Newcastle travel to Burton today in what, on paper, looks like a game that they should win.
However, there has been much talk, during the week, regarding the tactical threat that Burton Albion could pose to Rafa Benitez’s side.
Burton play with wing-backs, which, in theory, should allow them to make the pitch big and retain possession of the ball.
However, with Burton struggling in the league and Newcastle flying at the top, it could work in reverse for the home side.
While playing with wingbacks does allow a side to play wide and retain the ball, it also means, by virtue of making the pitch big, that they are less compact and that there could be more space to exploit.
Mo Diame has been arguably Newcastle’s best player in recent weeks and his influence could be needed again, to make use of the extra space if he is selected.
As always with Rafa, who named an unchanged side for the first time this season against Wigan during the week, there is no guarantees that anyone will start.
So here is what we feel that the team should be:
GK- Karl Darlow
RB- Vurnon Anita
CB- Jamaal Lascelles (c)
CB- Ciaran Clark
LB- Paul Dummett
CM- Jonjo Shelvey
CM- Isaac Hayden
RW- Christian Atsu
Ten- Mo Diame
LW- Yoan Gouffran
ST- Dwight Gayle
However, as always, this just opinion. What do you guys make of this side? Would yours be different?