Gayle v Stearman
Injury robs Newcastle of a reunion with Mike Williamson, who hasn’t actually featured for his new club since signing permanently in January due to injury. With Williamson now not due to play until early next year, Richard Stearman has been brought in on loan for his second spell at his home town club.
Stearman has plenty of height over Gayle, but if Newcastle can continue to provide the kind of quality into the box they did against QPR then the striker has the pace to beat his man on the ground. Balls in behind the back four will be crucial – hopefully we don’t go back to sending high balls forward.