The NUFC team Rafa is almost certain to start against Huddersfield tomorrow

Benitez seemed in a buoyant mood in his press conference today, and so he should be, with him delivering promising injury news on both Matt Ritchie and Islam Slimani, whilst confirming Joselu would be the only notable absentee tomorrow due to an ankle problem.

With this in mind, coupled by the fact we’re on a strong run of form (especially at St James’ Park), I am quite certain that the following line-up will be the side we start against Huddersfield at St James’ Park tomorrow:

NUFC XI  to play Huddersfield: (4-2-3-1) – Dubravka – Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett – Diame, Shelvey – Ritchie, Perez, Kenedy – Gayle.

SUBS: Darlow, Clark, Manquillo, Merino, Atsu, Murphy, Slimani.

The same side that beat Southampton 3-0 last time out, and rightly so.

Gayle has been full of energy and has looked sharp once again, with 2 goals in his last assists meaning he’ll be keeping out Slimani once again – even if the Algerian has been passed fit and confirmed to be in the squad by Benitez.

Merino will be pushing for a return to the side too, but Diame and Shelvey have perhaps been the most important part of our side in recent weeks, so they’ll continue in the middle.

As will Lascelles and Lejeune at centre-back – a pair that have showed signs of developing a formidable partnership since the Frenchman’s returns from injury, with them helping us to back to back home clean sheets over Man Utd and Southampton.

Would you be happy to see Rafa field this side, or would you do something different against Huddersfield tomorrow?

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

One thought on “The NUFC team Rafa is almost certain to start against Huddersfield tomorrow

  1. Its obviously our strongest line up and so, obvious that Wagner will have twigged to it being the line up he has to deal with – Rafa needs more options, especially in attack. Merino is currently down on form, Atsu and Murphy are patchy, while Clark, Mbemba & Manquillo offer nothing much going forward. Slimani is the answer, but he will only play the last 15 minutes, something also so obvious that Wagner will have his plans to deal with that when (if) it happens. Probably going to be a bore draw.


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