Jamaal Lascelles will probably keep his place in defense tomorrow, but Rafa will have to find room for Fabian Schar to come back into the side.
Fabian is available after serving a two-match ban for picking up 10 red cards for the season and he helps to steady the defense when he plays.
The Swiss International is also an excellent outlet to turn defense into attack.
That’s something we need when we will attack the opposition – as we will tomorrow against Crystal Palace.
It’s also an opportunity to win six successive home wins – who said St. James’ Park was not a fortress?
Captain Jamaal Lascelles (shown above) has talked about the game in the Chronicle today and he thinks we are a better side than at the turn of the year:
“They [Arsenal] and Liverpool are probably two of the biggest teams we’ve got left to play, and we’ve crossed that off. We look at the other games.”
“Our home games are important.”
“Palace is a big game for us. We’d like to finish ahead of them, and to do that we need to beat them on Saturday.”
“They’ve got good players going forward – there’s Townsend, Zaha, Benteke. I think if we defend well, we’ll be fine.”
“It’s back to the drawing board, the training pitch. We’ll get our heads down and go again.”
“It’ll be a tough team, but the Arsenal loss won’t dent our confidence at all. We’ll go into that game with a lot of confidence in front of our home fans, and we’ll look to get three points.”
“I definitely think we’ve improved since January. I think, defensively, we’ve been pretty consistent throughout the last two years.”
“Since Rondon’s come in and Almiron’s come in, I think we’ve really stepped up going forward.”
“We’re more creative and we’re scoring more goals. We’re more of a threat now.”
“I think getting some players in has definitely had a big impact and was a turning point in our season.”
“I feel fine now. Injuries haven’t really come at the right time this season, but I feel fine now,”
“Hopefully, I can stay fit and finish off the season stronger.”
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