Newcastle United’s up and coming young stars are set for a tough examination when they meet Arsenal on Friday night.
The Newcastle reserves/Under 21s get a rare chance to step out at St James Park in a match that kicks off at 7pm,
Admission is £3 and £1 for concessions, but free entry if you are a season ticket/membership holder.
Arsenal have started their campaign with three wins for the Under 21s, whilst Newcastle have managed only one point out of nine.
In their last game Arsenal smashed West Ham 5-0 and Newcastle will need to lift it if they are to get anything from the Gunners.
Coach Ben Dawson hopes that playing at St James Park will give the team a lift:
“It’s at St. James’, which is a massive plus, because the lads always seem to raise their game when they play there.
“The opposition plays a big factor in that and there’s probably none better in footballing terms than Arsenal.
“They’re always the benchmark that we’re trying to test ourselves against.
“And the introduction of Friday night matches in the Under-21 Premier League will hopefully attract more supporters to watch the next generation of players.
“The first team aren’t in action until Monday night and the lads would certainly benefit from a good crowd on Friday.”
Newcastle fans are likely to see Ivan Toney showing what he can do if they turn up tonight, whilst it would be good to see a few senior players getting a run out, with so many struggling to get any pitch time in the Premier League.