Gayle vs Bennett
Despite being Newcastle’s top scorer this season with four goals to his name, the last few games have been frustrating for Dwight Gayle. The striker missed a big one-on-one chance against Villa which could have won his team the game, and has struggled to make an impact since those early goals.
Whether he’s able to get the best of the imposing Ryan Bennett this evening could depend on who’s paired alongside him. Diame and Perez look most likely to get the nod, and their through balls will be key to getting the most out of Gayle’s pace.
If Mitrovic or Murphy is chosen, however, then he’ll need to be on his toes to run on to any flicks from the target men. Two very different options are available, but what’s certain is that Gayle can’t do it alone and is incredibly reliant on who backs him up.