:30 pm kickoff time.
Yedlin Schar Lascelles (c) Lejeune Ritchie
Perez Hayden Longstaff Atsu
It would be another fabulous win if we can get it at Wembley this afternoon.
It’s possible – if unlikely.